Take Note of Nathan
Twenty-four-year old Nathan Carlo recently moved back to his home town with a string of music awards and accolades under his belt, or his fingertips, after obtaining his degree at the University of the Free State (UFS).
“Music is one of the few artforms which has the ability to take you on a journey both consciously and subconsciously. The emotions music stirred in me was one of the biggest reasons why I wanted to pursue a ‘life’ in music. My journey as a musician started in my first year in high school when I commenced with formal music training,” he explains.
With his parents understanding his dream, Carlo has a good support system which has encouraged him to take on the music industry and push through all the challenges that come with it, “My biggest motivators were my parents, especially my father who is an organist. He would always watch me and give me tips on how to improve. I also have fond memories of my mother sitting with me at the piano, ready to sing along. Another one of my mentors, Ms Hettie Roussouw, was also one of my biggest motivators. When I decided I wanted to study music, many said it would not be possible because I started too late, but under her tutelage I managed to pass seven grades (each with distinction) and make it into university”.
Any career path has its ups and downs, to the youth wanting to pursue music, through his experiences in the industry, Carlo encourages all aspiring musicians to bite the bullet and always focus on the end goal, “I would advise anyone who wants to take on music, to never stop dreaming and to understand that any path will have ups and downs and the true test of character comes in how you react when you experience low points”.
A proud product of the Northern Cape, unlike many who have left the province, made it big and never returned, Carlo plans to assist with the development of music in the Northern Cape and envisions a future where the talented musicians of the province shine for a global audience, “My goal is to see Kimberley and the Northern Cape become a force to be reckoned with. To have world-class musicians within the province. I want to plough back into my birth province and see an orchestra and a world-class youth choir born as there is an abundance of talented solo musicians making waves nationally and internationally”.
Boasting an award for Best Performance on Organ, Vrystaat Kunstefees (2017), he was the musical director of the winners in the male category of the annual Sing-Off Competition at the UFS and was awarded the Best Entertainment Factor and Soloist award in the same year.
He was the co-founder and co-conductor of the IMBA! Student Choir and performed with the Free State Symphony Orchestra in 2018 and is currently the adjudicator of the Kovsies Rising Stars and Annual Stagedoor competition while at the same time working as a music teacher at the Kimberley Academy of Music.