Hozier:Nina Cried Power

The EP “Nina Cried Power” is a taste of what will be the second studio album by Hozier, coming out in 2019. We talked with him a few hours before the live in Milan

Hozier has recently moved from Italy (specifically to the Alcatraz in Milan) to present live – in addition to his previous successes, such as the super hit Take Me to Church – also the new tracks contained in Nina Cried Power . The EP, released in September , is the same admission of its author as a sort of teaser of what will be his second studio album, out in 2019. We talked with him a few hours before the live.

Hozier and Mavis Staples during the recordings of Nina Cried Power


The anticipations on the new album 


” All the songs have already been recorded and the mix is in its final stages – reveals Hozier – The album will be released in early spring of 2019. There will be some singles: Movement is the first of them. The EP was a good “teaser” for some of the themes and atmospheres that will be on the record. Probably Nina Cried Power will be included in the tracklist. It will be a very varied album: there are very folk, traditional, and more rock and roll songs. “

Nina Cried Power : a protest song 




Regarding the title track of the EP Hozier speaks with great transport and circumstantial reasons that have pushed him to write a real protest song: ” I wanted to make a song that was full of hope and not cynical , that looked at the work of other artists under different circumstances: for example Mavis Staples, Woody Guthrie or Nina Simone (all mentioned in the text, ed ), all people who made their voices heard on topics they felt important. And this constituted a document of what we often find inspiration. It’s just my thanks for all this. I wanted to write something that spoke of the spirit of solidarity and protest “.

The conversation takes a marked “social-conscious” turn that has now remained the preserve of a small minority of artists: ” For me everything is political – continues Hozier, inadvertently quoting Pasolini – Even the clothes we wear and the music we listen to or create have a political dimension. If something involves people’s experience, it has a political implication. Songs are not just songs: they are documents of a time and a place. They are important because of the context in which they were made “.

The song was also born of a feeling of frustration to see that, for fear of passing through a moral stand on a pedestal, few artists today take the trouble to write songs for a better world. But once it was different: “For people like Mavis Staples (living legend of soul / R & B, sing with him in the piece, ed ) it was not an option: it was something that had to be done. For them the need for change was a very serious matter, as was the fact of writing songs about it. “

The collaboration with Mavis Staples 


The featuring of Mavis Staples has its roots in an admiration for the world of black music that animated Hozier from an early age: “As a kid I was very much listening to the Staple Singers (the band of Mavis, ed ). I loved gospel music, its vocal harmonies. Then I discovered his context and I was fascinated. Songs like Long Walk to DC were an invitation to join the march. “

For her, she nourishes the highest esteem both as a musician and as a person: “I know she had heard Take Me to Church and she liked it very much, she hummed it from time to time. When the song was born there was no doubt that it had to be done with her. We did not meet until the day we recorded it. You can not imagine how kind and charismatic it is: the sweetest and most warm person I have ever known. We had a great day recording vocals in Chicago. “


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Nathalia Gaviria behind the costumes of the video

Nathalia Gaviria is the fashion designer who has chosen the clothes of J Balvin’s new videoclip. Here’s what he told Billboard

After debuting in the top 10 of the Hot Latin Songs and reaching 72 million views on YouTube in a month, it is not surprising that J Balvin’s Machika with Anitta and Jeon is hot. From the catchy rhythm of the song to the futuristic theme of the world represented in the video, his creativity increases, particularly when it comes to fashion in the visual of three and a half minutes.

J Balvin’s Machika with Anitta and Jeon



The woman behind the fantastic clothes of Machika ‘s video is the Colombian designer Nathalia Gaviria ,



whose work has often been associated with names such as Paris Hilton, Cara Delevingne or Diddy. However, his talent was not sufficiently noticed until the publication of Machika, with his beautiful costumes.

The video, which was inspired by the film Mad Max , takes place in Machika – an imaginary dystopian city of the future created by the reggaeton singer himself. Despite having only two and a half weeks to create the video wardrobe, Gaviria designed 20 musical video looks, including J Balvin’s, Anitta’s and Jeon’s flashy outfits. Their looks represent three specific tribes in this futuristic world: underground, jungle and desert that are represented respectively by Jeon, Anita and J Balvin.




Given these details as guidelines to follow, Nathalia Gaviria then created iconic looks : the gray, black and neutral dresses of Jeon that perfectly represent the linearity and simplicity of the underground tribe, the marvelous green and metallic costumes of Anitta that show the his strength and his sex appeal like the queen, and J Balvin’s looks that were opposite: conventional at first, then extremely bold with a green poncho accompanied by a wolf’s head. “That’s one of my favorites,” he said at the time of creation.

What makes working on this music video so special for Gaviria is not only the projects, but also the opportunity to show them through a Latin artist. “You know, I never would have thought, a result like this was not even in my expectations,” he told Billboard. “All of this is simply incredible. I am so happy and so amazed. What makes me so proud is the fact that he too is Colombian, he is a Latin. It comes from my country. See what’s happening. 72 million views are so many ».

Her hard work and creativity have opened many doors: she was invited (for the first time) to show one of her two lines ” NG: GOLD ” at the New York Fashion Week on Sunday 11 February.

Grateful for the feedback that came to her, Gaviria could not believe the feedback she received . “Most people did not know me and I had a great response from them, so it was very, very nice,” he said. “There are no words to explain. From the moment they started putting clothes … everyone told me they loved it, which was one of their favorite collections and they were happy. It was exciting: things like these make me really proud.





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