Multi-platinum selling artist, Nathaniel returns with his killer new single, Vapours, the anticipated first taste of new, original material and it has been well worth the wait. To accompany the sexy track, Nathaniel has also announced a hypnotic film clip, directed by Peter John of Epik Films (The Paper Kites, Simple Plan) and will be celebrating the release with a national VAPOURS tour beginning later this month.
Vapours is a soulful and thrilling club track with classic, irresistible RNB influences. Pulsing bass, driving synthesisers and Nathaniel’s unmistakable vocals are encompassed in the exciting track that reflects intriguing Middle Eastern musical characteristics. Produced in LA with Freshm3n III who’ve worked with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and wilI.i.am, Vapours is a leap forward for this Aussie talent, pushing past the clean cut pop that he’s been best known for. “The song is about being intoxicated by somebody, whether that is with sex, love or lust. It’s a very sensual and unique song,” explains Nathaniel, “My headspace at the time was I just wanted something different, honest and a little rebellious, I wanted to experiment with different sounds and sonic landscapes.”
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Growing up my parents listened to a lot of soul funk music by the likes of Prince, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. I mustered up a massive liking to this kind of music made by these artists. I was heavily influenced by Prince’s Falsetto, Stevie Wonders vocal range and power and Michael Jackson’s attitude and sultry inflections in his voice. Sonically, I knew I wanted to create soul music which now is still very close to home for me.
In my teens, I listened to a lot Justin Timberlake and Brian McKnight. Again, I was influenced quite a big deal by both of these guys musically. I loved the RnB that JT and Brian brought. Vocally I loved the warmth tones and power from Brian McKnight and that infectious head voice from JT.
Sensual and unique are bang on, and this theme is maintained flawlessly in the film clip for Vapours. Shot in the otherworldly setting of a salt lake in rural Victoria, the clip is as smokey and ethereal as the music it represents. Excited to collaborate with Peter John on the project, Nathaniel enthuses, “I wanted a video clip that was as unique as the song. Something that really pushed the boundaries and that was edgy. It’s raw and undressed whilst appreciating the magnetism and power of a woman…Pete thinks out of the box and took it to another level. We bounced ideas off of each other and brought this incredible video clip to fruition.”
The release has been a long time coming for Nathaniel, who is pumped to announce an accompanying national tour that will continue from January through to March. “The feeling is still so surreal every time I release music. This time around though, is much more significant because I haven’t had a song out in over a year and it’s an independent release,” says Nathaniel. “I haven’t done a club tour before so it’s new territory for me. I’ll be making sure that it’s an epic show. You can expect to see something new and exciting and on a more intimate level with fans.”
Nathaniel first made an impact in Australia when he sailed through to the Top 6 of The X Factor with his soulful, soaring vocals. Following the breakout success of Top 10 hits You and Live Louder, and debut album Yours, Nathaniel has spent the last year living between LA and Melbourne, finding his own identity as an artist. Vapours signifies new momentum in Nathaniel’s career as the stellar performer becomes the arbiter of his own destiny. “I’ve been finding my own drive and vision,” he says. “I almost gave up on something that allows my heart and soul to speak. I want to be that person who you thought couldn’t make history.”
The dream is not over, it’s only just begun. So tie your shoelaces and get ready to move, because Nathaniel is back with the biggest urban track of 2017.
Vapours is out now.
NATHANIEL NATIONAL VAPOURS TOUR
THURSDAY JANUARY 26| HOLROYD GARDENS, MERRYLANDS, NSW | ** EXCLUSIVE AUSTRALIA DAY PERFORMANCE (NOT PART OF CLUB TOUR) ** http://www.holroyd.nsw.gov.au/australiaday/
FRIDAY JANUARY 27 | REEF CASINO BAR 36, QLD | 18+
SATURDAY JANUARY 28| REEF CASINO BAR 36, QLD | 18+
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10 | MS COLLINS (PHAT FRIDAYS), VIC | 18+
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11 | SUMMERSAULT FESTIVAL, VIC
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17 | I LOVE RNB FRIDAYS @ THE KEY CLUB, VIC | 18+
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18 | SEVEN NIGHTCLUB, VIC | 18+
SATURDAY MARCH 11 | SUNSET AT THE SOUNDSHELL, WA
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11 | SUMMERSAULT FESTIVAL, VIC http://www.melton.vic.gov.au/Out-n-About/Events/Summersault-2017
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17 | I LOVE RNB FRIDAYS @ THE KEY CLUB, VIC | 18+ http://thekeyclub.com.au
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18 | SEVEN NIGHTCLUB, VIC | 18+ http://sevennightclub.com
SATURDAY MARCH 11 | SUNSET AT THE SOUNDSHELL, WA http://www.ckb.wa.gov.au
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