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Wednesday, February 28th
The Hot Sweat
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The last time Nathan Morris was on our Hot Seat, it was on the heels of his EP, 'Leaving Duraleigh.' Since then, he has accumulated much more music acumen and it came to a head late last year in 2007 with his full-length debut, 'A Gentleman's Closure,' which was given a rating of 4.3 by Musiqtone's Alan Ho.

Here is Nathan's hot seater with Michelle.

Michelle:  Last time you spoke with Musiqtone you were anticipating the release of your EP "Leaving Duraleigh." Since then you have also released your full length album "A Gentleman's Closure." Besides working on the album what else has been going on in the life of Nathan Morris?
Nathan:  I have been doing some networking, but more than that I have met some wonderful people and made some really great friends.  I've just been enjoying life.  Traveling, going to birthday parties, spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family.  That's what is really important.

M:  3 of the 5 songs from "Leaving Duraleigh" have ended up on "A Gentleman's Closure." How and why did you decide to include these songs?
N:  Those three songs have such a strong presence.  Even though I wrote them before I began work on "A Gentleman's Closure," I still felt like they applied to my life and that they still deserved to be heard.  They are songs that I am very proud of because they hold so much truth.

M:  How did you come up with the title for the album?
N:  Every song on the record deals with a particular issue that I've dealt with over the past year of my life.  Most of these issues have been very difficult for me, and upon reflection they really tend to sting.  In conversations about the album and about my life I kept finding myself using the word "closure."  I just knew that closure was what I needed to get passed all of these situations and to successfully move on with my life.  I pride myself on the fact that I always try to be as honest and genuine as I possible can.  I believe that that is what a gentleman does, and thus "A Gentleman's Closure" was born.

M:  If you had to describe the sound of your album in only three words to a prospective audience, what would they be?
N:  Driving, Vulnerable, and Expressive.  I love the fact that you can really hear the emotions of the lyrics come through in the sound.

M:  What different aspects of the recording process go into making a full length album as opposed to recording an EP? Did you enjoy these differences?
N:  The process of recording the CD was all around way more intense.  I basically found myself locked in this gruesome song writing cycle.  I would write tons of songs and then have to go through each of them and decide which ones were to most honest, the most representative of my life at one certain moment in time.  Because these songs deal with very difficult experiences, some of which were very fresh at the time, they were extremely difficult to write.  I simply wasn't ready to tackle some of these issues and had to give myself time to heal.  Therefore the process of writing and recording took right at seven months to complete as opposed to the two months I spent working on the EP.  This was my first full length album, and I wanted every aspect to be honest.  It was important that I made this album a very real representation of the person I am.  Though I did struggle at times, I very much enjoyed the process and I am very happy with the end results.

M:  Your songs have a strong emotional feel to them and seem to come from personal experiences. Is this true for the most part? Can you give us any specific insight or stories behind any of them?
N:  Absolutely.  This album is like a glimpse into the past year of my life.  Every song was written for a purpose.  For example, "Broken but Breathing" was written right after I moved down to Nashville.  I was sitting alone in my townhouse watching the movie Flight 93.  As I'm sure you know, that movie is about the plane that went down in Pennsylvania on 9/11.  As I sat there watching that movie I realized that the men and women on that plane had families, hopes, and dreams.  They sacrificed everything for us.  That's when I realized that sacrifice is what life is all about.  It's about being selfless and giving.  Life is so beautiful and so fleeting, and this song is a daily reminder of that.

M:  Once you've gotten the inspiration for a song, what is the rest of the song writing process like for you?
N:   I guess I can't really pin it.  I just go based upon certain feelings.  My musical ideas come from personal experiences, and once I have the idea I relive those experiences and express the feelings they evoke into words.  Once I have the words, I try to hear the emotions in a melody.  I associate different sounds with different feelings, and if I'm lucky it all comes together to form a song that really speaks to my audience.

M:  Since the start of your music career to now, has your impression of the music industry changed at all? If so, how?
N:  Of course it has changed.  There are now so many wonderful gateways to get music to the masses that simply didn't exist before.  When I first started playing music I never dreamed I'd be getting plays in Europe and Asia.  Myspace and Facebook have really made it possible for artists to become successful musicians even without a record deal.

M:  What are your feelings/thoughts on the enormous influence that the internet (for example, websites like Myspace) is having on music today?
N:  I think the internet has done wonders for the music industry.  I think that it is important to adapt to technology as it advances, and to then use these changes to your benefit.  It is truly amazing to know that my music can be downloaded in an instant anywhere around the world.

M:  In your last interview with Musiqtone you mentioned that besides music you also had a passion for film. Have you been able to work on any film related projects recently and do you plan to in the future?
N:  In 2005 I paired up with my buddy Dallas Morgan to work on his first feature film entitled "Flowers."  This project really allowed me to get my feet wet in the film industry, and to explore a field of entertainment other than music.  Besides than that I just have a lot of fun filming and editing my podcasts that I post on myspace for my fans.  I find that film just furthers my creative energies and lets me explore and express a side of me that my music doesn't always allow for. 

M:  And finally, what do you have in store for 2008?
N:  I just plan on continuing the promotion of my record so that I can reach as many people as I can with the music that I love so much.  I want to enjoy life, meet people and write songs!

Michelle MitchellMichelle Mitchell is a staff writer at Musiqtone. You can reach her at michellemitchell@musiqtone.com

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