We had the good fortune of connecting with Nathania Pasila and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nathania, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Personally, I don’t really like the term giving up because it gives the understanding of not trying anything anymore and abandoning everything that we have worked hard to get to the point where we stand right now. I always believe that our hard work will not go to waste. Even if we’re faced with any adversaries, I believe everything happens for a reason and there are always lessons that we learn from the experience. These hardships are what make us stronger each day. Sure, sometimes it is hard to keep going when we are faced with constant rejections or when things don’t go the way we wanted. I’ve been there as well; when it feels easier to just give everything up. But, I’m glad that even in those kinds of situations, I didn’t give up and worked harder to achieve my goals. Even if the unfortunate situations are inevitable and there’s nothing we can do to change or make them better, don’t give up. Instead, think of it as a chance to start fresh and keep chasing our dreams.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The first time I knew music was when my mom introduced me to the piano. Ever since then, I decided that I want to do music for a living. In the next years, I focused mostly on classical piano performances and compose several small pop orchestral pieces on the side. My musical journey expanded more because I was fortunate to participate in piano competitions, become a member of a pop orchestra that does musical theatre productions, and perform my own composition in concerts domestically (in Indonesia) and internationally. In the last five years, my jazz composition for piano, marimba, and cajón titled “Sònraichte” was featured and I got to perform it my two of my friends in the International Junior Original Concert in Tokyo, Japan as well as became one of the finalists of Yamaha Electone Concours in Osaka, Japan. Once I got into college, I was fortunate again to become a part of the Berklee Indonesian Community, where I get to learn how to compose and arrange Indonesian folk songs as ethno-contemporary music. In my free time, I usually listen to a lot of K-pop songs. That’s how I got interested in producing. These experiences allowed me to learn different styles and genres of music. As a versatile musician in terms of styles, I am proud to say that I am unique because my musical color is not focused on one certain genre, but it is a combination of music that I listen to and love.
Currently, I am a student at Berklee College of Music majoring in Contemporary Writing Productions and Composition with a minor in Writing for Television and New Media. The hardest thing about doing a double major and taking a minor is time management. Up until now, I’m still figuring out how to balance my time because I really want to become a flourishing music producer, arranger, and composer (for media purposes and for concert music) in the future. It wasn’t easy because sometimes I also have to sacrifice my time to hang out with friends to finish up inside and outside school projects. However, I signed up for this because I want it. Therefore, I need to commit to my responsibilities and finish what I started.
Going to one of the best music schools in the world is a blessing although at times it can be stressful for me because I tend to compare myself with my peers who are going to be upcoming great musicians. There was a point during a semester when I pushed myself too hard because I kept comparing myself to others to the point where I started to feel music was a burden. Thankfully, I have friends who always remind me that I am unique in my own way and soon realized that it’s okay to take things at my own pace. Ever since then, I decided to focus on my music more and have more faith in myself because I want my music to speak deeper meaning to the audience.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
It may seem small for a city, but there are actually a lot of fun things you can do in Boston – where I’m currently based in. For starters, since I love arts in general, I would take them to the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner, ICA, and Boston Public Library. These places always mesmerize me with their beauty. Also, you can’t say you have visited Boston without trying Terramia Ristorante and The Daily Catch because they serve the best Italian cuisine in Boston. I would also take them to the Seaport because usually there are seasonal cute pop-up markets and restaurants. For activities, I would take them kayaking in the Charles River during the summer! Last but not least, I can’t miss the chance to take them to the Symphony Hall and watch a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert because they are one of the best orchestras in the world.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t have gotten this far without support from my family. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the most supportive family, who’s always been there through my ups and downs and taught me to always give my best. In particular, my mom deserves a special thank you because she helped me find what I love by introducing piano to me for the first time when I was little. I’m also very grateful for all of my teachers, especially Vera Soeng and Iswargia Sudarno, Without them, I wouldn’t be as confident as I am right now to continue my musical journey. Shoutout to Berklee Indonesian Community as well! Serving the community as the president and music director for the past year has made me realize what it means to be a good leader and team player.
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