Kid Nate is a 21-year-old singer from Santa Cruz, CA. He started making music at the age of 16 and formed a rap group called Steady Mob; since then he has always been interested in hip hop music as a way to address some events that life had put in front of him. His first debut album, titled “In The Essence of Time“, was a path of growth with the aim of creating something deeply personal. The name of the album comes from the sense of urgency he had begun to feel during college when reality began to collapse in front of him; writing was his refuge, his safe harbour where he could channel his depression… His desire for change is felt in his songs, the accumulation of chaotic energy and haste that every day puts us in our society!
YMX: Hey KID NATE, how is it going? some of our readers might not be familiar with your project, how would you describe yourself, in a few words?
KID NATE: Id say I’m just a bench player. Someone that supports other homies as much as I can and come off the bench to play sometimes.
YMX: Your current work is the result of a long journey; What first drew you to making music?
KID NATE: Music been everything to me for a while like most artists. Shit really changed for me when I realized I needed therapy and writing music was the quickest access. I was so that kid who would talk about his issues too much and I just turned that attention into rap.
YMX: What would be your dream collaboration?
KID NATE: MAVI- an upcoming artist from charlotte. He legit.
YMX: You recently released “In The Essence of Time“. Can you tell us how that project came about?
KID NATE: In the Essence of Time came together very naturally. Everything just clicked in at the right moment. I linked up with a producer named Flousen from Seattle and shit was just making sense. The beats were just what I needed at the time and it was right when I began to take a step away from producing myself to really get a good shot at better production. Once I admitted to myself I wasn’t that solid at crafting my own beats and heard his shit I just started going in. Was writing all day every day until I started expanding and working with other producers with a similar sound. Then with help from some homies slapped a video together and dropped the project.
YMX: What inspires your songwriting work?
KID NATE: Man for me it really just comes from a place of mental necessities. I need music it ain’t even about wanting it. Shit is so therapeutic and having the mental struggles I’ve had, that probably most people have had, just makes music my outlet. My lyrics are my attempt at being vulnerable and in reality that’s who I am as a person. Vulnerable as fuck. Just a light into my head and I like that people can choose to tune in or not cause that’s just what makes music special.
YMX: We are all missing live music at the moment. Once on the other side, which music venue would you choose for your first gig?
KID NATE: Def the Catalyst in my hometown, Santa Cruz. Grew up watching shows there and local acts and honestly it’s where music started for me.
YMX: What’s your band strategy in terms of music promotion? Direct-2-fans or via the “big dogs”?
KID NATE: Promotion has always been a funny thing for me. I’m about as lowkey as it gets when it comes to sharing my shit and probably always will be. I just do a lil whatever on the gram and tell my friends. Everything is so much more personal when you keep its word to mouth plus “big dogs” be scraping you for money I ain’t have. Music is expensive. I like to avoid that.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?
KID NATE: More music. Foot on the pedal. Still growing and finding my sound. Still attempting to maintain confidence in a dream. Continuing to be me I guess. I’ve got an EP geared up to release that I spent time on from my quarantine that I’m excited to share, switching up my style and I think it shows my growth. But for real go listen to In the Essence of Time. My best work hands down.