Hey friends! We hope you are ready to dive head first into another succulent, delicious and musically nutritious Beneath the Surface feature with none other than the incredible Natali Noor. You’re in for a real treat so let’s get straight to it!
What would you say first sparked your interest in music/who inspired you to make music?
When I was a kid, my brother was in a death metal band growling, and my sister was singing in a synth-duo. Going to their shows when I was a little kid probably sparked my early interest in music. I also remember going to the toy store a lot, because they had a karaoke machine you could try. I sang there a lot until I got my own karaoke machine for christmas.
How would you describe the music you are currently creating?
The music I am creating for my own project is very playful with a lot of attitude. It’s dance-pop, with influences from dancehall, hiphop, EDM and persian music. The groove is everything to me. I want people to feel empowered and badass listening to my new stuff.
What does your creative process look like?
The process is different every time. With Policeman, it started with the lyrics. I was on a walk when I got the chorus idea. I finished writing it on a track some DJ had sent me. But his production didn’t feel quite right for the song, so I ended up making my own track. It started with putting down a bassline I had in my head, then adding percussion, then messing with a horn sample, and the rest is history. A lot of the process is just me looking for the right sounds, like a puzzle.
Who would you most like to collaborate with? (let’s send it out to the universe and make it happen!)
I want to collaborate with Robyn and Doja Cat!
What is the one message you would like to send out to your fans?
Thank you for finding my music, I appreciate you. Stay tuned because more bold pop bangers are going to be released. Until then, keep on slaying.
What’s your top tip to rejuvenate your creativity/get over a writer’s block?
Go for a walk, get some fresh air and get that circulation back. When you get back, make a few quick ideas. Forget about perfectionism, just get all the random ideas out. Try to have fun with it – it’s just music and it’s OK if you can’t dig out gold every time. Take the pressure off.
What’s next for you, what do we have to look forward to/ what are you currently working on?
I am currently working on my next single. It sounds like it’s the weird, evil, sexy sibling to Policeman. I think I wanna have a feature on it, but we’ll see!
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