Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The title first came to me at a songwriting bootcamp in London funny enough. We were given newspapers to get inspiration for song titles. I loved the title and from there endless possibilities came to me for the body of the song. It fit right in with who I am and what I stand for. I love a song with a message and that means something , and Mechanical Heart is exactly that.
How was the recording and writing process?
Th writing process was fairly quick compared to other songs I’ve written. The melody and words came right away and I played around with the chords a few weeks until it was just right. When I went in to record it with Dom Morley we knew that it would be beautiful with some harmonies, so it’s really harmony heavy in the chorus and it just fits it perfectly.
What’s been like to work with Dom Morley and how did that relationship develop?
Dom is great! I watched an interview with him and contacted him afterwards about the project as I thought just from watching him talk that we might work well together. I just had a good feeling. It turns out that everything I was looking to create with these songs that I brought to him was right up his alley. The sound palates I sent, everything. He has a gorgeous analogue studio in North London and I fed off his energy and communication really well. It’s so important that the producer makes you feel comfortable and at ease to explore and try things even if it means screwing up a few times.
How much did he get to influence the song?
The sound palate he really created for it! He had the basic song completed when I came to record it . My guitarist came as well to try some things out and I was amazed how great the ebow sounded when he added that, and how perfectly the acoustic guitar sounded in the middle section. Dom really is an expert in knowing what to put on the track and he’s very fast .
How has US and Sam Smith influenced your writing?
Well U2 has always been one of my favourite bands because they write about real issues and it makes me think and feel. And their delivery is almost conversational at times yet your hooked to the lyrics and the beautiful soundscapes. I want to make people feel that way when they hear my words and the way I say it. And Sam Smith became one of my favourites a few years ago because his emotion when he sings stands out amongst the others and you can just ”feel” him and feel what he’s saying. Even if he never did a run or hit a high note, it would still be perfect. It’s the way he gets the words across to you. Ultimately, that’s my goal. I’m not here to be the best singer in the world or have the highest range. I want to move people with my lyrics and delivery. I want to get to the heart.
What role does California play in your music?
California is just in me. I grew up listening to a lot of older bands like The Eagles, The Carpenters, Linda Ronstadt & Carol King. They were ruling the music world in the 70’s in the heart of Los Angeles. Still to this day they are some of my favourites to listen to. I’m obsessed with Carol’s intricate writing but sing -a -long melodies. And Linda with her strong ballad voice that can stop a show, it’s breathtaking. The Eagles will forever be King to me though. If I can create music that gives off this chill California living one day, that would be a dream. Music will forever evolve, that’s why I love it.
How’s your new EP coming along?
It’s coming along great! Songs are all finished up!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I’m looking at a mid October Date, but soon to be announced. Title…you will have to wait:-)
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m hoping soon. I’m just getting my band up and running now I’m back home in LA and we have a few local dates in the coming months booked. Then I hope 2020 will be full of traveling and playing shows.
What else is happening next in Natasha Jane Julian’s world?
Well, I’m just settling in my new home in LA. I’ve been gone 8 years, and 3 of those in Europe so it still feel like vacation, but everyday is getting better. Building relationships and connecting with old ones has been amazing as well. I’m also raising 2 girls, writing, promoting and gearing up for live shows so all great!