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
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.
“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.”
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