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Meet Natalina

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalina.

Natalina, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I started writing songs at the age of 13 with the only three guitar chords I know to this day (I learned piano growing up in my defense…) Jokes aside, I was not much of a writer back then, but I really wanted to learn. I’m from Annandale, VA, which is about 14 miles outside of Washington D.C. where I went to high school. Though the drive into the city every day was comparable to LA rush hour, it was still worth it because my music teacher was a Berklee College of Music alum, who convinced the school to build a fully functional recording studio for the students. Though it’s a bit odd for a high school to have a recording studio, I can’t complain because it pushed me to do what I love doing most at a time where music would have otherwise taken a backseat to schoolwork. He challenged all his students to create, whether it was by writing songs or doing sound-alike recordings. I am so grateful because this gave me a safe space to create music free of judgement. This experience also made me feel comfortable doing some production, which made me want to go home after school and create even more. I ordered a mic, and a pre-amp, and got to work from there.

Fast forward a few years, and I myself am attending Berklee College of Music, which is where I am currently. I am a junior right now, with plans of moving straight to LA right after graduating. Though it can get pretty cold and rainy in Boston, being at Berklee has changed my life. Last semester, I was lucky enough to be a part of a semester-long songwriting boot-camp taught by renowned writer and publisher Kara DioGuardi. This class was a wake-up call for me. I became so much more intentional about everything I wrote and adopted a new kind of appreciation for great songwriting, which in turn made me want to be better with every new song I wrote. Another plus from the class was getting to collaborate with so many talented writers and producers who also have plans to move to Los Angeles after school. One of those talented writers I met is now one of my best friends, and frequent writing partners, Mary Ward. We practically live together (she is luckily a floor above me in our apartment building), and we are constantly creating together. She is not only a talented writer, but she has her head in production and business as well. Mary definitely keeps me sane throughout the process, and we are always completely candid with each other while working. She helped bring L.O.W., my first single to life, and many, many more songs that are soon to come.

We’d love to hear more about your music. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I consider myself a songwriter first. I love bringing ideas of my own and of others to life. While I do love songwriting, I am also completely and totally devoted to my artist project Natalina. Through honesty and vulnerability, I want people to resonate with the stories I’m telling about struggling with relationships, mental illness, and just about whatever else life can throw at me that inspires me to create. I want to inspire others by writing my stories in hopes that a song will bring them peace, healing, happiness, or comfort, like writing has brought to me. Honesty is my policy, and I do not intend to leave out any detail because it is uncomfortable, too real or embarrassing. Songwriting and Natalina are the mediums I use to speak my truth, and I will always believe in them.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
My advice to anyone who wants to write a song is to just do it. Don’t be afraid to write something stupid. No one is watching. You have to work through those ideas, even if you don’t like them, to eventually get to a place where you feel comfortable creating. I promise you it is worth it, and you will love what you end up making.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My first and only single (for now) L.O.W. is currently available on all streaming platforms: Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, etc. You can easily find me by searching “L.O.W. Natalina”

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Rebecca Welsh
Olivia Junkin

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