Nathan's Brother - 10 Questions Interview
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I remember when I first started I just wanted to make music that sounded as 'cool' as the songs I listened to. A big influence at the time there were the lyrics and feel of Metallica's Reload album. Only later I started writing about personal experiences which turned out both to be quite therapeutic and to yield much more original and imaginative songs.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Well, one time we had arranged a double bill with two of the bands I was in. So we showed up, both bands with all our gear, at what turned out to be quite a desolate place in the middle of an industrial area. Only to find out, after repeatedly ringing the bell, from the stoned-out-of-his-head owner that he had not expected us and didn't prepare anything. But we were welcome to come in anyway. We just went to the city center to have beers instead.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Every time a song works out is a high point for me. It doesn't matter if it's on an album or live. It's not always easy to achieve the desired result so it's quite a rush when a song sounds as (or better than) intended.
So, how do you approach songwriting, or what is your creative process like?
To me creating songs is something that just happens when it happens. If I feel like an evening of sitting with my guitar and something interesting comes out I just rehearse it and add lyrics to it as I carry the idea around with me. I could come up with lyrics on the bus or in the middle of the night. It usually takes a long time before I'm satisfied with the lyrics because the choice of words is something I'm very sensitive about.
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?
Well, we're all just drops in the ocean, aren't we? There is just so much music in the world. I wouldn't change that though, there can never be enough of a good thing. Music is important to people so it's good that there is so much of it. Like a banquet table that has everyone's favorite dish in abundance.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
If I like the music I'm up for anything. Even though I'm a solo artist now I still greatly value the act of making music together. There's just something magical about hitting it off together, feeding off of each other. I don't see myself doing vocals on an EDM track but any band I'd be more than happy to share the stage and collaborate with.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
The benefit of being of the singer/songwriter ilk is that it's easy to rehearse at home. I can just sit on my couch with my guitar and sing songs without disturbing the neighbors. I do need to put in the hours though! I'm not the type that can just show up and 'sweat out' his music unprepared.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
On my new album, the greatest challenge was to write the last song since it features a saz. Getting to grips with the instrument and getting it tuned was the first challenge but it also took a long time and many takes to come up with parts that would blend in with the rest of the song. The saz just has such a distinctive tone. But I'm happy because the special person I wrote it for is pleased with the result so mission accomplished!
What's coming up in the future?
I'm planning to make a video for each song so that is pretty much keeping me occupied. But I don't do things in sequence per se so if I feel like writing songs or recording music I will just switch to that. I expect to have my next album done by the end of the year, there's no writer's block that's for sure!
Tell us where fans can access your music?
About Nathan's Brother
Starting as a guitar and bass guitar player doing more and more vocals and occasionally using the piano to write songs, this eclectic musician from Haarlem in The Netherlands eventually took up drum and vocal lessons to become a true one-man-band.
‘One-man’ because every discipline, (including writing, recording, and mixing) is taken on as such but still deserving of the moniker ‘band’ because every instrument is played like a focused band member often recorded in a period in which that given instrument was rehearsed exclusively and tirelessly.
Nathan’s Brother’s debut album ‘Spot On’ is, therefore, a true rendition of the music inside a single man’s head without being over-discussed and averaged out by multiple people wanting to have a say, making it a collection of truly refreshing tunes that sonically explore the territory between Alt-Country, Brit-Folk-Rock, and Indie-Pop.
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