Could you introduce yourself?
Anna: Hello, I’m Anna, I play the harp and sing backing vocals, I create all the visuals for the band. I am half french half Colombian. Kristy: I’m Kristy and I play keys and sing harmonies! Sophie: Hi, I’m Sophie and I sing lead vocals.
How did you meet, what's the story?
Anna: We met on Tinder. Kristy: I met Sophie at Vocal Tech. She was one of my first friends when I moved to London at 18. We quickly realised we were born to sing together. Sophie met Anna at a house party through mutual friends and we all know Anna comes with a Harp. Years later after working on other projects, we realised we were all meant to be together and then formed Paradisia!
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
Anna: it’s about enjoying and pushing yourself as much as you can. We’re always coming up with new ideas to raise ourselves to the next level creatively, making it up and learning as we go along. Kristy: Surround yourself with the best people and treat everyone how you want to be treated in return. Sophie: Don’t be a creature of your own habit, keep creating, keep evolving and be kind.
How would you describe your style? Do you feel like it reflects you?
Anna: DIY chic… I guess it reflects my mood of the day. Kristy: I think our style reflects us yes! We definitely care about how we look and make sure we always tie in with each other. Sophie: I would say my style reflects the way I’m feeling, I’ll dress in a 70’s casual ensemble if I’m feeling sassy.
What are a few tips for other artists that might be reading this?
Anna: If you’re not into roller coaster rides don’t even think about it. Kristy: Believe in every word you sing! If you don’t you probably aren’t doing the right thing for you. Sophie: don't rely on anybody else to help you achieve your dream, you the creator cares more than anyone ever will about your project so be in control of it.
Could you tell us about your debut album, 'Sound of Freedom', what was the motivation behind the work?
Sophie: Sound of Freedom isn't a conceptual record, it's motivated mostly by the reality of our lives and others, a lot of the songs are stories of love, heartbreak, sex, growing up. We wanted to make a record people could relate to and one that has some good old classic songwriting but also instrumentally interesting.
We love the softness and fresh concept of your album art, what inspired the visuals?
Anna: We wanted to be on the cover but not in a straight forward press shot way, it’s very easy to go for that when it’s three young girls in the band. There’s so much more to us and to our visuals so we had to find a combination of art and photography that portrayed that . At the time of designing the cover, the cherry blossoms were just starting to bloom in London in gorgeous shades of pastel pink and it just brightened the whole city and makes you look at it in a different perspective. I really like that impression, those blossoms echoed the sound of liberation - the idea of renewal in spring and the title of the album ‘Sound Of Freedom’. The three dimensional perspective of having both a physical organic object layered on top a photograph, and then a photograph of a photograph, interested me. It creates depth and dimension and that was the starting point in terms of design: the concept of a collage made from real things and paper. I added staples to hold the image together to demonstrate vulnerability and the fragile concept of freedom. Staples are strong, they can hold things together yet they can also be easily removed, bent and torn apart. I also liked the idea of anonymity the hidden faces can give as a first impression, inviting you in with their gaze to question the image and wonder what is beneath each flower.
Could you tell us about your favorite tracks you've created? What's the story behind it and why is it still your favorite?
Anna: It changes all the time, I guess playing them live can really affect our attachment to them, as well as working on new songs one can get very excited about. I think my all time favorite is ‘Silent Lover’ though I never get tired of it and I’m always asking the girls to soundcheck it just so that I can hear the middle 8 section and the a cappella ending we do live for it. Kristy: I agree with Anna. This changes all the time! When we play live we come up with new little elements and even that can change a favourite or find love for a song that you had forgotten about a bit. But if I had to choose one I think an all time favourite on the album for me is Warpaint. That song feels like when we really became Paradisia and the meaning of the song resonates with that. Sophie: Dreamer is currently my favourite, as the girls are saying this does change with touring. It helped me get over a person who didn't believe in what I had to say. I think we can all relate to this subject. It's super powerful when we play it and makes me feel strong!
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
Anna: Procrastinating and long walks are usually where the ideas come from artwork wise. Kristy: Not so much as a ritual, but before I write I have to have a clear mind and totally switch off from anything else that is going on! No phones and a lot of earl grey tea. Sophie: I make diagrams with themes or topics, things I feel I want to say in a song and I listen to a hell of a lot of music. Oh and drink wine or tea!
What’s a typical day for you?
Kristy: The beauty of music is that there isn’t really a typical day! Every day is different. Anna: There is no typical day in music, for example last week we spent 24 hours in Berlin and Sophie-Rose played mini golf with a giant inflatable ball (that was perched on somebody’s head) live on German TV as a 3 piece, while Kristy and I were praying it didn’t hit the harp on the stage… Two days later we’re rehearsing our album for the summer festivals in a six piece formation with new musicians and then fast forward to last week-end and we’re on the road in the North of England supporting Michael Kiwanuka. Sophie: I can’t remember the last time we had a typical day!
Coffee or tea?
Anna: Coffee Kristy: Tea all the way Sophie: Coffee
What are some of your goals for 2017?
Anna: Play as many concerts as possible. Learn guitar. Kristy: Release our first album, write a second album. Sophie: play all over the world and on Jools holland
What makes you happy?
Anna: Magic FM Kristy: Chocolate Ice Cream Sophie: at the moment listening to Loyle Carner’s album ‘Yesterday's Gone’ and 6 music.
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