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GET TO KNOW: Nathan Smoker
Having previously worked with a whole host of other artists including Nas, Raye, Not3s, IAMDDB and ZieZie, as well as contributed to the writing behind Zayn Malik’s smash-hit debut single ‘PILLOWTALK’, emerging singer and songwriter Nathan Smoker now returns with his vibrant new effort 'Swimming'.
Channelling a wonderfully rich and shimmering pop aesthetic, 'Swimming' makes for a brilliantly smooth and enticing listen. Adding a dash of classic soul vocals to his progressive and forward-thinking direction, his newest offering certainly showcases him as an artist to keep a firm eye on for the months ahead.
So with the new single out now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
Maverick Sabre is my favourite artist and I’ve listened to him from a very young age. I love the way that his voice is instantly recognisable but he works across so many different genres and styles.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
I like writing about real life experiences, I just like to write about whatever I’m feeling at that time, sometimes it’s a summer dance tune, sometimes it’s a dark and pulsing sad song about a breakup, it just depends what mood I’m in! As long as it evokes some sort of emotion in people I’m happy!
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Get Lucky by Daft Punk because not only is it one of my favourite tunes but I’d also be a millionaire!
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
My recent gig at Shepherds Bush Empire was a highlight for me performing in my home town in front of 1500 people was a moment I would like to relive everyday!
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
I would love to share the stage with John Newman, absolutely love the way he commands the stage and is in a world of his own, I think we could put on a serious show!
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
Now that's a question. I would like to work with Maverick Sabre as he’s an artist I really look up to but in terms of a producer I think Shy FX or Meduza would be unreal and we could make some bangers.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Touring a lot hopefully and still writing loads. Maybe a few tunes on the billboard by then as well!
Nathan Smoker's new single 'Swimming' is available to stream now. Check it out below.