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PIAF Connect

Five Minutes with Natalie Prass

Monday 18 January 2016

  • Interview

If you were describing your music to a stranger, what would you say?

My least favourite part of writing and playing music is trying to describe how it sounds to other people! I usually say, 'Eh, just look it up and see if you like it or not,' because I get so flustered with this question. 

When did you decide you wanted to be a musician?

Very young. I started writing my own songs in the first grade. I always thought I’d be a musician; it wasn’t until I was much older that my dream started to look scary. I’ve always blindly knew I could do it, even though it’s the craziest life choice ever in a lot of ways.

Tell us about the first gig you ever saw.

I went to go see The Monkees with my neighbours when I was around seven. I didn’t really like it, but I loved watching the musicians play; I was totally mesmerised.

You get five minutes with your 15-year-old self. What do you talk about?

Be confident! Be feminine, be yourself, be brave.


What music do you listen to when you can’t decide what to listen to?

Recently, it’s been The Meters and Carole King. Or I always default back to Gal Costa.

What are the best books or articles you’ve read lately?

I just read Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love and it was eye-opening. It’s about learning more about your relationship attachment style and being aware of others’ attachment styles when they are in a relationship with you. It’s a very intense book to swallow with homework at the end of each chapter. I definitely learned a lot about myself and the people who I’m attracted to.

If you could have dinner with someone from one of your favourite bands, who would you take and what would you ask them?

I’d love to have dinner with Karen Carpenter. I wouldn’t want to ask her anything, I would just want to sing with her and have her play drums.