By Serenat Kivilcim
Natti Vogel is a NYC based artist whose musical prowess is the substance of his genius. He was taught violin at the age of 3, and then self-taught piano at 10, all the while establishing his own unique musical identity, which helped him to convey transcendental messages of love, fear, hope and more. Natti started performing his music at the age of 17 in the West Village, gaining his inspiration from Radiohead, Dresden Dolls, Tori Amos, Regina Spektor, The Velvet Underground, Nirvana, The Beatles, Bjork, and The Pixies.
He is indebted to Marlton, from where his musical inspiration derived while he was a freshman at NYU. Once a hotel that used to serve as a haven to numerous artists and musicians, the establishment is now a college dormitory located near The Washington Square Park.
On the topic of his musical composition, Vogel divinely states that “inspiration comes from everywhere” and that “melodies come first sometimes, then the lyrics unfold from there.”
With the release of his first album, “the Hello EP”, Natti has played in numerous venues across the country with other theatrical artists such as the Dresden Dolls, Le Tigre, Ute Lemper and Alan Cumming. The video from his single “the Anorexia Song” has quickly become an international phenomenon.
Politics are an influential component of Vogel’s music, stating that “musicians should be like commentators.” Vogel holds a bachelor’s degree in composition and cultural studies from NYU, and currently works for the Owen Wang/Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York as a translator.
Check out this Renaissance man and his intriguing music!