After a deep and thorough listen, Natalie Clark’s recent EP ‘LIVEWIRE’ definitely isn’t something to take lightly. After the Scottish singer/songwriter quit her teaching career, she decided to head full force into the industry to pursue her musical dreams.
Speaking on her EP ‘LIVEWIRE,’ we’re truly astounded by Natalie Clark’s natural talent towards incorporating a variety of genres into one project, and how she’s able to lay her powerful vocals overtop any sort of mood or atmosphere. The entire ‘LIVEWIRE’ EP serves nothing but resiliency, power, and the ability to change societal norms with the power of thought.
Leading us through the ‘LIVEWIRE’ EP, we’re hit with an array of different sounds and genres. From the intro/title track "Livewire" filled with striking electric guitar and rock-infused instrumentals, all the way to '80s darkwave/new wave-inspired production on ‘Bombshell.’ It’s evident that Natalie Clark’s music best resides through invigorating rock, as the track ‘High Fashion’ (produced by Mike Gentile) brings another hi-fi empowering aspect to the ‘LIVEWIRE’ EP.
Natalie Clark remains completely consistent while transferring energy from song to song, especially with the last two tracks ‘Out of My Way’ (produced by Mike Gentile) and ‘Grown-Ass Woman’ (produced by Jan Fairchild, Todd Spadafore, and Julio Tavarez. While moving from ‘Out of My Way’ into a more soulful piece with the outro “Grown Ass Woman,” Natalie Clark sums up the theme of the ‘LIVEWIRE’ EP, being that women are perfectly capable of making decisions for themselves, and can be satisfied without the need of another person.
Discover 'Livewire' EP here.
Hey Natalie Clark, welcome to BuzzMusic! We’re moved by your entire EP ‘LIVEWIRE’ and the layered meaning within each song. Why did you choose to create a project surrounding female empowerment?
Hello there! Well, I wanted to create an empowering project as writing these songs helped me to feel strong, especially at times that were challenging. I wanted to create tracks to help people channel their own inner strength and superhero, as that’s what making the tracks did for me! I had fun with them but also really enjoyed expressing that tougher side of myself!
We’ve noticed that a few songs off Natalie Clark’s ‘LIVEWIRE’ EP were produced by notable producers like Mike Gentile, Jan Fairchild, Todd Spadafore, and Julio Tavarez. How do you think these producers helped you attain your goals with how you wanted the production to sound/feel?
I was lucky to work with such incredible producers! The songs all came together in different ways and it’s the best feeling to work with an amazing producer who is able to hear and take your ideas on board and help convey the real message of the song! They all really took the songs to a higher level!
Natalie Clark ties in a variety of different sounds and genres all within the ‘LIVEWIRE’ EP. What sound do you personally resonate most with, and what was your process like when experimenting with different musical elements?
I really enjoyed the heavy, gritty feel of Livewire and High Fashion, but it was also so fun to work on Bombshell as it’s completely different to anything I’ve done before! It has a real 80s New Wave feel and I loved experimenting with that kind of sound!
Speaking on Natalie Clark’s life prior to being a musician, we’ve heard that you quit being a teacher to head full force into the music industry. What helped you make this decision, and what can you say to our readers who might be thinking of doing something similar?
I had always had a passion for music, but for years I didn’t have the courage to actually go for it full-time! Eventually, it was my brother who encouraged me to at least try it and take the leap! So I thought, it’s now or never and just went all in! I would highly recommend to anyone thinking of pursuing your dreams, to GO FOR IT! Life is short and it’s worth taking risks to at least try things out and not have any regrets!
What can we expect to see from you throughout 2020?
I’m staying hopeful that live music will start back up again soon! I’m looking forward to touring later in the year!!