April 25th, 2013
January 23rd, 2013
The CW recently featured “Flirt” on their brand-new hit show, “Hart of Dixie”. Check out Season 1, Episode 11 “Hell’s Belle’s” on Netflix to catch it, and Hart of Dixie on Tuesdays 8/7c on The CW.
November 16th, 2012
The CW recently featured “Borrow” on their hit show, “America’s Next Top Model”.
November 10th, 2012
Since everyone is getting in the holiday/baking/indoor mood, I figured this was appropriate timing…
When I was a kid, we would regularly be allowed to have cookies. When those times would come, I would ask my parents how many I could have, and they would normally respond with a number in the three neighborhood. Nevertheless, the next time my siblings and I would just ask how many we could have again. I distinctly remember an instance when my dad responded with a question instead of an answer. That question affected my entire thought process, and made an impression that’s lasted the rest of my life:
“How many cookies do you want?”
Simple enough, I know. Often the most profound concepts are expressed in the most basic simplicity. While my dad was probably doing this because he was tired of having to answer the same question every time, rather than consciously harnessing the power of the Socratic Method, it caused me to consider 1) the value of each cookie, 2) the law of diminishing returns (didn’t know the name for it then tho, or how to pronounce the word diminishing), and 3) a proactive rather than reactive mindset. The last one is the most valuable, and has affected the most aspects of my life since.
So many times, in whatever goal we desire to achieve, it’s easy to be reactive. This is not only a useless, but also a detrimental mentality, as it distracts us from being proactive in our goals. One can waste a lot of time waiting to be reactive to some providential force to bestow favor and success, while simultaneously missing opportunities which could have been seized. No matter what your goal is, and I’m sure it’s difficult to achieve, calculate a small step you can take toward that right now. Don’t get lost wondering how many cookies some outside force will let you have, and start deciding things for yourself!
September 13th, 2012
as most of you may know, i relocated to nashville at the beginning of the summer, and have had a wonderful first three months here. someone was explaining to me the difference between a place with a music scene, and a place with a music industry. nashville is definitely the latter, and being here is extremely refreshing.
“isn’t there so much more competition there, nate?” well i’m glad you asked. that’s one way to look at it, but the “competition” here is extremely collaborative and helpful to one another, and to me. my first month here i was asked to be on the respective bills of two of my friends’ shows at great venues like 12th & Porter! every time i go out (nashville has a great nightlife!), i’m hanging out with similarly-inspired industry folk and being constantly encouraged and inspired from every direction. another surprisingly wonderful thing is to consider the other voices on any given show bill better than my own! iron sharpens iron.
my short term goals are to network like crazy, start playing more shows as i gain a following here, get youtubesdays going again after having bought some better gear (huzzah!) and some new inspiration for songs to cover, and record some of the new music i’ve been writing. i even had a great cowriting session (my first from concept) with an awesome producer/writer/dude, josh bronleewe. oh and by the way, i’m teaching myself to tinkle the ivories. and no, that’s not a euphemism for housetraining. more to come from all of that, but thanks for being patient while i got settled. until then, thanks for continuing to support me, i can feel it all the way over here!
May 8th, 2012
alright kids, it’s finally happening. nashville is on! after over a year of trying to make it happen, i’m going to be skidaddling off to tennessee. i’m finalizing a transfer to the green hills apple store as i write this, and i’ll be heading out the end of may. i’m incredibly stoked for the next chapter of my life, and living in a place that i find so inspiring. can’t wait to join some good friends out there, and no doubt making many new ones both with apple and the rest of nashvegas.
i look forward to pursuing my music career further in music city, and many other good things are in the works. new music on the horizon, the return of youtubesdays in my new home studio, even planning on experimenting with a live online concert i’ve been kicking around for a while. i want to thank everyone who encouraged me to make this transition, all my friends in san antonio and austin, my family, everyone who’s ever told me i was meant for more. i will no doubt miss you guys and texas, but my restless blood won’t let me stay here anymore. will be playing shows and hanging out with peeps whenever i visit san anto, and will keep everyone posted when that’s going to happen.
November 2nd, 2011
after working on the music video for comearound for a few months, i’m proud to finally share it with you! thanks to kimberly scott and her crew for devoting all their hard work and stupid talent. please check out kimberlyscottblog.com to see more of what she’s up to. you’ll find it’s a lot more than just music videos
July 14th, 2011
After performing for the HMMA Indie Music Showcase, Jett caught up with Nate for an interview (at 0:37)
March 28th, 2011
People should eat more donuts, and you should buy them for them. None of this story is intended to brag or talk about how great I am, because no one likes that guy. The only reason I share it with you is in hopes that you’ll benefit from it. Now, back to donuts.
When I was playing in Nashville, I ran into a young singer named Hannah Weison at an open mic and befriended her and her family. Turns out they are from Austin, which is only a little over an hour from where I live in San Antonio. We remained in touch through the magic of Facebook, and she then asked me to be an actor in her music video. I agreed, and this morning I drove 109 miles to Taylor, Texas, after about two hours of sleep (thanks SxSW) to help out in an eight-hour shoot on a high school campus.
Let me tell you why I didn’t do this. It wasn’t to somehow attach myself to her to benefit myself, since she’s got the world in front of her as a 15-year old starlet in-the-making. It’s because I like to help people, especially people who share my struggles as a musician. Now this would have been a good enough favor to do for someone, but there is always another way to go the extra mile for someone.
While I was driving to the location, I passed one of my favorite donut chains, called The Donut Palace, and grabbed a dozen glazed for cast/crew/extras. There are a few shortcuts into people’s hearts, and one of them is donuts. The idea here is that if people believe that you will bust your tail for them, they will follow you to the end of the world. That’s a fundamental aspect of being a good leader, and of being a good person. As musicians what you’re asking to be is a leader, so study this stuff. My brother has a master’s degree in leadership and ethics, so I have plans to interview him in the future to get you guys some more goodies on being leaders and presenting yourself in an attractive manner.