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BN1 chats with FABIANA PALLADINO ahead of The Great Escape

What inspired you to pursue a career in music and how did you get started?

I grew up in a musical family but it wasn’t until my early twenties that I really considered a career in music. I was lucky enough to make friends with some great people who encouraged me to make my own music and who also took me out on the road playing for them, and slowly over time I found my way into being an artist in my own right.

Can you share a memorable experience from a previous live performance that has stayed with you?

My first headline show in London earlier this year will definitely stay with me forever. It was really special to perform my album for the first time and the audience were so supportive and generous. 

Who are some of your musical influences and how have they shaped your sound?

I grew up listening to artists like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Donny Hathaway, who have all influenced me massively in terms of their musicianship – their vocal and instrumental performances in particular. Then a bit later on I got into artists like Kate Bush, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel  – they definitely shaped my sound sonically and in terms of the way they presented themselves and pushed boundaries. 

How has your music evolved since you first started creating and performing?

It’s mainly evolved in terms of the production. When I first started making my own music I was more interested in songs/ instrumentation and although I had production ideas I didn’t really see myself as a producer. I’m lucky enough to have worked with and learned from some brilliant producers who encouraged me and collaborated with me on my music which I think pushed it into a different place sonically. 

What do you hope the audience takes away from your performance?

I hope they connect to the music – the message and the emotion of the songs, the performances of me and my band, who are all amazing musicians, and I hope people leave feeling uplifted.

How do you stay motivated and inspired to create music, especially during challenging times?

Honestly, It can be really difficult to stay motivated sometimes and I’ve had some long periods of not making music as a result. When that happens I try to remember the reason why I even started making my own music in the first place, which was just purely out of enjoyment and as a form of expression. Sometimes I have to go back to that early state of mind where I’m not thinking about it in the context of a professional career, it just has to go back to a more naive place where I can just feel creative again without thinking about the potential outcomes.

If you could collaborate with any musician, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

I would love to sing with Bonnie Raitt. She’s another artist I’ve always loved and I would love to just be in a room with her and sing alongside her. 

Lastly, what advice would you give to aspiring artists looking to break into the music industry?

 Focus hard on what is most authentically ‘you’ and try not to compare yourself to anyone else. Sail your own ship!

Tickets: https://greatescapefestival.com/

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