When you’re an artist, you have this lit­tle can­dle in­side and you have to pro­tect it. All th­ese things are work­ing against you so you have to re­alise what works for you

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Emails with MP3s and YouTube clips went back and forth be­tween Prass and the Rich­mond crew for months as the col­lab­o­ra­tors cre­ated mood boards for each track.

Feather boa

“We were all ob­sessed with Gal Costa’s self-ti­tled al­bum from 1969, the one where she’s wear­ing a big white feather boa on the cover. The strings on her song Baby just swell and get big­ger and big­ger through­out and we def­i­nitely ap­plied that con­cept to Vi­o­lently.”

Her time in Rich­mond with the Space­bomb team also per­suaded her to move there.

“It’s one of the old­est cities in the south, which is not say­ing much com­pared to Dublin. It got burned to the ground af­ter the civil war so they had to com­pletely rebuild it and Cary Street, where I live, was one of the first to be re­built with cob­ble­stone roads and beau­ti­ful row houses. It’s a gor­geous old south­ern city with a great his­tory but it’s also very pro­gres­sive. It at­tracts a lot of stu­dents and artists and they’ve all made it a very unique place to be.”

She cer­tainly prefers it to what Nashville has be­come. “Ev­ery time I’d go back to Nashville af­ter a tour, an­other old build­ing had been de­mol­ished to make way for a condo build­ing and traf­fic was get­ting like LA so I knew it was time to move back to the east coast.”

Tour­ing

It looks though that she will not be spend­ing all that much time in Rich­mond this year, given the tour­ing that lies ahead. Prass doesn’t mind in the least be­cause this is some­thing she’s been af­ter for ages. Even mak­ing clothes for dogs can wait.

“I’m still grow­ing and learn­ing what it means to be an artist. But I know when you’re an artist, you have this lit­tle can­dle in­side and you have to pro­tect it. All th­ese things are work­ing against you – peo­ple get jeal­ous or you’re your own worst en­emy – so you have to re­alise what works for you and give that pri­or­ity. I’ve al­ways been re­ally com­fort­able with who I am and have never wor­ried about be­ing cool or hip. This is me and if no one likes it, it’s their prob­lem.”

Natalie Prass is out now on Space­bomb. Prass plays the Body & Soul fes­ti­val in June

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