- modern troubadour, indie folk singer-songwriter and successful DIY music entrepreneur
Self-made DIY music entrepreneur, using social media, modern technologies and Patreon to connect lyrical old-school acoustic folk with a global audience.
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- singer/songwriter, dream pop, indie folk, shoegaze, acoustic
Thanks for trusting me with your creation, I appreciate it. The first thing that comes up for me is that you are doing great, courageously going for it, sharing your creation and working at your craft, that's the most important thing. You say this is your first track, so I would really focus on just practicing your craft as much as possible over the next while. Don't worry about it being 'good enough'. If you are creative, you have good taste so you know what it is that you're aiming for and you know if you're not quite reaching it. This quote really inspired me as a new creator: "You ask whether your verses are any good. You ask me. You have asked others before this. You send them to magazines. You compare them with other poems, and you are upset when certain editors reject your work. Now (since you have said you want my advice) I beg you to stop doing that sort of thing. You are looking outside, and that is what you should most avoid right now. No one can advise or help you - no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple "I must", then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse.” -Rainer Maria Rilke I also recommend watching this video talking about being a beginner at expressing your creativity and the process of growing into your good taste: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbC4gqZGPSY Regarding your song, it's an impressive first offering from a production level, though I'm no producer and this genre isn't really to my taste, so I might not be the best to give feedback on it. Your melody overall is enjoyable, I like the structure and I think you have potential. Saying all of that, none of what I just said should really matter to you right now. I think the most important thing is to develop your craft from the centre of yourself, without worrying too much about what people like me think. I hope that helps and wish you all the best with your creative journey. Warmly Nathan
Straight up beautiful tune, with whimsical, attractive and imaginative lyrics and melodies. Immediately find myself grinning and wanting to follow the story. Wishing you all success with this tune!
Thanks for sharing this with me. As you asked about marketing, I'll focus on that: We are always 'marketing' to one another, which is just another way of saying 'telling stories'. If we tell stories which align with us, who we are, what our message in, they'll be inspiring for the right people. I don't think you should hold back from integrating the story of who you are, what you've been through and how that affects your life, music and everything else. You'll find the correct balance over time, I'm sure. Just the fact that you're sensitive to the potential for it to be used as a 'novelty' gives you the capacity to make sure it stays rooted in authenticity and truthspeaking. On a practical note, obviously getting the 'brand story' clear and approachable is important. Then, with marketing, you might want to look at doing a music marketing course (the one I recommend is Music Marketing Manifesto: http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?af=1697212 (this is an affiliate link)). A music marketing course will give you the specific tools you need to craft your story and then help it to reach the right people. I was super inspired by this band who, over time, have experience huge success marketing themselves and if you read their story, it's deeply personal and moving (http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?af=1697212&u=https://www.musicmarketingmanifesto.com/from-0-to-26-album-sales-per-day-using-mmm/) None of these are short-term or quick-fix solutions but if you're in it for the long haul, then it's worth getting the foundations really dialled in to support your career over a lifetime! Hope that all helps, let me know if you have any other questions and I wish you all the best Warmly Nathan PS: lovely lyrics, I'm totally resonating with the message!
A super confident beginning leads immediately into a delightfully catchy melody, building into such a good vibe of a song! Interesting, engaging and enticing melodies keep inviting me forward into each new unfolding experience. If I had a criticism, it's just that my ears are feeling a tiny bit too much 'tinniness' (is that a word?). I kind of what a touch more low end and a touch less high. Just personal preference, but perhaps it assists. There's also a feeling of slight crowding of sound at times, though it could easily be intentional and enjoyable (it's towards the end). A lovely song, thank you!
Love the song, wish I had the lyrics with it, as it's hard to hear them straight off. Also, I think you've spelt the name 'extinction' wrong? Overall, a super lovely tune, catchy even though I can't really hear what you're saying 😅. Happy to share, and mainly just congrats on a beautiful tune! Got a kind late-beatles feel. All the best
An immediately engaging kinda vibe. This sounds like a creator in the process of finding her exact voice and style. There are moments of pure beauty, where everything just flows and comes together...but it is interspersed between other moments where the sound says 'I'm not sure what I am yet' to me. This isn't at all a criticism, it's an invitation to just keep doing it. Keep doing the practice, all that separates you from your mastery is time and consistency. I am reminded of a quote by the incredible poet Rilke when asked for advice by a young admirer. It has served me well, and I hope it does the same for you now: "You ask whether your verses are any good. You ask me. You have asked others before this. You send them to magazines. You compare them with other poems, and you are upset when certain editors reject your work. Now (since you have said you want my advice) I beg you to stop doing that sort of thing. You are looking outside, and that is what you should most avoid right now. No one can advise or help you - no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple "I must", then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse.” -Rainer Maria Rilke Hope that helps and wishing you so so well on the road! PS: if I was producing music like this when I was 17 I would have been SO VERY STOKED. I am impressed and wish I could produce home recordings of this standard even today 😅
Solid start, immediately got my head nodding. Very nice sound, with a classic though current feel. In some ways the voice feels a touch too far back in the mix, which is perhaps intentional? It's a personal preference of mine to have lyrics front and centre. Seems like these lyrics are worth hearing and I'm struggling to catch them all. Other than that, it's a really fun song, with impressive production and a catchy vibe overall! Wishing you well with it.
Love the beginning of this, immediately engaging and inviting me deeper inward, both into the song and myself. A beautiful melody, with a strange but enticing structure. Keep waiting but also very content to just follow it as it goes. Overall an enjoyable and interesting listen. Feels like a melodic poem.
This indeed has a very retro sound, it sounds somewhat like another artist whose name I can't place right now. It's a very beautiful song, especially knowing the meaning behind it, that makes me want to dive deeper into it and discover its treasures. Very lovely piano riff! Overall a beautiful ode to your mother, and I would definitely recommend sharing the story along with the song. The story gives us an opportunity to enter the listening experience prepped to explore something of meaning (rare in so much music these days). Very lovely, wishing you well with sharing it. Perhaps look for those who will resonate with this (people recently bereaved, perhaps (if that's not too morbid)). Feeling is good, even when it's sad. blessings on your journey All the best Nathan PS: nice guitar solo 😉
From the get-go, I'm struck by the warm sound and feel of this song, which stays with me throughout. In the high notes, there are moments where the vocals feel a bit strained, though it's pretty subtle and perhaps not noticeable to most. Overall, the lyrics somehow don't really grab me, there are poetic moments and lines which work well within themselves, but I struggle to feel the structure as a whole. It's like lots of lines about love, loss, etc, put into a song, without really telling a cohesive story. An enjoyable listen, though specifically my type of song. My favourite part was the overall warmth of the sound and the quality of the production, which I would say was a DIY home-recorded job (and impressive for that). Happy to give it a share and wish you well with it all going forward.
Catchy sound from the start, and it only gets better. If only someone warned ya! Loved it, start to finish, epic lyrics, great production, fantastic vibe, super creative and interesting video (love how it ends) Wishing you all successes!
Wow, lovely sound right off the bat. Definitely hearing the Elliot Smith vibe, though not so much it takes away from the originality of the sound. No real critical feedback, this is a lovely tune and I'll happily share it on my twitter. Hope your music finds its people! PS: rad video!
Lovely sound, grabs me from the start, digging that guitar melody in the background. Strong vocals, nice gravel to it, strong and magnetic. I'm struggling to find any 'hook' in the song. It's not got one thing which will get stuck in my head, other than maybe that guitar in the BG, though I'd prefer the hook to be a strong, quick chorus. I'd say it could be shortened, get the point across with less, find a strong Hook and keep it simple. Overall an enjoyable song, thank you Warmly Nate
Hi, Nathan Thanks for trusting me with this, I appreciate all the kind things you said about me 😁. Alright, let's get to it: 1. A fun, relatable song about the difficulty of being a keyboard warrior wanting to help change the world but being overwhelmed by the effort and other people who might disagree. 😋 2. I don't know anyone who might be able to share it, sorry, I'm a bit out of the mix these days. Will happily share it on my twitter. Overall a super enjoyable and on point tune, thanks for sharing!
Catchy from the first note. Definite beachy, bouncy feel to it. Enjoyed the tightness of the rhythmic guitar and the soaring vocals. Somehow feels a bit too long, like it could have said anything, with more punch, by being a bit shorter. Feel a little bare-bones in the production, I imagine some ambience in the background might have filled it out somewhat. Overall, an enjoyable tune. Happy to share.
Very cool tune, super catchy rhythms and production. I'm not personally a fan of the 'cheesy love song' kind of lyrics, though I know they work for many people. Sure it'll appear to many. Happy to share this. PS: whoever came up with that guitar lick running in the background has my congratulations, it's simple and lovely
First off, the artwork freaked me out and made me not want to listen, just so you know 😂. Listening to the song, I can say that it's certainly very heavy lyrically. I guess that's your intention. Inteeeense content here, but I appreciate the willingness to go down into the dark and see what comes up! Thanks for sharing
Reminds me of the music in Juno. It has a naivety and awkwardness, the timing feels slightly off and the voice wavers around the notes...but this is not a negative somehow. It is unexpectedly enjoyable to listen to, pulling me forward into the next verse or chorus. A very lovely sound, I'm happy to share it onwards
Overall this sounds like a well-produced song within its genre, somewhere between Green Day and Brand New. From my perspective, it's not my kind of music, so I can't really give much more feedback than that :). Happy to give it a share, perhaps others will enjoy it (as I said, nothing personal, just not a genre that I generally listen to). Wishing you well Nate
I appreciate you continuing to ask for my reviews of your work. Although, perhaps your money would be better spent running targeted ads on facebook or twitter? Anyways, a nice sounding song, good vocals and solid production. Not really my type of tune, so I wouldn't listen more than once, but I like the overall feeling of it. Happy to give it a share on twitter. Warmly Nate
Very cool song, I don't have any critiques as far as the production goes, sound great! Lovely video too :). I'll happily share this. I'm away at the moment but when I return in September I'll post to my twitter community
This song is immediately catchy and engaging, lovely! Like science-fiction Beatles having a psychedelic experience. I don't have any feedback from a production perspective, it sounds lovely and well-balanced throughout to my ears. Wish I could record my own music this well! Could definitely imagine this as a soundtrack to some cool scene in an indie film, a road trip or something like that. Not really into the video, but that might just be because it's not my style, or I don't get it. One man's pleasure is another's pain, right 😉 Happy to share the song on my twitter, hope it helps! Best of luck to you! Nate
Wasn't sure what I was getting into when this started, lots of atmospheric strings. Turned out to be a lovely intro to a very enjoyable, well produced, unassumingly well-presented song. No other feedback, this song is lovely, I enjoyed it, happy to give it a share and hope more people get to enjoy this tune.
Hi there, thanks for sharing this with me I'm not sure I'm the best person to ask about this, as I'm primarily an acoustic singer-songwriter, and ambient music isn't something I have much experience in. Overall the track sounds dreamy, and is an enjoyable listen, though it hasn't really grabbed me in any lasting way. This is, of course, my personal experience, not a reflection of the quality of the song. The beat, when it comes in, is very lovely, and takes the track to a new place for me. I'll happily share this song, as a smooth and enjoyable background track to the movie that is called 'life'. Thanks for sharing and well done on creating this all on one sequencer, it's quite an achievement! Warmly Nate
I enjoyed the build up in the beginning, and the stereo pan effect on the instruments. Nice melodies, and an enjoyable flowing feel throughout. Somehow the main vocal didn't feel completely comfortable in the mix to me, though I'm not sure what I would change. It's not a genre I'm familiar with, but overall enjoyed the sound, feel and message of the song. Nicely done, I'm happy to give this a share on twitter :) Wishing you all the best Warmly Nate
Love this tune! Very cool melody, rhythm, instrumentation and production! Love the distinct vocals, lovely unique sound. There is a feeling of space for more instrumentation to thicken up the sound, though that's just a personal desire :). Don't really have critical feedback, it's a rad tune :) Happy to share it out into the world, thanks for sharing with me.
The first kick is a bit of a shock, had to turn the volume down :D. Maybe that's intentional? After that it heads into a beautiful song, very lovely atmospheric sound. I feel like this would benefit from some more strict mixing, to help everything sound good together. Enjoyed it overall, love the beautiful sadness implicit in it
Totally in love with this, what a beautiful thing! I've never heard this kind of music on a harp. I understand the challenge of trying to define a genre. It's like a cross between blues and something almost indescribable, I dunno. It's unique, it's stunning, wow! Happy to share on me twitter, hope it helps ya!
Overall, lovely song! Nice playing by everyone together, very listenable vocals, good vibes all around. One thing I would maybe shift if the intro. I mean, sometimes it works, but in this case I was sitting wondering when the lyrics were gonna kick in. On the second listen the wait feels less long and more enjoyable 😂. Goes to show, you should never listen to the critics, just do your thang! I do feel that the recording quality of this video isn't great, the sound is a bit muddy, and visuals don't feel close-up and personal enough to match the song. Anyway, happy to share. Good luck guys! Warmly Nate
A rolicking tune, fun to listen to, with an enjoyable rawness in the vocals. I do feel that there is slightly distracting looseness in the drums at times. I'm not sure exactly what it is, not being a producer (lyrics and melodies are more my thing), but I keep getting distracted by the drums when usually drums just keep things in place and I barely notice them. Anyway, as I said, an enjoyable listen, thank you for sharing, I'll be happy to share with my twitter community. Warmly Nate
A lovely song, the guitar and vocals work well together, still feeling full and satisfying to listen to. Enjoyable harmonies later in the song too. Overall a pretty, sad, floating acoustic song, happy to share with my twitter community. Warmly Nate
Instant love! Delightful melodies, vocals, lyrics and instrumentation. Wistful, dreamy, drifting. Nothing gets me quite like lyrical folk music. Feels like this would suit a sweet romance or road-trip scene in a movie :). I don't have anything to add, I'll share this with pleasure
My first impression is: 'fun'! I like the energy and life in the song, though I'm not quite sure what it's about. The video is fun, though also mysterious. Overall, an enjoyably strange romp through visuals and sound, happy to give it a share.
Haha, great start, and then epic when the song properly kicks in! I love it from the first moment, well done there! I'm getting Elliot Smith meets Grizzly Bear meets M. Ward. Unique and enjoyable. I don't even care about the lyrics initially, which is highly unusual for me! Overall, a fun and sweet song. "Think I've lost my mind, lovin' you is crazy" Thanks for sharing and I'll happily pass it on!
A fun, boisterous and rambunctious pop song about the terrible desperation of those who 'fall in love in five minutes'. I loved it, though it's not my sort of usual genre. A catchy tune, with engaging and humorous lyrics, all carried so well by a strong, vivacious, voluptuous and altogether sexy lead singer. Well done!
A strong beginning, no hanging around. I like that. Really catchy tune, lovely vocals and solid production. Enjoyed listening to it start to finish. Nothing to add really, will share on my twitter and hope many more people get to hear this song. Warmly Nate