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Natasha Lee
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Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Camperdown in Sydney but I live in Woy Woy, now on the Central Coast.

When did you first start playing music?

I actually started when I was a toddler around 3 or 4 years old. My great grandmother started teaching me how to play piano. She taught me how to read music and I started writing my own little tunes. I started writing lyrics when I was about 7. 

Tell us a little about your process of writing music and what inspires you.

I usually make music with my friend Jeff. He’s a wicked guitarist. He comes up with random riffs and chords and I just merge my words with his guitar. Works easiest for me when I know what the song is basically going to sound like instrumentally. My inspiration comes from pain and compassion. It comes from wanting people to know there’s no such thing as being too much or not enough. It comes from the lack of communication between people. It comes from the lack of love. It comes from wanting a better world.

How has story telling had an impact on your life and music?

There’s a beautiful quote I love that works into this. “Never again will a story be told as if it’s the only one.” I think it’s amazing how everyone has a completely original story, so vivid and complex as my own. It’s impacted my life because I think it’s important to be heard, for stories to be told. If they aren’t told and passed on, then what were they worth? And every story has worth. No one should go unheard. You never know what you could teach somebody with an untold story. You never know what you could pass on forever. 

What’s the first song you remember hearing?

The Wizard of Oz theme song. Seriously …

Who are you listening to at the moment?

I’m actually listening to my good friend Ravin’s new album – SOULFOOD. Some fresh hip-hop and smooth rapping, I love it.

Where can we see you perform?

I haven’t actually got any performances coming up.

What has been the highlight of your musical career so far?

Oh, I have two highlights. The best thing was performing as the support act for Grimes and winning first place in the Fast Track singing competition after initially not even being accepted into the grand finals. Those two experiences felt like ultimate success.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working on my first EP. It’s a bit of a secret but you’ll be hearing something from me soon.

Most valuable piece of advice you've been given.

If it makes you happy, then screw the rest.

5 things you can’t live without.

Chocolate

Music

My guitar
Chocolate (I know I said it twice)

Hair conditioner.

If you could have a coffee with anyone in the world, who would that be?

I don’t like coffee but I’d watch my favorite singer The Weekend drink one and smile.

What advice do you have for aspiring artists? 

Don’t let people tell you who to be, how to be. You are who you are. You are a bit of this and a bit of that, a bit more of this than somebody else, a bit less of that than somebody else BUT THIS IS WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE. Don’t you ever let anybody tell you you’re not good enough. That’s only a perspective and it’s only true if you believe it too. YOU ARE PERFECTLY IMPERFECT. LET THAT SHINE! That’s the best part about you.

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Natasha Lee

Tasha Lee Marshall is a 17 year old singer and songwriter from the Central Coast.  She's been writing songs…

Tasha Lee Marshall is a 17 year old singer and songwriter from the Central Coast. 

She's been writing songs since the age of 7, has performed live on FBi radio, had her original songs played on Triple J Unearthed radio, Triple J radio and The Valley FM radio. She has represented a non-profit organisation called Heaps Decent on Channel V's The Riff, has performed at various places around Sydney and the Central Coast and had the honour to be the support act for Grimes at her two Sydney shows in December, 2012. She has been recording her original songs with Heaps Decent since November of 2011. She recently just won the 2014 Grand Finals of the Fast Track Singing Competition. 

Natasha Lee is currently creating her first ever EP which she plans to entitle 'SOMEWHERE'. 

Catch her behind a guitar, ukulele or loop pedal.

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