IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
NATHANIEL ROTHCHILD: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your musical background?
NATHANIEL ROTHCHILD: Studied Music and Composition for 8 years at CTC Academy. Ele-mentary and Middle School Band (Alto Saxophone). Elementary and Middle School Chorus. Captain and Bass Drummer of APWU Drill Team for 3 years. High school chorus. High school band (Bass Guitar). Started writing, composing, and recording rap songs at age 15. Joined rap group in High school called Lion’s Den. No longer with the group but have been writing, record-ing, and performing hip hop, R&B, and pop music ever since. I’ve toured in Okinawa, Japan, and opened for Future at the infancy of his career.
Currently, I’m also an Entertainment and Arts Management major at Drexel University where Music Industry is a part of the curriculum. My director is Larry Epstein. His career includes 25 years in financial, technical and strategic planning roles in broadcasting management including 14 years with the CBS Broadcast Group in New York and Philadelphia, and 10 years as a senior level executive in companies serving the television industry. My instructors include Marc Offenbach, formerly of Sony Music and Universal, and Ryan Schwabe, mix engineer and CFO of RareMP3s LLC. Mr. Schwabe is also a voting member of the Grammys, a ‘producer and engineers’ wing co-chair and a member of the board of Governors for the Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy. I am also a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy(GrammyU).
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
NATHANIEL ROTHCHILD: I love the power that music has over people. Music is magic, a magic that I’ve always wanted to master. It places audiences in a state of awe. I also love the process of creating music. You’re creating something out of nothing, and that something you create can possibly affect the lives of millions of people. I want Millions of people to love my music. I want my music to be a permanent fixture on the soundtrack of global culture.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
NATHANIEL ROTHCHILD: Life, through the extreme perspective of an urban raised pauper on path to becoming an elitist. Education, success, dominance, sexual conquest, and growth of estate. Occasionally, I’ll address political issues from time to time, but only if its entertaining. Bottomline, my music promotes “Alpha” personality traits.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
NATHANIEL ROTHCHILD: Michael Jackson, for his stature is status. There has never been a bigger star than he. He was an icon that dominated global culture for decades. Also, he made great hit records. Thriller is the greatest album of all time. JayZ, for being a kid from the projects who became a pop icon using street music as his segue. Jim Salamone, Grammy nominated producer, is my personal mentor. Mr. Salamone has done various production for Janice McClain, Chris Bauer, Bon Jovi, LeVert, Grover Washington Jr., Phyllis Hyman, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Regina Belle, Troop, Millie Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Patti LaBelle, Peabo Bryson, Christopher Williams, The Rude Boys, Teddy Pendergrass, Kris Kross, and numerous others.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
NATHANIEL ROTHCHILD: I make “Elitist” music. My music is for those who appreciate the good in dominating and dictating one’s own life and his environment. It’s about being “in charge” and being your own Master.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artist?
NATHANIEL ROTHCHILD: The mystery and secrets of my life. I’m a college educated Marine, Freemason, and former government contractor for the Department of Defense who has a shady past of street life in multiple regions of the United States. I’ve done it all and never did a day in jail. I know the secrets of how the world, as we know it, operates.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome.
NATHANIEL ROTHCHILD: One of the hardest challenges I’ve had to face and still face daily, is working and dealing with others. Most people have their own interests in mind in all matters. This can become an issue when attempting to work with others. All great endeavors require a team, and that team must share a common goal. The problem is that most individuals have their own agendas, and they prioritize these personal agendas above the shared common goal of the team. This is actually the problem with society, as a whole. We all have to share the same real estate; our home is planet earth, but yet, we are all preoccupied our own personal agendas. This is counter productive for the progression of the species.
One example of this, is when my Production company was hired to produce an album for an upcoming artist in Philadelphia. At the time, our post-production team was home-based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Because of the distance between the two departments, our communication and exchanges were mostly emails, money transfers, and Fedex. Towards the end of the project, the members of the post-production team were offered positions in Los Angeles, which they accepted, and they abandoned the previous project before its completion.
That was just one example, but this happens all the time. Loyalty and integrity are rare commodities in the music industry.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are you some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
NATHANIEL ROTHCHILD: Currently, I’m producing a compilation mixtape entitled “The CFR,” being released by Cambridge Studios. I’ll also be a featured artist performing on the project. I am also writing my next EP, which is not yet titled.
Recently, I released a diss record entitled “Last Weak” towards Drake on August 5, 2015. The diss record is a response to Drake’s use of an image of Joe Carter as the cover art for his “Back to Back” diss record in his recent beef with fellow Philadelphian rapper Meek Mill.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you se yourself in 10 years?
NATHANIEL ROTHCHILD: “EGOT”… Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. I’m stickler for awards, accolades, and accomplishments. At very least, I intend on winning a Grammy with multi-platinum selling success, with the intention of becoming one of the most marketable brands in recent history.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can fans access your music and contact you?
NATHANIEL ROTHCHILD: SoundClound has my previous mixtape and individual releases
My Album “Mythological Paradise” available on iTunes
Facebook: Nathaniel Rothchild