Ellie D Chats with Nathan Smart

Where did your musical journey begin?

I started on YouTube posting covers, and even a couple of originals (That must never be resurfaced) in May 2009. Since then, over the past 9 years my style and sound naturally progressed, helping me to reach the point that I'm at today - putting out songs and music videos like You Ain't Got Me.

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it?

I always use the words Pop, Trap and Hip-Hop when describing my music, but I'm not exactly sure how to describe the way that they interact. Those three genres make up the majority of music that I love and listen to every day, each of my songs are different, but elements of those genres influence the writing or production in some way.

Where do you write your music and lyrics?

I'm not much of a journal keeper. I take voice memos on my phones if a melodies strike me when I'm out, but most of the time my writing takes place in the studio. I tend to be most creative when I'm able to sit down and put the ideas that I have into action straight away.

Who is the inspiration behind your music?

2017 was a fresh start for me in regards to my sound. There's a couple of artists who influenced that change including Khalid and Superfruit of which I am big fans of, and Troye Sivan who I met mid last year, and who's music helped shape the sound of my next single which is coming very soon. 

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What advice do you have for upcoming singer songwriters?

So many people ask me how I'm able to make my songs and videos, and my answer time and time again is that it's just because I'm actually doing it. There's nothing better for your musical development than to dive in and make a song. It doesn't have to be good - It can be terrible (my first ones certainly were) but the most important thing is making those mistakes, reflecting on what you've done and figuring out how to make your next song better. It's a slow process and can take time, I've been at it for 9 years and I still have a long way to go, but if music is something your passionate about then it's definitely worth it.