An Interview With Singer-Songwriter NATASHA-LEIGH SMITH On Her Latest Release “Omen” and More!
Posted On 28 Dec 2016
Written by Natasha-Leigh Smith and produced by Mark Winterburn (Plan B, 5 Seconds of Summer) at The Edge Studio in Cheshire, UK, Omen is a tumultuous ballad with heavy strings and dark, minor piano chordal progression with Natasha¹s sultry vocal melodies drifting ever so gracefully above all of the music.
At only 22, Natasha¹s are well beyond her years, taking inspiration of her writing from personal experience and deep thought. Having been through some very dark times, where the loss of love drives any person on the brink of insanity and regret where Omen is a product of these experiences.
Natasha has been writing music since she was eight years old. At 17, she went into the studio for the first time amazed by how little she knew and was greeted to a whole new world of music. Having sung at clubs in Liverpool as a part of a girl duo and having toured the club scene in Manchester, Natasha went solo in 2016. Her first solo release, Bedroom Walls was a slow, moody pop ballad with many people gravitated towards her prowess. Taking influences from Ed Sheeran, Sia, Aaliyah, Rihanna and Kehlani, Natasha has previously worked with Ian Lovatt (Jess Glynee, Krishane, Si Hulbert) among many others in the Manchester music scene.
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Learn more about Natasha-Leigh Smith in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! Now that 2016 is almost over, what are some words you would use to describe this year? What have been some of the highlights for you and your music? What are you most excited about for 2017?
Eye opening and exciting. I released my first solo music video at the start of this year. And now I’m about to release my third! I think a highlight was really focusing on the music. I focused more on the studio this year. And I’m very proud of my new song Omen.
Growing up, did you all always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
Yes I have always wanted to be a singer! I used to sing in little competitions when I was younger and win my parents free stuff!
Let’s talk about your recently released debut single “Omen.” Where did the inspiration for this track come from? How different or similar is this song to your previous release “Bedroom Walls”?
Omen is about being in a toxic relationship which I think a lot of people can relate too! Bedroom Walls was way more personal and is based around sadness and feeling defeated. Omen is probably more about jealousy Ha!
When will you releasing a full-length album? Are you constantly working on new music?
I’m working on an EP at the moment. I’m actually in the studio again soon to finish my final two songs! So I’ve written quite a few songs which I’m going to choose my best from! And yes I do like to write songs, especially if something bad or good happens to me. I always think to make it into a song by writing down my feelings.
How do you decide what songs to cover? What’s been a favorite song to cover? Are you working on any right now?
Firstly it depends how well the song suits my voice! Sometimes I can be in love with a song but It just doesn’t work when I try to cover it. I do find Justin Bieber songs are quite fun to cover but i’m currently not working on a cover song but I’m going to start gigging again soon so I will be looking for some new songs to cover very soon.
Who are some of your favorite artists and what bands continue to inspire you and your music? Who would you love to work with in the future?
Ed Sheeran is a big inspiration. His song writing skills and vocals together are amazing. And he always remains so humble! I also like Clean Bandit and Mura Masa from the UK. I would work with any of them!
When you aren’t performing, working in the studio, what do you like to do for fun? How do you unwind?
I like to exercise and go to the gym. I love setting myself fitness goals because it makes me feel like I’m constantly bettering myself. Which is what I love doing with my music too. Also, going to comedy nights or bars in Liverpool and having a drink or two (or five!).
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
I want them to feel my songs and it have an impact on them. And I want this impact to be a positive one.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or the music you make?
I have my new music video being released in the next couple of weeks for Omen! So, keep a look out for it!