Natasha Humera Ejaz, who also goes by the moniker Stupid Happiness Theory, was selected for Border Movement’s Berlin residency this year. Having spent the summer in Berlin, learning more about music, collaborating and creating melodies, Natasha has returned home. But in a recent interview with Border Movement, she spoke about the experience of BMR.
“After a certain point, I was just like, ‘I just want to be here.’ Living is much more important than trying to do something about it. I started living.”
Speaking about how the residency differs from others, Natasha told Border Movement: “The residency doesn’t really have a ‘plan’; it’s tailor-made. They’ll help you integrate of course, but after that it’s just you on your own. In any other space it could get lonely, since you’re a new musician from out of town. But here you walk out and you’re surrounded by all these musicians.”
The residency also added to her songwriting process. “I bought a guitalele and I’d just take it with me everywhere. I would play it at the subway station, where I ended up jamming with random flute players,” she shared.
Having starred in Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor, contributing two songs to its soundtrack and releasing the prayer single, ‘God in Me’, Natasha headed to Berlin. Now that she’s back, whatever she does next, it’ll be worth watching and listening to.