After his separation from record label SONY in 2016, multi-platinum selling artist Nathaniel Willemse (simply known as Nathaniel) returns with his killer new single Vapours. To accompany the sexy track, Nathaniel has also announced a hypnotic film clip, directed by Peter John of Epik Films (The Paper Kites, Simple Plan) and will be celebrating the release with a national Vapours tour from January – March. Vapours is a soulful and thrilling club track with classic, irresistible RNB influences. Pulsing bass, driving synthesisers and Nathaniel’s unmistakable vocals are encompassed in the exciting track that reflects intriguing Middle Eastern musical characteristics. Produced in LA with Freshm3n III who has worked with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Will.I.Am. Vapours is a leap forward for this Aussie talent, pushing past the clean-cut pop that he’s been best known for. “Its a very sensual and unique song,” explains Nathaniel, “My headspace at the time was I just wanted something different, honest and a little rebellious, I wanted to experiment with different sounds and sonic landscapes.” We caught up with Nathaniel to discuss where his love of music came from as well as any tips he has for up and comers, let’s dive in.
1) Who was your first musical inspiration? Why?
It’s more like inspirations! My dad has 9 other brothers and when I was a kid back home in South Africa they would all come over for a family get together on a Sunday and play some tunes. They all could sing and play some sort of musical instrument. That’s where the seed was planted!
2) What advice do you have for someone who’s about to set off on their first tour?
Make sure you budget! There’s nothing worse than having to dig into your pockets for even more unexpected expenses. Have a team you trust and can vibe with regarding them getting your vision. Rehearse! Tours are gigs that need to be spot on from audio to lighting to your band being on fire!
3) What has been one of your most defining moments in your career?
Touring with Mariah Carey and singing with her! Mind was blown!
4) How has your music practice changed over time?
I’ve learnt a lot about who I am as an artist. I have grown immensely over such a short span of time from not knowing how to play guitar to now knowing how to play multiple instruments, write and produce my own music.
5) My top business tip for new artists is…
Get a good team on board that are just as passionate and driven as you are to making your project a success.
6) My biggest career mistake has been…
I’m a perfectionist so it has led me to being too indecisive at times!
7) In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is…
Is lack of appreciation of local talent. There are so many artists that deserve the chance to be heard.
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