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Conversations with Natalia Aristides

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalia Aristides.

Hi Natalia, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My dad bought me a guitar when I was 11 and I started writing and singing! My first performance was playing a goodbye song I wrote for my Elementary school with my dad playing his electric guitar behind me. I’ve been writing and singing ever since then, so thanks dad!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Has it been a smooth road… haha. I’m going to say no to this one. Creating music is never easy, from personal insecurities to music business, making music, like all things is challenging. But what good things ever come from a story where there weren’t battles? I got some great advice from my mentor the other day that stuck with me. She said, if you don’t quit, you will not fail. Many people are incredible musicians but some of the absolute best don’t make it and I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about why that is. It’s not just musical ability that contributes to your musical success.

All that being said, the music industry is competitive and cutthroat. If you are an artist reading this; remind yourself to support other artists. Don’t treat your artist peers as competition, they’re not.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I started making EDM/Pop music my Sophomore year of college with artists Fluencie and Daym. Together, we’ve opened for Blackbear, Joey Badass, KYLE, Said the Sky, and Joyryde. We’ve played festivals and weddings and all that jazz! I have songs on Spotify under my artist name KnownAsNat. I have a song coming out in December with EDM artists Nurko and Crystal Skies. All the artists I’ve collaborated with above are amazing and you should check them out if electronic music is your jam.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
I played a show when I was in high school at the MoPop in Seattle, WA. My parents came to the show and when I was done playing, my mom came up to me and said that everything made sense now. Being the most dramatic pre-teen just meant that I was going to be an awesome performer. 😉

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