DIY Spotlight: Shanta Paloma

Indie soul-rock singer/ songwriter Shanta Paloma is an unusual talent. Her musical persona is a mixture of Ani DiFranco, Nancy Wilson and Joan Jett. And the way she approaches 
her career is just as independent as the ladies she’s compared to.

Paloma has set out on 
a national tour to bring 
her music to the people 
of America. Indeed, this
 maverick musician has
 embarked on “The Guerrilla
 Gigs Tour” during which she
 will play almost every major
 city and national land mark
 in the country. With this unconventional strategy, she is performing in approximately 20 different cities. Some gigs are scheduled, while others take place on the fly.

As for her motivation, Paloma explains, “This project is a demonstration of not only following your bliss, but also on how the music industry has changed. Being an independent artist means doing everything yourself, and that takes resources away from your art. But, sharing good music will never change. Why can’t it be just that simple? I believe in sharing my resources...and my songs are what I have to offer.”

Occasionally, Paloma will add performance art to her act, using costumes and props to embody other artists as she covers their songs; she also performs with a live painter on stage; and has even set her music to Speak Easy and Burlesque themes.

Armed with her guitar and a GoPro camera, Paloma has been capturing her journey for a rockumentary series.

You can share her adventure with her at:, and her website,