an interview with Alesia Dessau from Natural Selection

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed Natural Selection’s debut album Come On Over…and just like their debut album followed the maxim good things come to those who wait the interview just needed a little time.
So here’s your chance to learn more about Alesia Dessau and her band Natural Selection.

Q: Natural Selection exists since 1996. Congratulations to your 10th anniversary by the way. Please tell me more about these ten years. Your website says you started as a jazz quartet. What did happen that made you change your sound?

Alesia Dessau: Thank you! I started singing jazz in restaurants for extra money while in college. I had written some songs and started bringing my charts to gigs. The musicians liked my music and that gave me the confidence to share more of my music. We then began to rearrange jazz standards and adding R&B songs such as “Feel Like Makin Love” by Roberta Flack and “Superstar” by Lauryn Hill to the sets. After college, it was hard to keep a band together, so I concentrated on writing songs while looking for new musicians.

Q: How would you describe Natural Selection’s music to someone who hasn’t heard you before? And who has influenced you in the ten years of existence.

Alesia Dessau: I would describe Natural Selection’s sound as “Original Soul”. Some of our influences are Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Donny Hathaway, Phyllis Hyman, Incognito, Brand New Heavies and Stevie Wonder. Given the various backgrounds of the musicians of Natural Selection, our sound is truly eclectic. We mix a bit of R&B, funk, rock and hip hop into our sound…and it’s always groovin!



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