Brad Nath is developing space-making techniques through material/body-based research, live performances, installations, music, workshops, and ASMR. After finishing architecture school in 2018 he moved from New York to Berlin, where his attempt to reposition the role of the architect developed into an artistic practice. Often his process begins with the act of listening to and amplifying building modules for what their vibrations might expose about their production of infrastructural, intimate, and social realities. He was selected for an Amplify Berlin residency in July 2020 and is currently researching how the commons reveals itself through the sidewalk in the MA SODA program at Uferstudios.
Brad Nath is part of the Festival für Selbstgebaute Musik 2021 at Holzmarkt, Sunday, 5.9.2021 in Berlin.
1: Music is good but not enough.
2: Listening is better but also not enough.
3: Unfortunately I don’t have a third fact yet.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Promoting practices of listening, amplifying unheard materialities, ASMR, shifting built environments onto the body.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
The music I’m making now sort of began when I started casting microphones inside artificial materials, around five years ago. I was focusing mostly on live performances and installations for the first couple years, but finally more recently I released a couple tracks thanks to support from the Berlin based label Verlag. I’ve been making music in many different forms almost my whole life though thanks to my dad, who shared his own love for making music with me from a very young age.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Publishing a list like this feels too performative ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) if you want to talk about music that is meaningful let’s hang out and listen together.
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
If anyone has a flat for me let me know ;-) <3 :-D
(I’m serious, I’m looking)
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I have a lot of skills, hire me?
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Does it count that I just bought 15 kilos of plaster?
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Dank Lloyd Wright
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Hopefully the next one!!!!
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Rewatch “The Matrix” and you might find out!!!!
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I have a brother who is a year older than me. Back in the day he defended me in the Facebook comments of my high school band’s dramatic news feed break up. That’s when I knew I would love him forever.
Photo © Brad Nath