Thursday, March 16, 2023

Natalie Del Carmen Visits Section 36 Music!

Section 36 
Music has another visitor! 
Natalie Del Carmen is a fantastic singer whose recent album "Bloodline" is something you need to listen to right away. I was thrilled that she was willing to visit with us and discuss her music, future goals, and more. I’m sure you’ll enjoy everything she has to say.

So, let's see what happens when Natalie Del Carmen visits Section 36 Music!

I absolutely loved your recent album, “Bloodline”. What can you tell me about it?

I really appreciate that! Bloodline is a Pop/Folk  album that I have been working on with BruNjo down in Nashville for the past 3 years. I feel as though we have experienced all the ways that music can be made these days: Zoom calls, sending files and traditionally working in the studio together. I started this album at 18, and being almost 22, I am so proud of the tracklist, production and memories attached to this album. I felt like I was able to realize songs that I had written long ago, and that’s a wonderful feeling. 

I also enjoyed your “The Making of Bloodline” video on your youtube channel. What was it like putting that together?

So rewarding! I grew up posting videos on YouTube throughout my teen years and during college at Berklee. I love to edit and record memories that way. While the video was made for that purpose, I really think it’s a great representation of the process of the album from start to finish. You can see where we started, what songs came when and all the decisions we made up to the release of the album. 

You’re a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music. What’s the biggest thing Berklee did for your career?

Above anything, Berklee helped me realize what I wanted out of a music career. I’m grateful for the 3 years I spent there. I’ve always wanted a bachelor’s degree. It was important for me to do that. My time at Berklee helped me solidify things that I was already surely passionate about, like being a Songwriter and releasing music as an artist. But, it also shed light on some not-so-obvious career choices within that same passion, like writing for film and television, or the world of sync licensing. I’m excited to explore those avenues someday. 

Who or what would you consider your biggest musical influences?   

In the recent year, I’ve been completely enthralled with Brandi Carlile. I think she is the epitome of lyricism, storytelling and song structure. I recently picked up her novel Broken Horses and have found a lot of inspiration from that. Growing up, I trust my writing and musical choices are definitely inspired by Taylor Swift and The Lumineers, who have both shaped my writing dramatically. In terms of what, I have found a recent love for Americana. 

What would you say is your biggest career challenge?

The world is a very noisy place, and the most an artist can do for themselves is to love the music they make. That comes first. I’d say the biggest challenge so far is keeping up with the music industry itself. It is always changing, and learning how to market for yourself as an artist is the biggest hurdle I’ve faced so far. Between social media, creating “content” and just trying to make a great community surrounding your music, it can feel like a lot. But it is so necessary and fulfilling too, so I think there’s just a balance to it all. 

What are your immediate career goals?

Bloodline has been my biggest passion project for the past 3 years and I’m excited to keep that momentum going with new music in the near future. I look forward to moving home to Los Angeles and discovering the role of music there as an adult. I have aspirations to play live more often and step foot into the world of music in film & television. I hope music continues to be the center of my world.


Oh, I can't wait to hear that new music!

As always, I want to thank Natalie for visiting with us, and for sending along the pictures to accompany the interview.

I'm sure you’ll all want to follow along with her to see what she's up to. I would definitely follow her on Instagram, and/or Spotify. In fact, go do both right now!

Thanks again Natalie, and good luck reaching your goals!

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