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Natalie Chapman is an independent singer/songwriter from South Africa.
Indiego.co.za had the pleasure of putting out a few questions to Natalie regarding her music and career in general.
At what age did you start playing music, or started singing?Started Singing on Stage at 6 years old and playing guitar at 8 years old
What instruments do you play? Acoustic Guitar & piano
What was that the first instrument that you learnt to play? Piano
What was the first tune(s) you learned or song that you sung? He’s Got The Whole World in His Hands.
Does your family have a musical background? No
Which famous musician/s do you admire? Why?Too many but I guess I would have to say Tracy Chapman. She broke the mould on Folk music in the 90’s. She made it cool again to write real music.
Are you self-taught or did you study music formally?Both. I studied Dance/Drama and Singing but feel that the work you do on your own has the most impact on your art.
What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighbourhood or town? The Theatre Productions We did at The Playhouse in Somerset West. Musicals, Straight Dramas. A place where I learnt about stage etiquette, discipline, politics and marketing
Were you influenced by any old records, tapes or CD’s? Which ones?Definitely. Pink Floyd, Kenny Rodgers, The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Opera, my parents had it all.
What is your favourite album or cd of all time? Impossible to answer
Do you use social media to connect and share? Which is the main platform that you use? You need to use them all equally if you are marketing internationally. So Twitter for the States, Face book for SA and Reverbnation, Youtube and Soundcloud worldwide
Have you officially released any songs/albums? Any plans for the future? Yes 2 albums. Plan is to continue to make music and record and play live internationally
Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, clubs, restaurants, events, radio, TV? I perform on any platform that allows me to perform my original music infront of an audience that listens, appreciates and gains from the experience. Of course I need to pay my bills as well.
Are you involved in any special projects at the moment? Yes, its called: 90 Days 90 Towns 90 Gigs
I have joined with Kwanele and Andy Kawa in their endeavour to visit 90 towns in 90 days, performing 90 gigs and hosting talks across South Africa raising awareness for and bringing a voice to the millions of victims of violent crime in South Africa. The journey will be documented via online streaming, Filming, traditional media and through social networking. Two women on the road alone!
Do you write your own lyrics? Yes always
Do you get nervous before a performance? If yes, how do you deal with it? I think I’d stop performing if I lost the excitement and nerves. I use them to fuel my performance.
How often and for how long do you practice? I try to practise and/ write everyday
Are you a full time or part time musician/artist? Full time
How do you balance your music/performances with other obligations – spouse/partner (if not single), children (if any), job, etc.?Your career has to come first. I don’t have children and my partner is a workaholic musician too, so we have an understanding
Where are you currently based? Johannesburg
Are you planning on moving elsewhere to pursue your career? Yes I plan to move to the States in the middle of 2014
And last, but not least: what do you want to say to your fans or potential fans out there? Let the Music Move You!
THANKS FOR ANSWERING ALL OUT QUESTIONS NATALIE.
Take a listen to one of Natalie's tracks: