A former burlesque performer, magician’s assistant, ghost at a fun fair and Agent Provocateur assistant, life has been anything but dull for singer, actress and all-round performer, Paloma Faith. She takes some time out of her colourful adventures in pop to speak to QueensOfVintage.com.

Paloma Faith is something of the ordinary. Her vibrant mix of different styles, eras and influences make her a truly unique new act to hit the music scene. In a time where it’s increasingly rare to find raw originality and talent, Paloma takes us beyond the music and brings back that magic of performance with rich theatrical displays worthy of old-style burlesque and caberet..

QueensOfVintage.com: What’s your background – how have you come to be a singer?

Paloma Faith: I was born and raised in Hackney, London and always sang in the shower. I used to try to copy my parents’ old records but I never thought I was good enough to be a professional as the people I idolized were so incredible. I was discovered singing sweeping up glass in a bar, and from that day onwards I haven’t stopped.

QoV: How would you describe your sound and your style?

Paloma Faith: Tragic romantic with a massive emphasis on theatricality. I’m inspired by the queens of tragedy – Billie Holiday, Judy Garland and Edith Piaf. I would describe my style as fancy dress because I never grew out of dressing up boxes.

QoV: Do you collect vintage fashion?

Paloma Faith: I generally only wear vintage unless someone’s borrowed me expensive clothes from a designer! My most valued vintage item is a turquoise cape with a leopard print trim because I feel like Cruella DeVille when I wear it.

QoV: If you could travel back in time and live in any era which would you choose?

Paloma Faith: Forties Paris or maybe Berlin, because they’ve produced some of the best music ever written. I could form with the Berlin cabaret and sing torch songs.

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