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Meet Heather Nation

Today we’d like to introduce you to Heather Nation.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m a full time performing musician, studio session singer, guitarist, and teacher. More or less in that order. I’ve been singing since I was very little, my first studio session was at age 14, I sang and began writing songs in my first rock band in my last year of high school. The first handful of years served as a steady growth of gaining more experience on-stage and honing in on who I am as an artist; finding my vision, finding my voice.

As a session musician, I’ve clocked thousands of hours in the recording studio and on stage for other artists as well as my own music. During the last 4 years, I’ve focused on music as a full-time career and it has been the most engaging, maturing, difficult, amazing, and eye-opening time of my life.

Please tell us about your art.
My art is the music I’m able to be a conduit for. Myself as an artist is just a vehicle I’m driving around, trying to emote the message I’m responsible to deliver.

I sing, write music, and play guitar. I’m involved in many projects, the longest running being my solo career as the performer Heather Nation, a lush and ambient, alternative/indie rock sound. I perform as a soloist under this alias, and also with a 6-piece band called The Heather Nation Band. I also play lead guitar and sing background vocals for the synth-pop band Belladon. My newest project is called Meadow, we are a groove-rock/prog-pop band with a much harder sound than any original music I’ve released.

My top priority is always my original music and original collaborations, like Meadow and Belladon. But making a living financially with music has lead me to pursue a large portion of my career as a cover artist, and also a teacher. I play anywhere between 10-20 gigs a month. I teach voice, guitar, and songwriting, and am very passionate about sharing my knowledge with young people who are looking for their voice.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
The surge of independence within the music industry is a double-edged sword. There is a lot of opportunity in the DIY trends of the music market; the internet being such an efficient way to communicate, promote, reach out to your audience, it’s a blessing because of its ease and efficiency, but it’s a huge challenge because the market becomes saturated with artists. Anyone can release anything these days to some of the largest platforms like iTunes and SoundCloud, band camp, Spotify. It encourages so many artists to release music, that we all sort of becoming little fishes in a big sea.

That’s always been the case – this day in age or not – but now it’s a lot harder to find funding outside of yourself in order to reach larger audiences that might be able to propel your material to a higher place within your career. It’s a big challenge trying to rocket out of the atmosphere of being an emerging artist and into the starry, less saturated successful universe of the top-dogs, no matter what your genre.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The biggest show of support is getting yourself out to see some live shows. My hub in San Diego, California, you can find me performing regularly in town, I also tour and travel for shows. You can find the calendar and other bits of info on my website, and also hear more through my Instagram pages.

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Image Credit:
Kristy Walker/Taylor Bartram/Eiji Fuller/Tim Fears/Movement Photography.

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1 Comment

  1. Mike Ruggirello

    June 26, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Great interview.

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