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24/06/2019
Making music with attitude and smarts

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Nathan Smart is 21 years old but you wouldn’t think it with how much he has achieved. He’s been working towards a career in music since he was 15, and now six years later he’s hunkered down and even more determined to carve out a multi-layered artistic niche in a world where resolve and talent are intrinsically intertwined. Working from his upstairs office in his parents’ house in Frankston, this former Flinders Christian Community College student doesn’t stop. He’s on the road to pop stardom and won’t quit until he’s landed where he wants to be. 

Nathan explains: “I really admire Beyoncé. She writes, sings, produces, choreographs and works behind the scenes with lighting and sound. Basically, everything you see in the video is her. That’s the type of career I want. I went to the US in April to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California, which was brilliant. The pop scene in Australia isn’t that big but it is huge over there, so I suppose that’s where I’ll be heading eventually. Right now I’m happy to launch song by song and focus on making the best videos I can. Quality is more important than quantity.”

Nathan began his love affair with music and performing when he was nine years old when he got up on stage in the musical Oliver. The rest is history, as they say. He wrote and recorded his first single You Had Your Chance for his VCE portfolio at Rowville Institute of the Arts, where he studied music, drama, media and performance, and has released three more singles on his YouTube channel, Spotify and Apple platforms since. He plays piano and guitar, writes, sings, dances and produces music videos for himself and other Mornington Peninsula artists he supports through his OOMPH! Media network.  

He continues: “I suppose you’d call my music style pop synth with a bit of hip-hop thrown in. I love tracks that make you want to get up and dance. I’ve just released my latest single Future after Jailhouse last year and You Ain’t Got Me before that. I’ve been working hard on the production side of the videos and developed a custom lighting show for my music videos. Sometimes it’s tricky to keep working at it when you are taking care of every aspect, but my parents have been really supportive. Every few months I come downstairs and show them what I’ve been working on and they are amazed. You’ve got to be resilient and never give up. The music industry is very competitive. Some days are good and some are bad but I want to work for myself and create a unique identity, so I suppose there’s no choice.”

With an attitude like that it won’t be long before this multi-faceted musician makes his musical mark here and abroad. Check out www.oomphnetwork.com to find out more.

LIZ ROGERS

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