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By: Angela Douglas
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After surviving a handful of near death experiences hip funkster Nathan Watson is now living life to the full. Fresh from an extensive UK tour, and second single release from his forthcoming album, “Student of Life,” Watson is bound for success Watson, of Bajan-English mix, was raised by his mum in a 1 bed roomed flat. He excelled musically and followed a natural transition into singing after linking with Steve Salvani, founding member of 80’s UK jazz funk group, Central Line. After supporting

 
You draw your influences from yesteryear heroes. Who are your main heroes both in your music and styling? As I can see a Maxwell meets Lenny Kravitz thing going on!
(Laughs) Yeah definitely Maxwell, I like him! Musically: Sly and The Family Stone, Van Hunt – I think he’s so underrated, he’s so amazing, Jimi Hendrix (note- Watson’s home is strewn with Hendrix memorabilia), Kravitz, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway. Style wise: Hendrix and Maxwell. I just love the 60’s and 70’s.
 
 
Why did you decide to donate part of the proceeds from your first single “Reach Out (You’ve Got A Friend)” to Childline Rocks?
Basically, to help children who are not in a good position as I was under privileged once. So, I thought why not give back. I can relate to what they’re going through. I just think it’s a good thing to do. 
 
 
It is, just that many artists don’t do things like that
Yeah, I know, but I’ve got a good heart. Well, I’d like to think.
 
 
How did it feel working alongside such icons as Mica Paris, Ronny Wood and Paul McCartney on the “Help For Heroes” single?
That was an honour - that was beautiful.
 
 
Did you get to meet them?
No, I didn’t get to meet them but it was an honour just to be in the same room. It was part of a Gospel Choir and they picked artists to come up and sing and I was one of them. 
 
 
You have a track entitled, “Soulsistacated.” Explain the term?
I used to chase a lot of girls when I was a bit younger (laughs) and I noticed a lot were hard to get and hard to please. One particular girl was a mixed race sould sista, and into all the same sort of music as me.
 So, “Soulsistacated” is just like so-sophisticated and hard to please. 

In 2009 you were awarded the Campbell-Younge Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community, why?

Yes I was, do you wanna see it? (He strides over to his display cabinet and proudly hands over the sparkling silver plate) Stevenage do a Black History Month & Multicultural “Celebrate” Gig every year. It’s quite funny as every time this gets presented I’m like, phew, because it’s usually for the older generation in their 50’s and 60’s. Before they presented it - I taking the mic but then they started talking about me, and I was like “What!” They called me up and I was quite overwhelmed. It’s when you do good for your community and help your community. I’m doing the carnival this year and have done “Celebrate” every year since it started. I go back to my school and do free gigs, and charity gigs. Anything I can do to help them, I think that’s why they gave me the award. It’s where I’m from you know. 
 
 
Your albums dropping in May and your singles are getting considerable airplay, so what’s next for Nathan Watson?
Next, well hopefully when the albums released I’ll do a European Tour.
 
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