We caught up with New-Yorker Doe Paoro ahead of her Green Room gig at the Academy Dublin tonight;
You have a fantastic yet quite unique sound – who was your favourite artist growing up and do you find them influential in the music you produce now?
“The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” was the first record that I remember profoundly affecting my relationship to music. I’ve grown with that record; it still moves me now as much as it did when I was 14. I hear traces of Lauryn Hill’s influence in what I’m making now – in terms of seeing music as a unifier and a healer, and using songs as a space to meditate on love and soulfulness.
What was it that drew you to Tibetan folk opera?
Fate. I was hiking in the forest in the Himalayas and got lost. In the distance, I heard this beautiful singing. It sounded like it was coming from another world. I followed the voice and ended up at a conservatory for Tibetan music. I spoke to the teacher there and he agreed to teach me if I stayed for a minimum of a month and studied with him everyday. That is how I began my relationship with Tibetan music.
Congrats on your forthcoming album – what was it like working with Sean Carey and BJ Burton?
A gift. In addition to being an incredible drummer, singer and piano player, S. Carey brings this sensitivity to everything he is involved with. I feel like he knew how to handle my own vulnerability within my music. BJ is a visionary. He is always experimenting, always trying to push music into unexplored territory. He and I had a lot of conversations about making a record that merged organic and electronic worlds, that unified the past and the future. I think we got there.
If you could jam with anyone from history, past or present, who would it be?
You probably get asked this all this time, but where does the name Doe Paoro come from?
It’s a combination of a few myths about women and nature. “Paoro” comes from a Maori creation myth and translates to “goddess of echo.” “Doe” comes from a myth about “Deerwoman” that is from the area of upstate NY that I grew up in.
Lastly, a lot of us start out as outcast; what advice would you give to someone who’s still trying to find their place in the world?
Stay brave, keep creating and follow your truth. I think a lot of “outcasts” are people who have rare gifts to share with the world and that vision is what helps them see the spaces culturally where things don’t always make sense, which can be isolating. But your own potential is a secret that you alone know 😉
Good luck with the show 🙂
Doors open at 7pm, for a last chance to win two tickets for tonight’s show head over to our Twitter now, thanks to MCD Productions