INTERVIEW: Nathy Peluso releases debut album “Calambre,” lands two Latin Grammy nominations
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The Latina artist brings intense pop and R&B aesthetics reminiscent of the early 2000s to her anticipated debut album Calambre, releasing Oct. 2, 2020.

The album features previously-released singles such as “Business Woman” and “Buenos Aires,” as well as nine others that take elements of well-known genres and push them further to create modern takes delivered in a precise way.

“I get really bored being the same person. I like to dig for characters inside of me,” Peluso said. “Sometimes for drama, sometimes to laugh, cry or get angry. It’s all a reflection of what I have inside me, that intensity.”

Tapping into that intensity paid off for Peluso. “Buenos Aires” landed her with a Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Alternative Song” and her sound overall landed her with a nomination for “Best New Artist.”

Having worked with legends in creating Calambre, producers like Illmind (Beyonce, J Cole) and Federico Vindver (Kanye West, Missy Elliott), and well-known Price collaborator Michael B. Nelson, it’s clear that Peluso has more success in her future.

COLLiDE caught up with Peluso at the time of Calambre‘s release to ask a few questions.

What inspired Calambre?

All the different musical influences that have inspired me for so many years. The influences come together in a way that makes me investigate around different genres, paying tribute to them and trying to make them reach out and spread my passion for them to all the people who listen to me.

It is an honor and an emotion I did not expect at all. For me, to be recognized in this way gives me a lot of inspiration to continue working with my full being, and with this strength. It’s my first Grammys nomination and I am super excited!

You received two Latin Grammy nominations for Mejor Nuevo Artista (Best New Artist) and Mejor Canción Alternativa (Best Alternative Song), how did you feel when you learned that? Is it your first time being nominated for a Grammy?

It is an honor and an emotion I did not expect at all. For me, to be recognized in this way gives me a lot of inspiration to continue working with my full being, and with this strength. It’s my first Grammys nomination and I am super excited!

How is breaking into the US music scene different than breaking into the Latin music scene?

I feel like I am still at the point where I am breaking into the US music scene. It is very intriguing and fascinating to me seeing how far my music can reach so many people even though we all do not speak the same language. Music and passion are our common language.

You put out an album, Esmeralda, in 2017 and an EP, La Sandunguera, in 2018. How do you feel you’ve grown as an artist since then? What are you most excited about with the release of 2020’s Calambre?

With every song release I am more aware of the possibilities that I have as an artist and the opportunities I can access thanks to my hard work. All of these new experiences get me closer to everything I’ve ever imagined and more. Calambre has opened many doors for me to work with musicians who I admire a lot, and to work with genres that have inspired me since I was little. I am very excited to see all the positive things Calambre will mean in my profession.

As Hispanic Heritage Month is nearly over, what advice do you have for your Hispanic listeners on how they can feel more confident in acknowledging and celebrating their heritage? 

There is nothing more beautiful and amazing than feeling proud about our own heritage! It’s something to be celebrated everyday.

Stream Calambre now:

Check out the videos for “BUENOS AIRES,” “BUSINESS WOMAN” and “SANA SANA” below:

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