Euphoric Pop/Neo Soul vibes, Argentinian excellence, and a strong message about what it means to be loving at your own risk, and your own terms. This is how I would summarize Natalia Soul’s debut EP ‘Hurt You’, but there is a lot more to unpack. Natalia herself let us in on the story of ‘Hurt You’, het career, and her inspiring path to self-love.
Hi Natalia! Congrats on finishing your beautiful debut EP, we are so happy to have a chat with you about it. How does it feel to finally release it?
It feels like crossing the finish line at the end of a marathon race! (haha) So much went down. We had all kinds of technical issues. But We finally did it and It feels great!
You’ve studied opera, composing, guitar, and acting. That’s a prestigious list! Were you already involved with this much creativity as a child?
One of the earliest memories I have is of me being a toddler playing with a tiny drum set and xylophone for hours on end. And making up stories that I would act out for my very patient grandma.
My parents love music and photography, and my mom still is a genius artisan. So me and my sister grew up exposed to a lot of different artistic expressions.
In your ‘Hurt You’ EP you use a lot of Spanish guitar, and the Argentinian energy you put in really shines through. Have your culture and these sounds from your home country always been an inspiration for you?
You could say that. What's really interesting is that it wasn't until I moved to the States that I realized just how much!
And then, you moved to the United States. What made you take on such an adventure?
I wanted to learn the business side of music. I wanted to learn how to write songs and all the music I loved had the U.S. as a common denominator.
Since then you have suffered losses and managed to pull yourself out of a toxic relationship, which I can imagine have affected your life greatly. You said that as you change, your music changes with you. How would you say it impacted your musical style at the time?
It made me appreciate humor a lot more! Laughter saved me. Finding the right balance between depth and lightheartedness.
I re-Learned how to have fun, and how to be vulnerable. And The fact That in the beginning I could only do so little, inspired me to go for a raw, more natural approach. Hence the strong acoustic feel and the live recording of real guitars.
In what ways has making music been playing a role in your journey to healing and self-love?
Music has given me everything. And while taking care of my "relationship" with her I learned a lot about myself and how my personal wellbeing affects my capability to connect and create.
It really is more complex than this, but for example; If I don't sing, If I'm too quiet when I'm not intending to be, I know something is wrong, I know my Joy is not there and I have to pay attention to my everyday habits and correct course. Self-care is a difficult one for me.
How did creating ‘Hurt You’ specifically help you in this process?
Well, I suck at relationships and feelings (I'm an 8 for all the enneagram enthusiasts out there) and also, I have trust issues... I know, I'm just a delight to be around.
Hurt You made me face myself in a very honest way. What do i like now? Who am I doing this for? Why this? Why now? What motivates me?
And in answering these questions an EP was created and a part of me I thought lost forever was found. Not to mention the fact that I had SO MUCH HELP and I accepted it and welcomed it and It felt great to learn this very rare skill of asking for help and then accepting it. I know, It's funny...But I bet you can relate.
What do you wish for your fans and listeners to feel while listening to ‘Hurt You’?
Whatever they need to feel. I just hope it's as much a catalyst as it is a safe/sacred space for them to be themselves and simply feel.
Can you tell us a bit about your musical plans for the future? What’s the next step?
We're filming videos! yay! And already producing some Fully produced singles as well as in the process of writing another EP. Maybe Album? we'll see.
Is there anything else you want to tell our readers and your fans?
Thank you, I am so blessed to have you in my life. I feel so lucky that someone like you, finds value in my art and decides to take time to connect with it. Thank you! and Please reach out! I love to connect through social!
You can listen to 'Hurt You' now on Spotify: open.spotify.com/album/0lfKZFCNQcinBmjIAFXcZB?si=s30T7ky6SUO9VRsaCjIshw
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