Q&A Interview: Paola Proctor

Paola Proctor is a fast-rising, Nashville-based country music artist who has just released her brand new single ‘Tongue Tied’. 

Here we discuss musical inspirations, new single, future plans and more.

Growing up, who inspired your love of music?

Paola Proctor: Both my parents were singers growing up and are big music fans. Their interests and tastes in music were passed down to me in the way of The Who, Tina Turner, Queen, Cher and so many other incredible artists from their days. 

Who are your all time musical heroes?

Paola Proctor: I’m a really big fan of Sia. I think her story and success is something I definitely base my business methods off of. She’s an incredible songwriter, a fantastic vocalist and I think what I find most inspiring about her is that neither her music, nor her life seems to be confined within someone else’s parameters. I love that she’s attained a level of success that she gets to call the shots and doesn’t play by anyone else’s rules. A friend of mine had sent me one of her interviews and I realized that she and I have very similar songwriting methods in that we find one central theme or idea to write about and then build the song around that. 

Which artists are you currently listening to?

Paola Proctor: I’ve been listening to J Balvin a lot, I’m obsessed with him. I love his music, it’s always something you want to dance to. I’ve also been getting more into Credence Clear Water Revival recently. I listen to “Run Through the Jungle” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” on repeat every time I go on a road trip. Lastly, I’ve been listening to several Sean Paul tracks like “Mad Love” with David Guetta and Becky G, and “Tip Pon It” with Major Lazer. My musical tastes stretch across a pretty broad spectrum.

How would you describe the overall vibe of your own music?

Paola Proctor: I’d say clever and lighthearted or at least I try to make my music as clever and as lighthearted as I possibly can. Keeping things fun and relatable is usually the most challenging aspect of writing for me, but that’s also the most fun part. I like a good challenge. 

Are you familiar with the growing UK country scene? 

Paola Proctor: I’m excited to see the growth and correlation between the country scenes in Nashville and the UK. The collaboration and influences in songwriting with elements from pop, R&B, etc. makes for an exciting time as a creator. And the enthusiastic support UK fans are bringing to country is so very encouraging. 

Can we expect to see you in the UK soon?

Paola Proctor: I f***ing hope so! I’d love to come and perform in the UK, it’s been a long time since I’ve been there and I’d love to go back soon. Ideally I’d love to perform at the awesome music festivals the UK has to offer like Bestival. 

Do you have any plans to release an album soon?

Paola Proctor: In the near future I can definitely see that on the agenda for sure. As of right now, however, I’ll just be releasing a second single later this year. After releasing my first EP back in 2016 I wanted to learn what worked for me, what didn’t, and how to improve for my future projects. Releasing a stream of singles made the most sense starting out because it allows more time for trial, error, and adjustments to be made to the business plan. 

When did you first decide to pursue music as a career?

Paola Proctor: I’ve been participating in music for as long as I can remember. I grew up performing in choirs, playing the cello in orchestras, and I had always wanted to be a professional performer but also thought I should be realistic. It wasn’t until an awesome internship in Los Angeles that I realized music was no longer simply a want, but a need. I needed to find a way to make music work full time because I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.

How excited are you by the response to your new single ‘Tongue Tied’?

Paola Proctor: I’m honestly so overwhelmed with the amount of positive responses I’ve been getting from the song. I honestly couldn’t have imagined that I’d be listening to my song on a well known radio station here in Nashville a week after its release. I’m so humbled and overjoyed that people like it so much. It makes me really excited to release the music video soon. 

What inspired the track?

Paola Proctor: I had come up with the melodic motif of the chorus and was just improvising with lyrics when I came up with the central theme of being ‘Tongue Tied’. After speaking with my brilliant friend, Shanon Greenman, she came up with the idea of being tongue tied because you’re so angry. I really liked how original it was so I wrote around that idea.

What do you hope fans take from the song?

Paola Proctor: I hope fans are able to relate but most importantly I hope they find it fun and groove to it. I hope it’s something they can dance to or at least tap their toes to.

Interview: Laura Klonowski

Featured Image: Credited to Paola Proctor and TrainCase Management 

Q&A Interview: Paola Proctor
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