Twin Peaks, X-Files, Having Kids, and Being Yourself.
Nate Utesch talks on the theme of Sureal, delving into the ways in which he has struggled to stay true to his love for the abstract while building a career in music and graphic design.
About the speaker
Nate Utesch is a music industry Art Director; moonlighting as an electronic musician from his home studio in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is one half of the Secretly Group art department (Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, Secretly Canadian), production artist for Tidal Waves Music (Tidal Waves Music, One Way Static, Strange Disc Records), and art director at Tension Division. Since 2017, the Tension Division team has worked on global creative direction and design for bands including The Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Twenty One Pilots, Thirty Seconds to Mars, AFI, and Underoath. Under the moniker, Metavari, Nate makes dark, cinematic records on Mind Over Matter Records (distributed by Deathwish, Inc. in the US and Europe) and One Way Static Records (distributed by Light in the Attic Records worldwide).
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I hope we can be proud of what we're up to, regardless of the footprint that we make. The joy from our work can come from the reasons of why we love doing it, and not from who's affirming us externally. I hope that you have a word, like the word 'surreal' for me that keeps you in check. — Nate Utesch