“My oldest brother Todd was the first to introduce me to music. He was obsessed with everything from Alice in Chains to Tears for Fears. When I was 7 years old Todd passed away and it was something I had a difficult time comprehending. I found that writing was the only way that I could express my feelings. As I grew older it seemed that my emotions seldom showed unless they were written in ink. Eventually those words turned into lyrics and I taught myself piano so that I could put those lyrics to music. I felt as if I owed it to Todd to carry on his love for music through me.” – NASH
JACQUELINE JAX: How did you get your start in music?
NASH PRINCE: My oldest brother Todd was the first to introduce me to music. He was obsessed with everything from Alice in Chains to Tears for Fears. When I was 7 years old Todd passed away and it was something I had a difficult time comprehending. I found that writing was the only way that I could express my feelings. As I grew older it seemed that my emotions seldom showed unless they were written in ink. Eventually those words turned into lyrics and I taught myself piano so that I could put those lyrics to music. I felt as if I owed it to Todd to carry on his love for music through me.
JACQUELINE: Tell me about your song, Supernatural.
NASH: When we were kids our heroes meant everything to us. We would idolize them to the point of forgetting that they too were human; they made mistakes, they failed and they most likely had regrets just like all of us. More often than not our heroes got to where they were because of the where their failures pushed them to go. Supernatural came about when one of my mentors came to me for advice. It made me realize just how human he actually was. It’s about venturing on our own, testing our boundaries as little or as much as we feel. The more mistakes and failures we experience, the more we learn. With those mistakes come knowledge, and with that knowledge we grow further from the innocence that we had as children… it’s a give and take. It’s important to remember that we’re all made from our mistakes and that nobody is perfect.
JACQUELINE: What’s the music scene like in your town?
NASH: There are a lot of great open mic spots on Long Island. The community is really supportive of any artist who wants to get up there and play, no matter the genre. It’s a great atmosphere to be a part of. One thing I love to do when I’m not playing music is yoga. For me it’s a way to escape the hustle of every day life, even if just for an hour.
JACQUELINE: What do you like about social media? Have you found any challenges that you’ve had to overcome?
NASH: I love how easy it is to keep in touch and spread information all over the world at the click of a button. As far as challenges are concerned, I’m not a good hash-tagger. I’ve got up to my game!
JACQUELINE: Why do you think it’s so hard for indie artists to break into the mainstream big markets and gain a solid fan base?
NASH: With technology making the world smaller every day and cultural diffusion’s continuous influence on various genres we’ve taken that “mainstream market” that was once divided into lets say 5 main genres in the 60’s and divided it into 3 times the amount of genres with hundreds of sub-genres. It’s a beautiful thing, but sometimes artists can get lost in the mix.
JACQUELINE: Who is your favorite artist? Why do they influence you?
NASH: My favorite band is Pink Floyd. For me, no other band can tell a story and create the imagery that they can. I never got to see Pink Floyd play together live, but seeing Roger Waters perform The Wall at Yankee Stadium was up there as one of the best moments of my life
JACQUELINE: Every true artist has a creative journey they hope for, what is the legacy you want to leave? How do you want to be remembered for your music?
NASH: My ultimate goal is to be remembered for having music that spoke to everyone differently. I don’t like to delve deep into the meaning of my songs because I think the meaning changes based on where you are at that point in time. The mystery of not knowing the artist’s intent is what allows the listener the ability to relate in his or her own way.
JACQUELINE: Artists who seek to make their art a career often face challenges that question their sense of purpose and creativity.. How do you remove the monetary value as a means of influence over or judgment of your art?
NASH: In my experience, I’ve found that you just have to do what feels good.
JACQUELINE: What is your experience with negative energy?
NASH: I take that negative energy and let it fuel me. If you’re proud of something and you know that you’ve put your heart into it, no amount of negativity is going to take that away from you. I try not to think too much about the money and rely more on the feedback.
JACQUELINE: Do you find that there is too much emphasis on being current and trendy or Is there a balance that you have found helpful in your artistic decisions?
NASH: In the last few years, trends in music that I usually notice have to do with big booties and clubs so I haven’t found them to be too influential in my decision making process. That being said there are always new and interesting production techniques being used that I like to keep an ear out for.
JACQUELINE: Are you religious? Do you believe in fate?
NASH: I’m not very big into organized religion, however I do believe in the conservation of energy. As far as fate is concerned I’m still working that one out to be honest. With all the scientific theories out there I’m not so sure I even exist to begin with. As far as positive thinking is concerned, I believe that if you have enough drive, persistence and confidence mixed in with a little bit of luck and opportunity anything can be done.
JACQUELINE: What are you thankful for?
NASH: It sounds cliché but I wouldn’t be where I am today without the constant support from my friends and family. They give me the confidence to keep going.
JACQUELINE: Where do you hope to see yourself in 5 years?
NASH: At this point I’m living one day at a time, but if I had to say, it’d be somewhere away from New York… With just as much hair
JACQUELINE: In your opinion what is the best way for someone to discover what they are good at and or what will make them happy?
NASH: Try everything and anything that interests you. You’ll never know until you try!
JACQUELINE: How can your life become more rich?
NASH: I’ve thought about going back to school to get my masters. I miss the academic environment and the challenge of learning something new every day.
JACQUELINE: How do you handle conflict in your life?
NASH: Usually just throw on “Funky Town”. It’s hard not to smile.
JACQUELINE: Do you feel that there is anything that prevents you from living up to your full potential?
NASH: I feel that if there is anything that prevents me from living up to my full potential, it’s myself. My biggest problem is that I don’t see what others see in me. Something I’m definitely working on!
JACQUELINE: What is your personal definition of success?
NASH: To be surrounded by people I love and enjoy what I do on a daily basis.
JACQUELINE: Do you feel that you have limits to what you can do and achieve?
NASH: No. The only limits I have are the limits I set upon myself.
JACQUELINE: What’s your favorite curse word?
NASH: It’s got to be Fuck. It’s the most musical by far and it’s ability to be combined with other words leads to infinite possibilities.
JACQUELINE: If heaven exists what’s the first thing you would like to hear god say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
NASH: You made the cut!
For an up-and-coming singer/songwriter, it certainly doesn’t hurt to be named after a legendary musician as Nash Prince, named after Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills & Nash, can attest to.
Nash Prince was born and raised in Woodbury, NY and developed a taste for music thanks to his oldest brother, Todd. When Nash was 7, Todd passed away in a car accident and Nash found that writing music was his only outlet of expression. His songs shift in focus from Soft Rock to Alt Rock with lyrics based heavily on introspective and existential themes.
Nash is currently writing with Joey “Coach” Hanna who is the founder of Thunderhoof Productions. He has worked with artists such as Gavin Degraw, Carrie Underwood, Brandi Carlile, Bo Bice, Gibb Droll, and Toby Lightman among others.