Inspired by her multi-cultural background, Nathassia (pronounced Natasha) fuses the exotic sounds and instruments from her Dutch, Indian & South American (Surinam) roots, into her unique style of electronica.
We caught up with the now, London based artist on her recent singles and new projects for the year ahead.
T.H.E – Hey Nathassia! Welcome back to T.H.E – Music Essentials, what have you been up to in 2020 so far?
Nathassia – Hi & thanks for having me back! It’s been a mad busy start to the year finishing off several new releases and a great new collaboration cumulating in two singles with renowned South American DJ/producer D3FAI.
T.H.E – We previously featured your single, ‘Light Of The World’ which is firing up on the streaming front, what was your inspiration for this track?
Nathassia – It’s all about the future of love merging with technology and how the onslaught of augmented reality and A.I. will affect us all.
T.H.E – We know Grammy-award winning songwriter/producer Bruce Elliott-Smith was part of this project. How did this collaboration come about & is there anything you’ve learnt through working with him?
Nathassia – We met at ADE and struck a writing relationship when I moved to London. I learnt a lot of the nuances of the English language. There are some great new co-writes with Bruce coming soon.
T.H.E – You’ve established a successful career as an electronic artist, can you share a little more about your journey into the music industry?
Nathassia – It’s been about five years and I’m still surprised by the amount of growth and potential twist and turns I am experiencing as both an artist, live performer and songwriter. I am learning new things every day.
T.H.E – Can you tell us a little about the concept behind your unique style of electronica?
Nathassia – The style is a reflection of my background, I am Dutch and Indian with South American (Surinam) roots, so I like my music to be electronic in nature but influenced by exotic sounds and instruments.
T.H.E – Do you feel the music scene from your homeland has influenced your sound & are there any labels / DJs that have particularly inspired you along the way?
Nathassia – Yeah definitely, as a student during my music management studies in Haarlem you could already find me almost every year exploring ADE, whilst listening to music from DJ Chuckie, Afrojack, Sidney Samson, Spinnin’ but I also love Armada & Black Hole.
T.H.E – Looking ahead, what do you think is in store for the future of electronic music and what role would you like to play in that?
Nathassia – I really love that electronic music has a global sense of “feel-good” and “togetherness” that crosses borders. Bringing people together from different countries, cultures and mindsets is what I’ve always aspired to do and for me electronic music is one of the keys to a new and better world.
T.H.E – Do you have any favourite pieces of kit in the studio that define your sound?
Nathassia – I guess that would be my collection of exotic instruments which includes Sitar, Oud & Tablas!
T.H.E – And finally, can you share with us any goals or upcoming releases that are currently in the pipeline?
Nathassia – Next, I’m off in two weeks to Lollapalooza Festival Argentina to perform my brand-new single with D3FAI.