RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LA ARTIST NATALIE CLARK
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I was always surrounded by music growing up and had a passion for it, but it was really when I started singing that I caught the bug for performing and eventually got inspired to write my own songs. After I started writing, I was completely hooked!
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I started singing when I was 11 years old and my first gig was singing jazz standards at my Dad’s jazz residency gig when I was 14. I loved singing so much so any opportunity I took it! A few years later was when I started writing songs. It began with poems and then I realized they could be lyrics for music. It took another few years to find my own style, but I loved the process of figuring it out and trying things!
What was life like for you before music?
I used to be a school teacher in Scotland before I left to pursue music full-time and moved to America, so my life was definitely very different!! I think the main difference is just how much time I could spend on my music – I used to only be able to squeeze it in in my spare time, so I love the fact that I can concentrate on it all the time now!
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
When I was 11 years old, I heard ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston on the radio for the first time. The way it starts just acapella, I’d never heard anything like it! Immediately I was inspired to start singing and I haven’t stopped since!
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I fell off a castle wall and broke my leg when I was growing up in Scotland.
I have an honors degree in Psychology specializing in Cognitive Neuroscience.
I can cook!
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….
I think I do worry sometimes about what people think and about being careful what I say, so as not to offend anyone! I think cancel culture is a bit scary and doesn’t leave much room for growth or forgiveness at times! At the end of the day, we’re all human and can make mistakes. I do try and be responsible for what I say though and try my best to be thoughtful.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Probably any time I’ve forgotten the words to a song! When my mind has gone completely blank and the panic starts! Ha!
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
Probably my degree in cognitive neuroscience – not much to do with my music career now! Ha! (I think I just gave away the previous question about 2 truths and a lie!)
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I think the fact that I’m Scottish and based in L.A is a bit different as I haven’t met any other Scottish artists out here!
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
My new song Mission is a song from my upcoming EP. I’m so excited to get it out there! It’s a bit different for me. The message is positive, like my other songs but the sound is a bit grittier and darker I think!
What was the recording process like?
The song was produced by Todd Spadafore, an incredible producer based here in L.A. I brought the song to him and instantly he got the vibe I was going for! Heavy beats mixed with low, dark strings. I wanted it to hit the listener hard!
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No, I think once I’ve worked on something and taken it to a place where I don’t have any notes or edits I can think of, it’s good just to let it go! Otherwise I would constantly be wanting to revise and change things and nothing would get finished!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I’m so excited to share all the new music I’ve been working on! My full EP is coming pretty soon and I’m excited to share it with you all and perform these songs live on tour!