We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalie Kroh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natalie, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
The single most important decision I made that’s contributed to my success so far (and will definitely contribute in the future) is that I went to Berklee College of Music. Going to music school isn’t something that we HAVE to do as musicians — there are certainly plenty of artists/musicians/producers etc. that didn’t go to music school, and that’s worked out for them. But going to Berklee has been so crucial in helping me propel my music career forward, and the things that I gained from Berklee are invaluable and will help me for years to come. The best things I’ve gained from going to Berklee are the connections I’ve made, the unique opportunities that I got to participate in, and the knowledge and skills that I’ve gained from my classes/teachers.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a contemporary R&B/pop artist based in LA, and an almost graduate of Berklee College of Music! It’s hard to think about what sets me apart from others trying to do the same thing as me, because at the end of the day… I just like making music. I like writing it, I like singing it, I like performing it. And I just hope that others like what I do too. If I really had to think about it, I think what makes me stand out is that I’ve always been someone who’s fairly reserved and quiet — the type of person that you wouldn’t assume has really intense emotions and thoughts and opinions. But if you take a listen to my music, you’d see that I have a LOT to say. I’m hyper-sensitive and emotional, and I write about the things that I feel and notice in the world around me, and hope that others can relate. My music is very R&B-based, but it includes elements of pop, and my lyricism is very singer-songwriter-y. I’ve been singing all my life, and it was just always what I loved and wanted to do. I was very fortunate that my parents recognized that at an early age, and nourished it by putting me in singing classes, musical theater programs, and being supportive of any and all musical endeavors that I’ve pursued. I’m now at the point where I’m graduating music school, soon to move back to LA, and pursue a career in music for real. I really honed in on my songwriting skills at Berklee, and am currently working on a catalogue of songs for eventual release. It definitely hasn’t been easy — it’s really hard to stay motivated sometimes when you see all the talented people around you pursuing the same thing, and some people reach success quicker than you, and that can be discouraging. But I just keep reminding myself that at the end of the day, I do music to make me happy, and that’s how it should always be. “Success” doesn’t have one definition. I’m about to face a whole new set of challenges once I finish school and move out to LA, but I look forward to this next chapter in my life and what opportunities it will present me. I’m excited for people to hear the things I’ve been working on, and for them to see how much I’ve grown as a songwriter and artist.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh wow… I mean, there’s literally so much we could do. If I had a friend visiting LA from another state or country, I’d probably take them to some of the tourist hotspots, just because I know they’d want to go. I’d take them to Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Venice. But then, I’d make sure that they get a taste of the real LA lifestyle. For restaurants, they’d HAVE to try Sugarfish, Urth Caffe, Malibu Farm Cafe, McConnell’s Ice Cream, Pace on Laurel Canyon, The Butcher, Baker, and Cappuccino Maker, and of course… In N’ Out. The holy grail. I’d like to take them hiking, to the beach and the Santa Monica Pier, the Grove, Melrose in Weho, the Broad and Grand Central Market in DTLA, Griffith Park, and a Mulholland Drive overlook. We’d also hang out plenty in the valley because honestly, the valley is underrated… in my personal opinion. There’s probably more we could do but this is what first pops into my head. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family deserves all the credit and appreciation that I could possibly give. They could’ve been unsupportive of the fact that I’m pursuing music; they could’ve been pessimistic and negative, and unwilling to help out. But they’ve been the total opposite: they’ve given me 100% of their support always, whether it was paying for my singing lessons, allowing me to go to music school, or attending any performances that I’ve been a part of. I’m able to do what I do because of them, so I’m eternally grateful for their love and support. I’d also like to shoutout the mentors and teachers I’ve had throughout the years that have nurtured my love for singing and performing, and who shaped me into the musician/artist/songwriter I am today. These people include Terrence Lee Jones, Peisha McPhee, Adriana McPhee, Shilla Hekmat, Mary Itri, Julie Frankel-Koch, Jodi Jenkins Ainsworth, Gabrielle Goodman, and Peter Eldridge. They each provided me with unique tools that I needed to allow different parts of my artistry to shine, and I wouldn’t be who I am without each of them.
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