We feel the beat with singer and song­writer Nathaniel Willemse!

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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!

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