South African singer/songwriter Nate Maingard joins us on the show this week. Nate is a modern troubadour, storyteller, global nomad and indie-folk singer-songwriter. His approach to music is communication and connection driven, and as a result he has built up an incredibly loyal fanbase (called The Nateives). In 2012, Nate was awarded the South African National Arts Festival Ovation Award, and recorded his crowdfunded “In The Shadows” EP in London with musicians who have worked with Adele, Paul McCartney and Jason Mraz. In this episode we talk about the importance of appreciating your audience, successful crowdfunding, and tips on building a community around your music.

Highlights:

  • Nate has chosen to be vulnerable in a world that tells us we need to have strong exteriors
  • Nate knows that everyone who listens to his music and supports him is an individual
  • Appreciation comes out of knowing that his audience have chosen to listen to him
  • No-one owes you a living and no-one owes it to you to listen...  

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