Behind the Music: Interview with Other Nature

‘There was no conscious decision about the 80’s sound, we just love a sexy synth!’

Describe your music style in no more than 5 words: Synth pop, but better!

Who is in ‘Other Nature’ and where are you from? Sena Verdi & Tariq Khan, we are from Watford.

How did the name ‘Other Nature’ come about? Tariq thought of it many years ago.

What does an ‘Other Nature’ recording session look like? A small room, MacBook, keyboard, guitar, mic, 2 chairs, 2 blokes and 2 teas.

Do you prefer performing live or recording in a studio? Sena: I prefer recording. Tariq: I enjoy both.

How has your previous involvement in the music industry impacted on your new releases as a duo? It’s more of a singles market these days for new artists trying to establish themselves. EP’s and album’s are on hold for now. Sadly.

What made you decide to have so many 80’s influences in your music? There was no conscious decision to we just love a sexy synth sound. Although, Tariq has recently been caught dancing in front of the mirror to Hall and Oates.

What live shows or new releases do you have coming up in the rest of 2019? A few more singles and music videos. Nothing in the pipeline for live shows just yet although it won’t take us long to get up to scratch and headlining the Dog and Duck!

How does your song-writing process work? We have a very unique process of writing and if we told you how we did it we would have to kill you. 

‘Don’t be too precious about your music. That kills creativity.’

Both ‘Walking a Wall’ and ‘Beautiful Machine’ have a very different feel to them. How important is it for artists to show contrast in their releases? It’s important to show diversity in your music. No one wants to hear the same song written 25 times, like Oasis. Our favourite band is Oasis. 

What have been the biggest learning curves in your music careers so far? If you want to do something, do it yourself. Don’t rely on anyone else to do it for you. 

What has been your favourite performance to date? Isle of Wight Festival. It was our debut gig! 

What do you listen to when you’re not writing, recording or performing? We both have various Spotify playlists which we keep adding new songs to. Tariq recently discovered a track by Owl Eyes called Closure. It’s a perfect pop song and I can’t stop listening to it! 

What are your first musical based memories? Tariq: Listening to Phil Collins’ Greatest Hits in my mums car. My favourite song was Easy Lover, which I recently found out was number one on the day I was born. It all makes sense now!

And finally… What are the three pieces of advice you would give to anyone trying to make it in the music industry?

  • Don’t be too precious about your music. That kills creativity.
  • Write what you want, don’t compromise for anyone. If it feels a bit uncomfortable then go with it. 
  • And never sign the first deal on the table. You’re worth more than you think!

Follow Other Nature on: Facebook & Twitter
Listen to and watch Other Nature on: Spotify and YouTube
Find out more about Other Nature’s music on: Track Review: Other Nature: Beautiful Machine

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