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Get To Know Nathalie Brucker, A Multi-talented German Singer And Songwriter

Nathalie Brucker is a german singer and songwriter with Spanish roots. In her debut single “Ocean of Stars” produced in London, she wanted to share one of her magical, spherical experiences with what she calls the essence of life.

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Her music is characterized by her sound- blending pop and soul with a deep inspiring note. She describes the beginning of her songwriting as “sitting in her bedroom writing down what she experienced through the day”. Through improvising chords at the piano, she recognized how easy it was to sort out her own feelings. It let her feel the closest version to her authentic self. Her focus on music began early in her childhood. Her parents (her musical mum and her dad a professional drummer) nurtured and supported their daughter’s creative aims. The Eagles, Toto, the Gadd Gang played at their rural house and accompanying her father on gigs as a teenager has been a significant influence. During those trips, she was amazed by the power of music’s storytelling to feel so close to the performing artist on stage and to feel connected to everybody at the concert without knowing them. Improvising in her bedroom inspired her to write songs and through the magic of live concerts, it created the wish to be on stage with her own messages and be the inspiration for other people who may recognize their own stories in her´s. Daydreaming and ´falling in love too quickly´ as she describes herself, she hopes for the listeners to find inspirational depth in life through her music.

Hi Nathalie, thanks for taking out time to respond to us. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Nathalie Brucker – Well, telling about my way to songwriting and singing my own songs, I should start to explain how I discovered my passion for music in general. My focus on music began early in my childhood. There are always these two cases of starting with music, the dearest wish of a child to have a piano or an instrument in general or the house which is already full of instruments, everything is there ready to start. In my case, the piano was already standing in our living room. I have grown up in a very musical family, my mum was passionate about music and my dad, a professional drummer – was always supporting my creative aims. The Eagles, Toto, the Gadd Gang played since always at our home and accompanying my father, on gigs as a teenager, I think, have been significant influences. During the performances of my father, I was so impressed by the power of music’s storytelling to feel so close to the performing artist on stage and to feel connected to everybody at the concert without even knowing them. Since this time I was sure that I want to do music, so I started playing the drums and later focusing on singing.

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Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career? And who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Nathalie Brucker – The most interesting, inspiring experience for me was to work with one English producer and his production partner from London on my first own song ever besides the thousand songs you start to write and never finish..) It was also my debut single called “Ocean Of Stars” and the first I’ve ever published on all streaming platforms. After I’ve been writing the lyrics, chords, and structure they have been the ones who in the end finishing touch on the song with incredible production. This kind of spheric sound they put on, in the end, was exactly what I wanted for it. I was imagining my song in a certain style and mood and even if it’s not possible to express this mood in words, they seemed to know what I felt writing the song. They worked amongst others in Abbey Road studios and also with well-known stars like Calum Scott before.

Big thanks to Andrew Yeates and Charlie Thomas.

 

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Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that? And what are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Nathalie Brucker – Right now I am working on a song with an Ecuadorian singer and guitarist on a song which has a mix of English and Spanish lyrics. It was never planned to write in two languages but writing on it, expressing different feelings became a “bilingual” song changing the language between the verses and chorus. Writing in the Spanish language is a way to show my Spanish roots and affinity towards Latin culture, mentality, and music. This said song with a happy, Latin summer mood is planned to come out in summer 2022.

I think that my performance together with the German DJ ALLE FARBEN in a hotel club in Egypt was, included all the way of preparing it, the atmosphere and excitement during the performance, and the feedback of the supporting audience while singing the favorite gig I’ve ever had. He is passionate about what he’s doing and cooperating with so many different successful singers, expressing so many various styles in his songs, which is just admirable.

 

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Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure? 

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Nathalie Brucker – I think the key to not burning out is not to forget the reason why you’re doing it. Music should have a message. You should have a message you want to transmit. There should be a willingness to tell the audience about it. The desire to put out what you want to say, if this is a message to the whole world or just to one person will give you always the necessary drive.

Can you share with our readers any self-care routines, practices, or treatments that you do to help your body, mind, or heart to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.

Nathalie Brucker – So, in some way, a certain routine, practice, and treatment of soul and body are all related to each other. I feel alive, more productive, and full of energy when I am in nature, for example, to feel one with myself allows me not only to put the best lyrics on the paper but also to let these thoughts into my consciousness first. That’s why I chose a run in the morning as the first thing I do like about my routine. After that, sitting with a nice breakfast coffee on my piano gives me the base to start to write music.

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What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Nathalie Brucker –

 

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  1. First thing, I shouldn’t orientate on what people “could” like on one of my potential songs. To let it flow, to express what you’re feeling in this certain moment of writing will always have the most authentic effect.
  2. Secondly, and I learned later that it’s okay not to be productive at all in a day, or maybe two. It’s fine.
  3. You shouldn’t overthink every word in your written lyrics. “Is there a better expression for it?” No- in this overthinking way the flair and style get lost.
  4. “Is there something you wanna hide from yourself?” -Ask yourself. That will be the best topic to write a song about.
  5. Fun fact about performing: I wished someone would have told me in the beginning, that even if I don’t remember the lyrics two seconds before I go on stage, they WILL appear in the right moment, hearing the song. I was panicking a lot one day when I was singing my cover version “Nothing Else Matters” in a duo acoustic version with a guitarist in a too-long red, sparkly dress during a production show. But the lyrics showed up at a certain moment.

 

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Nathalie Brucker – There are so many nice and important quotes and I love reading through all of them but one which was always my favorite is the bible quote of Hebrews 11:1: <Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.>

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You SHOULD hope, in general, you should have a lot of hope for so many things in life, maybe wishes or big dreams, but even more important you should be sure that they will happen or that they are already happening even if you can not see them with your bare eye.

 

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None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

Nathalie Brucker – Of course, when we are talking about business, it’s all about contacts but the person who helped me in an important situation (I think, like in all important situations in my life) was my mum. It was a moment when I was afraid that I have to start crying in front of the audience the first time I was about to perform “Ocean Of Stars” in public because starting to cry in the middle of the song happened a few times before, singing, playing and rehearsing it at home, She told me that even if it would happen, there’s nothing to feel uncomfortable or ashamed about, because like that, she said, the people will know that you mean what you’re writing, that there are true feelings behind. I think it’s transferable to so many situations in life.

 

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

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Nathalie Brucker – I definitely, would like to have a private breakfast with John Mayer or BANKS. Both of them are incredibly talented songwriters. I love Mayer’s versatile types of songs, I am in love with his style of putting lyrics and music together, especially in his blues songs. And BANKS is just a queen for me. I heard some podcasts about her way of creating songs in the studio. Her deep style of writing and later on the often mystical way of production is unique.

 

How can our readers follow you online?

You can follow Nathalie Brucker on Instagram: @nathalie_bru which happens to be the social platform on which I am the most active.

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you can find me and my music on Tik Tok: @nathalie_bru and on YouTube: Nathalie Bru

 

Angela is a journalist with a focus on Entertainment and Music who aspires to become a great Content Creator for Honk Magazine. She is a Publisher of a major Publishing House. She loves helping people find their voice and passion for writing and journalism, and she can always be found writing and editing an article.

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Exclusive Interview: Rising Artist Rasta Man Jay

Hello Rasta Man Jay, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

What 3 things does anyone starting in your industry need to know?

Always stay focused and consistent on your goals,never give up no matter how hard life gets,also never let people bring you down.

What would you do differently if you were starting in your industry now?

I Would be dropping music constantly and making my fans happy with new music every week so my audience is always listening.

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Which people or books have had the most influence on your growth and why?

When I was younger I always listened to great music from Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa,Young Jeezy and many other artists from the early 2000s.

What would you say is the #1 key to success in your music career?

I would say dropping different tracks constantly spitting lyrics from my struggle and pain in my life that is why I came a long way in the music industry.

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Talk about the biggest failure you’ve had. What did you learn from it?

Getting criticized about my rap flow and will people accept it which eventually my fans started supporting me from out of town.

What has been your biggest success story and why do you think it was a success?

When I hit News Weekly, that was the best moment in my life. I started building my confidence again with my music.

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What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

Having 2 Daughters that count on me to win and I won’t let them down so they won’t have to struggle like I did.

What made you pursue being an artist full-time?

Wanting to prove people wrong that didn’t believe in me having a lot of non supporters and hate back in my hometown.

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Would you sign to a label?

Yes but it has to be a label that lets me own my music and doesn’t control my music and all my royalties.

What projects are you working on for the rest of 2022?

I just dropped my album with Distro Kid called Don’t Try to Be No One You Not and also has multiple songs and projects dropping this year so stay tuned.

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How can our readers follow you online?

Anyone can follow me from my instagram account @jholder051817 which already has an impressive following already from joining instagram within 1 year.

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BENNIHUNNA LAFLARE: AN EMERGING STAR IN THE MUSIC WORLD

BenniHunna LaFlare is an emerging star in the music world, and he has recently got fame due to his reality-based music rap music.

Hello BenniHunna, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

Tell us a little more about when you first got into music?

BenniHunna- I have always been into music. Like I love how it makes me feel or puts me in a mood. I started rapping in 2017, I was on & off. I really just made rapping a career 2 years ago when I decided that this is really what I want to do for a living & that’s where I am now.

If you could describe your sound/style in one word, what would it be and why?

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BenniHunna- Hustle or vibe. I use my voice as an instrument sometimes to give me sounds the beat can’t give you so I fill in the blanks. My subject of music really about hustling in a financial way or hustling to put myself in a better position like mentally or emotionally 

What would you say to any aspiring recording artists who look up to your work?

BenniHunna- Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Future, Giveon, Summer Walker, Bryson Tiller 

What quote or mantra do you live by?

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BenniHunna- Treat people how you want to be treated. You never who you need in the end 

What is your hobby outside of music?

BenniHunna- Fashion. I’m in love with fashion. I’ve designed clothes for some of my favorite artist

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

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BenniHunna- On tour & starting a label

Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?

BenniHunna- Yes. Another single is on the way. We’re planning the video shoot now.

What is the inspiration behind your latest song?

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BenniHunna- It’s like a wakeup call for the people that aren’t paying me any attention to let them know that they should be & if they don’t I’m gonna make them regret it 

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

BenniHunna- Save your money cause it will come in handy. Rap is expensive & you gotta have money to play this game. I’ve expedited missing out on feature opportunities & traveling opportunities that prolly would’ve had me further along if I was financially smarter back then.

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BenniHunna- Don’t let the lack of support tear down your confidence. I mean everybody is not going to support you & that’s okay. Just cause they are not supporting me now. Doesn’t mean they won’t in the future. You gotta put in that work & stay focused. Keep ppl around you that want you to win so you can keep that confidence.

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BenniHunna- Maintaining your confidence. Once you lose confidence you lose faith & you start doubting your talent. When you lose faith your audience will too. They can only believe in you as much as you believe in yourself. 

BenniHunna- Be more spontaneous. Everything doesn’t have to be planned out strategically. Sometimes you just gotta get in there & go do it. Don’t think about it. Don’t prejudge it. Just go make it happen. & see what comes from it. I’m not saying do that every time. It wouldn’t hurt to do it sometimes because that spontaneous move might just give you what you been looking for that you couldn’t plan for.

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BenniHunna- Believe in your talent at all times. You need to believe it til the point when people that just met you can see that you have a light that can shine way brighter than how it’s shining. You just have to believe in yourself & never stop believing.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

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BenniHunna- I say different flows & beat selection. Try different types of music. You don’t want the audience to feel like they’ve heard the same song over & over. You can even keep the same style but just switch it up lil bit so they can’t predict how the record will sound.

 How can our readers follow you online?

@Bennihunnaaa is my name on all social platforms. & BenniHunnaTV is my YouTube channel.

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