Meet Natasha Kozaily, singer/songwriter from San Diego. Natasha channels her artistic creativity to write, record, and perform music under the moniker NATULA. She calls her music “third-culture pop” as a nod to her third-culture identity, which leads her to explore elements of traditional folk music in a pop context. She also runs the Kalabash School of Music and the Arts in La Jolla, California, where she teaches music and inspires students to write their original material. Natasha founded and fronts for Baby Bushka, an all-female, eight-piece Kate Bush experience.
Recently I had a chat with her about what sparks her creativity and inspires her live performances as an artiste. Here are highlights from that interview.
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What Inspired Her Latest Album?
Natasha describes it as a personal album and her way of dealing with the grief caused by the passing away of Nina, one of their band members. Writing and singing about what she was going through at the time was very therapeutic and cathartic for her and was her way of processing everything that she was experiencing.
Natasha also published Nina’s artistic material, both her poetry and songs, creating a website as a tribute to the departed band member. “I felt like I couldn’t move forward until this had been done… she was amazing, people should learn about her,” are Natasha’s sentiments.
What is Natasha’s song-writing process?
“I got through waves where I feel extra-creative with the original music, and then there’s times where I feel like I’m absorbing more and taking in the inspiration.”
As is the case with most artistes, song-writing is cyclical for her. “It’s based on the emotional currents happening in my life,” she says, although she admits that writing her own songs often takes a back banner because she’s got so many other projects going. However, she likes to set aside a chunk of her time every once in a while to record music, like she did with her latest album recording.
Does she wait for inspiration, or does she proactively seek out song-writing ideas?
It’s a mix of both. “The original music either starts with me singing in the car and recording voice memos, or it’s me sitting by the piano feeling really emotional,” she says. Some songs are left unfinished until the actual album recording. She admits that she gets some of her inspiration from listening to other musicians’ songs.
How does she conceptualize her live performances?
“I feel like more and more; my creativity is morphing into this conceptual, performance-driven art… it’s not just about recording the album; it’s more about the concert and the whole experience I can create for the audience,” is how she puts it.
She finds her experience streaming live concerts online fulfilling because there was so much preparation involved beforehand, yet she didn’t feel in touch with the audience at the end of it.
“Feeding off the audience and the energy, the dialogue, and the communication is one of the most important things for me when performing,” she says.
Although she likes performing in live concerts, she only does this once every six months or so because she wants to create more of an impact. She says she rarely does her concerts the same way twice and believes she gets sell-out crowds because she spaces them out more, giving herself and the band enough time to prepare well.
“Making people want something is an important part of the whole thing,” is her approach when doing live performances.
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Hi! I’m Danielle Tucker – singer, vocal coach, and lead vocalist of The Mighty Untouchables band.
Throughout my 20-year career, I’ve equally enjoyed singing country, rock, pop, gospel, and jazz. Today, I’m a professional singer/songwriter available for solo performances, studio recording, and lead vocalist of San Diego-based band The Mighty Untouchables. I also offer vocal coaching to both solo artists and groups through my own studio. I’ve crafted a rewarding vocal career, and it’s my great pleasure to bring music to others through private bookings, performing with my band, or helping others to grow more confident in their own vocal gifts. Thanks for visiting my site I’m honored that you’d like to get to know me!