10 Quick Ones with STEVEN NATHAN of DON’T BELIEVE IN GHOSTS – August 2017

According to a recent press release: “Don’t Believe In Ghosts premiered the video for their first single “Slow Down” off of their debut album GIVE IT MEANING on AlternativeNation.net today. “Slow Down” received immediate support from KBZT San Diego, KPOI Hawaii, WSFS Miami, WWYY Allentown PA, Music Choice and more!” We get Warden to answer our 10 Quick Ones about new music, his influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Give It Meaning is our debut album… I wrote over 60 songs to start the process on this and then narrowed it down to 13 that seemed to work well together. Besides the drums everything was pretty much recorded in my apartment over the course of a year or so. I really love the recording process and certainly try and experiment with new techniques all the time. To be honest the whole album is filed with little hidden nuggets and meanings – some people may catch and others probably i’ll only know.. but that’s why i called it Give It Meaning, because i literally put a little something into everything.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I was in kindergarten, Ms. Arcus put on Beethoven’s 5th symphony while we were all painting or something. I stopped what i was doing and walked over and sat in front of the record player… it was the first time I heard music that sounded like I felt.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

I feel like I probably picked up little things from everywhere, I love all kinds of music… so much of what probably influences me are things i might have heard sitting in the back of the car as a kid that was on the radio. But artists I’ve followed and really admired are Prince, Michael Jackson, Beethoven, The Beatles even Motley Crue. But while everyone was into grunge I got really into Brit Pop and artists like Radiohead, Pulp, Suede, Oasis etc were all really big influences as well.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

Oh man, i just love writing with creative people and there are so many… of course anyone from the list of artist I admire is always amazing… but there are also so many incredible songwriters and producers who are not in the spotlight for one reason or another that have some truly incredible takes on things i’d love to work with.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

Hopeful and positive.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

I’m not sure it’s even something like that… the perks of actually being a musician who lives this are not as great as it may seem from the outside. The destination does not always match the brochure that’s for sure haha… I guess the best part would really be the having an outlet for your inner voice. When people don’t have that outlet the inner voice echoes around and they loose their way.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

It’s certainly a ‘pick an ethnicity’ and let’s order it kind of situation over here.  There are always songs happening though.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

It’s really hard to say, I love science – but in school the math wasn’t my favorite subject.  I do make a lot of music videos for other artists and since i was a kid i was writing and putting on plays in my backyard. So i’d probably be making movies.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

I really try not to think like that… mostly i try to keep positive and that’s really hard when you’re second guessing things you’ve done. To me it’s all about accepting, learning and moving forward.  I was who I was and that’s why I did what I did… and that is why i’d probably know better now haha.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Honestly any of those late era Beatles albums…. there is something truly magical about the recordings and the whole process. It has inspired countless people to do this directly or indirectly. They basically invented the album… the level of creativity and ingenuity is almost unmatched.

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10 Quick Ones with STEVEN NATHAN of  DON'T BELIEVE IN GHOSTS - August 2017

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