With his brand new single 'Drifting' out now (tune in up there 👆), and a headline show at London's Bush Hall just around the corner, we thought it was time to get to know emerging singer-songwriter Nathan Ball...
HEY NATHAN! FOR THOSE THAT DON’T KNOW YOU, DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN THREE WORDS.
"Hey guys! Someone once described it as atmospheric dream rock, so I’ll go with those 3!"
GIVE US A BIT OF BACKGROUND ON HOW YOUR MUSICAL JOURNEY STARTED. WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO MAKE MUSIC YOUR CAREER?
"I was always obsessed with music growing up and I got my first guitar when I was 14, so started writing songs as soon as I picked it up really. I had to have a knee operation when I was 17 which stopped me playing sport for a while, so I started playing in a band with some school mates (which Will our drummer now was in!) and became hooked from then. I guess it was after finishing Uni I decided I really wanted to make a career out of it."
YOUR NEW SINGLE ‘DRIFTING’ WAS RELEASED ON FRIDAY! HOW DOES IT FEEL TO GET IT OUT THERE? WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE TRACK?
"It feels amazing to have it out there, people have really been connecting with it, so it means the world to get that response from people all over the world. It’s a pretty dark song, I remember it being a really stormy day outside and I was tucked away in Cornwall and exploring this idea of watching yourself through someone else’s eyes, and seeing there’s something wrong and you’re not being yourself, but not being able to do anything to change that."
CAN YOU WALK US THROUGH YOUR SONGWRITING PROCESS? DO THE LYRICS OR MUSIC COME FIRST, OR DOES IT EVOLVE DIFFERENTLY FOR EACH SONG? DO YOU WRITE FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE?
"The music tends to come first, and I’ll just start singing a melody and going over and over on that until it feels right, then I go away and write the lyrics which will often take a few days; I’ll write something, then sit with it for a while and make changes as the days go by. I then take the songs to Max and we work through them together to see where we can take the song with a full band sound. I do often write from personal experience, it’s a pretty amazing but nerve-wracking way of letting stuff out."
IF YOU COULD COLLABORATE WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
"Probably Hannah Reid from London Grammar, her voice is insane! We saw them play at Glasto this year and were totally blown away."
YOU’RE PLAYING YOUR BIGGEST LONDON HEADLINE SHOW TO DATE ON 19TH OCTOBER AT BUSH HALL! WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT FROM YOUR LIVE SET?
"Yeh! Can’t wait for that show… People can expect an emotional rollercoaster! There’ll be the crowd favourite sing-alongs, and some real atmospheric tear-jerkers! It’ll be a great night!"
DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-GIG RITUALS?
"Nothing too rock n roll really! I always have a honey, lemon and ginger tea on the go, a few beers with the boys, pop in a vocalzone and away we go."
FINALLY, WHAT OTHER ACTS ARE EXCITING YOU AT THE MOMENT, BOTH ON RECORD AND IN THE LIVE SPHERE?
"We’re lucky we get to see so many shows from all the festivals we’re at over the summer, so there’s a lot of acts I’m into at the moment. The War on Drugs will always be my favourite, I’m a big fan of Ten Fé, The National, Ry X. We saw Jagwar Ma at Boardmasters, they rocked it! Sam Fender has a killer voice and New Carnival are all time."
Nathan Ball calls in to London's Bush Hall on 19th October. You can grab tickets by clicking that big red button below!