Interview: Natalie

Here at Romusa we value rising artists. Natalie’s new song Devotion is an absolute earworm that has quickly climbed the ranks of my favorite songs to come out this year. Check it out below and learn more about Natalie.

 

1) What is your earliest memory of music?
My earliest memory of music was probably my uncle singing a Boys II Men song in a Karaoke machine.

2) How musical is your family?
I have two uncles that enjoyed singing but other than that not much. I don’t have any family members that produced or really recorded original music and distributed it.

3) Are you the first in your family to pursue music?
I’m the first to seriously pursue music.

4) What do you remember about the first song you wrote and recorded?
The first song I wrote and recorded was called Ashamed and is actually still up on my Soundcloud to this day. I started making the beat and it was originally acoustic. I hated the way my voice sounded, so I pitched down my vocals to sound completely different, almost male. And built out the beat around it and sent it to my friend to collaborate on.

5) What compelled you to create the genre(s) you do today?
That’s tough. I move through a lot of different genres, I have songs out right now that are pop, dancehall, trap, hip-hop, but all sound consistent. I just make what I’m feeling, because I produce I’m not limited to beats that people send me.

6) What is your label situation?
I’m not signed to anything. No label, no talent agency, no marketing company, etc. I’m 100% independent.

7) What are your thoughts on the state of the industry today?
It’s interesting, I think that the state of the industry in a monetary sense is bright and booming because of streaming, television programming, etc. I’m personally not a huge fan of certain trends in music, like “meme-rap”, singing about things that aren’t honest in one’s life, and saying you’re independent when you’re are being funded by agencies/companies. I also think it’s pretty reckless and dangerous to promote young kids 13-17 singing about drug culture, because it’s normalizing it at a peer level to a really young audience.

8) How did you make Devotion?
I knew I wanted to make a summer track and I was listening to a ton of dancehall songs so it just felt right. I started making the beat and sang about things that were happening last year. Everything just kind of fell together naturally.

9) Technically — What do you need to make music?
Honestly, just an interface, mic, laptop with Ableton, and midi keyboard. I use a Scarlett 2i4, a Rode Nt1, and an Alesis 49 key.

10) What is a favorite lyric you’ve written recently?
In Devotion I said, “ I been hurt I been misused, I played now I play too.” I felt that.

11) Do you go by Natalie or Shameful Natalie?
I just go by Natalie. I changed my Instagram/Twitter name to my first EP name and my first name because Natalie was taken by some influencer. I think ShamefulNatalie is sticking though so who knows I might change it, Natalie isn’t exactly SEO friendly.

12) Why that name to record and release under?
I like going by just my first name because the music I make is true to who I am. The things I sing about are experiences I have gone through so it makes sense to release it without a filter or character mask.

13) Dream collaboration?
That’s so hard, I think my dream collaboration would be Travis Scott or Boys II Men.

14) If you could record music anywhere, where would it be?
I would love to go back to Houston or even Chicago and just create. I would love to try Toronto too but I don’t the vibe there.

15) What’s next for you?
I’m dropping a lot more before the year ends. Got a music video coming out 2 singles and hopefully 1-2 more EP’s before 2020 so keep an eye out for the girl.

#BNT: RobOlu – “Sucka Free”

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BEST NEW TRACK

Nigerian-American artist RobOlu is one of the best new rappers to emerge within Atlanta’s bustling underground hip-hop scene. Following a packed to capacity release party for his full-length Bigger Than Reality and the brief but sublime Excellence extended play, RobOlu returns over Sensei ATL produced sound. The song is now streaming wherever you stream music.

 

BNT: Turls ~ Pusher (prod. Popstar Benny)

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BEST NEW TRACK

Popstar FM is quietly becoming one of Atlanta’s leading indie labels. Powered by mastermind Popstar Benny, a producer / graphic designer / DJ in his own right, Benny has proven to be relentless when it comes to keeping his foot on the gas.

His latest production, a 2:09 blend of his pop sensibilities and glittering melodies that separate him from the rest of Atlanta’s producers, provides the perfect background for Gwinnett County’s Turls to find the pocket. Turls particularly shines on the hook.

The two are working on an album together.

The single cover art was taken by Casey Doran. The track was mixed by Jackson Laurie / @Wavvv.

More Info:

Turls on Twitter

Popstar Benny on Twitter

Popstar FM on Twitter

BNT: KYLORAF – “Bad Dreams” (prod. Weird Fears)

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BEST NEW TRACK

KYLORAF links Weird Fears for this impressive debut single. Picking Toronto-based graphic designer Kristjan Evans to bring the cover art to life, KYLORAF is off to a hot start and isn’t afraid to collaborate. Not much else is known about the new artist to date but we look forward to hearing more from him.

More Info:

KYLORAF on Twitter

 

BNT: Nessly – “Back To Life”

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BEST NEW TRACK

Atlanta-based, Brooklyn-born rapper Nessly is a sonic purveyor of auto-tuned flamboyancy. His excellent ear for production has led to working with New York production team Take A Daytrip, a team known for pushing and blurring the boundaries of EDM and rap. Nessly seems to be the one of the few – perhaps the sole – artist to wring a lasso over his head and pull Take A Daytrip back to his world on wax, finding pockets in productions and making it sound effortless.

Tagging his songs on streaming services with tags like Alternative Rock, Nessly comes off as another staunch advocate of the rock sound perpetuating hip-hop today. Whether he’s trolling or not – he may never say – much of his music expresses a scorned attitude on both life and art, a desirable trait for a young person’s discerning ear, and certainly a very rock perspective.

“Back To Life”, from new album “Wildflower” out later this year on Republic Records, goes from verse to bridge to hook to verse to bridge to hook without much fanfare, prolonged intros or ad-libbed detours. The song finds Nessly in a focused state, intending to set a tone. This is a good indicator of a piece of music’s replay value. Nessly is at his best when he delves into analogies, playing with the English language in instances, “Donated all of my blood / I do this shit for my blood.” His references to vampires add another dimension to a song that finds itself unaware of its own cultural depth, a dimension Nessly could stand to explore more of in hopes to further differentiate his already unique sound.

More Info:

Nessly on Twitter