Interview: "Science" by NATA
Q: Congratulations on the release of ‘Science’! What inspired you to write this song?
NATA: I'm obsessed with Friends! (the tv show) and of course a sucker for quirky love songs. There's a main character in the show called Phoebe who falls in love with a scientist, David and I found that if I explore that concept and turn it into a ballad, science can convey quite strong symbolism.
Q: Can you share a bit about your songwriting process?
NATA: This was an extremely unusual process for me. I feel like this song generally has been living in the back of my head for a while and all I needed was a trigger or a character to develop, but when it all came together the song was done in about 20 min. The first line I penned was "Cause it's not the kind of science you're used to" and it's been in my phone for weeks. I like to think of my songwriting as quite detailed so I always need a character or a story to work off. This song is literally a collection of them. It's like that fridge "put the words together" game. Various lines depicted from various stories that created one whole. I also wanted to keep that sense of a chaotic search for character alive in the finished process, so the amazing Lily Be who did the artwork helped bring that to life. Another pitch I like to use for this track is "If The Scientist by Coldplay was written & performed by a woman in 2022".
Q: If you could have dinner with any artist, dead or alive, who would you pick and why? You can only pick one!
NATA: It would have to be Taylor Swift FOR SURE. My taste in music and influences as an artist don't necessarily match and Taylor Swift happens the common denominator between the two.
Q: What made you want to start pursuing music?
NATA: I started playing piano when I was 4, followed by guitar as a way to rebel against classical piano. I actually didn't realise how valuable and important piano was in my life until I was in my late teens. If someone would've told me I'd make a career out of it I'd laugh in their face (in a nice way) lol. I'm amongst the kind of musicians who had everything happen as a snowball effect.
Q: Who are some of your biggest music influences?
NATA: One of the most genre-diverse lists you've probably ever come across! Since I had so many cultural shifts up till now it's all impacted me as an artist. Earlier influences include (as previously mentioned) Taylor Swift, as well as other pop songstresses like Pink. Regina Spektor is always a big one too. On top of that I picked up songwriting techniques from Radiohead and Paramore. Growing up in Moldova, Russian folk music has wired my brain earlier on. Having done musical theatre as a teenager definitely added to that and impacted the way I write my melodies with added melodrama and spoken word flow.
Q: If you could talk to your younger self, what advice would you give them?
NATA: This would apply on both a personal and professional basis - stop trying to please everyone.
Written By Sarah Curry