NOTHIN’ BUT NATH!
We feel the beat with singer and songwriter Nathaniel Willemse!
Birthday: July 14 1985 (aged 31) From: South Africa Music type: RnB – pop Fave film: Napoleon Dynamite Fave Actor: Will Ferrell Fave Food: Chicken parma Hobbies: Basketball and rugby Star Sign: Cancer Superpower he wants: Flight Nathaniel’s 2013 single ‘You’ has gone platinum twice!
MANIA: Can you tell me what your new single ‘Vapours’ is about? NATHANIEL: “I wrote this in LA last year.The song has that urban r’n’b, Middle Eastern kind of vibe. It felt unique, so I wanted to run with it. It’s about being intoxicated by someone, whether it’s to do with love or lust.” MANIA: Is there a new full-length album on the way? NATHANIEL: “It’s in the works, but it’s still early days.” MANIA: How would you describe your music? NATHANIEL: “Soul, funk, r’n’b, urban pop.” MANIA: How do you pump yourself up before a gig? NATHANIEL: “I like to be alone, relaxing and taking it all in. Sometimes I’ll listen to some music to get me into the mood.” MANIA: You used to be a wedding singer. What was your favourite song to cover? NATHANIEL: “Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together.’ MANIA: What’s your favourite tour/ performance memory? NATHANIEL: “I toured with Mariah Carey. Not only did I get to sing with her, I also got to meet her and have dinner with her.” MANIA: What do you like to do when you’re not performing? NATHANIEL: “I love being fit, so I’m always at the gym. I love watching movies as well and basketball. If I’m not playing basketball, I’ll go watch a game instead.” MANIA: What is the first album you bought? NATHANIEL: “It was an NSync album or a Boyz II Men album.” MANIA: If you could play on stage with any other band or musician who would it be? NATHANIEL: “Prince or Michael Jackson.” MANIA: Channel Seven has just announced that The X Factor won’t be returning in 2017. That’s where you got your big break, so how do you feel about its cancellation? NATHANIEL: “That’s where it really started for me, so it’s a little sad it won’t be airing anymore. It was such a great avenue and door for singers and musicians. But, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it back a few years down the track.”
Listen to Nathaniel’s new single ‘Vapours’ – out now!