Session Drummer, Producer, Songwriter. I own a production studio in Nashville where I enjoy helping other music makers. Credits with Justin Moore, Motley Crue, Goodbye June, Carolina Story, Elen Owen, Tupelo Honey, Anna Rose, Rebekah Pahl, and more.
At Studio NÓMADE, we dig the vibe! Nathan believes it’s important that you feel comfortable & safe enough to discover something specific to you and the music you want to make. We value good conversation & hangs - usually with coffee on the deck in a rocking chair.
The music needs to provide feeling & each part needs to serve the song. NÓMADE is equipped to sit down at multiple instruments and explore the right sound that fits best. It is also operated with the right audio gear for capturing that sound.
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Interview with Nathan Sexton
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: For sure, Jerry Roe (drummer), Rory Rositas (engineer)
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Goodbye June (Magic Valley). True story of “sticking with it”. Due to labels/managements/A&R/etc the record took 5 years to make & release. Not one drum track was punched. It was all or nothing. Carolina Story (Dandelion). There’s a song on there, Wildflower. We as the band were simply playing down the chart, but magic hit. I heard the strings/guitars/etc all in my head even though they weren’t there. It was a first take. Also on that record, Long Black Train. It was a song I co-wrote about the middle class (working dad) - my dad & granddads in mind. It was heavily influenced by Tom Petty & I was honored to have it make the cut for the record.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Sample pack of my drums/approach. Finishing producing a British rock EP. Writing for a sophomore record of an Americana band I’m in.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I love messing with gear in my hands... whether approaching the drums a certain way, taping pianos to change their sound, or turning guitar pedals. I’m always excited to find the right mic for the vocal and/or the best chain (pre, etc) for the job. I’m slower at discovering VST (digital instrument) but I enjoy messing things up in order to discover something that works best.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We can “there”... the end goal.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The people. The music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What’s your favorite kit/snare? All of them. They each have a purpose. What’s yours favorite pre: Lately, the CAPI 312 (heider) What kind of bourbon do you like? EH Taylor What kind of scotch do you like? Laphroig 10
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Misconception: It’s my responsibility to make the song good. In truth, a good song is a good song. My job (as drummer/musician or producer) is to make sure find the best way to deliver the message.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What’s the song about? What are your goals about the music you’d like to make?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Trust the process of making music. Know what kind of music you’re wanting to make.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My past 20+ years of experience as a live/session musician. My ears as a musician, songwriter & producer - & the best approach for what serves the music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don’t overthink it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Americana, rock, indie folk, indie rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Feel. Vibe.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Get a feel for artist and their need(s). Discover where they want to go with the music. Get sounds. Start tracking & communicating.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Multi-instrumental space. Equipped with 32 i/o comprised of outboard gear including a 24 channel trident 78 (with 80b EQ). 5 kits (too many snares/perc to list) Pianos, keys, synths, organs Acoustic guitars, electrics, bass, etc
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Don Was, Dave Cobb, Jeff Bashkirs, Mark Ronson
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Drums/percussion, song production.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 60’s Ludwig kit, bass, guitar, phone full of music, phone charger. I’d probably forget the phone & charger for scotch though.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Grew up in the church scene & learned everything about listening to other players & following where the music takes you in the moment. Early 20’s I moved to the northeast to experience the rock scene there. Moved to Louisiana shortly after & that’s where culture & vibe settled into my life: food, day to day, music, night life/etc. I relocated to Nashville in 2012 for the rock band, Goodbye June. Shortly after getting to town, I started touring for country star, Justin Moore. From 2012-current the focus has always been about serving the artist & what’s best for the music.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Honest - not over processed.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Shawn Mendes or Harry Styles. For me, both provide such heavy emphasis on the rhythm & vocal arrangements. I’d love to work with either, as a drummer sure - but also the ultimate collaboration that comes from producing & sharing ideas.