We had the good fortune of connecting with Nate Myers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nate, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
I believe that risk-taking at times is necessary for growth. It’s had a huge impact on my career and actually got me where I am today. Being an artist/full-time business owner with a family was a risk within itself. If I hadn’t have taken the risk to leave my 9-5 and pursue my passion, I would’ve never discovered my full potential. As artists, we are vulnerable in sharing parts of ourselves (our work) with the world and we face the risk of it being rejected or criticized.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart is that I don’t play for the likes or attention of others. I perform and create what feels good to me. It’s more important to me how I inspire people with my music more so than popularity. My music is not your typical “jazz” music. I like to dub myself as a soulful saxophonist”. It took A LOT of believing in myself and faith to get to where I am today professionally. It was not easy at all. There were many nights of wondering if this was what I was really meant to do, and if I was good enough to make this a career. I overcame those challenges by finally deciding to believe in myself fully and play the music that I wanted to play. I had to accept that everyone would not like my music, but as long as I liked it that was all that matters. I had to separate myself from any negative energy that would lead me to doubting myself. Once I fully exercised that way of thinking, my career was able to take me to places and see things that I never would have imagined. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is to create your own lane. Don’t ever think that you have to be/sound like someone else to be successful. You never know who out there needs what you and only you can offer to the world. Be authentic. I want everyone to know that my music is sincere and authentic. Most importantly, it is all of ME. No more or less. I always pour my heart out when it comes to creating and playing. I want listeners to feel that. Also, I’m a firm believer of spreading love. I always tell my audiences that during my shows. I know that at times it is easier said than done. Believe me, I know. But in the end it always pays off.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Monday we would probably go to Mary Mac’s Tea Room for lunch and the Sweet Auburn Seafood for drinks and live music. Tuesday we would go to Paschal’s for some delicious soul food.. Wednesday we would go running in Piedmont Park and eat at Slutty Vegan. Thursday we would go to Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours for some soul food and drinks. Friday we would go to St. James Live for some live music. Saturday we would go to Hattie Marie’s BBQ for some delicious barbecue then Cigaros of Georgia for some drinks and cigars. Sunday we would end the week by going to Negril Village for their Sunday brunch.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shoutout to my wife Celeste, and my children Yewston (Nate) the fifth, Ava, and Nina for always believing in me and encouraging me when others didn’t. Also shoutout to a special group of my peers, fellow musician colleagues, that have poured into me professionally, always believed in me and have taken the craft and my artistry/music seriously. It’s always good to be surrounded by people that see the vision and believe in you just as much (sometimes more) as you believe in yourself. I would especially like to thank my parents Y.N. Myers, III and Terri Myers for getting me started in music by putting me in band class in 6th grade and allowing me to play the saxophone in church that same year. They never allowed me to quit even when I wanted to. I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but now I understand that they saw potential in me that I did not see in myself.
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