The 'Catherine' and 'Can't Blame 'Em' hitmaker has been picked by Gigwise to perform at FOCUS Wales
Cai Trefor
18:55 15th February 2019

Ever since discovering Nate Husser's music at the beginning of 2018 and commissioning this feature about him, we've been eager to see him play live in the UK.

We tried last year to bring him over but the timing didn't quite work. Now, after a few months waiting, we can finally reveal that Nate Husser has been picked by Gigwise to perform at showcase festival FOCUS Wales in Wrexham in May. He's one part of an impressive line-up of national and international talent that's been carefully curated by FOCUS and curators such as Drowned In Sound, Nova Scotia Music Week, and us. 

Husser's captivated our imagination - and secured one of our spots at the festival; a festival that's proving to be a great launch pad for artists to establish connections all over the world - largely through pushing the boundaries of hip-hop. His sonics are incredible and he can put on a rabble-rousing live show.

Let's start with the recordings:

Some highlights we've discovered of Husser through YouTube include the 2017 single 'Catherine'. It sees him mix "laid-back trip-hop raps with the amorphous sonic swells, textures and big noise explosions of the most emotive and evocative alt-rock."

Later single 'Can’t Blame ‘Em' is a bombastic, Germanic blast of Weimar cabaret piano, Tribe squelches and wild rants about the trials and tribulations of modern love.

There's a collaboration with Atlantic Records signed Charlotte Cardin that's punching towards 10 million views that shows his craft as a collaborator. Titled 'Like It Doesn't Hurt', it's the best thing Cardin's ever put out.

And there's the more visceral, hard-hitting flows such as new cut 'Duck Hunt', released as a standalone cut prior latest EP 23+ that came out 31 January.

We hasten to mention, too, that we hosted a panel at Rockaway Beach, playing some of the best new music and tips for 2019 and the audience responded with immense enthusiasm when Husser's under the radar (in the UK at least) music was blared on the big PA.

As for his live prowess, we caught a scintillating set at Montreal Jazz Festival last year, and said: "It has been a long time coming for a local (Montreal) rapper to make it big, and after this galvanizing moment in front of all the die-hard fans, we can't help but feel Husser has proven he has the potential to lead the pack for years to come."

Of being booked to play at the event, Husser tells Gigwise: "Pretty stoked to head overseas solo for the first time and rock out these new tracks. It’s about time y’all got to experience em live! Shout out to Focus Wales for having me !"

Husser's referring to a mixtape trilogy he's released over the past few months; titled: minus 23, 6°, and 23 + respectively. You can read more about the EP's in this feature. And he says solo because he was once part of a rap group called Posterz who had fleeting international acclaim.

Husser plays at 8:10pm at The Parish on Saturday 18 May. Husser will be joined on the Gigwise curation by the immensely talented Elizabete Balčus who also performed our curation at LUCfest and impressed FOCUS booker Andy Jones who was in attendance. The Latvian avant garde dream pop artist wil play 7.20m also at the Parish, just before Husser.

The full line up for FOCUS Wales 2019 so far can be found on their website.

Highlights include Gruff Rhys, Blind Wilkie McEnroe, audiobooks, and Cate Le Bon.


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