Artist: Nathan Kalish
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Song: “Past the Everglades”
Album: Great Big Motel Bed In the Sky
Release Date: July 8, 2022
Label: JTM Music
In Their Words: “‘Past the Everglades’ is like my ‘Margaritaville.’ It’s about checking out. As a working musician and as any of the many jobs I’ve had in my life. You work hard and often just feel like an impostor at the end of the day or the end of a week or even after years. Stepping away from it and spending the rest of your days on an island. It’s a song about never feeling fulfilled from the results of hard work.
“My producing method is a mix between modern and classic techniques. We track in studio with the whole band playing at the same time. After each take I give some directions and the band talks through stuff together. Usually by the third take we all go in to the control room and listen. Then sometimes we make some micing, tone, arrangement or performance adjustments. We head back in the room together and do a few more takes until we are happy with our parts. Then we eat snacks until we are ready to do another tune.
“After we spend a whole day doing this I take them home to my studio (the Maroon Lagoon red room) and I smear and smudge them until I like it enough to show the world. Sometimes they don’t get to that point. That’s why we track a lot of tunes in a day. Sometimes I have to eat the weak cuts for sustenance on my way down the path of art. The goal is always to find a vibe that serves the lyrics or the mood of the tune. There are methods but no rules and everything can be an exception to a method if it serves the song.” — Nathan Kalish
Photo Credit: Ryan Hartley