Welcome to the feature where we talk to musicians and artists to find out in depth information about their brand new singles and music.
Today we speak to indie pop artist from North London, Natalie Shay . The award winning artist has just released her new single Two Sparks and I wanted to find out more about it.
Hello! Tell us about your brand new single Two Sparks?
Hi! I wrote this song with my long-time friend and collaborator Joseph Wander, it’s the second single from my second EP that will be out at some point over the summer. It’s very good and just one stream a day will guarantee you clear skin.
How did the song come about?
I wrote the song during the first wave of Covid in South-West London, just a basic piano demo that we slowly developed, and I later finished in Manchester and polished up over a few more months in London.
How long did it take to write?
In real time, about as long as it takes to listen to. Conceptually? Most of my last relationship and all of the break-up ahah
What is the main theme of the song?
The song is about a long-term relationship that has stuttered and slowly come to a stop; it’s like you got too close and too friendly to the point that the romance and passion has died. Both of you are just waiting for the relationship to end, but neither of you is brave enough to leave, despite knowing you both want something else.
What about the production process, what was the most tricky thing about recording the track?
Taking inspiration from tracks without taking too much haha, while also creating something that is fresh and can say something meaningful in a new way. There’s so many different directions you can take a song, and it’s about being open enough to possibilities while also staying true to why you wrote it in the first place.
How do you approach a new song in the studio?
Don’t be precious. Get something down, doesn’t have to be perfect or even in tune, sketch out the idea quickly to get a sense of its strengths and then slowly build each section until you have something that comes together. From there, try and make it as perfect as you can before you get a better idea.
How do you feel on the release day of a new song?
Terrified lol. I’m learning to enjoy it a little more with each release though.
How do you think your fans are going to react to the new track?
Hopefully well lol
Tell us about the music video? What was the inspiration?
It’s basically the story of the song. It’s very much the story of finding yourself in a relationship that once worked, and how lonely that can be. Especially when both people feel the same way but neither feels they can move on.
Was it fun to film?
What is your favourite lyric in the track?
‘To me you’re just a house and not a home’, I think a lot of people can relate to being in something that feels right for right now, but ultimately that’s not right at all. The song is about realising not everyone you lose is a loss, and that change isn’t something to be scared of.
For those who are new to your music, where can they find you on social media?
@natalieshaymusic on IG, natalieshay_ on everything else!
Finally three words why people should listen to your new single?
Because. Please. Thanks