Neil Nathan, a former high school history teacher, may no longer work at New York’s Martin Luther King, Jr. High, but he’s still always looking for opportunities to inspire and educate. The upcoming Election Day is just one of those opportunities. “So Much More” was written for “the angels of American democracy” and is all about the power of individual citizens to bring about positive political change. The video is filled with inspiring images that make any viewer want to rock the vote. “So Much More” can be found on his debut LP, The Distance Calls.
Nathan was featured on the cover of American Teacher magazine for directing Martin Luther King, Jr. High School’s Arts Education program and providing inner city kids with opportunities to intern and attend performances at New York City Opera, Guggenheim Museum, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. His favorite teachers turned rockers are Gene Simmons and Bob Pollard.
Neil Nathan is no stranger to making music videos. His latest, “Highways,” featuring an animated version of himself, was directed by Postage, Inc. “California Run” co-stars his former roommate, Rosario Dawson. His cover of ELO’s “Do Ya,” which was also featured on the Californication soundtrack, has been viewed 20,000 times on YouTube. “So Much More”, along with “Highways,” “California Run” and “Do Ya” can be found on Nathan’s latest full-length, The Distance Calls which was released in August.
The Distance Calls was produced by The Go’s Bobby Harlow and combines the talents of Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather, QOTSA), Kenny Tudrick and Joey Mazzola (Detroit Cobras), John Krautner (The Go), and Ross Westerbur (Deadstring Brothers). The album effortlessly merges jangly pop rock with Nathan’s mellower singer/songwriter side. With a dash of NYC glitter and some good old Detroit fuzz and stomp, it showcases a musician clearly influenced by the ‘70s (without being cliché).