INTERVIEW: Roots/Blues Artist Nathan Fox

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

Hi there.  Thank you for the warm welcome.  I’ve been great.  I’m super excited to have a new track coming out after a long while of not releasing anything. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Trouble”?

I’m really proud of “Trouble” because it’s the first song that I have taken all the way from conception to completion as the writer, performer, producer, mixer, and mastering engineer.  And while it’s not perfect, I am happy to have finished anything at all wearing all of those hats. 

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

Well…  I was talking to a friend of mine about wizards and witches and such, myself being a pretty big fan of fantasy shows and movies, and he suggested that I write a song about a badass sultry witch.  So there you have it.  It just kind of happened.  I’m pretty sure I finished writing it that day.  It was one of those songs that just sort of seemed to write itself. 

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Definitely.  As a matter of fact, my incredible wife just finished directing a really cool video for it.  The release is scheduled for this coming Monday Nov 23rd.  It features an insanely talented friend of ours performing an aerial silks routine that she choreographed to the song. 

How was the recording and writing process?

As I mentioned, the writing was a breeze.  But I have to say the rest of the process was excruciatingly tedious and difficult.  Well…  to be fair, the recording didn’t take that long at all either.  It came pretty naturally once I got all the levels set in my studio.  And I had some help from some really talented musicians as well.  The drums were recorded by Kiel Feher at his own studio in Los Angeles.  Kiel is amazing.  I sent him a mock up that I threw together with sampled drums on it along with a version without the drums. He was able to tap into exactly what I was going for and sent back the drum tracks in a matter of hours.  Robert Muller is somewhat of a mad scientist when it comes to keyboards and he was able to do the same thing with the organ parts.  Then Catherine Powdrell, Andrew Cooper, and Summer Sun popped into my home studio for a couple hours to lay down the perfect background vocals.  Then I just had to sweeten it up a little with some rhodes piano to wrap up all the recording.  The excruciatingly tedious part of it was in the mixing and mastering.  Ultimately it was a matter of diving down some deep rabbit holes in learning and experimenting with different mixing techniques, getting over some self doubt, being happy with what I had, and calling it done. 

How has Rod Stewart and Ray LaMontagne influenced your writing?

I have a pretty raspy voice.  Not unlike either of those two singers.  Writing songs and arrangements that compliment that type of voice can be interesting.  One of my favorite things about songwriting and producing is to put that puzzle together.  It uses a combination of many senses, emotion, and thought.  I love it. 

With the great reception your music has gotten – do you tend to feel any pressure while working on this new single or rather the opposite

Definitely.  The thought of whether or not someone will like what I’m creating is always in the back of my head.  But it is fairly easily drowned out by the joy I get from creating something I really like.  And ultimately that’s what it comes down to.  If I love it, then I know at least someone does.  

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Absolutely.  After this release I feel a bit more confident in my ability to do it more and more.  I’m really excited about a handful of new songs that I have already started the process with and I can’t wait to bring them all to life. 

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

My wife and I had a baby girl a few months ago.  We are completely over the moon about her.  She also seems to love music.  She stops whatever is going on and watches intently whenever I play guitar and sing.  She also has surprisingly good rhythm and seems to have a blast dancing around in her pack n’ play. 

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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