Doe Paoro at Bonnaroo (Interview)

The ravishing songstress Doe Paoro performed at Bonnaroo this year.


So photographer Mallory Turner shot some pics while Free Bike Valet asked some questions.


You’ve never played Bonnaroo before. What do you expect from the experience?

“I went to the festival 12 years ago when I was 19 so it’s a trip to be back performing. Last time I was here I saw James Brown and I remember one of his backup dancers had a sling on her arm but was still slaying all her moves. It’s great to be here. All these memories are coming back.”


What’s your go-to clothing item for music festivals?

“Bathing suit top cause you just never know.”


What do you want your audience to take away from your set?

I love performing outside and I don’t get to do that so often but I feel like that’s where I’m most inspired and that’s where the music seems most at home: in nature. I hope people hearing me for the first time will experience that resonance and I’m also excited to play a new song we are premiering in two weeks: ‘Voice.'”


What’s the story behind the title of your new album After?

“The record is a meditation on time. It’s about the experience of knowing something is over but remaining in a limbo state waiting for the next door to open.”


How did you recruit its producers Sean Carey and BJ Burton?

“I had collaborated with Justin Vernon [of Bon Iver] on my song ‘The Wind.’ Through that experience, I met other people he worked with and one thing led to another and we decided to make the record in Wisconsin at his studio with S. Carey and BJ producing. They are both so talented and such great people. It was a dream.”


What was it like to record in Justin Vernon’s studio?

“Like summer camp for musicians. We all slept in bunk beds and worked all day in this great space and would hang outside when we needed breaks. The studio used to be a veterinary clinic and I had some crazy dreams there about animals.”


The album is chock full with collaborators such as Adam Rhodes, Supreme Cuts, Max Hershenow, and Peter Morén. What’s the secret to recruiting superb talent?

“I’ve had a lot of luck! I made the record before it was ever signed to a label so I had a role in reaching out to most of those people. I think the key is never to wait for anyone to set things up for you and to make it happen on your own. If you make something you wholeheartedly believe in, that will resonate and other people being open to collaboration will happen naturally.”

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