What I Learned at Bandcamp: Don’t Believe In Ghosts
An interview with Don’t Believe in Ghosts
After three straight years of touring with Man On Earth, New York singer-songwriter Steven Nathan needed a change. Over the course of four months, Nathan wrote and recorded 30 songs and Don’t Believe In Ghosts was born.
In October, the first of a two-part EP, Change Your Mind, was released on Bandcamp.
Tell us a little about yourself…
I believe in music… I believe in love… I believe in hard work, daydreaming and learning about the world around me. I enjoy when ideas we accepted as truth are challenged, proven wrong and our reality is amended.
How long have you been making music?
I have always been making noise… at some point it somehow became music. It’s always been how I’ve identified with myself.
Who/what are your influences?
My first influence was in kindergarten when my teacher put on Beethoven‘s 5th Symphony. I dropped my crayons, walked over and stared at the record player in awe. To me music is all about the personal experience, the moment, the connection and all those feelings. So while much music has influenced me purely by consequence of moments in my life… artists like Prince, Radiohead, The Beatles and many others continue to impress me on continued, repeated listens.
What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
Usually when someone tells me one of my songs are their favorite, it becomes my favorite too. I try to see what it was that connected with them. I try to see how differently it was interpreted and it’s really fun to hear things through other peoples ears.
Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
I have a second EP written that I’m tracking right now. I wrote 30 songs to start this process and then narrowed it down to two EPs collectively titled Change Your Mind, Change Your Luck. I’m looking to release Change Your Luck in the spring.
If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
I’ve been working in music most of my life. In addition, I make music videos which is another creative outlet. When I’m not creating I start doubting and the world becomes bleak. If I could no longer do music I would put my energies into another creative outlet for sure.
What musicians or bands do you look up to?
I admire both those who think outside the box and those that really know how to make the box new again. I look up to strong DIY ethics and have no energy for musicians or bands who only see obstacles or are solely focused on success.
Why do you make music?
I’m not sure I have much of a choice… when it’s in you it’s just what you always do. It occupies both your goals and hobbies. Again, if I’m not creating I lose a bit of myself and feel disconnected, so I make music to keep that part of myself I most identify with.
Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
There is a sea of information we are all up against today… always remember the loudest barrels are usually the emptiest. Let’s all hang out at a show in 2016 – join me.