In the mind of Nate

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Hey,Hey what I can I Say?

Hello again everyone, Im sure by now the phrase "its been awhile since my last post" is becoming a cliche. Most bloggers are very consistent with their entries (like I once was) but things always throw us off course even if we try our best to not let them. I'll have to blame the issues I have been facing with PTSD and Depression. These may not seem like valid reasons to not continue writing but it has actually even effected my reading, believe it or not. Many don't understand (or want to understand) how crippling it can be. That's mainly why I haven't been blogging. Truthfully, I didn't even know what I was going to write and this wasn't the first time.

If the recent past has taught me anything its that things will work out and come to you when they are supposed to. These things that make life difficult, and heartbreaking or for some make you question whether or not it's worth going on usually shape us into who we are. And for us creative types, gives us a way to channel that into something we can create in hopes of inspiring others that can relate to us. Actually just today I was telling someone how this pain is a necessary evil and we can even view how we live as a Catch 22 basically if we end finding true happiness we become content and lose the drive to create. I have been in the company of people like this and they eventually brought me down.

With this New Year that we are all anticipating after the loss of countless actors and Musicians such as : David Bowie,Prince,Keith Emerson,Carrie Fisher,Alan Rickman,George Michaels,Florence Henderson And the list goes on as we all know. Even though these are not what are viewed as personal losses, such as a close friend or relative nothing could be further from the truth. Fans of the for mentioned and any other death such as these are reminders of our own loss of life. How many people remember listening to Bowie for the first time? or watching Star Wars and seeing Carrie Fisher's character "Princess Leai" appear on screen? It reminds us that part of our life,(a part that is especially treasured) our youth is over. These people are as much a part of our lives and who we are as our loved ones are. Those who raise you and interact with you regularly for any length of time mold your thinking and can inspire you. And so do these people, especially for those hoping to become musicians or actors. I'm sure I've stated in other entries that everyone gets influenced by someone who was there before them and their influences may have even help them decide to pursue a career in entertainment. Hopefully this inspiration is only amplified by these losses. Just like Obi Wan Kenobi said in Star Wars: "Strike me down I will become more powerful than you ever imagined"

I have recently lost someone who did help me develop my sound and get the right equipment and mindset. This Man actually spent more time with me than my own Father and obviously has taught me more. For now I will not mention his name as his family does not know that I am writing this(but that will probably change). I did prepare myself for this moment, but no matter how prepared you are it can never mask your grief or fail to shock you when someone is gone. I still listen to a song that his band recorded and the part of it states "and you will be alone, with just a memory of me" and without fail it makes me tear up(even as I'm typing this). But, I know that I must be grateful and honor him by living well and keeping him and his wisdom in my heart. I will try to continue to pass on this knowledge, help others and be honest,something he predicted would be what the Music Industry will soon be seeking out in Artists as the best redeeming quality that sets their talent apart from others

I think this was probably why I started writing this blog. Despite some minor scrutiny, many have told me that they have enjoyed reading my blog and I do appreciate that(hopefully some of my originals readers are reading this now). I was hoping to give people the story behind the music, a look into the origins of some of the songs and a dose of reality that not everything runs smoothly like Hollywood likes to make you believe(Something I have referred to in previous entries as the Hollywood syndrome). And of course I hope to inspire,educate and promote other artists with my stories,sharing knowledge and by posting blog entries that include interviews from other bands. The next entry will include an interview from a tenured musician that is creating his own solo music and products.

As for my music, we just released a new song(see the widget below) called Red Devil that thanks to our friends and contacts is being promoted at music stores and venues around the country. When you are out and about look for these cards:

Well, I'm sure you are not sitting home on New Years reading my babbling , I hope everyone enjoys 2017 and had a safe and Happy New Year. Thank you to everyone that has taught me something or shared their time with me,no matter what how great or little it may have been.Much Love



Thursday, March 17, 2016

Here I go again

Hello everyone,

Last week I posted my first entry in a very long time. Actually that's really saying it mildly, it's been well over a year. Well, what can you do. As we all know consistency is a key element to success, although we all need a break once and awhile for various reasons.

Mine were based on a need to shelter myself from most situations as to better reevaluate certain parts of my life after suffering from PTSD.I also discovered things about myself that Doctors had not been able to detect in all the years that I have been alive, (and I did end up writing some new music that will be released as material for a solo project). Nothing major,so don't worry however that was the case with certain things. Something so minor can affect our decisions and lives so greatly its unbelievable.

As I learned in my marketing research: if it works don't change it, if it doesn't let it go. Not always easy when emotions are involved and this can go for business matters as well. After all, my unofficial definition of professionalism is to not let personal feelings and opinions effect business decisions. I have bent the rules somewhat and decided to focus on one of my flaws: obsession. It happens to us all, but sometimes it can get out of control(think Capt. Ahab in Mobey Dick) I do find myself at times obsessing over a particular band(don't we all) I think it is good at times. After all, life is limiting and your obsession can lead to plenty of knowledge. You can find yourself being able to know every song from a particular artist,their history,influences and how they shaped the act that you know and love. If you do this several times a year, you'll be a music guru in no time.Just keep your obsession to yourself with the exception of your friends and social media posts. I'm not condoning anyone rooting through anyone else's trash cans because you love their music.

One band I have been focusing on heavily the past few weeks is the Jackson 5, my first concert I saw actually was them performing on a reunion tour. Here's a Throwback Thursday pic me right before I left to go see them at Madison Square Garden.

They actually made a miniseries called, "The Jacksons : an American Dream" that shows how they went from kids from a poor family to superstars,learning the ropes of the music business and their own personal struggles as they went along. An unbelievable feat, especially by today's standards. I can't imagine most kids prying themselves away from a video game for more than an hour or so, let alone rehearsing daily and going on tours.One part of the film that stood out for me, was when they were in the studio recording their hit "I'll be There" and Motown Records founder, "Berry Gordy" suggests Michael add the line "just look over your shoulder honey",nothing major but just a small example of producing which is supposed to add a certain flare to a song that makes it more appealing. They are a prime example of teamwork as well as choreography,vocal arrangement and harmonies.Everyone studies someone else of course to become inspired.They learned by watching James Brown,the Four Tops,the Temptations and the likes.Of course,this is also the group that produced who we now refer to as the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The youngest of the group and lead singer who was originally overlooked because he was barely old enough to be in grade school at the time of the band's formation. But he showed his Father and Brothers at an early age that he had what it took to perform with them. He even did a few solo albums as child. None of them as successful as his record breaking album "Thriller",which happens to be the best selling album of all time. But perhaps these early albums helped him to be able to create such a sucessfull album as Thriller.Thriller that and the fact that he once again has Quincy Jones producing for him. Which by the way is often used as an example to audio engineering students because of the unique,but highly effect way in which it was mixed. Want to know what I mean? ask any audio engineer to show you(sorry,can't always give away the farm)

I am currently recording a new Imbolg album. We are taking the time to record,edit and figure out which parts fit,or need to be redone,etc. Don't want to bore anyone with details(i'll save that for the behind the scenes video). I feel that in the past I may have rushed through the recording process and allowed many mistakes to be revealed that may have impacted us negatively. So we are taking our time, listening to each others ideas and partnering with our Engineer,"Brett Weatherstone" at Lo-Key Studios in order to create the best album we can.

Like I said earlier, consistency is key and although we don't have our album ready yet,but I have been doing quick update videos to keep people posted about the progress of the album,personal shout outs to fans,friends and family and of course me playing part of a song I just learned recently. Dont expect anything too elaborate , just me playing acoustic guitarvand singing.

I will probably make a few more of these videos as we continue to record. Hopefully the album will be done by the Summer. Please check in with us for more updates on our Facebook Page. And for info on the new songs I spoke about here is a link to the page for My solo project. Of course I had to include the group I spoke most about in this entry,so you can see for yourself what I meant:

I always include the song that inspired the title of each entry:
Thanks Again for reading, Nate

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Back with a Bang! featuring an interview with Michale Graves

Hello everyone. I would like to say that it is great to be back blogging. And as the title suggests, what better way to comeback than to interview Ex-Misfits Singer Michale Graves while on his "When Worlds Collide" tour. The tour has not come through my town yet,but the last time I saw him perform was at a show that I had the distinct privilege of opening up for him. The energy from Michale and his band that night was unprecedented. I was able to get in touch with Michale while he is out on tour and this is what he had to say:

Nate:How did you first discover your love of music?
Michale:My home growing up in New Jersey was filled with music – classic rock n roll, early punk and big voices like Sinatra and Elvis

Nate:How did you develop the Michale Graves image and persona?
Michale:I had been interested in the theater for years – in front of and behind the curtain. Over the years I have evolved both the voice and my make-up – to now what we call the “Skel-crow”

Nate:Who are your influences?
Michale:Metallica, Megadeth, the Ramones

Nate:Tell me about this new album,what inspired the theme of this one? what songs stand out? how is this different from your previous releases?
Michale:The title that Mark (my business and music collaborator) came up with was “When Worlds Collide” and from a vocal and style standpoint that is exactly what this album is – called it “Graves fusion". There is punk, rock, heavy metal, monster rock – all on one album. The range of song (11 on the album) are all very different yet still within the same family to be on the same album. “Bedlam” is an absolutely frenetic train ride…while “When Worlds Collide” is a more focused rock song….

Nate:Mark Allen Stuart is producing this album, how did this collaboration come to light(should I say dark lol)and how is it working along side of him as you both molded these albums into finished products?
Michale:Mark and I meet 4 years ago. We met several times in person and decided to become business partners about 5 years later. Mark not only operates the business and produces our music but he also writes and directs our video projects.

Nate:How did the songs evolve from your ideas on paper to the final recordings?

Michale:Mark created the concept for the album – 9 of the songs are based on classic horror or sci fi films. After the concept is created we discuss each title and have “homework” to watch the original film. Then I write the music and I send a demo to Mark. We then work out the final lyrics. The 2 songs that weren’t based on classic films are “3 Days til Dawn” – that is a unique concept Mark had for a potential film project. The last song “Dying on Sunday Morning” takes up where “Crying on Saturday Night” left off.

Nate:Are there any personal favorite songs on this album? If so what are they and what are they about?
Michale:That’s like saying who is my favorite child….:-) I think that “Robot Monster” is a really big song….very heavy – and 3 Days til Dawn is like listening to a monster movie.

Nate:What is the message that you are trying to give to your fans with When Worlds Collide?
Michale:The message is that we are in a very turbulent yet dynamic time….think about it, don’t let it get by you.

Nate:Will there be any music videos?
Michale:Yes we did a music video for “Old Dark House”. Mark had the idea of using footage from William Castles classic “House on Haunted Hill” and he reshot the beginning with me doing the intro and we used some fans in the video as well.

Nate: How did the album art come to life? was this your concept? who did the final draft?
Michale:Mark does all of the art concepts - directed Tony Treloar for the art.

Nate:What is band line up for this album and tour?
Michale:We have Loki, JB and Tony Bones again on this tour

Nate:What is it like being on tour with these guys both on and off the stage?
Michale:After 55 venues…you get to know each other really well. But they are great –real pros

Nate:Comparing this to previous tours, what is something that you hope will happen again on this tour?
Michale:We are focusing on the new music this tour. We will play the classics and I know how people love them, but I still go out and people ask “You don’t have any new work since the Misfits?” So the new music is really important to me.

Nate:How is the tour going so far?
Michale:Actually – it is starting out as the best tour ever! Huge crowds and really happy people!

Nate:What is your favorite thing about being on tour?
Michale:Simple – meeting the people – its why I do it.

Nate:What are favorite cities to play in and why?
Michale:Really as long as fans are there – I would play on a bus Really I like each city for different reasons.

Nate:Would you like to say something to your fans?
Michale:Thank you thank you thank you – for all of the continued support!!!

For more information on upcoming tour dates, please see the poster below and for more information on how to Purchase When Worlds Collide and Michale's Other releases please Visit:

Hydraulic Entertainment