Nate Maingard is living proof that amazing things come from Capetown where the surf is cold, the mountains rugged and raw creativity runs wild and free.
We caught up with him to find out more about the man behind his music.
Now located in London, Nate Maingard brings forth his organic essence and love for mankind in his latest album ‘In the Shadows’ which will drop on 12/12/13 but you can Pre Order it right here, right now:
1. Home is where your story begins, please tell us a little about yours and where you are from.
I’m from a little village in South Africa, on the outskirts of Cape Town. The village is named Scarborough and I grew up with the ocean and the mountain as my neighbours. I think those early years shaped my views of life a huge amount. Home is a recurring theme in my music.
2. How do you best describe your musical style?
I would say lyrical and melodic. If we go for a genre, then indie-folk or folk-rock would probably describe it.
3. When did you know music was going to be an important part of your life?
I come from a musical family and so I’ve always been around music. I think it started with lyrics for me though. From a very young age I was fascinated by the images lyrics could make in my mind; so I just grew into this place of writing music from wanting to communicate in the same way music has communicated with me.
4. Which lyrics are closest to your heart and tell us what they mean to you.
“See me trapped within this construct
Beating at the locked up door and
Gripped tight deep within my fist
Is the key to all I’ve missed
That the pain is just the teacher
And the cage is just a myth.”
I love that verse because it’s so true for me that sometimes I push so hard to make things how I want them to be when if I just relaxed the things I need already rest right in the palm of my hand.