We had the good fortune of connecting with Nathan Benedict and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nathan, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Creating music makes me happy. I begin by exploring an instrument. Maybe it’s a guitar, piano, or something a little less common like a didgeridoo. At some point I’ll find a chord, chord progression, or groove that I like and then I’ll settle into it. At some point, I know longer have to think at all to play the tune, my body and my mind are in sync, and I am just there. It is a gift of a clear mind, contentment, and happiness.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Something my friends and I say is “it’s work but it’s worth it.” This has been true for my entire life as a singer-songwriter. I have always been a singer-songwriter but when I was young I was told I was tone deaf. It was hard to disregard what people said so I had a difficult time being myself. I was told I couldn’t sing, so I started to scream. I played in hardcore/metal bands in high school and started Silent Planet in college. I started meeting people that supported me as a musician and begun learning various instruments. Mid way through college I realized that I loved music so much that I could teach myself how to sing. Once that barrier was gone, it was like a dam breaking. I started writing tons of songs on an acoustic guitar eventually recording and releasing them under my name. A couple years ago, I looked back on an eight year pattern of writing at least one song a month. I was ready to start catching up with recording so my friends and I put a plan together. We plan to record and release a song every month under the band name The Ateliers for thirty years. We will begin our third consecutive year of doing that in January and it’s been such a rush. I finally feel like I’m able to express my authentic self and it is such a relief.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Post covid we’re going to The Greek Theatre. Then we’re going surfing at El Porto. Then we’ll go to Follow Your Heart to eat. Then we’ll go to the Hotel Cafe. Then maybe Veggie Grill. Then Republic of Pie after hours. And then back to The Greek Theatre.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom for motivating me and every person affiliated with The Ateliers and Atelier Records for supporting songwriter health.