Ticketmaster Rising: Natalie Shay is our Performer of the Month

Well March went fast, eh? Which means it’s time for us to welcome April’s Performer of the Month, as part of Ticketmaster Rising in association with Busk in London.

Say hello to Natalie Shay, a 16-year-old music student from the iconic BRIT School. Taking inspiration from Taylor Swift, she’s blended her sound with hints of alt-J and Haim. Sold.

We caught up with the bright young singer, as she dishes all her performing secrets and more. Read the interview below…

What artists do you look to for inspiration?

“Nina Nesbitt, Taylor Swift and Kate Nash.”

What made you want to perform in public?

“I had been studying musical theatre from the age of four, so when I started as a singer/songwriter it seemed a natural progression.”

How do you prepare before a performance?

“I consider the venue or busking pitch and the length of the performance and write a suitable set list of songs to play.”

Do you suffer from stage fright and where does your confidence for performing come from?

“I only really had stage fright for the first two songs that I ever performed but when I received a positive reaction from the crowd that went, and now it’s just a little anxiety. I suppose my confidence comes from learning my songs really well and a sense of self belief.”

What are your three favourite albums of all time?

“Days are Gone – Haim, Wanted on Voyage – George Ezra, An Awesome Wave- alt-J.”

How would you describe your sound in three words for new listeners?

“Unique, engaging and visual.”

What is your dream venue to perform at?

“The O2 in London.”

What’s the strangest thing that’s happened to you while busking?

“A waiter came and gave me a crepe and said that it was from the gentleman over there in the suite.”

Are there any other buskers who have caught your attention?

“Charlotte Campbell.”

What would be your advice to new performers starting out in busking?

“Work on the basis of 90% preparation for 10% of performance. The more confident you are about what you are doing, the more enjoyable it will be for everyone.”

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