OSM: Hi Natalie, where are you from and has where you are from helped shape your approach to music?
I was born in Los Angeles, but I grew up in Tampa, FL!! Honestly, I wouldn’t currently have as strong of a love for live music if it wasn’t for Tampa. In 2014-2019 the indie scene was in its prime, I was always at some local metal show or alternative festival. All the concert goers there had such a community and I met lifelong friends being a part of it.
OSM: Your new single ‘Cracked Pepper’, is out now. What was the general songwriting process and are there any interesting stories around the recording of the song?
I started the song pre-pandemic, so I seriously don’t remember how I began writing it. All I know is when I revisited the demo this year to kickstart the new single, I changed almost 75% of what I already had, and that’s the first time I’ve ever done that with a song. The only interesting thing I can think of recording-wise is that I had to slow down the whole song to be able to track drums-- it was too fast for me LOL. The beat you currently hear is at 175 bpm (if I remember correctly) and I tracked it at around 140. I had the opportunity to record the vocals at Spotify’s Noteable Studios in Nashville and that was a very fancy experience.
OSM: From your point of view, what is the single about, what is its message?
You don’t need cocaine if you’re already excited enough. Have fun and there’s no reason to try it. (Laughs). In all seriousness though, after one of my shows three years ago someone told me I seem like I’m on cocaine. I’ve always heard “how do you have so much energy?” after a set. And the funny part is, I don’t. I hate going for runs. I have a horrible sleep schedule. Coffee makes me feel awful so I can’t use that either. But something clicks in me when it’s time to perform because I love it so much. I’m too afraid of failing to not feel coked out.
Sometimes I feel like people shouldn’t give up searching for that feeling. Like, a natural high. Push yourself outside your comfort zone.
OSM: What challenges have you faced since launching your career?
I keep typing this answer and deleting it, because there’s just so many. My own royalties being stolen from me to the point of being broke, writer’s block lasting months, burning out so badly I begin to reconsider all of this. I never let it phase or stop me though. All careers are difficult.
OSM: What are the plans for the year ahead for yourself?
I have a tour in the works :)
OSM: If you could change anything about the industry what would it be?
Remove the Tik Tok app from the internet. blessing and a curse. I’m becoming a boomer that misses the “good ol’ days”.
OSM: If you could share the stage with another band or performer who would it be?
I was very offended when Hayley Williams chose to sing a duet with pop sensation Billie Eilish instead of me, small indie artist.
OSM: Who are some of the main influences of your music?
I grew up listening to acts like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel, Amy Winehouse, Paramore, Queen, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, and so many more. My own tastes have started to include Frank Ocean, Hozier, Zella Day, Led Zeppelin, Poppy, Manchester Orchestra, Fugees, 100 Gecs, Doja Cat, and Young the Giant.
OSM: What songs are on your playlist right now, which songs are you into at the moment?
I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO UNTOUCHED BY THE VERONICAS AND DORITOS AND FRITOS BY 100 GECS LIKE IT’S BECOME A PROBLEM I just keep waiting for the day I’m sick of listening to them a 10th time in a row and that day hasn’t arrived yet.