Argentinian-Spanish artist Nathy Peluso blends Latin pop, Hip-Hop, R&B, and more into her music.
Earlier this year she released “Business Woman,” a track heavily influenced by Eminem and the early 2000’s music culture. More recently, she has released a nostalgic tune called “Buenos Aires,” an ode to her hometown and childhood in Argentina. The music video contains clips from her youth mixed in with present-day footage in her Barcelona home – all adding to the nostalgic feeling she sings about. It’s time to familiarize yourself with the star on the rise and check out our Q&A with Nathy Peluso below:
The Knockturnal: Nathy Peluso thank you so much for being here with the Knockturnal. Buenos Aires just surpassed a million views how does it feel?
Nathy Peluso: An incredible sensation especially with his song that is so intimate and really comes from within. I feel connected with all the people who have watched and listened.
The Knockturnal: I know it has a nostalgic vibe because you are from Buenos Aires. Tell us how you got inspired to write this?
Nathy Peluso: I started writing the song from a place of melancholy without really knowing the direction in which it was headed in. Over time I kept tweaking it and when I listened to it I realized it was precisely the type of the nostalgia I felt when I thought of my city. I really felt like the song found me instead of me finding it. The process was beautiful to me and it wasn’t really on purpose.
The Knockturnal: I loved that you had clips of your childhood in there as well. Tell us a little bit about how you got started writing music and what inspires you to do so.
Nathy Peluso: I started writing music when I was very young and I always felt it was a vocational thing. I’ve always loved poetry, and sound, and verses, and writing about day to day life. I started around 13-14 and then little by little started to become my career.
The Knockturnal: What do you like the most about being a singer and songwriter?
Nathy Peluso: I think it gives me a lot of tools to connect with others. It’s a very organic path it’s not very predetermined. Being able to transmit a message and have it resonate with others is great. I think it’s a wonderful lesson to be giving and receiving. I think it’s a cool ecosystem that becomes a part of your life and I think it’s beautiful. Of course, live shows fill you with energy and those who are lucky enough to be on a stage are privileged.
The Knockturnal: I’m sure you’re missing your audience and the crowd since we’ve been in quarantine, but social media has a good way of letting us stay connected. What have you been doing other than social media to stay connected with your fans?
Nathy Peluso: I think social media has been so strong this quarantine. It’s been both great and bad. We’ve been super-connected, but maybe also have gone a little overboard. I’ve kept in touch with the normal stuff like stories and posts but at the same time, I’ve been trying to develop a more natural connection. Missing them, thinking about how our reunion will be, and of course, writing music. The contact doesn’t need to be physical. Embracing everything that is going on and putting it down into songwriting I feel is a great way to communicate. Even if they won’t hear it right now and instead later.
The Knockturnal: One of your songs Business Woman I find to be very appropriate with the current climate in which we’re in. It gives a Slim Shady and Eminem vibe. What’s the back story with that video?
Nathy Peluso: *Laughs* Well that vibe is on purpose. I was going for that early 2000’s Hip-Hop aesthetic. I admire Eminem like crazy and I wanted to represent that movement. Right now that vibe isn’t the most mainstream but at it’s time it was something that influenced us all. Eminem, Missy, and even Britney although she wasn’t hip hop. That whole aesthetic is a mood! The colors, the camera work, everything in those music videos. I also wanted to develop different characters that would embody a Business Woman. The Devil, the CEO, The Pop Star, each one of them embodies and represents a businesswoman. Other than the aesthetic being really dope, and creating great content, it was a lot of fun to develop those Business Woman characters.
The Knockturnal: We love the whole vibe it’s super cool. Right now we’re at a time where the world is more inclusive with looks and different types of music. How do you find your identity? What’s the inspiration behind your day-to-day looks?
Nathy Peluso: I feel like I don’t just have one and that gives me a lot of liberty to find something new every day. I think that’s the fun part. One day I might feel like a rap aesthetic and maybe another day I feel more in tuned with salsa and the colors or fruits. Sometimes it can be folklore, or R&B, and even soul. I just feel like there are so many possibilities and I don’t want to reject anything. Like when you have a craving for a certain food group I feel like I live that way with whatever feels most natural to me.
The Knockturnal: That way you don’t limit yourself and it’s more fun.
Nathy Peluso: Of course it’s fun and I get to play and dive deep into whatever inspires me.
The Knockturnal: Is there a particular emotion that inspires you? I know we’ve talked about the different emotions you showcase in your music but is there one that inspires you most?
Nathy Peluso: I feel like nostalgia is something that is very present in my music. It’s something I can’t let go. Maybe being an immigrant might be a factor but that feeling of missing something is something that inspires me. Buenos Aires, I mean, is a very nostalgic song for example.
The Knockturnal: Absolutely and you can definitely feel that in the song. Now tell me about the Spinetta collab.
Nathy Peluso: So it wasn’t an actual collab because unfortunately he is no longer here with us but it was more so a collab with everything that surrounded him. His music, his studio, and that essence that he taught us and left us musically. It was a great experience recording in his studio and being surrounded by musicians that knew him and also relived those emotions. Therefore the recording process was something even more amazing and more nostalgic. Besides I was really able to get that authentic Argentinian sound I really wanted.
The Knockturnal: Now I know we’re in quarantine and there isn’t much to do, but I know you live in Spain. What are your favorite things to do there?
Nathy Peluso: Well now we’re lucky that things are a bit more relaxed and things are starting to open back up. Here in Barcelona where I live, there’s a sense of happiness because we can finally leave the house. I like to walk around, drink a beer with my loved ones, enjoy a nice rooftop, and of course eat some tapas. I don’t have all the time in the world these days because I’m working hard to finish the album. So that’s basically what my days consist of. Train, go to the studio, and whenever I get a chance – visit friends.
The Knockturnal: Before we let you go tell us where we can keep up with your latest music and what we can expect from you in the near future.
Nathy Peluso: Well now I’m in the process of finishing up my album. I’m perfecting it and giving the finishing touches. It’s coming out soon I don’t have an exact date but it will be this year. It’s gonna be filled with music I’ve been working on for a really long time. Buenos Aires and Business Woman are going to be on the next album. I’ll be dropping clues on social media when the next few songs will drop and of course the album.
The Knockturnal: We love that. Love that you’ve been staying busy and working on new music coming out soon. Thank you so much for your time and good luck with everything.