Episode 008 : ENTITY
Updated: Dec 17, 2020
Friday, November 13th, 2020
CLINIK: What is the significance of the name Entity?
ENTITY: The significance behind my artist name was actually a pretty cool realization. I was logging into my computer one night and my friend was sitting next to me and noticed my login credentials were “NTD.” He turned to me and went, “are those your initials?” And I’m like “yeah!” and he goes, “You do realize that’s the word Entity right?” and ever since then, my artist identity was born. It’s my full name! Natalie Teresa Diaz - say it fast, it’s ENTITY.
C: You are a great house artist but also aren't afraid to throw down some headbanging bass tracks. Do you have any sort of preference for creating house music or other subgenres of electronic music? Why or why not?
E: Oh wow, thank you for that awesome compliment! Much appreciated. I get asked this a lot actually. I spin bass house and dubstep, but produce all different types of music. I don’t really have much of a preference. I guess the real secret is, when I create music, I’m very intune with how I’m feeling at that given moment. Usually whatever emotion is strong sets the tone for the track I’m making, and then I kind of just roll with it. I listen to all types of genres and when I compose, I like to incorporate a bunch of elements that I like into one track. Thus, creating something unique and original to me, my thoughts, and my emotions.
C: How would you describe Entity to someone who might not be familiar with you?
E: ENTITY is all about community and empowerment. I want people to feel deeply connected with me. I want them to feel listened to, touched and moved by me because of the emotions I release into my art. I want people to feel influenced and stimulated by my music, which allows them to overcome any challenges or situations they are currently going through. ENTITY is a lifelong project that will continue to love and support others through wavelengths and BPMs.
C: Your track "Burn" with German producer joyside was a lot of fun. How did this track come together?
E: Joyside is a good friend of mine who lives out in Germany! We actually met online. I had been following him on SoundCloud for a few months prior to creating “Burn” and I was like, “Wow. This kid is immensely talented and is only 20 years old! I need to collab with him.” After months and months of us chatting about life, I was like “Dude, why haven’t we made a track!” And then collectively, came together and made a gnarly dubstep beat. He sent it back with the final touches and I was like, “Wait…. I hear a melody in this. Do you mind if I sing?” and he was all about it. The finished product was this angelic vocal melody followed with bass-heavy grime. People loved it! We were both really happy with the results. This won’t be the last time Joyside and I work together. He is truly a rockstar.
C: On your Facebook page, you mentioned potentially singing over some tracks during a set. How did you initially start singing? How do you integrate vocals into your music?
E: Yes! Totally. I definitely want to incorporate this more in the future. I first started singing when I was 5 years old. One of my earliest memories is sitting on the floor in my parent’s room, playing my little toy piano, and singing the NBC jingle. Why that particular jingle? I have no idea, but I recognized the melody and sang it back in key, while playing it on my toy piano. Ever since then, singing has been my form of self-expression. I grew up writing songs on my guitar and recording cover videos and posting them on YouTube. I always had this dream of becoming a professional singer and now that I’m an EDM artist, I plan to integrate my vocals in my productions and live performances, so that I can achieve that little girl’s dream of becoming a singer.
C: Your flip of Billie Eilish's "bury a friend" has over 17k SoundCloud streams. Did you anticipate this track blowing up the way it did? Why did you choose to flip this Billie Eilish song in particular?
E: I honestly did not anticipate that much traction on this remix! Wow. Incredible. I absolutely love Billie Eilish and I remember listening to “bury a friend” one afternoon and I was like, “Damn. I want to make something like that in the future. In the meantime, let me see how I can incorporate it in a DJ set.” So, I went ahead and created a dark, downtempo, flip. It’s one of my favorite remixes and I’m very happy people enjoy it. Super grateful for everyone who has listened, liked, downloaded and even added it to their DJ sets :)
C: Once COVID restrictions really ease up, where in the world would you like to perform?
E: Great question! Honestly, I really want to get myself over to Europe and play out there for a bit. I want to hit all of the major spots: Ibiza, Germany, The UK, Ireland, France and just find my international niche. I envision ENTITY becoming known worldwide and will do everything in my power to make that happen. One day, ENTITY will be on a Tomorrowland lineup. Be on the lookout ;)
C: Your track "Lullaby" was featured on edm.com. What was the process for creating this song? What does the song mean to you?
E: So insane! I was jumping for joy when I saw that article. This song is very special to me. I created it about a year ago, but never finished. During quarantine, I came back to it and thought to myself, “I really love this, let’s complete it.” I ended up hearing a familiar melody and wanted to recreate the ever so famous lullaby: “Hush little baby don’t you cry, mamas gonna sing you a lullaby.” It worked perfectly. I transposed the key a bit and produced my own little lullaby. This track has a special meaning to it as well. When I was in my first relationship, my girlfriend at the time would ask me to sing her to sleep every night. Till this day, that’s one of my fondest memories and I wanted to create a song based on that experience. “Hush my dear, I’ll sing you to sleep. Don’t be afraid, we’re in too deep.”
C: Who is one artist from any genre that you would like to work with in the future?
E: I think the one artist that I’d really love to work with is Lynn Gunn from PVRIS. I am truly in love with her voice and would absolutely kill to make a beat for her to sing over. Lynn, if you’re seeing this, let’s collab, darling. Any punk/rock/alternative artists I’d love to get in the studio with. That genre has such a special place in my heart and sitting down with people who helped me get through my teenage years would seriously be a dream.
C: What can your fans expect from you in the new year?
E: Well, it’s actually perfect timing that I’m doing this interview with you guys because I am starting to promote my debut EP that will be released early in the new year! Fans can expect a very different production style, a lot of singing and a situation that is set to finally be released into the universe. I’ll also be attending ICON Collective starting January 4th of the new year, which is hella exciting. A lot of transformations for ENTITY. I feel like I am finally becoming my own artist and developing my brand. I truly can’t wait to share this all with you guys. Thank you for sticking around for this long. For any new fans out there, welcome to the journey. I am grateful. This is the year of evolution, baby.