Nastasha B., a soulstress-songwriter and New York native, is releasing her follow-up single “The Interlude” on Oct. 29.
The R&B record will be accompanied by an audio visualizer that will be available on YouTube and premiered down below! The Knocturnal got a chance to speak with Nastasha B. about the song and how she’s been navigating the music industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Knocturnal: How’d you go about making this song? What was the process like? Inspirations?
Nastasha B: The Interlude” is a preview into my persona; a heartfelt retrospection of a complicated situation that would’ve never been discussed if not for music. It is deeply personal so I wrote it in a very private and personal space when I had some time to myself. It was actually written and recorded right before COVID-19 and consequently, the release was slightly pushed back, but that actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise because we had the opportunity to do so much more to carefully execute my vision. In terms of inspirations for this track, I would definitely say artists like Toni Braxton and Anita Baker influenced the tonality of “The Interlude.”
The Knockturnal: Is there an EP on the way? What will that be like?
Nastasha B: At the current moment, there is no EP on the way but I will never say never. My feelings on that may change and my catalog is more than enough to do so. However, at this moment… no. What I will say, though, is when I finally do release an EP it definitely will be something to revel in.
The Knockturnal: If you could work with one artist right now, who would it be?
Nastasha B: I really appreciate and love a lot of the artists that are currently out, especially in the R&B scene. However, I am really big on energy and the alignment of frequencies whether within the music or outside of it. So if I had to say anyone right now, it would probably be Lucky Daye. I really connect with the music; from the instrumentation to his lyrics, to his persona. I’m very in sync with him right now.
The Knockturnal: How has working in the music industry been during the pandemic?
Nastasha B: The industry was interesting to navigate especially at the start of the pandemic. When the world stops like that, it’s really mind-boggling, but I was raised to adapt and adjust by any means. So instead of recording or leaving the house I started to focus on other aspects of my career. I spent time planning upcoming visuals, writing, and introspecting. After a while, I cautiously got back in the swing of things, kept a small circle, and continued to do what I love.
The Knockturnal: What’s a day in your life like?
Nastasha B: I wear many hats so a day in my life varies and swiftly changes. But musically, it goes from calls, to meetings with my editors or photographer, sessions, and so on. However, I love my life like this and wouldn’t change it for the world. This is what I’m meant to do and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to.
Be sure the stream “The Interlude” on Apple Music, Spotify and several other streaming services because according to the artist, “It’s available almost everywhere.”