Few artists have musically reinvented themselves as many times as Nelly Furtado. Who would have thought that the same girl who sang â€śIâ€™m Like a Birdâ€ť could turn out â€śManeaterâ€ť just a few years later?
At this point in her career, Nelly is a guaranteed hit maker thanks to her energetic performances and strong fanbase. But thatâ€™s not all that keeps listeners coming back for more. Part of the fun when it comes to a new Nelly Furtado album is that you never know exactly what to expect.
If you feel like Nelly Furtado has been missing from the Top 40 for a few years, thatâ€™s because sheâ€™s been busy conquering Spanish-speaking music audiences. Her Spanish album, Mi Plan, won a Latin Grammy in 2010.
Nellyâ€™s latest release, The Spirit Indestructible, is out now. We had a chance to catch up with her via email and ask a few of our burning questions. Read on for the interview.
Crushable: Your music seems like it is constantly evolving â€“ your body of work contains quite a range of musical styles. Has that been intentional, or was it a natural progression?
Nelly Furtado: I don’t really plan my detours out; they just kind of happen, like when youâ€™re on a road trip and you take an exit cuz it just feels right. I guess you can call me a musical Magellan. I see the musical world through very international eyesâ€¦ thereâ€™s a lot of music out there to explore. I also grew up playing trombone in school orchestras. An open musical mind was essential.
Your Spanish album, Mi Plan, won a Latin Grammy. Does it feel really different to perform and record in Spanish?
Yes. I had to really pay attention to song themes in Spanish. The approach to metaphors and frame of reference is totally different. You canâ€™t be quite as subversive as one can be in English. I learned how to create a song with a very defined subject matter and have a song really make a point. It was fun and educational.
Do you still like to perform older songs, like the ones from Whoa, Nelly?
Yes, I like performing them even more today!
Looking back on your career, is there anything you would change?
Yes! I would have recorded more albums and taken it all less seriously.
You’ve collaborated with a lot of really incredible artists. Who are a few of the most memorable for you?
Michael BublĂ© and Missy Elliott.
Tell us a little bit about your new album! What kind of sounds can we expect to hear?
Reggae, EDM, hip hop, R&B, folk, rock and world music. Itâ€™s loud, unbalanced, right but wrongâ€¦ Itâ€™s like a friendly, positively charged punch in the gut!
Has the way you look at the music industry changed at all?
Nope. Iâ€™m still a dreamer. I still believe music can change the world. It’s the Woodstock dreamâ€¦ the Beatles dreamâ€¦ without optimism we die.
What advice would you give to someone looking to make a career for themselves in music?
Write songs, play instruments, and spend time with as many musicians as possible. It will happen naturally and youâ€™ll discover your unique sounds this way. Youâ€™ll be unstoppable, confident, and full of stripes to carry you through.