Both women approach songwriting from different directions, but ultimately they've found a good balance for collaboration. Natalie says, "I'll often write a song after I see patterns emerging in my life. It'll either be a behavioural pattern or a metaphor that emerges in a few different places. I'll start to get layers of poetry and lyrics. I usually have bigger existential thoughts that I'm going to write about."
Sonia adds, "I'm not one of those people who is constantly writing. I just write when I feel like it. A lot of my songwriting is inspired by people outside of myself, their stories and what has happened to them."
She continues, "I often have poetry, lyrics,words or even just a thought and often I can write an entire melody line for a whole song before I put chords to it, and then I'm trying to get Natalie or someone else to help me write a song around it."
Natalie comments on why these contrasting approaches work well together. She says, "When I hear Sonia sing a whole melody, it's like I can hear the key changes in her melody or the little turns of the chord progression that she's instinctually created but that she doesn't hear. Sometimes I've got chords and I've got a cool melody but I don't know how to take the song to the next level when it gets to the third verse or something. Sonia can help smash it out of the box."
Generally the pair don’t make major alterations to their music once they establish a song. Sonia points out, "I would say that the first time we play something, it might change a smidge because we fell into a groove but overall we have the general structure ready before we perform it. It tends to stay within that realm."
Natalie elaborates, "The first two or three times we do a song live, we might pick up on something that's not working or something that we were trying to achieve that's not translating, so we'll address that but once we feel its in the pocket, we just leave it alone."
One of the duo's biggest strengths is their consistency. Natalie explains, "When we recorded our album, we multi-tracked the instrumental parts of the album but we tracked all of our vocals in the same room. One thing that the producer commented on is how we're locked into such consistency. I think that, as a duo, we're way more consistent than we would be as individuals."
The main challenge that Sonia and Natalie face is finding a balance between their musical career and their busy lives. Sonia says, "Our lives are very different so one of our challenges is time. I have kids and Natalie has about 562 jobs and we have a lot going on in our lives outside of music. It's so much work but it's also the best."