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Meet Nathan Ipanag

Today we’d like to introduce you to NATEY.

Nathan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was just a tone-deaf kid from silver spring, MD with a lifelong dream of singing on stage. I spent most of my earlier years performing martial arts, acrobatics, and breakdancing, until at around 15, I found the courage to change my act and (despite how daunting it seemed) dedicate myself to becoming a musician. Since then, I’ve hit just about every road bump in the book, but navigating through this lifestyle has taken me through some of the most breathtaking places in life and I wouldn’t have done a single thing differently. Now, I’m here with the privilege to share my story with you all, and that alone tells me so much about how far I’ve come.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road has certainly had it’s moments, but it has been bumpy more often than smooth. As young artists, we struggle with insecurity, pride, finances, maintaining relationships, etc., and I am no exception. I have entertained the idea of giving up more times than I care to admit because LA and the industry can be quite cruel. I’ve plummeted to my lowest places on this journey through both unique and common hardships, but I’ve climbed out with more strength and knowledge each time.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I’m a fully independent singer, music producer, and songwriter. I don’t know if I can say I specialize in anything, but I am very proud to say the people who I collaborate with coming to me often to practice what we like to call “musical therapy”; which is our approach to creating with the intent of healing through expression. Music has propelled me out of so many dark places, so I apply this method to all of my songs in hopes that it can help others, even if it means contradicting the constraints of a “hit song” in the current industry. I would like to think this approach sets me apart through the honesty and genuineness of my art, and if I’m right, then my dream has already come true.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
To me, success is completely mindset based. I don’t want to believe that society has to tell me I’ve succeeded for me to feel it, it definitely doesn’t equate to a certain figure in my bank account, or living in a mansion. After dealing with depression, you just really start to appreciate the tiny victories. So, do I feel like I’ve already succeeded in life? Yes, because I woke up this morning, and on top of that I feel inspired to be the best person I can be. I believe that there are also many successes (and failures) to come and to be driven enough to go out and experience them head-on is another success in itself. I guess the bottom line is; success is every sign that reminds me that I’ve chosen the right path.

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Vuzoku, Kyle Cordova, Alex Baele, Darrin Bush, Jordan Sotero, Heather Fabia, Anthony Minassian

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