How many singer/songwriters have you met who are also MMA fighters? We would hazard to guess none, unless you've met Paola Proctor. Paola is a bad-ass fighter and musician alike, and when she's not body-slamming people during her training, she's singing and writing pop songs about relationships and love.
Paola is a Music Business major, and moved to Nashville in February from Miami, Florida. She loves the contrasting homeyness and hustle-bustle of the city. As one driven to create her own path, she writes what she calls Dark Pop music. Nashville Offbeat recently sat down to ask her about "Joker and The Fool," a song from her latest EP. The song is about a relationship with a friend that became toxic. She created a musical landscape in which you can feel the hurt she felt, with the realization that rising above that circumstance led her to empowerment and freedom.
"Some friend issues completely imploded...shit hit the fan. It was really bothering me and initially it started as a poem. It was a two and a half page poem, just getting everything out in a Shakespeare-esque way. One of my friends, Shannon Greenman, ended up helping me get the bits and pieces of it together and put it into an actual song. It's very dark, and not your typical pop song...
It's not necessarily a story that most people can relate to, but without getting too personal, I started realizing that someone I cared about turned out to be a horrible, horrible person. So the song is about myself and my other friends, who were the fools, and the joker who was this manipulative person. I realized 'I've been lied to for three years now,' so I wrote this song about the process of getting rid of toxic people in my life."
Paola Proctor faces real life in "Joker and The Fool," and we can all (hopefully) relate to not wanting toxic people in our lives. Her EP is titled "Verbal Ontogeny," and she is currently working on new music to be released in 2018. You'll want to give her a follow on Facebook and Instagram for updates on her music (and to see body-slamming videos...it's pretty awesome!)