Catching up with Nate Maingard

This South African, 'modern troubadour', indie-folk singer, Nate Maingard for began his journey in 1998, when he first appeared on stage. Following this, the start of his professional music career at the beginning of 2011. He now resides in London. His fan base has grown massively, but with the style of Nate's songs, the spiritually and deep relatable meanings to each and every well crafted song, it is no surprise. With over 471,000 followers on Twitter, Nate really connects to his fanbase, and his creativity is so refreshing...as is his music!

Nate at 'Sofar Sounds' Photo by: Pierre Danae
Some of Nate's influences are J. Tillman, Jolie Holland, Ben Howard, just to name a few. Nate is an independent artist, and allows his natural ability for storytelling to marry with his art for music. The melodic guitar music running alongside each song is particularly enchanting. His style and attitude, undoubtedly reigns supreme. With an honest approach to his craft, Nate really has created something special with his music, and he was kind enough to answer a few questions, that really are both inspiring and uplifting. 


1. When was the first time you realized that music was what you wanted to do in life?
A. I guess in part I've always known I wanted to share stories. It just so happens to be through music right now, but more and more I'm being asked to speak publicly, and am also enjoying making video blogs. So I guess being a communicator and storyteller has been a lifelong journey for me.

2. How do you feel you have developed as an artist from the beginning of your career?
A. Wow, so much, haha. I have definitely learned how to communicate more clearly, to cut to the core of the stories I am called to share. Also, lyrically I'm finding that the imagery has deepened and become more rich and vibrant.

3. How do you stay motivated in your career? 
A. Keep exploring the world, meeting new people, sharing my stories and hearing theirs. Life is a great mystery and by embracing it fully I inspire myself to keep going deeper and to keep sharing. Also, my patrons on Patreon and my listeners all over the world sending me messages of support and sharing how my music has helped them in their lives...well, those are huge motivators for me.

4. How do you begin the creative process when writing new material? 
A. It always happens in its own way, in its own time. I just sit down and play and sometimes the messages come through. I try not to force it, to just get out of the way and let it happen.

5. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
A. Chosen to be consciously vulnerable, even when the world tells me I'm strange to do so.

6. Who are your musical inspirations?
A. SO many! From when I was a kid: My dad, The beatles, Cat Stevens, Neil Young, Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen. From the last few years: Bon Iver, Death Cab For Cutie, Feist, Ani diFranco. From my friends: Roaman, Sam Garrett, Thomas James Smith, Ny Oh, Jesse Sheehan, Oh Sister. The list could go on and on :D.

7. Where do you see yourself in ten years? 
A. Living in a conscious, sustainable community, growing my own food, surrounded by loving friends and family, and touring a few times a year, playing house concerts for my patrons and fans, connecting with more beautiful people all over the world.

8. What is the best advice you could give to someone starting out in the industry?
A. Keep creating, keep going deeper into your art, finding your own voice and stories to tell in the most honest ways you can. 
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Nate Maingard
Here you can also find Nate on all his social media platforms. Go say hi to him! 
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