Secret Sessions Discover: Nate Austin
Nate Austin is a solo multi-instrumentalist as well as a singer-songwriter and producer originally from South London. Playing 8 instruments in total, Nate writes and records music most days, playing close to 300 shows throughout his career. “I’ve written nearly 200 and I’m currently writing 1 a day and am aiming to write over 400 in a year. I love the process of taking inspiration from random things, trying to forge a story that relates to my life and express that in a way others can understand. The only thing that stops me getting them out as fast
Playing 8 instruments in total, Nate writes and records music most days, playing close to 300 shows throughout his career. “I’ve written nearly 200 and I’m currently writing 1 a day and am aiming to write over 400 in a year. I love the process of taking inspiration from random things, trying to forge a story that relates to my life and express that in a way others can understand. The only thing that stops me getting them out as fast is my limited experience in recording and producing, but I am currently shadowing an experienced producer and trying to up my game every day! I’m self-taught in everything I do, and I believe that has really enabled me to find out what I love the most about music and get an idea of what works for me.”
“Growing up I got really into the poppy rock scene – Blink 182, Sum 41 etc. and I think today that is where I get my style of melody from. Nowadays I listen to a lot of pop. I admire Ed Sheeran’s drive, work ethic and ability to write catchy tunes. I love Bruno Mars, his voice is incredible, as is JP Cooper. I’m a fan of Jack Garratt’s production and ‘Weathered’ is a fave track of mine too. Generally, I’m not too genre driven or defined. If it’s got a good beat you can get into and a string melody you can sing that you’ll remember easily, then I’m into it. I’m all about the melody and tune.”
One of the 200 songs that Nate has written is his recently released ‘Wild Love’ with the influences of the harshness of a bitter break up. “It’s about when all you can do is think about the person to the point it drives you nuts. I’ve been there, and it’s not a nice place. It’s written retrospectively, so I was able to digest the pain and write it from the right perspective. I also directed, produced and edited the music video, which was my first ever video project. I didn’t have a clue about cameras, or how they operated 6 months prior to shooting that, but I studied and learned the basics as I just decided I really wanted to make my own video. ‘Wild Love’ was also the first song that I produced myself, so it was a bit of a landmark in terms of my development as an artist.”
By Nate writing new material every day and having a DIY approach to his music, this has led him to curate an intrigued and attentive audience. “The audience is key, and one of my motivating factors to deliver my best and keep pushing myself to give them the best music possible. As an emerging artist, being able to build a strong relationship with your fans is so important, and for me, there is nothing more satisfying and rewarding than getting to know the best fans on personal levels through the time that they’ve supported me, and I wouldn’t or any other artist wouldn’t be where they are or get to the places they want to be without the kindness of their audience and people who believe in them and want to help them out. You can find such amazing people in this world, and music has helped me meet so many. It’s one of my favorite things about my journey.”
Nate has two performances coming up this weekend – 27th May at the Unfest (Sussex Arms Stage 6 pm) and 28th May Unfest (Royal Oak) 8 pm.