MuzicNotez: First off, it’s an honor to be doing this interview with you Nathalie, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us.
What motivated you to start creating music? What age did you begin?
Nathalie Raedler: Thanks for having me! I always loved singing since little, so my mom took me to singing lessons for children when I was about four. We also had a piano and a keyboard at home because my older sister took classical piano lessons. I specially liked the keyboard since it had “Hey Jude” programmed into it. I would listen to it, trying to play along. At age six I finally started with classical piano training.
MuzicNotez: Who were your musical influences, idols, or bands growing up that have helped mold you into the musician you are today? Or helped mold the music that you create?
Nathalie: So many!!! I had a very multi-cultural upbringing and was exposed to a lot of different genres. But I think, when it comes to popular music, I have to say that I absolutely adore The Beatles! My parents listened to a lot of music from the late 50’s and 60’s, so I automatically picked that up from an early age on.
MuzicNotez: What’s the greatest concert you’ve ever been to or performed?
Nathalie: I’ve been lucky enough to attend amazing concerts! Probably one of the most memorable ones was the Rolling Stones concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil when I was 14 years old. It was my first big stadium concert and Bob Dylan opened the show. I loved to see how different generations were brought together by their music!
MuzicNotez: What’s the ultimate goal you want your music to achieve, or for you to achieve in your career as a musician? Any particular message you wish to send?
Nathalie: I hope to write songs that inspire and that people can relate to. I always loved to listen to songs that tell a story or carry a message that I could identify with, so I would love to achieve the same thing with my music. And obviously, I also want everyone to have fun while listening to me!
MuzicNotez: Out of the 4 songs or “Elements” of your album… do you have a favorite? What is it? And why?
Nathalie: That’s a tough one! I guess it depends on what mood I’m in, haha! I love singing “On The Fast Lane” though! It’s an empowering song and people have been responding very well to it when I performed it live.
MuzicNotez: What motivated the concept of your album “Four Elements”?
Nathalie: Each song represents a very specific mood and moment in life. I though that these four elements made a beautiful metaphor for what these songs stand for. For example, “Part Of me” talks about loss and resulting sadness. I thought “water” would be perfect to represent not only the tears but also symbolizing life’s “flow of time”: Letting go of the past and allowing new things into your life.
MuzicNotez: The album was recorded in Boston, and Barcelona. How come you went all the way to Spain to record, and how was that experience?
Nathalie: I partly grew up in Barcelona and I was spending the winter holidays in Spain. My wonderful producer and friend, Carles Delgado, is from Barcelona too. So we ended up meeting and recording there and I had the honor to include fantastic studio musicians like Pol Barbé and Xabi Oro on the EP. I couldn’t be happier with the result, it was a great experience!
MuzicNotez: You obviously sing beautifully, do you also play any instruments?
Nathalie: Oh yes, besides piano I love to play guitar. I studied Jazz/Blues guitar at the Conservatory Liceu in Barcelona. I also play Brazilian percussion, it is so much fun!
MuzicNotez: You mix quite a few genres into your sound. Any others you would like to work with that you haven’t experimented with yet?
Nathalie: I would love to experiment with Hip Hop and Electronic music. I just discovered this amazing Belgian artist called Stromae, who mixes these genres together. He is fantastic!
MuzicNotez: Anything new on the horizon? What can we expect from you moving forward?
Nathalie: Since I’m half Brazilian I write a lot of music in different Brazilian styles. I have a lot of material and I hope I can release these songs in a new EP soon! In the pop- rock front I’m currently in the pre- production phase of my first music video. And I’m also working on a full-length album, to be released in 2015. So there’s a lot going on and I’m pretty excited about that!
MuzicNotez: Anything else you wish to say about yourself or your music? Any message for your fans?
Nathalie: I want to thank everybody who has been supporting me, it means so much to me!! My message is: Be kind to yourself and generous to others. What comes around goes around, so it better be something positive!