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INTERVIEW: Natalie Taylor Gray

Hi Natalie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey guys, I have been really good thank you.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Liar”?

Yes, I would love to. I am super excited it’s coming out on the 1st of April on all platforms. I can’t wait for you all to hear it. It means so much to me as it has taken a year to complete my EP and now it’s ready.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I have been in relationships with some interesting guys. I eventually discovered that one of them was a compulsive liar. He was playing the field, and he didn’t think I knew. He used to think money was his way out. Buying me things and using me as a trophy. Writing this song was my way of letting my feelings out – I was gullible and over-trusting at the time. Not any more girls!!!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes I’m releasing a music video soon after the single. I also have a stripped down version of the song too. So keep an eye out.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was super fun and crazy how the song started. I was in the studio with my co-writer Adam Rust and we started the writing process. We weren’t 100% sold on what we were coming out with so we were re-working the song quite a lot trying different lyrics over a long 8 hour session. We took a break from it- had a cuppa! By this time it was about 9pm. As Adam was mixing some guitar I started singing some harmonies and Adam and I looked at each other and recorded them right there and then and suddenly it all poured out of us. We wanted the track to be uplifting even though I’m singing about a Liar and a cheat. I layed down a vocal so we had it down. And what we went in with in the morning was, by night, transformed. It just felt right.

How musical theater has influence your writing?

To be honest with you Musical Theatre hasn’t influenced my writing. It has most definitely influenced my performance though. I am so grateful for my training and the techniques and experiences I have had as it’s shaped me as a performer and I love it.

What is it about the 90s that you find so fascinating and try to capture in your music?

I was born in the 90’s. I grew up listening to Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, The spice girls. Max Martin’s ‘oops I did it again’ was genius writing. The pop stars of that era were fantastic performers. The beats were so catchy and uplifting even if they were talking about something sad or vulnerable. I think it’s time to bring some aspects of the 90’s back.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

I love collaborating with other artists/writers. I find I bounce off of other people’s ideas, energy and it’s exciting creating something together. When I write on my own, it’s voice notes on my phone and notes of words and feelings on the page. It’s more fun sharing. Especially when you work with people who you click with.

How’s your new EP coming along?

My EP’s finished. All the tracks are completed and ready to go. I can’t wait for everyone to hear them.

What made you want to name it Sick Kind of Love?

Ha-ha. I have had a few sick relationships. You know those sick but you kind of love it relationships. The ones where you know deep down you shouldn’t be with them. The love/hate relationship with a guy. I have. One of my tracks on the EP is called ‘Sick Kind of Love’. It sort of sums up my four tracks, all of which deal in some way with the naughty side of things.

What aspect of love would you get to explore on the record?

It’s about how easy it is to trust somebody from the outset but it’s only over the course of time that you might discover they were untrustworthy. But it’s not always as simple as that because sometimes, even though you know deep down that you shouldn’t be trusting that person, you still decide to be with them because you are getting some pleasure from the relationship. I call this a sick kind of love and I bet there are millions of people- guys or girls, black or white, gay or straight, young or old who have experienced exactly what I am talking about. That’s why I wrote the single and all the songs on my EP and it was that aspect of love that I was really feeling when I came up with the songs. My intention though was always to stress the pleasure over the pain and the fact that there’s always a positive to get from the relationship as long as you know where to find it, and I’m really pleased that my songs are uplifting rather than upsetting. That was the plan. I wanted it to be about the humour associated with love. ‘Liar’ is saying – it’s your loss. I’m better off without you. I laugh about it now.

Any plans to hit the road?

My team are working on it.

What else is happening next in Natalie Taylor Gray’s world?

More writing, more collaborating, more gigs.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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