Odd, racy, old school, dramatic – whatever you want to call Jackie Paladino, she doesn’t care. The Brooklyn based singer-songwriter knows the risks and rewards of her musical style and sees it as an exciting challenge to keep her on her feet. She admits, “Some of my stuff is a little bit uncomfortable to listen to – it pushes that line. My art comforts the uncomfortable and discomforts the comfortable”. In her latest EP release, the five tracks express themes of love, isolation, lust, heartbreak, and betrayal, with “Daddy’s Money” being the most controversial. Love it or hate it, “they are going to have a strong reaction”, which is exactly what Paladino hopes for.
Beginning her musical journey as a theatre girl, her new found love to create her own music lead to new doors to be opened. “I was transitioning from the theatre girl who loved poetry to a songwriter”. Paladino began putting her poetry to music and quickly started songwriting. Though her original process of creation changed, she was able to dig deeper for strong emotions and come up with melodies on the spot: “I’ll just be walking down the street and a melody will hit me and that’s generally the chorus of the song and then I’ll go back and write in the other parts of the song and figure out what I was feeling and what exactly I need to express as a story”.
After finding her stride, Jackie Paladino went on quite the journey with her new talent, especially after dealing with moving to college in New York City. “I’m a very sensitive person, so a lot of feelings come up during transitions, which are good and bad. Good because they are the cause of a lot of my inspiration and bad because nobody likes to feel pain”. Heart-wrenching lyrics and striking melodies poured out of her as she began to build her songwriting career. Now as a more developed writer, the spontaneous moments of emotion can’t be the only way she writes her music. Paladino explains how she conquers the challenge of sitting down and writing a song, which notably finds the same pattern of internal flow: “I’ve done that with mostly co writers and that process is normally started as a casual conversation and then we would naturally come up with something to write a song about”. From there, additions of instruments. lyrics, and melodies link together and create products like the exceptional tracks on Jackie Paladino’s latest EP.
As she continues on her path as a songwriter, she has been able to find creative ways to express her music and explore new creative art forms. Paladino’s music video work has been notable when comparing her first (“You Gotta Be”) to her latest (“Daddy’s Money”). The sexy, vintage aesthetic and quality production of “Daddy’s Money” shows a keen development of her musical image and efforts in her craft. Her next music video project goes far beyond what she has done before. Being that the short film is a completely unique experience for the songwriter, the video it still in the works of post-production, but has a promising storyline to be told. Finding inspiration from Nicki Minaj‘s Pinkprint short film, the dramatic 15 minute story tackles heartbreak and love affairs, all set to her sultry music. This is what separates Jackie Paladino from any other Brooklyn based songwriter: she goes out of her way to be innovative and expressive.
In the midst of the short film release, Paladino has been in the process of writing her newest EP as well. This time around, she is looking for the perfect team of producers and songwriters to help her capture her sound. “It will be interesting to see the trajectory and growth of one year to another”. Though every song for the EP has already been written, there is still a long way to go. With her own message mid-developed, she is giving herself the time to think through what she wants this EP to sound like. “My last EP was very pop and very commercial and this one is still going to be pop but have more soul”.
Still a young songwriter, Jackie Paladino is in the process of discovering herself as a musician. With the hopes of getting signed as an artist or a writer in the next year, she plans to as much as she can until she finds her stride. “The plan is to keep playing and keep writing…I definitely want to collaborate with more artists and I might want to start a new project in addition to my solo stuff”. Even with a second EP in the works, Paladino has only just started her adventure in creating music. Though confident in her solo work, she is open to having fun and finding different possibilities of collaboration. Paladino explains her thoughts on starting a band or a trio that create sounds more appealing to mainstream crowds, so she can find herself spread around as big of an audience as possible and discover different aspects of her talents. “I feel like if I was to collaborate with somebody who sounds like Drake or The Weeknd it would allow me to showcase a different side of myself.”
Jackie Paladino’s journey through songwriting and performing has realized a lot of who she is and what she wants; aside from being a musician, she is an entrepreneur – and her brand is her music. Along with furthering her creative process, she is searching for new management, new producers, and new music video directors in order to make the most of her career which she still has the chance to take off, which will be tested as she begins crowdfunding for her new EP. Now is the perfect time to catch up with Paladino and her career – she seems to be onto something great.
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