Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Natisa Gogol! This interview took place prior to the release of “Aesthetics.” Together we discussed their creative process, “Winds of Hope”, their newest single “Aesthetics”, and so much more!

1. Mustard is grateful to have you join them at Music Shelf. How are you doing today? 

I’m okay, considering the chaos in the world. 

2. Your parents encouraged musical activities at a young age which included recitals and being sent to music school. What was something you learned early on? Do you still use that advice now?

I discovered at a very young age that music was something I wanted to be a part of for the rest of my life, and there would be no other options. Only things related to music. Even if I was a teacher of music, I would be okay with that. 

3. Could you share more about your time at the Kyiv Municipal Academy of Performing and Circus Arts? 

This is the time and place where a whole new world opened up for me. It’s the place that humbled me and made me work harder to better myself, my voice and music. 

4.  You cite Jazz as an influence of yours. Is there a significant jazz song or album that had an impact on you? 

My father is a musician and singer. He is the first and most important person who influenced me. I grew up in an atmosphere of creativity, he taught me to sing and play the piano. Later on, I was very influenced by jazz music, I am a fan of Ella Fitzgerald, as a child I used to listen to her every day and follow her jazz improvisations. I love improvising a lot.

5. What is your creative process? 

I give a few of my ideas to my producer Gregory Darling and Noanne, and we crystallize the song together.. I love working with other artists, as I feel it gets the best out of me.  

6. You now safely reside in Prague. How has the transition been? What has it been like to work with Gregory Darling? 

It was very difficult for me and my son, as this turn of events was an absolute shocker, but as the days passed by, we collected our strength and carried on. 

I am grateful to fate for meeting this bright, charismatic, talented and very positive man! How much kindness and creativity he brings to the world! I admire his personality. It is a pleasure to work with Gregory, he is a true professional and a “Man” with a capital letter! “Winds of Hope” is our first collaboration, and this is just the beginning. There are many plans and goals ahead of us.

7. Earlier this year you released “Wind of Hope.” What was the inspiration behind this single? 

It is a cry from my soul. When you cannot keep silent, when tears come to your eyes and your heart is full of pain but also of a bright hope. This song is my personal anthem for goodness, hope and victory!

8. There are multiple versions of “Wind of Hope.” Did you have these concepts in mind when writing the song? 

Not exactly. My producer Gregory Darling came up with the idea, as we didn’t have enough material at the time. It bought us enough time to create new songs in English and develop enough material to create an EP, to be released in September. 

9. What can fans expect from your single “Aesthetics?”

Something out of this world, as the video does take place on a spaceship, in search of truth, openness, and support to one’s own sexual preference. 

10. What is next for Natisa Gogol? 

Well, we’re already preparing for the next single “Last Supper”, to be released in late June. It’s a fun summer track, which is designed to take people away from the reality of this world. Very similar to your favorite ice cream. 

11. Where can readers listen to your music?

It’s available on every platform. 


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