Nate Connelly, an artist that you may not have heard of yet, but should definitely have a listen to. He’s been likened to Bonobo and James Blake and has recently released his debut album A Dream About Being Lost on alternative/electronic record label Blind Colour. We did an interview with Connelly about his debut album and more, which you can find below.
HUNOW: What made you want to create and release music?
NC: Music did! I have been in love with it since a young age, like most of us have I guess. I love the way it connects with people on a universal level, it’s the language of emotion and I enjoy the way I can express myself effectively through it.
HUNOW: Are there any fellow artists who inspire your music?
NC: Many. To name a few would be Pink Floyd, Portishead, Prefuse 73, Philip Glass, Burial, Clint Mansell, Radiohead, Elliot Smith, FSOL, Max Richter, Sigor Ros… the list goes on and on…
HUNOW: The music video deals with the issue of the abuse of bath salts, is tackling controversial subjects something you’ll look to do throughout your career?
NC: To be honest, no. It’s not my style.
HUNOW: You’re signed to Blind Colour, what made you sign with them?
NC: Jez Lloyd is a really lovely guy, he made me a good offer with good promotional/marketing plans and good connections. He also has great taste in music, so I went for it.
HUNOW: What are the inspirations for your songs?
NC: I am a total slave to my emotions, and writing music is a way to siphon off some of the excess. Other artists inspire me creatively. Sometimes it might just be a gut feeling I need to express. A sadness or disappointment. Other times I might want to just have fun and play around with sound and see where it takes me. It varies wildly.
HUNOW: What are your goals for this album and the future?
NC: I’d just like as many people as possible to hear the album and hopefully connect with it on some level. In the future I’d just like to be able to carry on making more albums and scoring more films. I’d like to eventually work with full orchestras, and to develop a live show with visual artists.
HUNOW: Can fans expect any tour dates in the future?
NC: In the near future I’m afraid not. I am working on it.
HUNOW: In September 2013 you remixed Ink Project’s Keep Passing By, how was this experience?
NC: It was great! I love doing remixes, mainly because pulling apart, sampling, re-sampling, mashing and messing with things is the most fun part of the process for me. I love being handed a complete track and ripping it to bits.
HUNOW: You’ve scored over 20 short films and recently had success with Juno Mak’s Rigor Mortis, will you continue to score films as well as releasing music?
NC: Of course! I have just signed to Juno Mak’s company in Hong Kong so I will be scoring many more feature films in the years to come. I love scoring films. It’s a different creative beast entirely.
HUNOW: Finally, for the readers of HOLDUPNOW, what advice would you give to anyone wanting to start writing and releasing their own music?
NC: Fall in love with what you do. Learn to play many instruments. Learn the rules but break them and experiment, and always make sure you’re having fun!
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