Can you talk to us more about your latest release “7th Heaven”?
Of course! 7th Heaven is my third album and I’ve been working on it for the past two years. What’s fun about this album is that I wrote it on two coasts- the east and the west. LA is my second home. All of my best friends are there and my social life. I feel like all of the songs that I write in LA are more upbeat and dancey. The songs I write on the east coast tend to be a little more heartfelt and emotional.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this album?
Yes there were a few different events that inspired me to write the songs on this album. Traveling, meeting people in my travels and dating are probably my biggest influence in song-writing. For this album in particular, the events that inspired me were going to Hawaii, breakups, hanging out with my best friends, having a huge crush on a boy and being a strong independent woman!
How was the film experience?
Being on set for music videos and shoots is probably one of my favorite parts about being an artist! The whole creative process of a shoot is just incredible to me. I love collaborating with other creative people and bouncing ideas off of one another in order to come up with the best idea for a shoot. Seeing the end result after putting in all the hard work and time is so awesome and such a reward. I love it.
Why naming the EP after this track in particular?
The title track, 7th Heaven, is actually about Hawaii! I wrote this song when I was visiting one of my best friends and just fell in love with the island. The sun, ocean, sand, waves, warm weather…its just fantastic. There’s no where else like it.
How was the recording and writing process?
So amazing. This album took me two years to write and record but it was so much fun and totally worth the time. I work with a few different producers and its so much fun to spend time in the studio with them and throw ideas at one another. Some songs flow so easily and we write them in only a few hours but other songs take much more time. It can be frustrating at times because of creative blocks, but whats fun about that is learning to be patient and working through all those issues. I’ve learned to embrace those blocks and like to believe that it actually has made me a stronger song-writer in the end.
How has Pennsylvania and its scene have influence your music?
I tend to stay in my own little bubble in PA haha. I travel so often that when I am home, I pretty much hibernate, write music and play tennis. This is actually awesome when it comes to doing something creative like song-writing, because I put all of my energy and time into music. Working out and playing tennis is so important for me to live a happy lifestyle and it makes writing music so much fun. I really love my life:)
How was the transition from singing musicals to pop songs?
Hard! Musicals are so different from pop music that it took a while for the transition to happen. I had to work with a different vocal coach to learn how to sing pop music better and how to make it more vibey. I studied a bunch of different artists voices to hear what they do and how they sing, including Tina Turner and Chuck Berry. I tried to sing their songs the way they do, then I put my own twist on it and that made Natalie Nylon. Some of the songs that I write still have a bit of influence from the musicals I was involved in, including the song Brave that is on this album.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes within the next few months! Keep checking my website for tour dates.
What else is happening next in Natalie Nylon’s world?
I’m heading to LA after my time in Utah (ski vaca) and start working on my 4th album. I already have so many ideas for new music and I am so excited about it. I’m working with a new producer and I can’t wait to let you guys hear the new tunes we’re coming up with!