Natty is a gifted musician, poet and producer. His new album is sure to captivate an ever-growing army of loyal followers, cementing his name in these times and beyond as an artiste most surely not to be missed.
Natty was born in San Francisco and raised in north London. Growing up in a mixed culture household, he was influenced by many genres and sounds especially the legends of the 60’s and 70’s. Talented in Music at a very early age, during his school days he dabbled in many styles playing guitar and piano in a rhythm and blues band, as well as becoming a go-to beat-maker for local hip-hop acts.
He left school at an early age and worked various jobs before hustling his way into landing a job at the prestigious Sphere Studios. By day, he was engineering for some of the biggest names in pop like Razorlight, The Streets, Mos Def and others, and by night he was nurturing his own production talent and songwriting skills. After nearly 4 years working at Sphere, he left his job to explore his own music. He then reminded himself how to play the guitar and started performing his own compositions in local pubs and venues around London, quickly amassing a devout following from Open Mic sessions. Natty went on to establish his own music event named after his collective; ‘Vibes and Pressure.’
This event has been running for seven years and has seen the likes of Ben Howard, Ed Sheeran, Wretch32 and many more performances which gained him the momentum.
In 2008, Atlantic records signed him and put out his first album, ‘Man Like I’ and its success captivated the well-deserved attention of the UK music press. It went on to establishing Natty as a well-respected songwriter and festival favourite across the world including Japan, where he had a number one hit with the single ‘Badman.’
Performing on later with Jools Holland and the BBC Electric Proms streamed live from the roundhouse are amongst some of the TV highlights of Natty’s career. Artiste collaborations include work with Nitin Sawhney, Roots Manuva, Tony Allen, Prince Fatty, Busy Signal and a lot more while live shows have also led to touring with Ziggy Marley around USA, playing an unauthorised student show in front of thousands in Khartoum, Sudan and performing at the UN on World Humanitarian Day in 2012.
Whilst continuing touring, Natty took a self-imposed pause from the UK music scene. He did some travelling, met with spiritual leaders in Southern Africa, linked up with a charity in The Gambia as well as various community works in London alongside continuing with his monthly nights. Natty and the team have gone on to establish their own label called ‘Vibes and Pressure’ with his family of artistes.
In 2013, Natty started the recording of his sophomore album with his band the Rebelship, African beats, Acoustic Sounds and analogue sounds capes. This is coupled with his conscious lyrics and soaring melodies which will make the new album something completely unique in the heavily-saturated popular musical landscape of today.]]>