Hi Nathan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi, I’m doing well, thank you. I am glad and grateful for the possibility to create and share my music during these times. It’s an interesting and developing period that has brought many changes and opportunities to dive deep and connect to myself.
Can you talk to us about your latest single “Treasure”?
“Treasure” is the third and last single from my debut EP. In my eyes, it is different from the rest of the songs in the album because it brings a more delicate and vulnerable side, and is also the only one to include strings. “Treasure” is a true love story that presents a deep and intimate expression of a man gifting his heart to the love of his life. It shows how unique and powerful love can be.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes. This song was inspired by a beautiful love story between a very good friend of mine and his girlfriend. I created the melody while trying to find a guitar part for another song. I was playing with it until the line “I fell in love with you” came to my mind. I decided to suggest that line to my friend and write the lyrics for the song, and dedicate it as an eternal gift to his romantic partner. And so he did.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
The original idea for “Treasure” was to shoot a live video with my ensemble. But due to COVID limitations, we had to cancel. However, it was still important for me to express this song with visual content, and so the idea to make an animation clip came up. I got to dive into an amazing world and experiment with it for the first time, and can say that I pretty much fell in love.
The single comes off your new album Slowly – what’s the story behind the title?
The making of the album took more time than I initially planned. This process brought many feelings and experiences. The name Slowly was an insight that came to me in a particular moment, in which I understood that things happen in their own time and rhythm. It all happens in an accurate manner and I cannot shorten the process. It is inevitable. Sometimes you just aren’t ready to be where you wish to be. And that’s perfectly ok.
How was the recording and writing process?
The songs were written during different periods of my life and not deliberately for this album. I picked them intuitively later on after many doubts to form the album. The entire work process was very exciting and powerful because it was all created independently. The experience in the studio was highly enriching. It allowed me to play and experiment with all of my ideas. I was submerged in the fascinating world of song production and this technical aspect opened me to think from a new angel about music in general, and about my music in particular.
What role does Israel play in your music?
Honestly, Israel doesn’t play a significant role in my music other than the fact that I live in Tel Aviv. I get to meet people from all around the world when busking.
What aspect of love and pain did you get to explore on this record?
As written in the first line of the song, falling in love and opening your heart means being exposed and vulnerable. This particular love story eventually ended and gave rise to pain. Personally, I would always choose to be open, live fully, learn the lessons of life and experience love over avoiding pain.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Usually inspiration comes as a melody that I play around with, singing in gibberish until a word or a sentence comes up and catches me. Then I build further on it. The songs are not always written out of a personal experience. It can originate from a connection I have to a certain subject or situation.
What else is happening next in Nathan Rodd’s world?
The animated video for “Treasure” is due to be released on November 12th. Later that month, the entire EP will be released as well and am very happy and excited about that. Then, once the current situation allows, I’ll return to the stage and get ready for the album release concert, which I hope is soon. At the same time, I am very excited about the thought of future releases of more songs of mine.
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