Born in Mexico, writing music wherever she is, Nath Bravo sings her soul out. Armed with new, four-track EP ‘Shadowman’, we caught up with Nath to find out more about her.
I do sit on the piano and try to bring out some ideas, but the best ones always come spontaneously, so whenever I feel a little bit like that, I go to my piano and start bringing them to Earth.
First up, tell us bit about yourself - what were you doing before you began making music?
I grew up in a really small city in Mexico, so there were not many things to do. Both of my parents are photographers so I’ve always been involved in the graphic art and things like that. I think it’s been a long time since I started making music, but before moving in to another places and producing, I was having a normal life, going to school, traveling with my family and having friends. I’ve always enjoyed drawing, and graphic design so, also a bit of that.
What was the first style or genre of music you really got into? Was there a particular song or artist who inspired you?
Jazz. I grew up listening to the radio, so, I think it was until I was introduced to jazz that I got into a particular genre. Nina Simone is one of the artists that have inspired me the most, I truly love her soulful sound and feeling on every note she played and sang.
If you had to describe your sound as a personality, what would it be?
What would you say makes your music unique?
The way the voice always makes it’s own rules.
How do you create your music? Is there any kind of routine that helps?
Not really, I let it happen. Sometimes I do sit on the piano and try to bring out some ideas, but the best ones always come spontaneously, so whenever I feel a little bit like that, I go to my piano and start bringing them to Earth.
What was the most significant moment of 2017 for you and why?
When I released the video of my first single. It’s been a lot of work behind it and all of the project, so it meant a lot for me to bring it out after being only in my head.
What have you been listening to this year? Can you give us a top three records of 2017?
I’ve been quite obsessed with a few new artists (new because I discovered them on the 2017) like: LP, Tash Sultana and Rag ’n’ Bone Man. If I had to recommend three records, it’d be theirs. Yet, I do listen to my all time faves all the time: Queen, Nina Simone, Beth Hart, Pink Floyd, Billie Holiday, etc.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Tell us about the first single from your EP - ‘Shadowman’. What’s it about?
It’s a song I wrote as a tribute to fear. I was going through really hard times and could barely face my own fears, so that song helped me a lot to bring them out and jump out of that. I know mind is tricky and it’s a human thing to feel there’s no scape when you are scared, so, I represented the ‘fear’ itself as a character called ‘Shadowman’ and tried to explain how it feels to be in that state.
How does it represent your sound?
It’s daring and still keeps the sultry sound I like for my vocals. I think it’s also a mix of influences so, it’s a good way to represent my sound.
What other tracks are on the EP and what are they about?
‘Let You Go’, the second track, is a piece I wrote after realising that keeping toxic thoughts and feelings for people that are not longer with me, was self-destructive, so I wrote it for someone who was not longer in my life. ‘The Man I’ll Never Have’ is about a love that couldn’t happen. You know you are not meant to be together as a couple but enjoy the fact that you have no name to define the relationship you have.
‘Hunted’, that’s a song about running into someone you were with, after a while. It’s based on the story of a toxic relationship coming to an end and after you both have to find each other on the street, and also face the fact that even thought you cannot be together, you can’t either forget what happened.
‘My Own Home’ is a tribute to self love and finding yourself after being far from everything you knew and loved. Mercy is a single I released last year, and I truly love it. The track is about physical attraction to a stranger, ephemeral romance.
How is your music developing?
It’s growing, which is something I’m truly grateful for.
How is 2018 shaping up for you?
It’s gonna be an interesting year, as usual. I’m writing new things, so Hopefully it’s gonna be a year full of experiences and more music.
If you could pick any venue or festival to play, where would it be and which slot would you most enjoy?
One of my biggest dreams is to play at the Glastonbury festival one day, we can always dream, Who Knows. I’d simply enjoy the fact of being in such a massive great event. Chills.
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