INTERVIEW: Nathan Quick

Hi Nathan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

NQ: Thanks for having me, I’ve been busy, and good!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Southern Miles“?

NQ: Sure- The song has a lot of different colors, that represent different events that took place over a period of time. Like snapshots of memories of travel, music life, and experiences with my best friend/band mate.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

NQ: Definitely. The song is in remembrance of my best friend/ band mate, who recently passed unexpectedly. The song is about times with him, and about coping with the loss.

What was the filming process like for the video?

NQ: We had a few ideas pinned down, and a few locations in mind. We wanted to be kind of spontaneous as well. There were certain scenes we captured that meant a lot to me given the context of the song. I used to play pool with my best friend at this local bar all the time, so I definitely wanted to capture that, as well as several other shots. We shot the video in 2 different cities, in 2 days.

The single comes off your new album Howling At The Moon – what’s the story behind the title?

NQ: Howling at The Moon is actually a track on the album, and it represents the feelings of loss, disbelief, anger, and trying to find hope in this crazy world.

How was the recording and writing process?

NQ: It was simple at times, and complex at times. Some of these songs that will be on the album have been in the works for several years. Trying to pin down the right feel, and get the right choices vocally and melodically can be quite the task when you know you’re putting your heart and soul out in the world. Other times it was so simple, I’d wake up in the middle of the night and have a whole song written and arranged within a few hours.

Recording was great. We took the band out to Los Angeles, and recorded and mixed the album in 2 trips. a total of 3 weeks. I think it’s a huge bonus to get out of your usual routine where there are plenty of distractions, and go somewhere and focus on your craft.

What was it like to work with Bruce Witkin and how did that relationship develop?

NQ: It’s always a great experience. This album was my 2nd time getting to work with Bruce. He has so much musical/production knowledge and he doesn’t hold back what he envisions for a song, he really listens and gives great feedback that is priceless. I met Bruce through a mutual friend, Doug. Doug and Bruce have been good friends for a really long time- they used to play in bands, and do a lot of studio sessions together. Doug has helped develop almost all my digital work, album art, posters, and even played the keys on the album. He has a great ear, and has a lot of impact/influence. It was great having Doug and Bruce work together on this project with me.

How much did he get to influence the album?

NQ: Bruce had a lot of impact on the album. His knowledge, and techniques definitely made my songs the best they can be. Having someone who knows what you’re capable of and who can get you to track the best takes you can do, is monumental.

What role does Houston play in your music?

NQ: Houston plays a big role in my music. So much has happened in Houston, and the memories have definitely been injected into my writing.

How do you go on blending all your different and very distinctive influences together? Is the sound or melody of a song, for you, based on the lyrics?

NQ: Not all the time. Honestly when I write, I don’t start with a routine. I think every song is different with its own story. If the lyrics start coming first, that’s what I start with. If a riff or melody comes first, then I may outline a whole arrangement to a song without lyrics at first.

Where did you find inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

NQ: Life experiences. I’ve done a lot of different things, and been a lot of different places. Life’s really good sometimes, and sometimes there’s moments you don’t think you can cope with. This all influences my writing.

Any plans to hit the road?

NQ: Yes, we are trying to put together dates currently, and are shooting for a tour in the fall after the album drops.

What else is happening next in Nathan Quick’s world?

NQ: I’m trying to learn every day. I’m playing a lot of gigs here in Houston over the summer, and I’m enjoying time with family and friends whenever I can.

Watch video for “Southern Miles” here

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RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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