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Rising Stars: Meet Nate Shy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nate Shy.

Nate, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’m a Hispanic songwriter/recording artist from Brawley, CA (Imperial Valley). I’m 22 years old and have been making music almost five years now. I’ve had a passion for music since I was a kid coming from my pops who raised me listening to old-school hip hop like Sugarhill Gang, Biz Markie, E40, Mac Dre, Pac, and Biggie of course. I started recording and writing when I was a senior in high school just messing around with some friends in a friends home studio. It wasn’t until after I graduated I started taking music more seriously. Really I just work and write, I’ve sacrificed my social life, but the advice I follow is to never stop investing in yourself in hopes that the universe will pay you back someday. I still am on the road quite a bit from the valley to San Diego and Los Angeles.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Music has been anything but an easy path, I think if you really lock yourself in with your craft it can be draining at times really, but the end product is always satisfying. I never had trouble letting emotion out in music or caring what other people thought so it was never really an issue to me switching it up here and there to see what audience would gravitate towards me more whether it be the dark or more happier music, but a person I looked up to always said not all music is meant to be beautiful. Writers block is something I also struggle with every few months but when my creative flows come back, I am writing endlessly until the next patch hits.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I couldn’t categorize myself in one genre if I’m being honest. I’d definitely say 75% of my music is emotional. I was one of the ones very connected to Xxxtentacion and Juice WRLD before the world lost both too soon. That being said, my goal is to be a Mexican doing it in the industry taking this route. I have love for a lot of the people in my culture in the industry but I don’t think anyone is aiming for what I’m aiming for in this game. I want the world to feel my music not just a part of it. I want to be the one that helps my supporters know that they’re not alone in this world because I know the feeling.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
Watching different artists on the come up, just like interviews on youtube (No Jumper, Breakfast Club, Montreality, Genius, or Hot 97) gives me inspiration to keep going knowing that a lot didn’t have an easy route to get to where they are today.

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Brok Wood, Rudy Leyvas

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