This musician (Nathan Brachear) is new to the game but, you would think he is a veteran from listening to his music. Where his song “Bullet” may remind you of Johnny Cash with its softer and subtle tone. Follow me will re-energize you with a classic ZZ Top, Motorhead styling.
An all around great musician and, if this is just the beginning, I personally cannot wait for more.
Hello, Nathan. very happy to welcome you to the Radio Show and Podcast community. Tell us a little bit more about yourself. Introduce yourself to the community.
Hey, thanks for having me. I’m not very good at talking about myself but I will do the best I can. My name is Nathan Brachear, I write and release music under Monsters Are Real.
One thing that I’m always interested in, when I sit down and chat with artists is, what their defining moment was that they knew that they wanted to be in music… What was that moment in time for you?
I did not really have a defining moment where I decided I wanted to be in the Music Industry. I am still new to it to be honest. I have always loved music and always had a good feel for it. I love to write and always did well in English class when I was in school. I really did not know when I was younger that it was even possible to be involved in the industry. I just knew that when I played my drums or my guitar, I was happy and felt energized.
Do you mix and master yourself or do you have an engineer or a producer that works with you?
I do both, I do the initial mixing and mastering and produce basically a rough draft MP3 to give my guy an idea of what I am going for. He then goes in and refines what I have already done and adds what I could not figure out how to do. His name is David Bradley, he is great. He also plays lead guitar in my other band Blue Temper. Hopefully we will be releasing an album next year. Monsters Are Real is my solo project and Dave puts the finishing touches on my tracks and masters them. He played the lead guitar on Bullet also. I have also recently starting working with Mathieu Gouin and he is doing a really nice job too.
What motivates you? Not just in your music but in your normal life as well.
My motivation is just my drive to succeed. And I don’t mean millions of dollars, mansions, cars, etc. I mean real success, waking up in the morning and being happy with where I am. Being able to teach someone under me something that day. Making sure that I can lighten somebodies load even for just a few minutes that day. I am a very serious quiet person and sometimes that can be intimidating to people. But I am the guy you come to if you need help. One thing that happened last year that I marked in the success column was when my songs started getting streamed and purchased by people in Japan, France, Scotland, etc. I made fractions of a penny, but I thought that was the coolest thing.
I am personally on a mission to get good music heard by everyone. What is one thing that bothers you the most about trying to come up in the music world today and, do you prefer being underground or, is the mainstream something you strive for?
I cannot stand the fact that the same people over and over and over have hit after hit. They drop an album and it goes to number one before anyone has even had a chance to listen to it. If you are not in that crowd or you aren’t using that producer, you might as well hang it up. On top of that, the music that is getting all of the praise is not very good. It has no feeling, it took 14 people to right it, and it all sounds the same. I love being underground. Some of the absolute best music out there right now is being written and performed by bands that will never get a chance. Take Slaps.com for instance. Some of the music on there is fucking amazing and nobody cares because the right name is not attached to it.
One question that I like to ask artists is, how did Covid affect your music in particular and the music scene in your area?
Covid decimated the music scene here. It is trying to come back now. In terms of affecting me it really did not change much. I am not a real social guy; I like to work all day and write all night. By the time I get home in the evenings i usually have a new song idea, or an idea how to improve one that I am working on.
Who, musically, is one of your bigger influences?
Well, that is an interesting question. I love Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Slayer, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd. The list goes on and on. But at the same time, I have never been one to seek out an artist. If I like a song i listen to it, I really don’t care who it is playing it. I get told all of the time that a lot of my stuff sounds like Bowie, and I have never really listened to much of his stuff. It is probably the story telling aspect of my music. I love a good story in a song.
I, myself, personally think that there’s too much social media out there to keep up with. I understand why it’s necessary but there’s a ton of it out there. What are your feelings on social media and music today?
Social Media is the worst… Sometimes you just need to keep your stupid ass comment to yourself and social media has given people a way to go ahead and say it behind the safety of a keyboard. I agree with you, there are way too many platforms to keep track of. It can get really confusing and hard to make the right choice when trying to promote music. What has it done to music? Ruined it! It is so easy to get music for free now it is almost pointless to try to sell it. Plus, I don’t even know if these people have the attention span to listen to an entire song anymore.
I want to thank you for this Q&A, Is there anything you want to say to everyone out there? Shout outs?
Thanks for the opportunity to get my music out there. Thanks for all you do for the aspiring artists out there. It is not easy out here, but remember, there is someone listening even when you think they aren’t. You might be the one who gets someone through one more day, so stop whining and play! I would like to shout out David Bradley for all of his hard work at the board. He did a great Job. And to Mathieu Gouin who also does some of the mixing and mastering. I just started working with him some and he has done a good job as well. He mastered Follow Me. Thanks again, hope to talk to you soon. Love the show!
- I thank you, Nathan for the kind words, the interview and, for being a fan of the show – We will be looking forward to hearing more from you. Please follow Monsters Are Real at the links below.
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