We had the good fortune of connecting with Nathan Dies and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nathan, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
One of my favorite books is Letters to a Young Poet by Rilke. I read some of the letters almost every year and it’s the best book to help me be confident about my choice of being an artist and deal with writer’s block. The book is a very humble conversation between an aspiring young poet and Rilke, who is trying to help the young creator to decide if he wants / needs to be a poet or not.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m very proud of mixing many different parts of what touches me in my music in ways that feel authentic to me. I have been trying to embrace more and more of who I am in my music and caring less about how that will be perceived. This mix involves building community and having dear people involved in the projects, singing in whatever language feels right and using whatever instrumentation feels proper to communicate what I’m feeling. I hope this open book to my subjectivity, and exercise of self-love I put in in my music can touch and inspire other people to feel good being themselves.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m assuming this is about LA and I’m not from LA and have never been. But if they are in Brooklyn I’ll take them to the park if it’s summer and for a casual bar, hopefully with live music at night.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout is to my grandma who gave me my first guitar. It was a simple but very dear guitar that lasted many years and opened many doors in my life. Doors outside, to new people, venues and cultures and inside to places of me I could initially only reach in song.
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