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Nathan Smith started playing the guitar at the age of 11, and played his first public performance to a sold out event just 3 months later. Nathan performed on live television at the age of 13 and by the age 15 won the German school battle of the bands, which resulted in His first festival performance at the Octoberfest.

Being taught by his Father, Nathan grew up in a musical home, with both his parents being music teachers. He in high school started a Rock band by the name of Dead Sea Surfers who later played numerous show alongside names of Springbok Nude Girls, Saron Gas (Seether), Amersham, Just Jinger to name a few.

Nathan was spotted by Joseph Clark in a club with Dead Sea Surfers and was asked to join him on his production, Joseph Clark – The Music of Queen, which skyrocketed into countrywide tours and European Tours including a single handed sold out stadium show for 35000 in Holland in 2012. This stemmed into Nathan doing session work and collaboration work and has worked with the following artists: Joseph Clark; Jannie Moolman; Laurika Rauch; Andre Swartz; Lira; Vicky Sampson; Nia Nel; Brandon October; PJ Powers; Claire Johnson; Karen Zoid; Chiano Sky; Romanz; Coenie de Villiers; Ard Mathews; Vusi Mahlasela; Ian Von Memerty; Matthys Roets; Bianca le Grange; Van Coke Cartel; Gloria Bosman; Timothy Moloi;

Ronan Keatin; Nicolis Louw; Kevin Leo; Mark Haze; African Mama’s; Jamali; Garth Barnes (Crash Car Burn); Juanita Du Plessis ; Garth Taylor; Samantha Peo; Elvis Blue; Lloyd Bala; Louis Carver; Gabo Moto Tenors; Piet Botha; Albert Frost; Valiant Swart; Evolver; Mel Botes; Ghapi; Herman van den Berg; Sterling EQ; Terrence Reis (Dire Straights); Joe Niemand; Riana Nel ; Richard Clayderman ; Nadine ; BlackByrd ; Bobby Van Jaarsveld ; Patrizio ; Cindy Alter (Clout)

He has also worked on South African Flagship shows including; Skouspel (2013&2014) Gospel Skouspel (2012,2013&2014) Oppikoppi, KKNK, Innibos, and Noot Vir Noot.

In 2012, Nathan became part of the production, Riders From The Storm, which features 6 of South Africa’s best guitar based artists, which has toured South Africa and Namibia.

“Wild Frontier”, a Gary Moore Tribute show featuring Nathan, was launched February 2014 and has received huge acclaim by Gary Moore fans.

Nathan has been composing music from the age of 13, and has 2 self titled albums, “Songs From A Diary”, and “The Sum Of All Things”

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Services for Hire:

Private Functions

Shows for private events such as birthday parties/anniversary parties/weddings and just about any celebration you can think of, has become a popular request.

Albeit an intimate one-man performance or a full band performance, there is something here for all occasions covering most styles of music and genre to suit your needs

Corporate Functions

From background music (instrumental or vocal or both) all the way to loud and boisterous tribute-style shows fall under this category I’ve been fortunate to see and work with all sides of this part of the business, from being part of an orchestra as a session guitarist to being a solo act with fire works strapped to my guitar! Opera singer vs Guitarist or performing solo in in centre of the Super Bowl are things that are just the tip of the iceberg here.

Music Lessons

Since 2000 I have been a music teacher taking over from my father who was a full time teacher at his own established music school. Although dedicating only some of my time to teaching, it’s still something I enjoy! Giving back and seeing people flourish and understand the craft they enjoy so much.

Workshops

Doing workshops is just an extension of my love for teaching and helping people, but just an a larger scale. I’ve done numerous workshops dealing with guitar techniques, practical approaches to playing and performance, song writing, applying music theory, improvisation and more

Session Work

From playing Van Coke Cartel’s Rock n Roll, all the way to the other side of the spectrum to playing Laurika Rauch’s laid back folky acoustic style music, session work definitely takes the crown for meeting and working with all types of people and the honour of playing their music.

Session work i’ve done includes

  • Studio work for artists’ albums/EP’s
  • Studio work for T.V/Radio ads and jingles
  • Live performances for events/festivals/T.V shows etc.

Music Director / Producer

Another side of what I do is musical directing for shows and producing songs for artists in studio. Don’t Stop Believing- A Tribute to the music of Journey, and Wild Frontier-A Tribute to the music of Gary Moore are both shows i’ve had the privilege of playing in and being the musical director. I have produced and arranged songs for numerous artists’ as well.

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