Nate Smith was recently announced as one of the CMA Songwriters who will grace the stage of the Indigo O2 on the Thursday before C2C. He can’t wait to visit the UK having heard so much about the fans here and I couldn’t wait to catch up with him ahead of the release of his album which comes out February 17th.
When did you first know you wanted to be a musician?
When I was 18, that was the first time I tried to be a musician, I tried to be an artist. I ended up not graduating high school on time and I literally moved to Oregon to join a band with some of my friends. I lived out of my buddy’s grandma’s warehouse that was attached to her house. She didn’t know I was staying there every night. I would sleep over, it was freezing cold and I had a sleeping bag but that’s when I first made an attempt to be an artist. I loved singing since I was nine years old, I loved imitating other singers so it’s kind of just been in my heart for a long time.
When you were growing up, what sort of music did your family play to you on long car journey’s?
With my dad, it was always classic rock so Creedence Clearwater Revival – which is still one of my favourite bands of all time, The Eagles, Black Sabbath. My mum would play more country music – Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, 90s country because that was my era. On my own, I found Elvis, Hootie and the Blowfish and then from there, I went into rock, so Nirvana was my first real interaction with rock music. They’re still my favourite rock band of all time, so I’ve got a mix of different styles.
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Zoe Hodges, Editor