He has just reached his goal with his Musicraiser project but you can still support Nate Maingard there. Hailing from South Africa now living in London he's still raising funds to record a 4 track EP. I talked to him about his project and what he plans for the next few months ...
50K MUSIC: Who is Nate Maingard? Please tell us something about you. Where do you come from, what are your roots?
Nate: My roots are deeply set in the mountains and ocean of Cape Town, South Africa. I was born in a little village, where my early days were spent running around barefoot in the wild Southern tip of Africa. My father is a lifelong musician and one of the world's top guitar makers (http://maingardguitars.com). Those early days shaped my views on life, that people are more important than money, and life is for the living, not for the hoarding.
50K MUSIC: Once someone said about you: "Maingard writes protest songs for lovers and love songs for rebels". What did A.Weickl mean with these words?
Nate: I can't speak for her, but what I feel about it is that my songs are about celebrating love and the challenges of life in a more authentic way than is commonly presented by mass media pop music. My music inspires thought while also moving your heart to feel. So, I guess it's music for authentic romantics :). As George Orwell said: "In these times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." I aim to be a revolutionary in that sense.
50K MUSIC: You've almost reached your goal on Musicraiser. Why did you choose this platform, there are a number of others nowadays?
Nate: I chose Musicraiser because I like the way they operate, I enjoy their hands-on approach. They've been very helpful and supportive every step of the way. They actually approached me initially, and I'm glad they did.
50K MUSIC: What will you use the money for?
Nate: Well, the initial minimum goal of £1500 is going towards recording, mixing and mastering four songs in a studio here in London. I'm working with incredible musicians and sound engineer, who have worked with Adele, Paul McCartney and many more! After I reach my goal of £1500 (I'm at 94% for at the moment), I need to raise another £800 to afford design and print costs. I feel confident about this, as I've already had such beautiful support from all over the world!
50K MUSIC: What can raisers and fans expect from the EP?
Nate: Definitely something different to what I've done before. Instead of just guitar and vocal, I will have drums, bass guitar and possibly even some piano and cello in there. This is quite a huge move for me, and I'm excited to explore my songs with a fuller sound. Also, the quality of the recordings is going to be incredible, these guys are all at the top of their game...this is super exciting!
50K MUSIC: Would you let us in on your plans for the next few months, apart from producing the EP?
Nate: Sure, I am booked to play eight shows at South Africa's National Arts Festival in Grahamstown at the end of June. I'm aiming to spend about six weeks in South Africa, playing the festival and doing some touring. I won an award at that festival in 2012, so I'm looking forward to building on that this year. I'm also playing gigs here in London and running a very popular open mic at inSpiral Lounge in Camden, plus I've just started a new music night at Spiritual Caipirinha Bar, also in Camden. Hoping to do some shows in Europe this year, perhaps France, Germany and Italy...we'll see:).
50K MUSIC: And last one: anything you want your fans and raisers to know?
Nate: I am so incredibly grateful to those of you all over the world who have reached out and supported me in so many ways: from financial assistance, to heartfelt messages sharing what my music makes you feel. Thank you all for being a part of my community, I appreciate you more than I can express. Thank you!
Photo by Jonathan Daniel Pryce