When at one time music was dominated by sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, Natalia Kills represents a fresh breed of artists that are ringing in a new era of music through sex, love, control and vanity. If the Kills in Natalia Kills hasn’t already tipped you off, expect not only to hear, but also experience “a journey of confrontational, axe-wielding, kill your ex-boyfriend, fuck the world pop”. Intrigued yet?
Bold and beautiful, the pint size, multi-talented Kills has already been dubbed with her very own dark pop genre. Her debut album, Perfectionist, is set to be released in early 2011 and in part is an ode to the “love of control and self obsession” says Kills. The first single, “Mirrors”, is about the perfectionist’s predicament where you’re “constantly looking for something that’s never quite there.”
Finding humble beginnings in television, Kills decided against playing a character and opted instead to work with her own voice.
“I didn’t want to step outside of myself,” exclaims Kills. “It’s just not for me.” It’s quite obvious that whatever character Kills left behind, she has certainly found a daring self that is unafraid to go against convention.
In the song “Wonderland”, Kills proclaims her disbelief of fairy tales. She explains that as kids we are told from day one about prince charming and the happily ever afters. Kills says, “We’re told that love will be perfect and life will be perfect, but it’s not. It’s totally fucked. I just wanted to address that.”
She continues, “When you want something to be so right, one day you’ll wake up and realize how wrong it is. The only thing that’s right is how you deal with unhappiness, how you overcome disappointment. I’m not Snow White. No one rescues me, but I’m still going to find happiness.”
As if a blindfold has been lifted, Kills is able to convey a sense of realism in her work that few people allow themselves to ever face. She states that music has fallen into a place where, “suddenly people needed more light-heartedness and [music] became very non-complicated and emotional-less.” Kills is bringing pop back to an uncensored form of authentic expression like “when Jimi Hendrix could actually sing about how inspired he was by the drugs he took or how Queen sings ‘Love Kills’, which drills you through your heart.”
On the song “Zombie”, Kills explains that music should have the same emotion as lyrics. “If we’re singing a song about heartbreak, let’s make it sound like heartbreak”. She further says that whether or not you speak English is irrelevant. “If I’m singing about anything, the music should soundtrack it like a film. All you have to do is hear the music and you know what I’m saying.”
No stranger to film, Kills has already completed the first season of her miniseries, “Love, Kills XX”.
“I wanted people to get to know me, but not in an irrelevant, behind-the-scenes, the-making-of kind of way. I wanted people to see the important part. Like a magician, the important part is that moment he’s on the stage and pulls the rabbit out of the hat. The irrelevant part is him stuffing the poor rabbit into the hat, driving to the venue, and sticking on a fake moustache.”
Bringing back self-confidence through music and film, Kills hits her fans with a kind of twisted liberation that dares us to be courageous.
“I don’t believe a person can make anyone happy. I just believe in the person. I believe in wonderland. Everything’s fucked up, but you’re on an adventure trying to find the way to get back to being you.”
No offence to prince charming and his white horse, but I won’t be getting into that carriage of yours. I’m going to wonderland.