Tabitha Nauser Drops New Single, Body Language
Tabitha Nauser is no stranger to the local music scene, having embarked on her music career with Singapore Idol back in 2009. Besides her accomplishments in music, Tabitha has also expanded out to theatre, TV and radio. Now represented by Sony Music Entertainment, Tabitha has gone full circle, returning to what has always been close to her heart – singing. “I’ve always wanted to be able to dabble in these things, but it all just emphasized that my first and true love is music,” said the multi-hyphenate beauty.
“I remember singing a lot, from a young age,” recounts Tabitha. Citing Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Lauryn Hill as some of her musical influences growing up, and Rihanna and Beyonce as her current inspirations, Tabitha has found her own place and voice in the industry. She describes her music style as “a mash up of what [she] likes – hip-hop, trap, soul, with an element of dance.”
sXs: Body Language has just dropped and we can’t stop grooving to it! What inspired the single?
TN: I wanted Body Language to be a sexy track, but it’s also about feeling comfortable in your own skin. It’s really an empowering song about taking control of your sexuality and how you portray yourself.
It’s usually a taboo subject or seen in a negative light, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. If you’re feeling good about yourself, you should be able to show and express that.
sXs: You’ve worked on several collaborations so far (including Body Language with Malaysian rapper, SonaOne). Is there anyone else you’d love to work with?
TN: Wow, this is really tough! (laughs) Locally, I would really like to work with The Lion City Boy. He has this energy that draws people in, even if they are new to his music. That is real talent. I first met him 6, 7 years ago, and I love all his songs.
If we’re talking internationally, I’d love to work with Bryson Tiller. I love his style and he’s got a nice soothing voice – it’d be really interesting if we got to work together. Or Drake – I love, loveee Drake! I tell everyone that. I like his image and his music. I used to follow him, way back before he became mainstream.
sXs: Does being Swiss-Indian have any influence on your work?
TN: I get the best of both Eastern and Western worlds! You’d get classical music, Swedish pop music like ABBA, and the Beatles with my dad. My mum listened to English ballads but she played a lot of Hindi music at home as well – I think the sitar and tabla in an English song would be beautiful! I have always wanted to incorporate them into my music.
sXs: You come across as someone who has a strong sense of self. Do you think your body language accurately portrays who you are?
TN: Yeah, I think so! I think my mom played a really huge part in me becoming the woman I am now. She would always tell (my sister and) me, if somebody says you can’t do something, you should prove them wrong. You should never be ashamed of being outspoken or loud – if you have an opinion you should say something about it. That made us confident and comfortable with who we are, from a young age. My dad also really wanted a son but I came out instead (laughs). He would bring me roller-blading, rock-climbing... all the boy stuff, you know. They made me feel good about myself growing up, that I could do anything.
sXs: Does fashion play a big part in portraying who you are?
TN: Yessss! I love fashion. I love elements of streetwear... I love menswear! I’m always trying to find ways to mix things up to make it feel ‘me’. You can express how you’re feeling inside with clothing. It’s a fun thing for me.
sXs: What is style to you, and who are your style icons?
TN: Style is not just about the clothes you wear, it’s also the attitude you carry. I’ve always been drawn to women who have a strong presence. I love Naomi Campbell and Victoria Beckham! They’ve distinct styles that they carry so well. Rihanna too – you can see the evolution of her personal style and how she has come into her own in the last 6 years or so. She just looks great in whatever she wears.
sXs: What is your personal style like? What are your fashion staples?
TN: Strong, but still laid back. I always go for sneakers and oversized, slouchy jackets!
sXs: What is your beauty routine?
TN: I generally like to keep it simple with cleanser, toner, moisturiser, and serum. I also do a mask every week.
sXs: How do you stay in shape?
TN: I’m really lucky – I must have gotten it from my mom. I try really hard to make sure I work out but I get real lazy! But I’ve recently started yoga and I kinda like that. In general, I have always been the type to eat pretty healthy. My dad is a chef, so (my sister and) I grew up having a taste for ‘cleaner’ stuff.
sXs: Besides music, you’ve ventured into theatre, TV and radio. What is your most memorable experience?
TN: There’re so many! I’ve had many milestones throughout my career, but I think one of the most recent ones was when I dropped my debut single Bulletproof. It was a huge deal for me because everything I had been dreaming about for years was finally happening. I’m blessed to be able to do this as a career.
sXs: What else would you like to venture in?
TN: Maybe fashion! Doing my own line or something like that… yeah it’s something that I’ve thought about for quite a bit.
sXs: What’s next for Tabitha Nauser?
TN: I’m gonna be traveling quite a bit which is great. Also, we’re gearing up for the EP that will probably be out early next year.