Nathan Profitt has accomplished more in his short career than many artists dream of doing. At the mere age of 21, this multi-talented Ohio native has played live Trance sets, known for their gorgeous melodies and clever breakdowns, to rave reviews across the mid-western USA. Mr. Profitt enjoys equally strong success online, with over half a million song plays at mp3.com and numerous chart-smashing hits. Nathan most recently released a 12-inch single (on the pioneering electronic label Moonshine Records) comprising of two of his biggest crowd-pleasing tracks, “Acceleration” and “Beat-that-Funk”. GOM caught up with the man destined to give the Paul Oakenfolds and Sven Vaths of the electronic world a run for their money…
GOM: Describe your music
Nathan Profitt: Melodic, Uplifting, Anthemic, Electronica
GOM: How long have you been writing music?
Nathan Profitt: I have been creating electronic music for 4 years
GOM: Is your work inspired by life experiences or do you just “create a track in the studio”?
Nathan Profitt: All of my music is a result of my surroundings and experiences. I “vent” when I create music. It’s basically how I let out or describe that which can’t be described with words.
GOM: How long does it take you on average to write a song? What software/hardware do you use?
Nathan Profitt: If it’s going to be a good track, one of my finest, it should take a maximum of 72 hours. Anything else could take as long as 3 months.
GOM: You are known for playing some very energetic live sets. Where have you played and what sort of equipment do you use on stage?
Nathan Profitt: Well, I haven’t performed live in about a year. When I used to play out I would bring all of my gear – computer, keyboards, modules, etc… I’ve played virtually all over the Midwest: Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, etc…
GOM: You have released a lot of tracks on Mp3.com, with great success. How important is releasing music online to your overall marketing strategy? Do you find there is a negative stigma associated with being on the Internet?
Nathan Profitt: Well, when mp3.com was paying better for plays, yes it was a great source of extra income. Unfortunately just as soon as I was starting to make it big on mp3.com, Universal purchased Mp3.com, and shortly after the pay rate was slashed by 86%! (although it still provides me with a worldwide audience) If I had not hosted music on mp3.com I would probably not be signed yet. Plus, I wouldn’t have some of the equipment I have now to make music with. However, if you want to make it big, you need to network, and the Internet will help you do this. I wouldn’t be signed yet if I hadn’t met the right people. I see no negative stigma, but I only see it from my perspective.
GOM: You recently released a 12” on Moonshine Records. Can you tell us how you got involved with this project?
Nathan Profitt: I met Christopher Lawrence at a rave back in ’99. He gave me his card, and 2 years later I e-mailed him asking if he would check out 1 or 2 of my songs. He got back to me about a month later and told me that he really liked the material. He also told me that Moonshine was looking for material for its new sub-label Moonshine RGB (red, blue, and green). The different colors stand for different genres of music: red = house and techno; Blue = Trance and progressive ; Green = Breaks, Jungle, and Drum and Bass. So he gave me their e-mail. I sent a CD, and later found out that they wanted to license the material.
GOM: What’s the most interesting feedback you’ve ever received about your work?
Nathan Profitt: Well I guess on a few occasions I’ve had people e-mail me, saying “your music has changed my life” or something like that. It’s hard for me to see how, but if they say so I guess. Other than that most of my “fan mail” is pretty consistent. I guess that’s a good thing…
GOM: Where do you see the American Trance scene going over the next 5 years?
Nathan Profitt: You’re asking the wrong person. I really wish I had a clue. I guess I should get out more. I don’t really listen to much music other that what I make myself. Sorry if that sounds kinda weird. I have very particular taste I suppose. But if I were to take a guess I’d probably say it’s going to become more commercial. Trance is a style of music that just about anybody who hasn’t been exposed to much Electronica can appreciate.
GOM: If you could work with one artist, who would it be and why?
Nathan Profitt: Paul Van Dyk, because he seems to have a very similar vision (in my opinion at least). I’ve never “collaborated” with anyone before. I’ve never been good at that type of thing when it comes to music. I like having things my way.
GOM: Do have any projects on the go? What can we expect next from Nathan Profitt in the near future?
Nathan Profitt: I just got the ok from DJ D:Fuse for a remix. I will be releasing another single on Moonshine in a couple months with the original mix and the D:Fuse mix on it. You’re probably familiar with the track, it’s called “There is Hope”. It’s his favorite of my newer tracks. Also, I may soon have a release on Breakbeat Science. I’ve got a friend that used to work there, so he knows who to talk to. The release is going to be a remix of “The Light” (my first attempt at Drum and Bass).
GOM: Any final advice for up and coming electronic artists?
Nathan Profitt: Yes, keep pushing yourself. DO NOT GIVE UP if you believe you have what it takes. Just keep saying it will happen. Keep saying it will happen every day until it does. It’s weird how you seem to affect situations with your words. Most people don’t realize this and unfortunately use their words in a negative way. I’ll give you an example: how many times have you heard someone say “I told you this would happen”, say you were driving and got pulled over for speeding, you got a flat tire, or you got lost going somewhere? I’m sure you’ve heard this more than once to say the least. I don’t quite understand it, but I believe with every fiber of my being that your words do in fact affect reality. So try and keep your words positive and optimistic. You’ll begin to see what I mean after awhile. Oh yes, and before I forget … don’t force yourself to make something particular. Don’t restrict yourself to a certain genre either. It won’t work, or at least it won’t be inspired. Just make whatever you’re feeling. Let your imagination run wild. You will find you achieve the best results when you “aren’t trying”. Thanks, and keep on listening
Be sure to check out Nathan Profitt’s website: http://www.nathanprofitt.com Also, check out his first release on Moonshine Music: http://www.moonshine.com