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‘A Day in the Life’ Nate Williams

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:26
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Nate Williams is a multi-instrumentalist, writer, producer, arranger, artist and part-time teacher. He has worked with some incredible musicians including Eliza Doolittle, Markus Feehily (Westlife), Vula Malinga (Basement Jaxx) Joss Stone, Katy B and has just finished touring with Jamiroquai - Keys, Guitar, BVs.Drums

What time did you get up?


What’s the first thing you did?

Turned on my computer and made a cup of tea while it booted up.

Did you spend any time on Social Media, if so, doing what?

I hate being on social media for the most part, and have breaks now and then. It's such a potential waste of time for most of us. I'm careful with how much I go on it. I posted a couple of previews of some of my own music on Instagram today.

Did you practice?

I practice every day. I don't even think about it. I also try to create new music every day. 

What challenges did you face?

I had a bit of a creative block in the afternoon in terms of writing some material for an artist I'm working with. Went to my local coffee shop and wrote some lyric ideas instead. Had to give the OK on a mix someone has done on a track I'm producing too. That was tricky.

Did anything inspire you today?

I went through all the presets on one of my keyboards today and found some inspiring sounds. I find if I'm struggling, I can usually get inspired by new sounds, so I tend to go through my synths, or virtual instruments in Logic. 

What was the most boring thing you had to do today?

The most boring thing I did today was wash the dishes. BUT... I tend to make it less boring by listening to music/production related podcasts so I'm still learning. 

What was the most exciting thing you did today?

The most exciting thing was to speak to a publishing company about my work as a writer/producer.

What time did you go to bed?

I'm writing this at 8.45pm and will probably go to bed at about 11.30ish. I'll do a bit more practice/writing before then.

What’s the most important thing you learned today?

The most important thing I learned today... Hmm... I think it was a really nerdy improvising thing I figured out whilst practicing! Involves getting from one place to another by moving minor 3rds down in semitones. 

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Trained in dance, drama and music Fiona Ross has been working in the creative arts Industry for many years with her first professional job at the age of two. Currently working in the jazz industry, she has released four critically acclaimed albums in the past three years and performed in London’s top jazz venues. Fiona is also a freelance journalist for three major jazz publications and passionate advocate for mental health promotion and is a patron for the mental health organisation Insomniac Club.

She is involved in teaching, leadership and arrangement in education and was Head of British Academy of New Music, London, for nearly nine years (Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Jess Glynne etc)


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