Meet Nathan Williams – Head of Songwriting

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Head of Creative Songwriting, Nathan Williams, took some time out of his busy schedule to share a few words of wisdom with us.
Nathan grew up in a musical family on the island of Anglesey, North Wales learning piano at the age of 5 and quickly moving to the drums at the tender age of 6. Bass, guitar and vocals all followed in his teens and, as a result, Nate’s career has seen him work as an endorsed professional multi-instrumentalist, writer, producer and arranger.

As an educator, Nate has worked in further and higher education settings in the UK, teaching a range of subjects from songwriting to production, technical development and music theory, specialising in harmony and arrangement.
 

• Who were some of your influences as you progressed as a musician?

My family were certainly a huge influence. I come from a family full of musicians, all of whom were very supportive and helpful. My musical influences are fairly eclectic, but some of my favourites include Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Emily King and Frank Ocean.

• How did you establish yourself as a teacher?
I started teaching privately from a fairly early age and began teaching around local schools in north Wales at about 19 years old. I moved to London at 23 and began teaching at some music schools. I have really worked to improve my teaching skills over the past decade and thoroughly enjoy seeing students progress and learn.

• What was the first record you ever bought?
It was ‘Bad’ by Michael Jackson. Still one of my favourites actually!

• Best experience in music – (recording or live etc?)

I’ve had several, but I think a couple of that stand out would be recording and releasing my own album called ‘Got To Let Go’, which got to number 7 in the iTunes R&B chart. The other would be playing at London’s O2 arena for the first time in 2014.

• What gear and equipment are you using (or any studio tips or favourite gear)?
I’m currently LOVING the Slate Digital and Fab Filter plugins. They make incredible products! Also, the Sonarworks Reference plugin has changed the game in terms of mixing!

• What’s your top tip for being a professional musician in the modern age?
Be adaptable and learn several instruments! Also, try and be sociable in terms of networking, but the craft comes first. There’s a balance to be struck.

• Any last words?
Invest in yourself. Both financially (good equipment, rehearsal studios etc), and time (practice, learning etc).