Toronto, ON-based hip-hop artist, Nathan Ali has just released his debut single, “I Wanna Know” ahead of his self-titled EP set to drop this Fall. The single is a storytelling of someone entering a new relationship while carrying baggage from their past and contemplating whether or not they’re ready to start something new.
When asked about the single, Nathan shared,
“I want my music to be a reflection of my life, something listeners can relate to no matter where they’re coming from. I want my truth to resonate with others and inspire them to look past and get out of whatever negativity they’re going through,” says music artist Nathan Ali. “‘I Wanna Know’ is just a small glimpse of my truth and what people can expect to hear on the upcoming album. Music has helped set me free in so many ways that I want to have that same impact with listeners.”
Take a listen to the single below, and find out more about Nathan in our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Nathan Ali. I am a singer-songwriter from London, Ontario.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
My music is soulful and melodic, with many different elements from hip-hop and R&B and some experimentation of other different genres as well. I am a fan of all kinds of music, which you can hear in my own work. I aim to create timeless music, which I believe is music inspired by real life. My music is a representation of things I’ve personally experienced, hoping I can connect with others going through similar situations. This is my fanbase and my music family. No matter the time of year, there will be someone out there to relate and connect with your work. No matter what the subject matter is, as long as it comes from a real place, you will be able to connect with people that are going through those same experiences. To me, that’s what makes music timeless and that’s what I seek to do.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
We’re currently preparing for some private parties to lead up to my debut release in October. I will have some show dates to announce from the EP, so stay tuned on our newsletter (which you can join at www.NathanAli.com). We will also be announcing new releases and upcoming shows there as well.
Regardless, it is a key part of my musical experience, to be able to share with people on-stage. I bring loads of energy and crowd participation. I have a set with my DJ and a set with my band. Depending on the stage and the event, you may get an intimate acoustic set or high energy party set with my DJ and I.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
Currently, I have my first single, “I Wanna Know” out now on all digital platforms. This is the first of many songs to come out this year and is a great opener for new listeners to hear my melodic take on R&B and Hip-Hop.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
Being a part of many studios and working with various producers, I’ve had the chance to get exposed to many upcoming artists. Many of my favourite Canadians artists that I’ve met haven’t even released music yet but I’ve had the pleasure of hearing. All I can say about them is our country has a new wave of incredible talent that will be unleashed on the world stage very soon. Regardless, I have lots of great collaborators that I love to work with such as JDRN, Rainer + Grimm, Roshin of Notes to Self, Melodic Yoza and my manager Keylow Jules. All of them have great music on the horizon that I hope people will check out in the near future.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.