Tepoe Nash is a multi-Instrumentalist in multi-genres. He has been influenced by many styles of music and this is reflected in his original music where he creates a style all his own. He started on guitar but found a passion for drums early on, and since then has expanded his sound with many diverse instruments. Tepoe loves experimenting in music and with musical instruments. In 2008 he received a US patent on a new type of guitar he created and is currently seeking a manufacturer to license and produce it. Most of Tepoe’s music compositions are self-recorded and produced in his home studio. He loves creating everything on his own, but as a producer he often desires to add more flavor to some of his songs and on occasion has employed session musicians to complete what he wants for them. In 2016 and recently in 2018, Tepoe had the pleasure of Wayne Moss and Charlie McCoy making contributions to a few of his songs. These two players made up the great sounds of such artists as, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, and many more that he grew up admiring. Tepoe is currently creating and releasing new music in several genres and is working hard to reach new fans and expose his music to the world.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it. Yes my Dad, he cut a record before I was born, and some of my first memories growing up is of him with his Reel to Reel playing and recording music. He wanted me to play music so he got me my first guitar for my fifth birthday and I wrote my first song a few months later entitled “Trees”. I still remember the chord progression from that first song and I plan on revising it someday.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? The first thing that comes to mind is the time I self booked an acoustic tour to Las Vegas and back. The show that I did in Flagstaff AZ was in a large conference room, and the guy that I lined up the show with told me that it would be packed. What was wild is when I showed up to do the show, I noticed that all the men were in overhauls and women in bonnets. It was a large group of amish that had traveled there to see the Grand Canyon. I met with the guy that had requested me to come, and told him I didn’t know what I was going to play, he said, we’re not that picky, just play what you want to. I had to come up with a new set list fast because the night before I had played at a nightclub in Amarillo TX and I knew that wouldn’t work. So I wrote down as many gospel songs as I knew and threw in all the traditional Country songs that I knew, and believe it or not I ended up having a great show. Several of the attendees bought my CDs without having anything to play them on, really nice group of people, but a really wild experience.
What has been the high point of your music path? I would have to say that getting to record with two of my childhood music hero’s is the greatest thing I’ve done so far. One of the first Guitar Riffs that I learned on my own was of Roy Orbison’s song “O’ Pretty Women”, and to have Wayne Moss the original guitarist of that lick, record with me is something I will always treasure. After recording with Wayne on a couple of songs he introduced me to Charlie McCoy, and I ended up getting to record with him as well. Charlie did the original harmonica part to “Orange Blossom Special” for Johnny Cash, “Candy Man” for Roy Orbison, and “He Stop Loving Her Today” for George Jones, and to have him and Wayne both on some of my recordings is a great honor to me.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? Most of my original songs have came to fruition by inspiration, and have either started as a riff, melody, or chorus line. I do however try to release songs that fit an occasion as I did with my song “Let’s Paint The Town”. I wrote the song after thinking about the celebration of New Years Eve, and so I decided to release it on that holiday. As for the cover songs I do, I add or remove some parts, and try to put my own spin on them musically without changing the original magic of the song.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be? I think the biggest challenge for independent artists is managing all the aspects of a music career. It takes a team or in some cases a small army to keep an artist’s career alive, but I guess it all depends on what your goals are in music, and that is something I'm still trying to sort out for myself.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? I guess that would have to be Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr, because the first music I really got into was the Beatles.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? As of right now I’m only focused on being a recording artist, but at some point in the future I do plan on getting back into performing live.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! I guess that would be “One Moment Without You Is Like A Thousand Years Of Pain”. The chorus line came to me one day while I was improvising around on my guitar, while thinking about how blessed I was to have found my soul mate in life, my wife Natalie. Later, I told her that I was writing her a song and sung her the chorus line I had written. She replied, don’t just write it for me, write it for us, meaning her and my son Malcolm who was on the way. So, I spent several weeks trying to come up with the right words to finish the song. I finally finished the song, and one week before she gave birth to my son she recorded the background harmonies for it.
What's coming up in the future?
As of right now, I’m focused on recording and releasing more music, but my goal this year is to start shooting some live video footage to create some new music videos.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
My music can be found on my site at Tepoe.com and on all the top streaming platforms like YouTube, Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music.
For more information about Tepoe Nash, please visit his website.