Singaporean pop singer Tabitha Nauser on her debut EP 'things i should have said' and what's next for 2020
Summing up her past year, we hear Tabitha Nauser at her most reflective on her debut EP of three songs titled, things I should have said, which was released last Friday. Currently, she is also on our TV screens as part of the cast of Netflix's reality show, Singapore Social, which follows the lives of six young Singaporeans as they navigate life, love, and career. Nauser's focus is still on her music, though. The last two years have seen her releasing a steady stream of singles with the last being "Don't Let Me Drown" with Grammy-nominated producer Sacha Skarbek earlier this year as well as collaborations with other artists such as Dutch trap act Yellow Claw on their single "Crash This Party", which has garnered more than 6,000,000 streams. We caught up with Tabitha to find out more about her new independently released EP and what's next for her in 2020.
Your new EP sounds very self-reflective. Is it based on real events and what are you hoping to convey with these songs?
Yes, my new EP "things i should have said" is based on personal experiences, but at the same time, I've pulled from other stories that I've heard from my friends and relatives. It is the most personal and honest that I've been in awhile. I'm hoping that people will listen to this EP and can relate in some sort of way.
Who have been your favourite collaborators on this EP and why?
I've worked with some amazing talents for this EP, from the songwriters to the producers. It's so hard to pick a favourite, but I guess I can pick someone who I've been a fan of for a very long time. His name is August Rigo. He's a wonderful singer and the most talented songwriter. I'm just so happy that I got to work with him for this EP. That being said, make sure to go check out Kota Banks, Jai Waetford, August Rigo, Harloe, Hooknsling, and Shakenbake. All of them are so amazing! They also have their own original music.
You've been using polaroid artworks to promote the EP. Is there a reason behind this?
I used polaroids, because I was trying to think of what could be the most intimate and personal visual representation of what the EP is and I thought that it would be polaroids. Anybody can get a polaroid and the pictures they take with it is usually a snapshot or a timestamp of a moment in their lives. They can keep the pictures with them for the rest of their lives because it's physical, so that's why I wanted to work with polaroids.
You've been steadily releasing singles and now an EP. Is there going to be a full-length album at any point?
If there's anything I've learnt in the past couple of years, is not to tease anything until I know for sure it's going to happen. I would love to be able to put out a full-length album at some point, but I'm not going to say when. I'm just going to let it happen. It would be a dream, though.
Are there any gigs coming up to promote this new release that we need to know about?
Yes, I do have a few gigs coming up. The easiest thing would be to follow me on Instagram, @tabithanauser, or on Facebook, because I'll be updating them frequently with all of the live performances that I've got coming up.
Sum up your 2019 and what you're wishing for in 2020.
2019 has been a rollercoaster! It's just been crazy. I'm looking forward to being a little more settled in 2020, but also to be able to put out more music and enjoy a lot more experiences that make me happy.