Native Argentinean Natalia Clavier has lived a lifetime of music. “Music just comes to me. Music always finds me. I’ve never had to look far for inspiration” she says of her passion. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Natalia was exposed by her mother at an early age to a constant stream of music ranging from classical, Argentinean folk, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, singer-songwritiers from Spain, to soul music from North America. She began singing in school choirs at the age of three, and at eleven was performing as a soloist for a state sponsored kids music and theater show to an audience of hundreds at one of the largest concert halls in the city.
As a teen in drama school studying to be an actress, Natalia would mimic her favorite pop stars in private. Later she discovered jazz great Sarah Vaughn and had a new musical hero to admire and a new direction to follow. After a short time acting with local troupes and companies, Natalia met a variety of band musicians and joined an ethnic/electronic/acoustic outfit called “Cosmic Ja-Ja.” After some time performing live in Argentina she moved to greener pastures in Barcelona Spain.
In Barcelona Natalia immediately hit the jazz circuit and launched herself into the electronic music scene contributing vocals to house and techno singles and even singing live at raves in front of thousands. Quickly establishing herself in the local scene she was introduced to a young guitarist and ex-pat from Argentina named Federico Aubele (who had already released his debut album Gran Hotel Buenos Aires on ESL Music). The two became fast friends and Federico asked her to tour with him and eventually, to sing on his new album Panamericana.
While touring across the globe with Federico, Natalia was once again exposed to new and inspiring sounds including those of songstress Lhasa de Sela. Having always sung in languages other than Spanish, Natalia felt a new and irresistible calling to express herself in her native tongue. With Federico’s help and support, Natalia composed and recorded an impressive 10 track demo. When she returned with Federico to ESL Music studios in Washington DC to record vocals for his sophomore album Panamericana her demo came into the hands of Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation. He was immediately taken by her singing talent and within the month Natalia Clavier became ESL Music’s newest solo artist.
“My songwriting is honest and simple. I don’t want to write complex poetry or crazy intellectual stuff. I write about simple human things. Ordinary days, life, love. Any theme can be a song. Songs are in the air and I just pluck them out. Sometimes I’ll get the melody first and sometimes the lyrics. Most times it comes to me all at once” says Natalia of her song writing process. Armed with this light hearted humility and an angelic voice, Natalia is already in the process of recording her debut album with Eric Hilton at the controls. Her full length debut, titled Nectar, will see release in June 2008 and will undoubtedly be a unique addition to the diverse ESL Music catalogue.
Federico Aubele and Natalia Clavier began dating in 2006 and are now happily married.