If you haven't heard of Natalie Claro yet, you're really missing out. Need a reason why? Well for starters, she's a strong and unique young woman who doesn't let anything stop her.
We got the chance to speak to Natalie and discuss what how she got into the music industy, how to deal with bullies, who inspired her sense of style, what you can expect to hear from her musically in the future, and more.
What inspired you to get into the music industry at the young age of 17?
I’ve always been involved with music since I was a kid. Musical theater, orchestra, you name it. I even wrote songs as a kindergartener. After years and years my mom finally said, “Natalie I don’t understand why you don’t want to do this as a career!!” and I just sort of shrugged it off like, “yeah right”.
Then in 8thgrade I saw Paramore in concert, and my whole mindset changed. Hayley Williams to this day is one of my biggest inspirations because of how she commands the stage. I saw her running up ramps and flipping her hair and I thought, “okay yeah wow I want to do that”. It took a few years before I really got into the position to be able to perform that way but I’m finally here. My mom’s always right.
Congrats on your new EP! Do you have a favorite song off Atychiphobia so far? If so, which do you like most and why?
I kind of have favorites based on how they affect me. "Mountains" and "My Calling" are probably my two favorites songs to perform, while lyrically I love "Daisy" and "Shower of Roses." "Baby Bug" is a personal story so it feels like more of a sentimental attachment.
How did you come up with the EP name Atychiphobia? Is there a special meaning behind it for you?
I can’t even remember how I thought of it, I think I googled what the fear of failure was so I found that. The concept reflects my growth as someone surrounded by goals and obstacles all the time… I used to struggle with writing and making music because I was so critical of myself. I just wanted to be the best and I let that sensation tear me apart. I couldn’t even listen to my own recorded voice.
But as time progressed, I started to use the fear of not succeeding as a fuel to tell myself I HAD to succeed. I’m a workaholic who never stops to breathe because I want to be the best I can be, always striving to out-do the Natalie from yesterday. I ran to my computer as soon as you sent me this interview. I rain-checked my plans for a theme park just to answer these.
If you could have one musician on your next album or EP, who would it be and why?
Nobody because I want to go platinum with no features. Just kidding, well not really, but I already have my album planned out and the track order sort of represents an experience of my life. The album title ties into it. I can’t see another artist singing those lyrics, you know? But in the far future I might collaborate.
We love your style when it comes to your appearance, and we know we get our style inspo from a lot of our favorite celebs in the entrainment world today. Who would you say inspired your sense of style?
Thanks!! Zella Day 100%. Now if you google her, at first you’ll think, “What the hell… Nat dresses nothing like her” but that’s precisely the point. This girl has zero limits when it comes to what she wears. For Coachella she wore a custom romper covered with fish patterns.
Sometimes she wears sequin pants or giant platform heels. I idolize her individuality, as she’s the person who motivated me to do whatever I want. If I like something, I buy it and wear it. It doesn’t matter if it’s considered trendy or not, because it’s what I like. I hope I can motivate other people to be that way too.
You shared via Facebook saying that “Baby Bug” off of your EP is about how you were bullied to extent that caused you to have depression. What advice would you give to other people dealing with that?
Ahhh this sucks to talk about, but it’s so important because it happens to so many people. The world is full of jerks. I seriously for the life of me cannot stand when people pick on others or make them feel bad about themselves, (which is why I’m such a big LGBT and minorities advocate), but unfortunately these people are everywhere. I’ve learned that telling the world not to be bullies doesn’t do a damn thing.
It’s the strength within you that’s what makes you rise above. Pick a hobby, anything, work on it and make it blossom. Find out how you can be successful with it one day!! Prove to yourself that one day you wont be a small insect that everyone can stomp on; you will grow wings and fly. Soon enough all the bullies or the road ragers or the unsupportive family members or the rude co-workers will fade away. Your eye is on the prize. It worked for me so I know it can work for you too!! Make everyone be sorry for not sticking by your side, and then use your strength to help others find it too. Let’s make a movement.
Are you already thinking of or already making new music? If so, what kind of sound can we expect to hear?
I’m in the studio again to start my album January 3rd, it will have all the songs from my EP, plus the rest that I’ve given a lot of teasers for during shows. Expect a story, and a lot of metaphors. Expect everything from hype and heavy bass lines to calming lullabies. The album will be called DISCONNECT. I have some puzzles for you.
For the people who never saw you live, how would you explain a Natalie Claro concert?
I guarantee you I will not leave you bored for one moment. I don’t just perform my songs, I create an experience. Backbends, drum battles, running through the crowd. Crazy lights and screaming. I even bring people on the stage if you have the guts. I want every last person in that crowd to go home wanting to do it all over again for more.
What are some of the most rewarding things a fan has told you when it came to your music? (If any, or multiple fans)
If I’m being honest, I hear on a weekly basis that I help people feel happier with my music. It’s insanely stressful because of how responsible I am for others now. If I have the power to make people feel confident and happier then I have to always be on my A game. I think the most rewarding thing I’ve ever been told is that I made school easier for someone. They used to come home feeling sad and stressed but once they put on my music they felt better… like HOLY COW it made me want to cry. I’m glad I can do that for people.
Do you have any advice for your fans that want to pursue a career in the music industry?
It’s very hard, but extremely rewarding. Don’t be turned off by the idea of tedious things, okay?? It’s the most crucial part. Start small, I mean, my first gigs were open mics at restaurants and my first write ups were small indie blogs made by teenage girls. Any exposure is exposure.
One person in a crowd of three people can make a huge difference. They could be an agent for all you know. Never give up. Cancel a trip to Busch Gardens to answer an interview. Do what you gotta do. Also don’t jump into any record labels arms, do your research and put yourself first. Be safe guys.
Interview by Melanie Gomez
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