Darren Milby column

Paloma Faith performs at the Virgin Media stage during day two of the V Festival at Weston Park in Weston-under-Lizard.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 18, 2013. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Paloma Faith performs at the Virgin Media stage during day two of the V Festival at Weston Park in Weston-under-Lizard. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 18, 2013. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Paloma Faith paid a visit to The Bay studios recently.

The tiny pop starlet with huge hair is touring the UK promoting the release of her third album.

Her last record was an amazing success and spawned hit singles such as ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ and ‘Never Tear Us Apart.’

Paloma’s hair gets nearly as much attention as her music.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen her on TV twice sporting the same hairdo.

I was keen to know how long it took her to get ready in a morning. She told me: “Not that long actually. I did it myself today. I was told there was no budget for a hair stylist on a radio tour so I’d have to make do!”

Her third album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ will be released soon and the first single ‘Can’t Rely On You’ is a collaboration with the darling of the music industry Pharrell Williams.

I was keen to know how that came about.

“I was at the Met Ball in New York which is like a big fashion event. I went on my own as I wasn’t allowed to take a guest.

“And I spent 15 minutes in the toilet texting friends saying that I didn’t want to be there and I was too intimidated.

“But they persuaded me to leave the toilet and I went into this reception thing and he was there.

“He sang a song from my first album to me and I couldn’t belive he knew that. He told me he was ready to work together.”

Paloma’s last album was of a personal nature and documented her personal heartbreak. The new one is a lot more positive.

“Well it’s a lot more up tempo.

“It’s a bit like let’s have a dance. Everything has gone to pot so we will celebrate.

“It’s kind of in the vain of that song by Candi Staton ‘Young Hearts Run Free.’ It’s a song of sadness but also upbeat and inspiring at the same time.”

Paloma Faith has become pretty famous and successful in the UK and her lifestyle in recent years has reflected that.

She wanted to live a normal, anonymous lifestyle so she could relate to real experiences for writing the new album.

So she went to New York on her own to just experience life.

She told me: “I wanted to be somewhere where I wasn’t recognised or that I didn’t have an unrealistic view of what reality was.

“I want to write songs that people relate to.”

Her new album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ is out in March.