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Meet Nathan Felix

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nathan Felix.

Nathan, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Grew up in Austin. Self-taught guitarist. Rejected from music school. So I started a band. Got signed. Toured the world. Got bored. One day after a band fight, I discovered classical music. I taught myself how to read and write music. Wrote my first symphony. Since then, I’ve been on this path that has evolved from scoring films to writing opera, to now presenting classical music in unique ways such as a ‘silent’ opera, 6-pianos in surround sound, an opera on a bus and more! It only interests me if it’s exciting, experimental and pushing boundaries.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Absolutely not! I probably have the record for most rejection letters ever accumulated. There is no set-out path for a self-taught, DIY composer so there is a lot of figuring things out on my own, but I’ve since used that to my advantage knowing I have a unique sound and product. I’ve also realized, the struggle makes the end result that much sweeter.

What else should we know?
Most define me as a composer, but I think of myself more as a performance artist and orchestrator. I now specialize in immersive and audience interactive works. I’m most proud of not giving up and reinventing myself from a punk-rock guitarist to a classical music composer. I think my work ethic sets me apart because I’m not afraid to conceptualize a grandiose idea and just dig in and make it happen. Although, I will say that it all takes a toll on my body. I need to get better in that area!

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I don’t think I have many memories from that far back, let alone a favorite memory.

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Scott Turner, Deborah Martin

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