1 / 1

Nathalia Margot Pizarro

Dec 07/2014
WORDS Amanda Purdie PHOTOGRAPHY Pedersen STYLING Raelene Ann Marie CLOTHING Holt Renfrew

“You know, when a shark stops swimming it dies.”

Nathalia Pizarro is talking about her incessant need to create. And as the charismatic frontwoman of Vancouver band Chains of Love, head of Manimal PR, and fine artist (a.k.a. TIT), it’s fair to say this is one hastily swimming shark.

Following the release of Chains of Love’s Misery Makers Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 and a hectic period of touring, Pizarro is taking a well-deserved break from life on the road. In the meantime, she’s adding more creative pursuits to her already long list of projects – one of which is art. “It’s something I started doing again because I wasn’t really playing music or performing, which is such a huge part of my life. I decided to find a way to channel my creativity in a different way.”

Pizarro’s “day job” is running the PR division at Manimal, the LA-based record label behind artists like Warpaint and Bat for Lashes. It’s something she loves doing, not only because it’s a way to stay connected to the music industry, but it’s also made her into a more “gracious” artist.

For a woman so overflowing with creativity, it’s hard to imagine Pizarro ever considering a more traditional career path. But around the age of 21, she said, “Fuck it – I’m not going to do music any more. I’d been hustling since I was a teen and I wanted to do something so removed from the arts to take a break.”

She set out to become a vet and even applied to a biology degree program. “I remember doing homework in the studio and he [Felix Fung of Chains of Love] was like, ‘What are you doing?’” It was the wake-up call she needed to continue following her true passion.

It’s yet another example of Pizarro’s diverse intellectual interests and talents. “It’s hard to feed everything, but I do have a fascination with science, especially with physics and space. I think it’s what’s spawned my curiosity about a lot of different things.”

Pizarro credits her strong work ethic to her “extraordinary” mom (“really the only female role model in my life”), who singlehandedly raised her and her brother. “It’s not like she could afford to take me to guitar lessons. She did what she could, but she inspired me to take care of my own things. My happiness is my own responsibility. I can’t wait around for someone to pay for it.”

Feminism to me means respect for women and honouring the female. I really believe in a matriarchal society.

Having such a strong female influence undoubtedly helped to shape Pizarro’s views on gender equality. “Feminism to me means respect for women and honouring the female. I really believe in a matriarchal society. I pray that one day things turn around for all of us humans and things become more neutral.

Pizarro, who admires a long list of female artists – including Cosey Fanni Tutti, Billie Holiday, Mama Cass, Janis Joplin and Ronnie Spector – would like to see more women in music. “More female producers. More record label owners. More women behind the scenes.”

So, what’s next for Pizarro? She’s currently working on an “off-the-cuff” music collaboration with an LA-based producer, but she’s keeping tight-lipped about it for now. And her art will continue to evolve as she experiments with new mediums, like Photoshop and illustration.

But I get the sense that Pizarro’s work will never be done. “As an artist, you can’t just show up to work nine-to-five – you have to really clock in your hours and consistently show up for your art.”

Named for the Toronto area they grew up in, The Beaches are a far cry from a placid day on the lake. Led by singer/bassist Jordan Miller—with her sister and guitarist Kylie Miller, guitarist/keyboardist Leandra Earl and drummer Eliza Enman-McDaniel—the Canadian four-piece burst out of Toronto with their 2018 debut, Late Show, and have since built up an aura of dissident swagger. Taking home this year’s Juno for Breakthrough Group of the Year, the all-fem rock quartet is bringing grunge, gloss, and 70s glamour to a predominantly male genre. Georgie caught up with Leandra to talk about the band’s latest music video, taking charge of their music, and three simple ways to keep women in the industry. G—Did you grow up together in Toronto? LE—Yeah, I met the girls in high school. Jordan and Kylie are sisters, so they’ve known each other a bit longer, but they grew up with Eliza in Toronto’s Beaches area. G—What kind of music were you listening to at that time? LE—We grew up listening to all of the music our parents listened to. That definitely influenced us while writing our debut album since we drew from a lot of the 70’s music that our


Tyler Shaw is going through a renaissance. After exploding onto the scene and the charts in 2012 with his hit single “Kiss Goodnight” and a wildly successful debut album that followed, it’s hard to imagine what the Canadian pop singer could possibly need to reinvent. But after two years of writing and exploring, Shaw has taken the reigns on developing a new album and a new sound that’s better in tune with his growth as an artist. Just before the release of his new single “With You”, Georgie caught up with Shaw over the phone to talk about his upcoming album, mental health, and the feelings he’s harnessed into a musical renewal. G— What were some of the biggest differences for you between making the upcoming album and making Yesterday? TS—Yesterday was more so “I’m a new artist, I don’t really know what I want to do. This sounds cool on my voice, so does this.” With this album on the other hand, I know what I want. I know what melodies I want to go to and what I want to talk about. [Yesterday] came out in 2015, and ever since then, I mean, you go through life experiences


Dear Rouge

  A few years ago, Danielle McTaggart was ready to throw in the towel on her music career. Now she and her husband, Drew, make up the powerhouse duo known as Dear Rouge and have two full-length albums and a Juno to their name. Known for their hook-driven tracks—and being “the nicest couple in Canadian music”—Dear Rouge just dropped their sophomore LP, Phases. The record recounts a season of emotional extremes for the couple, including winning the 2016 Juno for Breakthrough Group of the Year, and losing a loved one. We caught up with Danielle over the phone to talk about finding joy in music again, and the personal and public significance of Phases. G—On your website, you describe your style as “sinewy, hook-driven indie rock”. Where did that particular style evolve from? DM—I was always very into hook-y music with beautiful melodies. I grew up listening to The Carpenters and they have beautiful melodic parts, but I also always loved harder music and really rock-driven music. Bands like Metric or Yeah Yeah Yeahs or St. Vincent were hugely motivating for me, and I loved that these frontwomen were powerhouses. They’re very confident and trying to push the boundaries while