A humble boy with a passion and love for music, this is how Natel can be described. Born in St. Ann, Jamaica, Nathaniel Hewitt grew up listening to the sounds of jazz music and his father’s vocals filling their family home. As the son of renowned guitarist Correl Hewitt, he knew at an early age that music was his destiny. Join me as I get to know this trailblazing artist and learn more of what he has in store for his audience.
Kaye: Tell us what inspired you to pursue music.
Natel: I woke up every morning hearing music. My father used to always listen to jazz, blues and reggae. He also played the guitar and sang, and that’s what sparked the interest in me. I wanted to learn more about music.
Kaye: Describe your experience working with other prominent figures such as Mr. Vegas.
Natel: It’s like a milestone for me. It’s a constant learning process and a great opportunity to work closely with someone so successful. He works so hard. His work ethic is really not normal. It’s made me a better and harder working artist. I’m overwhelmed and grateful to be surrounded by icons and legends and to even consider most of them as family is a blessing.
Kaye: Who are some artists that you would like to work with in the near future?
Natel: I want to work with everyone. But I think that Rhianna and I could make something epic together.
Kaye: Who are some notable producers you have worked with previously?
Natel: There are so many. Don Corleone, Mr. Vegas, Washroom Records, Frass Records and Jeremy Harding just to name a few. I also worked with a European producer, DJ Chucky.
Getting Creative with Natel
Kaye: How do you get into a writing zone? Describe your writing process.
Natel: It varies. I work based on my emotions. What I write, is what I feel. Sometimes I’m messing around with my guitar and something comes to me. Other times I will have a specific riddim that I need to write to, so I vibe with that. When I’m down and I feel like I need to release, I’ll sit down and write something. Music as a whole is a way to not only relieve my stress but to make people happy as well.
Kaye: What types of music do you listen to?
Natel: I grew up listening to lots of jazz, blues and of course reggae. But I listen to different genres of music. I have been playing mostly billboard top 10 recently.
Kaye: What is the most played song on your IPod?
Natel: I’m really feeling Sorry by Justin Bieber. I enjoy the entire album but I listen to that song the most.
Kaye: Let’s talk about your mixtape, Only for You. What kind of response have you gotten from your fans?
Natel: I got a crazy response. Everyone loves it when they hear it. I realize that more people downloaded it than played it online. So they have it on their playlists on their phones and iPod.
Kaye: Why did you decide to call the mixtape ‘Only for You’?
Natel: I had a booming single at the time and I thought, why not? And it represents me overall. I’m a gentleman and I like to take care of my woman.
Kaye: In addition to this awesome mixtape you have some great singles as well. Was the song “I’m Sorry” based on a real life situation?
Natel: Honestly, as much as I can relate to and love that song, it was actually written by another artist. It was the first song that I performed that I didn’t write. It was written by Inja, a Bajan artist.
Kaye: So the single “Pocket Rocket” is slightly different in my opinion because it shows a more vividly sensual side of you, as opposed to the somewhat “good boy” vibe that I was getting from you previously. Have songs like this effected your image?
Natel: I honestly didn’t know I had a “good boy” image. [laughs] But I guess you could say it represents my growth as an artist. For example, when I made the song “You Turn Me On” I had to be more cautious of the things that I said. But now I’m a big man, and I can take more chances and be more on the edge, which I plan to do. I will probably have more music that will be shocking to some.
Kaye: The single “One Life” seems to be more like a mantra to me, with the live it up type of vibe. What was the inspiration for this one?
Natel: It’s really what I’m about. I only have one life and I want to live clean and be positive and uplift others at all times. It comes natural for me.
Getting Personal with Natel
Kaye: Talk to us about fatherhood. How has being a father impacted your career?
Natel: It’s been very positive. I was a kid who always did whatever I wanted. But now I’m putting more things into perspective as far as my personal life and career. Before she was born I would have just taken any deal that came my way. But for the past couple of months a lot of opportunities have been presented to me and I’m more cautious and trying to make better decisions business wise because whatever happens to me will affect her. It’s a humbling experience to see that someone so small could help you to grow and mature.
Kaye: How has your daughter influenced your music so far?
Natel: Ever since she was born I have been working on a song about her. But it’s not finished yet. I want it to be special, to be perfect.
Kaye: So what’s next?
Natel: I have a whole heap of projects that I’m working on. I have over 800 songs that I’ve written for myself as well as other artists. So I am in the process of choosing some for my upcoming EP. The “Only for You” video will also be released soon.
Kaye: Have you thought about pursuing anything besides music such as clothing or film?
Natel: Of course. I can’t tell you everything because I want to keep it a secret until it’s ready to be released. But I have my Natel Music shirts that I use for promo purposes and plan to add some Tello Gang apparel as well.
Fun Facts We Learned about Natel
Kaye: What do you like to do in your free time?
Natel: I spend all of my free time with my daughter. And I like to capture those moments so I take a lot of pictures.
Kaye: What is one thing that you can’t leave home without?
Natel: I have a story. Once I went to the studio to record, and I didn’t have my own headphones. So I picked up the headphones in the booth and put them on, and someone else’s sweat ran down my face. After that, I couldn’t record for the rest of the day. I just went home. So ever since then I never leave home without my own set of headphones. And my phone of course.
Kaye: Describe your ideal woman.
Natel: I love a woman that has ambition. I know that music is very time consuming and I think that it’s important for her to have her own goals and dreams so that she doesn’t feel overwhelmed by my life or neglected in anyway. And of course she has to be beautiful.
Natel anticipates some amazing things to transpire in the near future including a new EP, music video and even some fan apparel. He is truly an amazing artist with a humbling and kind spirit. It was a pleasure to get to know him a little more as well as to introduce him to COCO’s readership. I expect some outstanding music from Natel and hope that you are all prepared when he takes flight to the stars.