Within a few years of being in the industry, Natasha has become a recognizable name. Her previous song garnered attention as it was a Marvari-language song, sung in collaboration with Thar-based folk singer Mai Dhai. With her latest offering Ya Moula, the budding singer has gone back to her roots. The song is in Burushaski language, spoken in Hunza and has, evidently, a spiritual vibe. Designer Yousuf Bashir Qureshi (YBQ) has lent his voice to the song as well.
- Tell us about your musical journey, how did you start off?
My musical journey was tough because I come from a family where no girl would dare to go in a field like this and my family was not in favor, especially my father. In spite of convincing him a lot that I can actually make something big out of my singing career, he was not in favor and wanted me to pursue the field of medicine. Before becoming a musician, I was a Sportsperson and was playing almost every sport that came my way like cricket, volleyball, throwball, baseball, table tennis, etc. I started off with a reality show ‘Cornetto Music Icons’ and my mother played a big part in this, because she trusted me and let me take that daring step without my father knowing about it.
- How do you feel as being a Hunza girl, is there pressure for you as a musician?
I feel great being a Hunza girl, because it’s my identity and it makes me feel different from the other girls; I’m the first girl who is a musician from Hunza, just like Neil Armstrong was the first man who stepped on the moon. It does pressurize me in certain ways but it also makes me feel brave enough to stand for women rights.
- Who is your all-time inspiration in music?
Michael Jackson, always and forever, because the motivation of becoming a musician and a performer came through him.
- Have you faced any difficulties as a female musician in the Pakistani music industry?
When you’re a newbie you’ll always face issues around you because there are people out there who will try to fool you or guide you in a wrong manner, so yeah initially I did face issues like these but once when I was able to prove what I was the difficulties faded away, because I only believe in merit rather than hanging around with bigshots or expanding my social circle just for the sake of work.
- Share your experience working with “Mai Dhai”
It was the best experience that I could ever have in my life. When I met her I was a fan; she was already out there as an iconic personality and when she offered a collaboration I was completely speechless. She is so loving and helpful, she loves me just like her own daughter and I always pray for her good health.
- How do you think Pakistani music industry is evolving?
It’s definitely evolving because there is so much going on in the music industry which is a great thing. I think our new generation can’t complain about the lack of platforms because every single brand is promoting music, and then you have social media where you can showcase your music and easily get noticed. There are so many festivals happening where new musicians are always required then there are musical stores where you can put your music and these stores are promoting your music for free.
- Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
To be very honest I do have big goals but I haven’t set any timelines to it because I’m always afraid of getting disappointed and I’d rather be surprised. So yeah, I just expect that in next five years life should surprise me in a good way. Amongst the handful of female singers that we have here in Pakistan, there is Natasha Baig – a girl from Hunza, looking to make it big. There is a huge list of that and I’m lucky enough already as I’m getting chances to collaborate with these big names like Ali Azmat, Mai Dhai, Mekaal Hassan and there are many more but I can’t disclose it right now. But I would love to have a collaboration with Abida Parveen jee.
- These days singers are also performing, do you have any plans to perform in TV or films?
I don’t know because TV or Films are really long commitments and my patience level is zero which is why I never gave it a thought. However, as I’m a film graduate I want to make movies as a Director.
- Any message for the young girls who want to pursue their career in music?
Always believe in yourself and if you feel that whatever you are doing is right then follow your heart and always remember Allah is always there to guide you whenever you’ll try to reach him. Keep your faith strong and don’t be afraid of anything.
- What’s your upcoming projects, any album or single coming soon from Natasha? If you can share a little with us.
There are some big projects in the pipeline which I can’t disclose at the moment but yeah along with that I’m working on my singles. My EP ‘Kesaria’ is already out there in all the musical stores and within this year I will be working on my album too.
“When you’re a newbie you’ll always face issues around you because there are people out there who will try to fool you or guide you in a wrong manner, so yeah initially I did face issues like these but once when I was able to prove what I was.”
“To be very honest I do have big goals but I haven’t set any timelines to it because I’m always afraid of getting disappointed and I’d rather be surprised…”