There are so many new projects among the new entries in Italian music that one is spoiled for choice. Definitely worth mentioning, however, is that of Nahaze, born Nathalie Hazel Intelligente, a girl born in ’01 with a future that seems to hold some big surprises. With a father from Matera and a mother from England (Gloucester), she released her new single “Certe Sere” (produced by Merk & Kremont) on June 24 for Elektra Records. While listening, it comes across as a well-orchestrated and absolutely catchy pop song, definitely full of summer vibes.
Collater.al decided to ask her a few questions for her new release:
Hi Nathalie! Let’s start right away by talking about your new single. “Certe Sere” is a precious and cool song, a potential soundtrack of this summer. What inspired you in this song?
Hi! The main inspiration in the writing of Certe Sere comes from the image of a path, a journey that two people are on, hence the image of the car, and the directions (left, right, straight) that have calm as their destination.
In your music, even in the songs released before “Certe Sere”, the importance of being bilingual is obvious. How does this side of you influence what you write? Will more songs come in English?
Knowledge of English definitely influences my writing, mainly due to the fact that with English it is easier for me to find the melodic lines for the lyrics. The presence of a larger vocabulary, and therefore the possibility of writing bilingual lyrics, makes it easier for me to express myself. More songs in English will surely come!
Working with the duo Merk & Kremont was definitely a great experience. Tell us a little bit about how it went.
Working with Merk & Kremont was a great experience. They are two very nice guys, friendly but also professional, with whom it was very immediate to work and create a nice mood in the studio.
What artists have musically shaped you? List a few.
Throughout my life several artists had a strong impact on me. In general, pop music has always been with me, especially Rihanna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé. The influences though are many: Pink Floyd, Queen, SOAD and more. I used to listen to Eminem a lot as well as other rappers, including Italian ones. At the moment the artists that influence me the most are Doja Cat, Coi Leray, Travis Scott etc.
“Certe Sere”, despite sounding like a pop and dreamy song, is surrounded by a veil of emotionality that refers to classic night time nostalgia. Instead, what is the ideal type of night for you?
My ideal kind of evening is definitely by the sea with the right company, maybe a concert, some beers and lots of music.