Nat Conway is loud, free, fearless and can’t cook – that’s just how we like our pop star / DJs, actually!
DNA: What’s your new single, So Loud about? Nat Conway: It’s about looking back on a failed relationship, knowing that you miss that person, but at the same time knowing it’s over and that you are okay with it.
Tell us about the writing of the song.
I wrote the song during an APRA Songhubs writing camp. We fly in from all over the world, get sorted into teams for each day, and get to write a song. On this day I was paired up with Jon Hume from Evermore, who I love and had written with before (Summer To Stay), and a woman named Mozella from America, who I didn’t know much about. I’m glad I didn’t know much about Mo until after the session otherwise I would’ve been super nervous. She wrote Wrecking Ball for Miley Cyrus, and has written with Beyonce on Lemonade, and Madonna on Rebel Heart. She’s legit! We created So Loud.
Did you perform Everybody’s Free at the Mardi Gras after-party?
I’ve been lucky to have two Mardi Gras theme songs… Everybody’s Free in 2017, and Summer To Stay in 2018. I performed Everybody’s Free at the 2017 Party and it was incredible. I have never felt such love from the audience. It was like a wave came forward from the crowd. I can’t wait to do it again.
Last year’s Mardi Gras was big: the 40th anniversary, Cher came, we had marriage equality. What are we celebrating in 2019? This year we are celebrating being Fearless. It’s a great theme: equal parts celebration and call to action.
Who are your LGBTIQ heroes and heroines? My dear friend DJ Beth Yen. She’s an incredible DJ and a beautiful person inside and out. She’s very inspiring to me
Aussie actress and DJ, Ruby Rose has been cast as a lesbian Catwoman – which superhero would you like to play?
She-Ra, the Princess Of Power. She has a horse that turns into a unicorn called Swiftwind and when she’s fighting evil she wears the hottest pair of gold, knee-high boots.
Speaking of which… what makes a great party outfit?
No carbs a month before the party! Jokes! You’re a singer, songwriter and DJ – what can’t you do?
Cook. I’m terrible at it.
Good to hear! When you’re DJ-ing, what are some of the guaranteed floor-fillers on your playlist?
Well, if I told you I’d be giving away all my secret weapons! One that comes to mind is Superstylin’ by Groove Armada.
Fearless… it’s a great Mardi Gras theme. It’s equal parts celebration and call to action.
Nat performing Everybody’s Free at Mardi Gras.