Nelly Furtado on Her "Spirit Indestructible"
Artistically, there is just no settling for second best when Nelly Furtado creates new music. She is enthusiastically anticipating delivering this latest rush of creative vibes. As she puts it, "It’s like forever. It’s like longer than having a baby... almost!" With the release of "The Spirit Indestructible," Furtado jumps genres again and brilliantly, I may add. Pop, folk, rock, funk and world beats collide as her inspirational garden. Musically, this crop of new songs is in an exotic and powerfully positive bloom.
She elaborates on the process of creation, nurturing her personal "nostalgia" as inspiration in writing new songs and working alongside the incredible producer Rodney [Darkchild] Jerkins on several innovative new tracks. When Nelly Furtado says,"Don’t fence me in," she means it and still soars majestically high on "The Spirit Indestructible."
She elaborates on the process of creation, nurturing her personal "nostalgia" as inspiration in writing new songs and working alongside the incredible producer Rodney [Darkchild] Jerkins on several innovative new tracks. When Nelly Furtado says, "Don’t fence me in," she means it and still soars majestically high on "The Spirit Indestructible."
How would you compare your "pre-release" emotions with releasing your debut, "Whoa Nelly" to this latest release "The Spirit Indestructible"?
I’ve never felt this excited to release new music before, especially since I’ve been waiting for a couple of months now, because the original release date was in June. So, I’m telling you I can’t wait and it’s been a long time.
The music has a lot of essence, adrenaline and a lot of energy. For me, music is like food and I like to feed people. I’m just excited to feed people with this music.
I’ve never categorized you as a musical artist who is just "pop" or "rock." Your music has always been succinctly individual. I read that you had previously thought of retiring? That was kind of disconcerting. (Laughter)
I didn’t mean for it to be (laughter). I go through phases where I just question the whole process of waiting so long to release music and all the red tape that goes along with it sometimes. I want to press a button on my computer and play my fans a new song I just wrote. It’s more that than anything else.
When I’m sort of questioning everything after every album... usually that happens after the tour, I go, "Okay. Am I going to do this again?" I think it’s the way of forcing me back in the studio, forcing myself to create something that it makes me so excited, that I’ve got to get back in the game. It’s kind of good. It’s sort of like a "money back guarantee" for the fans, that if I’ve released something, it means I’m a hundred percent backing it.
Lyrically on this, you return to your personal past and bring up the "nostalgia" of important memories, how did this musical direction begin for you?
Hmmm... I don’t know. It’s a weird journey. When I did my Spanish album, I was really forced to work on a different part of my brain as a songwriter. I was absorbing myself in a different language sitting with my co-writers and expressing myself in another language. Making these things come to life with all these ideas
Then, I found myself among Latin singers who I worked with in concerts and performances. I felt like I had to step-up the vocals to inspire the meaning. I think a lot of Latin singers meld into their songs. There is a certain surrendering to the moment and the performance that happens, that I learned from.
That succinct feeling where you really know what the song’s about... I think I’ve got that in this new process. I needed to push myself and be more lyrically thor- ough. I think after having to be thorough in Spanish and having those songs make sense for someone and to be poetic, going back into the English process, songs definitely have to make sense and the lyrics have to mean something. I think there is more storytelling going on in this album.
That must be so rewarding.
Another thing happened on a spiritual level; feeling like I was home again and spiritualized and grateful for every moment. Then, when I met Rodney [Darkchild] Jerkins, it all came together in an interesting way where he was somebody who I would have died to work with... even when I was 14 and getting those songs. When I met him, it was sort of innocent and youthful and magic happened. I started writing from this other place.
Working with Rodney Jerkins must have incredible.