Aria is pleased to welcome singer and perennial house music pioneer, Ultra Natι!
Well let's start with you
1. What have you been doing since Stranger Than Fiction?
Forming my own label for my project...putting the album together and my husband and I decided to expand our family and had a baby last year 'been a busy girl!
Though you're primarily associated with dance music, your album work has always drawn from a much wider sonic palette...
This is true, which is what an album should be about it should be a broader picture than the one presented through a single. A single is one piece of a larger puzzle.
2. Who are some of your longtime musical influences?
Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, Madonna, 'Rolling Stones I'm all over the place. I'm really just into good music, no matter what the genre.
3. Do you ever regard the dance tag as confining?
I think you can only be confined if you let yourself I choose to look at the dance genre as an opportunity to actually try more diverse things since a dance track can have vibes or influences from any genre.
House music dance in general is (often) unfairly stereotyped by the mainstream music press as a "happy", irrelevant medium the musical equivalent of reckless abandon. You have shown a gift for exploring the darker side of the dancefloor. As the Pet Shop Boys have done with electro-pop, you have effectively expanded the lyrical depth of modern dance music to include the melancholy...
I love the melancholy it's nothing contrived it's really just my nature to write and sing in those places. It does give the music a different complexion, which has been a great compliment to my career.
4. Do you draw from personal experiences when singing and/or performing certain songs?
For the most part, but some songs just have their own life and you are the instrument.
5. Where do you most often find inspiration when conceiving musical projects?
Anywhere anytime just "being" presents a moment of inspiration if your creative juices are flowing...
This brings us to the new album
Your new album is tentatively called, Grime, Silk and Thunder. We've heard "Brass In My Pocket" and the Stonebridge collaboration, "Freak On"
6. What's next?
Next...? I've still have to get this album out! LOL. I've always got some iron in a fire somewhere but for now I'm focused on finishing and fine tuning "Grime...".
7. Are there any new remixes we should be on the look-out for?
Not till we are ready to start working the 1st single. Soon...
as with previous albums you work with an absolutely outstanding roster of singers and musicians: 4hero Headrillaz EastWest Connection Jill Jones Jody Watley Nona Hendryx...
8. Who would you like to work with on a future project that you haven't yet worked with?
Maxwell, Bono, Bahamadia again all over the map.
Over the years, you've shown us a great many musical personas; indeed, a listen to One Woman's Insanity, Situation: Critical or any of your previous albums reveal that you have a multitude of voices jazz, soul, Philly soul even rock.
9. What new aspect of Ultra Natι can we expect to see on Grime, Silk and Thunder?
Yeah the "personas" element is very interesting to me it's like I said about the song having a story and you being the instrument I write these songs and they dictate a certain emotion which translates as a different persona. I feel it would be too presumptuous of me to classify any of the new stuff myself I like to hear how other people perceive it without me putting any preconceived concept in their heads...so I'll be waiting to hear what you think.
Lastly, I'd like to know
10. What are you listening to these days?
Kem, Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, Journey's "Best Of" Collection and constant soulful underground house dj mixes (including my own).
11. Is there any current artist or musician from any genre that has your attention right now?
All of the above along with Heather Headley, Vivian Green, Maroon 5, Donnie and Paris (from American Idol only watch it for her).
You can visit Ultra at www.ultranate.com, or on MySpace at www.myspace.com/ultranatemusic.