An Interview With Nate Maingard

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Nate Maingard

Nate Maingard, a singer-songwriter from South Africa, refers to himself as a “modern-day troubadour.” Having grown up in a household filled with poetry and song, Nate has always been fascinated by the power that music has to tell stories.

Nate began performing in 1998. He took his career in a new, independent direction in 2011 when he began building an innovative, online community of supporters (now composed of over 200 patrons) who pledge a monthly fee to support his music. In exchange, Nate provides his fans with early access to his music, as well as personalized cards and video messages. Nate has performed in venues and living rooms alike all over South Africa, the U.K., Germany, and California–telling his stories through song.

A Perfect Playlist: How would you describe your sound?

Nate Maingard: Someone else did it better than I ever could: “Love songs for rebels and protest songs for lovers.” -Angela Weickl

APP: At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to pursue music?

Nate: Music pursued me. I tried many other things and eventually had to acknowledge that it was the only thing my heart was asking me to fill my time with. I tried to leave, promise. 😉

beatles+5APP: What was your favorite record as a kid?

Nate: Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles.

APP: You call yourself a “modern troubadour.” Which do you enjoy more: performing for small crowds, or singing onstage for large crowds? Why?

Nate: They each have their own positives and negatives, but overall, I’d have to say I prefer the smaller crowds. The intimacy and connection is what I live for. My songs are like shy deepwater seahorses which only come out under the right circumstances…but when they come out, they frolick and bring joy to all who come across them. (Sorry, I ramble sometimes.)

on the streetAPP: What’s your favorite song you’ve written?

Nate: That is an impossible question. I have many aspects of many songs I love. Currently I’m loving a brand new one I just wrote today. That’s always the case–the new ones become my favourites for a while. A definite long-term favourite is “Always Wandering.”

APP: I love your song “Slow It Down.” So well-written! What’s the story behind that song?

Nate: Aw, thank you so much! Well, I was just observing that everything in society is accelerating: cars, phones, computers, airplanes, lifestyles…and, well, I can’t really see the point. Are people happier because of it? Do they have more time to connect with the ones they love? Seems not. It seems the faster we move the less time we have to connect with other people and really  share the beauty of being human together. Also, Buddha, Jesus, Ghandi, John Lennon, Bob Marley (and many more) all spoke incredible truths. If people just slowed down enough to pay attention to the great teachers and act on what they spoke, this world would change overnight.

APP: Any particular artists, songs or albums you’ve been listening to a lot lately?

Nate: Yes, indeed. I am HOOKED on my friends’ music. Loving Sam Garrett, Roaman, Ny Oh, Thomas James Smith, Jesse Sheehan, Kim Cassidy. Also Matthew P, Mitski, Avi Vincour…the list goes on…

hugAPP: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Nate: Bananas.

APP: Are you working on any new music right now?

Nate: Yup, just wrote a new song today, and have a couple more in the works. The rough versions will be exclusively available for my patrons on Patreon in the next few days (

APP: Anything else you want to say to readers of A Perfect Playlist?

Nate: Perfection is a subjective perception, so don’t let the engine of education crush your curiosity. Celebrate your child-like inclination to dance with admiration for this mysterious creation!

Find Nate & his music below!





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