When you’re a teenager, life can seem like a whirlwind of emotions and experiences as you learn how to make sense of all the pressures and expectations of approaching adulthood. At the same time there can be the overriding feeling of living in the moment and taking chances.
NSW Central Coast native Nathan Hawes has certainly done that, building confidence in his performance and songwriting abilities in a few short years before independently releasing his first EP which rose to the top of the iTunes charts in 2015 and expanded his social media following to more than 62,000 Facebook fans and 127,000 Instagram followers. With his final school year concluded he has embarked on his first national tour of Australia in January 2016, giving those thousands of fans the opportunity to see this rising talent grace their local stages at sold out shows.
There is the sense of an old soul and a considered and mature songwriter already crafting songs far beyond his years. Nathan soaks up contemporary influences as seen with his You Tube covers of Edward Sharpe (Home) and Drake (Hold On We’re Going Home) which, in combination, have already exceeded 500,000 views. He also displays a clear debt to 60s folk music as filtered through the ensuing decades.