During his sophomore year he joined the Jazz Band and also a small garage band with his good friend, Erik Hagglund. While playing in their band as a drummer, he picked up the guitar and Erik taught him how to play, "The Boys are Back in Town"; and from there on he involved himself completely with understanding every aspect of guitar and songwriting. Throughout high school Nathan was involved in many different musical groups and adventures, most notably his co-created band, "Guilty Pleasure." In his Junior year he took lessons from a very talented and cool UMD college Jazz guitarist, Brian Johnson; and around the same time, discovered a very fascinating musical artist, Sondre Lerche. Soaking up influences from both artists like a sponge, he began absorbing many new ideas and styles to aid in the development of his own playing.
At the age of 17, he and his band joined a musical competition called "Launch Pad" in their home state of Wisconsin and progressed all the way to the finals. Although good, they did not win; so they disbanded and readied themselves for college. The following autumn, Nathan attended Northland College in his hometown of Ashland, Wi. During which time he discovered a deeper appreciation for the music around him and started recording his own songs, but after only one semester he quit school and dedicated all of his time to learning the songwriting craft and networking with fellow musicians around the world! Many of his biggest influences come from the city of Bergen, Norway, such as: Sondre Lerche, Sgt. Petter, The Royalties, Matias Tellez, HP Gundersen, Mari Persen, Julian Berntzen, and Professor Pez.
During the summer of 2007, Nathan ran into a local musician and sound engineer, Ryan Rusch, and they began a recording collaboration. With Ryan's help, Nate successfully recorded his first quality song, "Please, Stop the Rush!" (which he had only written the night before!) As the summer wore on, forces in his life drew him to make a decision and he moved out to the city of Bowie, Maryland. There he lived with his good friend Marty Perkins, (an outspoken XTC and post punk fan) who helped him to shape his music and songwriting in a new direction; giving him the strength to share his songs and empowering him to strive for more. In January of 2008, he made his maiden voyage out of the US to travel to Bergen, Norway! While there, he met many of his favorite influences and recorded with Sgt.
Petter Folkedal and Tommy Haltbakk (from "The Royalties"). He also played a show for a few of his other favorite musicians at the famous "Cafe Opera!" In April of 2008, he moved back to his hometown and began work on his debut album, which was titled, "Listening In." However, due to complications and a month long trip back to Bergen in January of 2009, he abandoned that project to release a small EP in May of 2009. This EP ("In the Shade of Doubt - EP") consisted mainly of lightly arranged acoustic tunes and several live tracks. It is currently available here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/nathanparent In April of 2009 he performed as an opening act for musical artists' Chris Koza Band and Sick of Sarah.
Both bands are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Recently, he has continued work on his true debut album with Ryan Rusch, which has been renamed, "Words WIthout Meaning." Which was finally released after almost two years of recording. It was mastered by renowned Audio Designer, David Hill at Inland Sea Studio in Superior, Wisconsin (using his innovative digital audio technology called, HEAT) during December of 2010; and released on New Years Eve at the Black Cat Coffee House in Ashland, Wisconsin. It has been received with much positive praise and is expected to become "Album of the Year" in 2011.
Skeptical parties can preview the album here: (http://www.nathanparent.bandcamp.com) or proceed directly to the full album here: (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/nathanparent2) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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