Ruby Palomino in conversation with Infobae. (instagram)
If we talk about women fighters in the artistic environment and who don’t give up until they achieve their goals, Ruby Palomino is a clear representative. The singer and psychologist by profession was born in Huancayo and from a very young age she was very clear that one of her great passions was music. However, to become one of the main voices of the folklore fusion with pop and rock of Peru, she had to sacrifice several things in her life.
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Within the framework of International Women’s Day, this March 8, Ruby Palomino spoke with Infobae Peru about her time in the music industry, television programs and how her mother influenced what she is today. Likewise, she did not fail to invite everyone to attend the concert that she will give along with Amy Gutiérrez and Susan Ochoa at the Bianca Convention Center to celebrate this special date.
— You come from a family of artists, but your mother refused to allow you to be a singer… How did you start in the music industry?
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I have always said that the greatest achievement for people from the countryside is for their children to be academic professionals. Art was not taken into account as a profession, so my mother told me that I should take singing as a hobby. She had already traveled abroad because she did lyrical folklore and had realized how difficult the industry was.
Yes, he encouraged me to let my whole musical side flourish, but he always repeated to me that it was not something I should dedicate myself to. As a teenager I didn’t understand it, but as an adult I understood that it was his way of protecting me from the world. The deal with my mother was that I did not stop educating myself to continue in music.
Concert by Susan Ochoa, Ruby Palomino and Amy Gutiérrez.
— And why did you choose to study psychology?
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I fell in love with psychology. I studied the race because I also wanted to heal my emotional wounds. First for my family core and then to be a contribution to my society. I came to Lima when my mother got cancer. In the hospital corridor a psychologist asks me what she wanted to be and I said I don’t know. She told me that she should write how I saw myself in 30 years and it shocked me a lot, because it was making my mom’s dreams come true and putting mine aside.
I continued with the plans to study at the university and when my mother was better, I began to cry and told her that I wanted to be an artist, that it was in my blood. I swore to her that she was going to educate me, that she was going to pay me for it and that it would be something that would help me make a change in society. She hugged me and told me that she was going to support me. I also studied dental prosthetics and wanted to set up a laboratory, but then I wanted something that would allow me to make music. So, I started with psychology.
— Do you practice your degree at the same time that you compose your music?
I always say that I am an artist who is a psychologist. I specialized in psychotherapy. When I travel to give concerts, I try to go to an NGO or home for adolescents to talk to them, give them strength, advice. During the pandemic I worked as a psychologist in a school and sometimes some institutions call me to give talks for parents or do psychotherapy with adolescents.
— Within your career, have you suffered discrimination just for being a woman?
Sure, I’ve had so many experiences. It has shocked me a lot, because I have felt discrimination in all aspects and not just for being a woman. By social position, for being from the mountains. I was able to cope because I have a mother who has always spoken to me directly. Since I began to be an artist, she told me ‘you put on a waterproof poncho and you will be the only one responsible for allowing what exceeds and what doesn’t’.
You can’t give people power so they can hurt you. I think a lot of self-love and being sure of who you are. You have to have people by your side, that’s important. Having someone who can support you or maybe hold on to something.
Ruby Palomino. Photo: Instagram
— How much did it cost you to make your voice heard?
It has cost me a lot. I have been in the contest since I was 16 years old and I only became known at 28. That is why I am so happy that some artist friends have much more visibility. But it is so, the timing of God and the universe are perfect.
— What have you sacrificed since you started your career?
Many things, I left my house, my friends, my home, my comfort, my family, at some point my career, my partner, everything. I left everything and came to Lima. I remember that, at first, it was without the plan to stay. I started in a rented room with a mattress. One starts like this. My mom visited me and wanted to buy me a table, but my plan was not to stay.
When I won ‘La Voz’, all my contracts were in Lima. I had to stay, my relationship didn’t work out and my entire circle of friends traveled. When I go to Huancayo, I have two or three friends.
– Do you regret it?
No, because I understood that all the things that happen to us in life are worth gold. They are lessons that leave us lessons that are never forgotten. I have stopped forcing things, yes, I fight, but there are times when I say ‘what for?’. I believe that the human being has all the answers, but he doesn’t want to see them because it hurts.
— What would you say to your girl and young man from the past to the woman you are today based on your experience?
I would tell him to live in the present, not to worry about the future because we are going to be fine. That embraces everything, the falls, the experiences, the difficult moments, everything. That everything will be fine and that he believes in his dreams. At some point I felt bad, because I wanted to be an artist and that was not my mom’s dream, but little by little she began to understand it.
— Remembering the television programs where you were, how has your life been after appearing on the screen?
After winning ‘La Voz’, fed up chamba. I gave up the ‘La Voz’ award, which was a contract with a record label, because I wanted to work as an independent artist. It’s a much stronger job because you don’t have someone investing in your career. I’ve been doing a lot of things.
— Was the Gisela Valcárcel program the showcase you needed for more people to know about you?
Yes, I think television shows are a window for the public to get to know you more. I feel like it’s up to each person how they approach their career. The bases of my music are in the fusion with rock. If they tell me to go to a rematch, I go, because I can show new songs and versions. I am grateful to all the programs.
— Then would you agree to return to the contests… Latina has launched a new format and will face the winners of ‘La Voz’, ‘Yo Soy’ and ‘Perú has talent’
As an artist I say yes to everything. Opportunity that happens, I take it, but I have a work team that sees if it suits me or not. For me, I go to show my songs, but I think that all artists have someone who stops us and they are colder. It would be nice to go in, but I guess they’ll have to contact the people who see that.
— How did you feel when they took ‘La Gran Estrella’ off the air?
It’s kind of hard to deal with a lot of things. Many people demanded that Gisela Valcárcel support new artists and I think she got that little thorn out of doing so. She did very well, she tried, it didn’t work, but she tried. She was always there wanting to support people who are not from the middle, just that people don’t like to see. When they told us the season was over, I just said ‘thank you’.
Ruby Palomino in ‘The Big Star’. | America TV
— Regarding love, how is your heart?
I have been single for quite some time. Yes, I came out at some point in Gisela’s program to say that she was trying to resume a relationship. The joke lasted three days. I think there is nothing worse than not trying. I am single and single. The man who has to come into my life, he will come.
— How do you manage your emotions when you are on stage?
I respect the stage a lot. I simply disconnect from the world when I enter the stage. I step on it and she is that girl who begged to be given the opportunity to do what she likes. For me, each presentation remains magical. So, when I go through a breakup with a partner or a difficult situation, thank God I have valued my music so much.
— Do you consider yourself a strong woman?
No, I’m quite a crybaby. I am very much to express my feelings.
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