[ENG ONLY] I was interviewed by the portal VOKILLS, a site dedicated to recognize the talent of extreme metal vocalists. Thanks a lot to Stefan for such interesting questions! You can read the complete interview by clicking on this link: Nathalie Markoch on NMK’s album, Iceland and maintaining health
Clean and extreme, Nathalie Markoch from Melodic Death Metal band NMK, can do both. As the vocalist and founder of NMK she’s delivering some sick guttural sounds blended with a powerful clean voice. Hailing from Peru she started singing in a high school choir and developed her own sound through the years.
Listening to Ravenous Spectre i can’t help to think that you must be exhausted after singing those songs live, how do you keep your voice and overall condition in shape?
Well, those songs are indeed quite vocally demanding haha. Before being able to sing and growl this way I used to do operatic singing and taught myself empirically how to properly manage my breath and support my voice. I try to keep not only my vocal chords well hydrated (alkalinized), but my whole body in general, that’s why I don’t smoke/drink and try my best to not consume acid based foods. I suspect those are the main reasons why I manage to do an entire setlist without needing an oxygen tank 😉
How did you discover your own style of singing and do you have advice for other singers looking to develop their own sound?
While I was recording “Influences & Connections Vol. 1” I learned to sing with different types of voice. I realized that my own lyrics were more suited for a more aggressive approach than the one I learned to use while I was practising to sing classically. So I took upon myself to sing with my natural voice and to slowly add more strength to it. While rehearsing with NMK, somehow something clicked and growls started to pour everywhere. That’s why we included my growls at the end of the recording process of the album.
My advice to other singers would be to hydrate your body with mainly fruits and lemon water. Always make sure that you are not straining your voice in any way, be a melodic voice or while growling. Singing should feel effortless. Although alcohol seem to “warm your throat”, don’t get near it, it will burn your vocal chords from the inside out with its acids. And lastly, always sing from your heart, with a purpose in mind, to give a message and to show a unique perspective only you can bring forth.
Back to the album, there’s cool artwork on it, can you tell a little more about it?
Thanks! The artwork was a joined effort by the amazing colombian artist Juan Camilo Mazutier and myself. Juan Camilo hand-drawn and digitally coloured it and I developed the concept. In summary, the concept behind it is the realization of a human being that’s been under various mind control programs his entire life on Earth.
A ravenous spectre (masculine energy, electric, positive pole, proactive) is seen behind an inquisition-like chair, which is feeding off the energy of a woman, representing the suppressed true feminine (magnetic, negative pole, receptive) of the universe. She’s managed to almost free herself from the matrix imposed (hence the broken chains and 1-eye bandage). The skulls beneath represent the remains of the unsuccessful efforts to obtain freedom of her past lives.
The images carved on the chair represent some aspects that those ravenous spectres have taken complete control over a subject’s life. Satanic Ritualistic Mind Control Abuse, Government and Military infiltration, Pharmaceutical take over Natural Medicine and Overall Health, World Banks backhand game disguised as economic aid, and so on. This chair also symbolizes the occult/new age (ouroboros) propaganda against traditional religions as well, etc. All belongs to the same dualistic illusive reality most humans living on the Earth’s surface experience through a tampered perception and altered DNA.
You can read the complete interview by clicking on this link: Nathalie Markoch on NMK’s album, Iceland and maintaining health