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Meet Nathan Ball

 

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Nathan Ball is a 23-year-old, singer-songwriter from Cornwall. Nathan started writing songs at 14, but it was not until he was invited to support Alt-J, Frank Hamilton and Gabrielle Aplin whilst at University in Exeter that he realised his talent. Off the back of a successful summer with dates at Farr Festival and Beach Break, not to mention a sold-out showcase at The Star of Kings, Nathan has now set his sights on the bright lights of London. We recently showcased Nathan’s music video ‘Every Line’ on The Student Channel and wanted to find out more about the man behind the video!

TSC: Congratulations on being nominated for the YouTube awards, do you rate that?

Nathan: Cheers, yeah that’s pretty crazy! I’m still kind of shocked by the whole thing. To be put alongside artists that I’ve looked up to for so many years is just nuts! I’m massively honoured. We’re still at the stage where things are seriously exciting, like whenever a new comment comes on a YouTube video, or we’re asked to play more gigs, so this one smashed it for me really!

TSC: How important do you think YouTube/social media is for artists these days?

N: Yeah massively. It’s an amazing platform for musicians to be on, and in terms of finding new music, things get shared so much now, it’s becoming a lot easier to stumble across new artists. Also in terms of publicising upcoming gigs and engaging with fans it’s a dream really. It’s a shame I’m so bad at using them though!

TSC: Your music has been described as ‘surf-tinged folk’, we love that analogy & think that should be a genre of its own! How much impact do you think a location has on your music?

N: I think so too! I’ve never actually heard that before, so I’m definitely going to use that more often! I think location is actually my biggest influence for music. I love staring at rugged cliff lines and stormy seas and moody skies, that’s where my biggest inspiration comes from for sure. I think that’s why my songs always come out a lot darker and sound kind of moody, I am normally a very happy person!

TSC: We loved your song & video for Every Line but how come we didn’t see you catch a wave?

N: Haha, thanks very much! Yes the scenery looks beautiful, I was with my great friends Ru and Hugo Martin who did all the filming on the cliffs in Boscastle and even made a little cameo appearance! We were so happy with how the video came out, such rich colours, amazing cliff lines and a nice stormy sea! I actually thought i’d got away with the whole no wave thing until you guys picked it up!!

TSC: You told us on Twitter it was because the crew weren’t filming when there was surf but we definitely saw a few peelers in there!

N: We’d been for a fun surf earlier in the day, but nobody fancied filming that one as nobody was willing to stand on the cliff tops! So we then headed up towards our favourite spot near Bude, but were met with about a foot onshore slop. We had always planned to get some surf shots in the video, so i was forced to put on a cold, wet wetsuit and paddle out into the chop! After about 20 minutes not a single surfable wave had come through, so we were left without! Pretty gutted really! It was a great trip though and we’re currently plotting the next video. Hopefully with waves!

TSC: With the loss of traditional folk music in the face of the rise in ‘popular music’ what do you think the future holds?

N: I think it’s a great time for lots of emerging scenes. There is an amazing group of artists gigging away under the surface, but unfortunately a lot of it is being drowned out by the autotune crowd. I played at Gathering Festival in Oxford a few weeks ago and that had the most amazing line up of break through artists. We had a wander round after and watched Denai Moore, Mt Wolf, Chasing Grace and London Grammar. They all absolutely smashed it and it was very reassuring to see the crowd go nuts for it.

TSC: What music/artists are you listening to at the moment?

N: I listen to loads of different stuff really; I’m massively into Daughter, I think they’re the best band going at the moment. I’m also big into Denai Moore, I think she’s got the coolest voice, I’d love to do a collab with her! I get my inspiration from so many different music scenes, especially the darker and more emotional side to House and Techno music. Dixon and the rest of the Innervisions guys are the most talented and thought-provoking producers I’m listening to at the moment. I try to draw the way they make me feel through their music into the style I play. In the forthcoming EP from us you’ll hear more glimpses of this!

TSC: You went to Uni of Exeter- what was Exeter like as a Uni and how was your student experience generally?

N: Exeter was amazing, I had such a great time down there and have come away with some incredible memories and amazing friends. It’s an amazing city and nice and close to the sea, so couldn’t recommend it enough really!

TSC: Best moment?

N: Our house in 3rd year was amazing. It was a proper little beach house type thing and I was living with 5 of my best mates.

TSC: Worst moment?

N: Dislocating my shoulder surfing which wrote off my summer after exams.

TSC: A lot of students are leaving Uni these days with a lot of debt and struggling to find jobs in their chosen area- what’s your thoughts on this?

N: Obviously leaving Uni with a load of debt isn’t ideal, but in terms of struggling to find jobs, I weirdly think this is quite a good thing. The fact of knowing that its a real struggle to gain employment has made many follow their dreams and be creative. Loads of friends have started up so many cool little projects. One of my friends runs Grannies Knits, a beanie company knitted by Grannies, another friend runs Just Winston, a patterned dress shirt company, another friend runs a cooking channel called The Yes Chef. It’s amazing to be surrounded by so many people giving something creative a shot!

TSC: What’s your favourite video on The Student Channel?

N: I saw you’ve got Mickey Smith’s Dark Side of the Lens on there. I think this could well be my favourite video of all time. I was lucky enough to meet Mickey at The Greenway Pro in St Ives at the end of the summer. He’s an insanely talented and very inspiring guy, and so humble at the same time. That’s a real stand out video for me! I often watch it before I sit down with my guitar to write new songs as it puts me in the right mind set.

TSC: What does the future hold for Nathan Ball and where can people check you out?

N: Well hopefully lots of touring and loads more music coming out! I’ve just been working on a new EP down at Grove Studios with Will Taylor. He’s a real gem to work with so I’m really looking forward to this EP coming out, probably just after Christmas. We’re headlining The Garage in Islington on 19th November and hopefully some more stuff with the guys down at Finisterre in Cornwall. We’ve hopefully got a load of festivals lined up for the summer, including our favourite, Farr Fest. I’ve also finally signed up to Twitter and have got a Facebook page at Nathan Ball Music, so come join to keep up to date!

If you want to see Nathan performing you can check him out on the 19th November at The Garage, Islington, event info here

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Easter Sunday @ Canal Mills

With so many options of what to do on Easter bank holiday Sunday where to go can be a difficult decision – but this year there’s one event in particular that stood out far above the rest! 14 hours of music throughout 2 indoor stages and 1 outdoor arena at one of Leeds most unique and artistic venues – Canals Mills.

With legendary acts such as Maya Jane Coles, John Talabot and Joy Orbison gracing the decks your guaranteed to spend your time in a blissful, bank holiday haze jamming to the best house, electronic and garage music. Teaming up with Wax:On and Mono:Cult, responsible for some of the most hyped about events of the underground house scene, this is guaranteed to deliver the best music and atmosphere alike.

“We can promise that we’ll be pulling out all the stops to make this a staple event in the Canal Mills calendar, and you can say you were there for the first one!”

For full line-up and ticket information visit the Facebook event page here.

Teknicolor @ Mint Club

With the legendary house/techno night nearing it’s 3rd birthday, the much anticipated announcement of this semesters Teknicolor line-up has delivered an exciting eclectic mix of highly talented DJs. Returning acts such as Heidi and Darius Syrossian are due grace the Mint decks and blast some beats through the epic Funktion One soundsystem; along with many ‘Tek virgins’ including Flashmob, Ben Pearce and Catz n Dogz. Spanning term time every Thursday from January to April full listings are available below.

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Being host to this popular underground house event is the Mint Club. With it’s impressive cutting-edge lighting system, known as the ‘disco panel’, lighting up the roof above a sea of fist pumping ravers the atmosphere is never far from electric.

‘The Teknicolor team remains committed to providing a fun and unique party environment for its colourful Thursday crowd with its most ambitious line-ups to date. Firmly in tune with the most influential labels, the hottest artists from taste-makers like Circoloco, Ostgut Ton, Noir, Culprit, Leftroom, Hot Creations and Futureboogie will bring their sounds to one of the UK’s most pioneering weekly events’. 

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With many previous events selling out the intimate 550 capacity venue be sure to book your tickets ahead of the event to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be purchased here from £6 + BF.

The perfect Sunday Roast

Easter Holidays. A celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, OR for a student,a chance to recharge ones batteries. Days are filled with the brushing off of responsibilities, and the procrastination acceptable of a Sunday. However, what makes Easter Sunday? I believe even the Easter Bunny would have a Sunday Roast, and even though not every student can fork out for a roast every week, Easter is the best excuse to make your tummy sigh with happiness. So here are some tips on how to bag the key ingredients for a cheap student roast in Leeds.

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Meat

Regardless of whether you enjoy chicken, or Beef (a major debate within my student house), as previously mentioned in one of my articles, the best place for best fresh meat, at a student friendly price, is the market. Most of the butchers within the market will provide you with a months worth of all kinds of meat, for under £10, absolutely perfect for a meat hungry student.

Vegetables

It is worthwhile exploring the vegetable shops surrounding your halls/accommodation, as I live in Headingley, I have found a cute little vegetable shop with a fresh catalogue of vegetables for your desires. A small bag of parsnips and broccoli comes to 50p! These shops are also great for other meals, for example, eggs are just 10p each! If yo do not have any vegetable shops surrounding you, which is unlikely, you always have the vegetable stalls at the market to rely on.

Desert

I like to bake, therefore I pick up some eggs from the vegetable shops, and other ingredients from a local supermarket at a small price. Baking is great to enable you to explore some hidden culinary skills, is a great distraction from anything you would rather not think about, and is extremely fun to do with friends. However, if you are stricken with Lazyitus, local shops provide cheap ice lollies or ice creams and cakes at a good price.

Entertainment

Every Sunday lunch needs entertainment, and I have found a great way to pass time! It may sound pretty sad, but trawling charity shops for board games is great when you find Cluedo for £1.99, it has passed many hours for the housemates and I when we have rejected the daily responsibilities in preference to resting our overtired brains. Plus you can play these board games while your food goes down!


Now I don’t know about you, but I have a Sunday Roast to make, and a murder to solve… Happy Easter guys.

Written by Charlotte Owen, Leeds metropolitan University.


Leeds Fest 2012 Anyone?

So it’s that time of year again, where every breath I take is a gasp of anticipation at the question of whether or not I can afford to be part of the underlying culture in which binds all students, and music enthusiasts in Leeds into a compound of ecstatic zombies hungry for body tingling beats. You can almost hear the subject vibrating in your ears, echoing through the library corridoors, and student residences, smell the moisture of mud in the air, living in fear at the thought of millions of wellies and bare bodies sliding through pools of its produce to the hypnotising sounds simmering in the humid stench of sweat and alcohol. Many a student spends their nights tossing and turning, trying to persuade the fear of not being able to afford a ticket to this event to return to the back of their minds, shivering in worry, and the subject of this highly contemplated fire of ear kissing sparks threatening to distract one from their studies.

The event to which I am referring to is of course none other than Leeds Festival, of which is returning for another year of eclectic fascination and one hell of a big hat full of tricks prepared to blow the socks well and truly off it’s willing followers.

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Each year this festival offers headliners that fulfil’s the impossible, and out does the previous years selection of amazing talents. When I first stumbled across the poster for 2012’s offering, I almost frothed at the mouth in eagerness, who could ask for more than a weekend spent in the same company as The Foo Fighters, Katy B, Metronomy, The Cure, Paramore, Kasabian, and many more? I know I couldn’t.

Seven stages providing the satisfaction of your musical thirst once, twice, three, ten times over, and one massive reason to let all of your beautiful hair down and let the cold shivers of fascination rush all over your body. This event is not exclusive to Leeds lovers, the people at Leeds Fest welcomes everyone with open arms, in the mutual appreciation of great music.

Aswel as pulse raising music, Leeds festival also offers football tournaments, a cinema tent, bars, late night entertainment, food stalls, a pharmacy, toilets and showers, and many more facilities, even a Pink Moon camping package- for all those Glampers out there!

If you thought Leeds Festival 2011 couldn’t be beaten, you really need to check it out this year, it is going to be massive. Best start saving for this ticket then…

Tickets are available now from;

Selected HMV stores.

Online on; SeeTickets, Gigantic, LMDC, National Express, NME.com, HMVtickets.com,  Stargreen, Ticket Factory, Ticketline, Ticketmaster, Tickets Scotland.

And in person in selected music stores in primarily Sheffield and Leeds.

Written by Charlotte Owen, Leeds Metropolitan University.

The Student Channel

So it’s nearly that time of year again, festival season. Well… maybe not quite but line-ups are being released and in this cold weather what better way to look forward to the summer than by looking at festivals. Beach Break Live is the UK’s Student Festival held in Pembrey Country Park, South Wales between 14th and 18th June 2012. More details can be found on the website www.beachbreaklive.com  but here is an overview of Beach Break Live 2012…

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First off, the main reason people go to a festival, the music. 2012’s headline acts are Chase and Status, Dizzee Rascal and Friendly Fires. Other artists include Nero, Maverick Sabre, Labrinth, Ben Howard, Wretch32, Delilah and Ghost Poet to name but a few. Having seen Dizzee Rascal at a festival in the past, I can safely say that he will not disappoint and is brilliant live. With their growing…

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The Student Channel

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Warehouse Project (or WHP as it is affectionately known), is an renowned Manchester hotspot, hosting gigs from some of the biggest dubstep, grime and electro artists, like Skrillex, Jamie XX and Aphex twin. Ever since my first year of uni, it was the place to go. So by the time it got to my third (and final) year, I had to give it a go.

The first (and very important) rule of WHP is to get your tickets early. Most of the big nights will sell out fast, so you need to get on it. After this point, there’s always going to be tickets floating about – as long as you’re willing to pay extortionate prices buying from cash-strapped students. Most WHP tickets are around twenty quid, and let me tell you, it is more than worth it.

At the time of my arrival, WHP was located, quite literally, in…

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