Interview with Paola House

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The artist’s new Single ‘Every Little Thing’ is out now 

Paola House is a music project started by Adam Townsend, an indie artist based in East London. We talked about his last release, London nightlife and how’s writing songs on his own in this peculiar period. 

HI ADAM, CONGRATS ON YOUR LAST SINGLE RELEASE ‘EVERY LITTLE THING’. WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THIS NEW SONG?

The inception of the song first started as we all went into the first lockdown. There was this horrible feeling of uncertainty around us and everytime I would watch the news, I saw more and more people devastated with the fact they may not have a job to go to the next day, or how they might feed their kids. This then led to a bigger thought around our mental health and how the barrage of misinformation circulating at the time was causing an increased amount of anxiety amongst everyone.

THE FIRST THING I NOTICED ABOUT YOUR PROJECT IS THAT YOUR MONIKER IS ACTUALLY A COMMON ITALIAN/SPANISH FEMALE NAME. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO USE THIS NAME FOR YOUR PROJECT?

The name actually comes from an old abandoned building in my borough in London. Unfortunately, the sign has been removed, but what once stood was a big blue sign above the entrance marked – Paola House. It felt kind of fitting for the time as it felt like the whole world was abandoning itself, to protect itself from the unknown. It also works for me as I treat this project as a collaboration so I wanted to create a safe “house” for releases to come out from.

YOU WROTE THE SONGS OF YOUR EP IN YOUR HOME STUDIO. WHAT DIFFERENCE HAVE YOU NOTICED WITH WRITING SONGS PHYSICALLY WITH OTHERS OR IN A RECORDING STUDIO?

There are a lot of distractions at home, where a studio forces you to focus in on what you’re doing and get to the goal much faster. So in working from home, I have to set short term objectives each day so I can keep things moving at a  consistent pace. I also set myself a goal of working out the majority of the songs in my head before turning on the computer to record. In the past, I’ve spent way too many hours aimlessly letting loops circle around my head for no reason.

HOW IT WAS FOR YOU TO COLLABORATE WITH YOUR PRODUCER ‘PIP SULLIVAN’ REMOTELY?

 Pip is incredible and got what I was hearing in my head from the start. I sent him a bunch of pretty random demo’s and gave him free reign to do what he wanted. He chose one track he wanted to work on and then a couple of days later, he sent back pretty much what you hear now as “Sticking Around” the first single. So it was a no brainer from then on.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR UPCOMING EP?

 The songs that have come together for this EP have common themes around impulses and urges, that in some cases, are out of our control. It also explores how we attempt to fix situations that have been negatively impacted from acting on these impulses, and how we may even deny they exist. These are pretty dark themes so I also wanted to counter that with music that had energy and something we can hopefully dance too at some point. 

HOW DID YOU FIND THE INDIE SCENE IN THE UK BEFORE THE LOCKDOWN, AND HOW DO YOU THINK IT WILL CHANGE AFTER THIS SITUATION ENDS?

I’ve been fortunate to live in a couple of different cities and can say there is nowhere like London’s nightlife. When it’s running at full capacity, it’s incredible and one of the biggest reasons why I continue to stay. I think there will be a brief adjustment period, with added protocols we’ll all need to abide by. But I feel it will get back on its feet faster than we think. What is London without the night time really?

WHAT IS A MUSIC FESTIVAL IN UNITED KINGDOM THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO PLAY?

Any. I would just love to see festivals and shows back up and running

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR? 

Currently working on ideas for a second EP, maybe album, which hopefully will come out next year. And I’d love to play a show before the year is out. Let’s hope the universe aligns for that to happen

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By Romeo Ciarla