***NEW VENUE*** NF - Perception Tour

Postfontaine Presents

***NEW VENUE*** NF - Perception Tour

Nightly

Sat, March 3, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Great Saltair

Salt Lake City, UT

$27.50 - $30.00

This event is all ages

Due to overwhelming demand, the March 3 NF concert at The Complex has been moved to The Great Saltair.

All tickets purchased for The Complex will be honored at the new venue, and date and time remain the same.

 

Additional tickets are on sale now.

NF
NF
"I'm back - did anyone miss me?/They say the second record can be tricky…"
- NF, "Intro 2"

"I like to be a little mysterious, so the music tells my story," explains Nathan Feuerstein, better known by his initials, NF - the name under which he's become known as one of the most exciting new rap/alternative artists working today. The story that NF captures in his music proves deeply personal and compelling; that's why he titled his second album Therapy Session, released on April 22, 2016 by Capitol Music Group.

Following on the success of NF's 2015 Capitol debut Mansion, Therapy Session has taken the 25-year-old Michigan-raised MC to new heights. Mansion would go on to exceed 53 million streams thanks to singles like "Wake Up"; its powerful anthem "Intro" would also feature in the season finale promo campaign of Empire. In its first week of release, Therapy Session, however, would enter the Billboard album charts at number 12, cementing that NF was an artist to be reckoned with - on his way to superstar status of his own making. The furious, complex flow and gritty revelations of epic album opener "Intro 2" ("You call it music - I call her my therapist/She keep on tellin' I have been carrying way too much baggage/I need to take care of it/I know she's right, but man it's embarrassing/Music has raised me more than my parents did") reveal NF's lyrical origins. "I came listening to battle rap," he explains. "I studied the Smack DVDs obsessively." But elsewhere - from the acoustic guitars and sung hooks of "Oh Lord" to the moving, soulful melodies permeating songs like "I Just Wanna Know" and "How Could You Leave Us" - Therapy Session reveals NF's growing musical maturity. "When I was younger, all I listened to was hip-hop," he explains. "Now I listen to everything from Ed Sheeran and Adele to film soundtracks. Wherever the beat comes from, it pulls out whatever's inside of me."

NF has come a long way from his humble origins filled with small-town tragedy. Hailing from Gladwin, Michigan - "a town with three lights and no city" he notes on "Intro 2" - NF grew up in a home broken by drugs and violence. His mother addicted to pills, her boyfriend physically abusive, young Nathan found solace in music at twelve years old. Sitting in his parents' van, he'd write songs for hours, recording freestyle raps on a karaoke machine. Just as Nas inspired the young Marshall Mathers' style, NF was first inspired by the music of Eminem. He identified with him instantly: like him, Eminem was a Caucasian MC and hip-hop fanatic from his home state, with rhymes that ruthlessly explored his troubled family relationships. "Eminem made me feel something I couldn't describe," he explains. "He created a lane of honesty that was so intense, so vulgar, so compelling, saying things I'd never said or thought before. I had a lot of anger, and through him, I learned to express myself." From there, NF pushed himself to explore different rap styles (he cites Kendrick, Kanye, Drake, Royce da 5'9" and Slaughtahouse among his current favorites), driving him to find his own voice. "I'd been so heavily influenced by Em," NF says, "But artists that don't grow out of that don't go anywhere. Ultimately, I came to understand that what Eminem stood for above all else was 'be yourself.'"

NF threw himself into a music career. However, having signed a dead-end deal to a small label that was going nowhere and barely supporting himself as an electrician, things changed in 2014 when he found himself in the studio with Grand Rapids, Michigan-based producer Tommee Profitt (who, along with David Garcia, would go on to produce all of NF's major-label releases). That session produced the emotional, gripping track "Wake Up": it was the song that provided the artistic breakthrough NF had been waiting for, and drew the attention of Capitol Records, leading to a recording contract. "'Wake Up' was the start of where I'm at now," he explains. After signing with Capitol, NF turned again Garcia and Profitt to create Mansion. "The title is a metaphor," he says. "Each song is a different room in my mind - and then it goes downstairs to a dark place even I was surprised I could talk about."

The success of that album pushed NF's ambition: he began recording Therapy Session just a week after Mansion's release. "Therapy Session was literally like a book, bringing together the chapters of where my life was at," he says. "It was me maturing, asking 'Why did this happen?' The album was the answer to those questions." True to its title, Therapy Session found NF fearlessly exploring his trust issues, unhealthy relationships, and his uneasy relationship to success. Its core, however, lay in the pain NF felt in the wake of learning his mother had died of a drug overdose. "Songs like 'How Could You Leave Us' deal with my mother's death very honestly and specifically," he says. "When that happened, all these feelings starting coming out in the rhymes. It was emotional, but in a different way."

Therapy Session also found NF taking his lyrical gifts to their fullest extent - sometimes creating six different flow patterns in the same song. It also clearly defined who he was as an artist: in the title track, he states "this isn't music for people who sit in the pews and pray in churches." Before Therapy Session, NF had been pigeonholed as a Christian music artist. "I'm a Christian, but I don't make Christian music," he says. "You're not going to reach everyone with just one point of view." Like, say, Rakim's open embrace of Islam, or Drake's Jewish background, NF claims his faith is just one part of his complex identity. "I write about things I'm actually dealing with," NF says. "You don't have to be Christian to relate to them."

"There's something about music that's believable," he continues. "Feeling those emotions in music what inspired me to do this - to try to be an artist and make this my life. I have a real passion for this; I'm not satisfied just being okay. I like to challenge people because I like to be challenged. Put me in a room with any rapper, and I'll hold my own and just be myself. I'm here."
Nightly
Nightly
Within a few months of forming Nightly, singer Jonathan Capeci and guitarist Joey Beretta came up with “XO”: a bittersweet breakup anthem built on bright beats and powerful melody. Pennsylvania-bred cousins who bought matching Fender Squier Stratocasters as kids, Capeci and Beretta earned some positive early feedback on the track, and quickly uploaded “XO” to their SoundCloud page.

“We figured that, as a no-name band putting something out on our own, it would be a huge feat to get 100,000 plays in a month,” Capeci recalls. Instead, “XO” surpassed that number nearly overnight and hit a million plays within weeks, generating major buzz for the Nashville-based band’s guitar-fueled take on electronic alt-pop. Nightly soon began hosting showcases in their garage and ultimately inked a deal with Interscope Records, who are now set to release the band’s debut honest EP.

With their name translating as ’night, love you in textspeak, Nightly match their inventively textured sound with a guileless approach to lyric-writing. “It’s easy to hide behind clever lyric writing without really getting to the truth of the emotion. We try to stay away from that,” says Capeci. “We want our songwriting to be conversational, and to be real and open about relationships and love.”

On “XO,” that confessional spirit manifests in a breezy meditation on vulnerability and self-preservation. “‘XO’ is about being half-heartedly in a relationship, and how that usually does more damage than good,” explains Capeci, whose soulful vocals instill the song with a dreamy melancholy. “It’s about the kind of situation where you’re holding back to protect yourself, but it just ends up screwing things up worse and hurting both people involved.”

Produced by Keith Varon, Nightly’s honest EP explores troubled romance of all kinds. With its soaring vocals, propulsive synth, and sprawling guitar work, “No Vacancy” looks at the isolation that comes with lack of emotional availability. On “Talk to Me”—a track written in collaboration with producer Bill Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Dashboard Confessional, Gym Class Heroes)—heavy grooves and cascading guitar lines converge to offer up one the EP’s more lighthearted moments. “That one’s about getting attention from someone you really shouldn’t be getting attention from, based on their relationship status,” Capeci points out. And on “Honest,” Nightly fuse fierce guitar tones, hard-hitting rhythms, and warped vocal effects to capture the romantic frustration at the heart of the lyrics. “‘Honest’ is about a relationship where you and that person were on fire together, and then they move on to someone else and completely change their personality,” says Capeci. “It’s saying, ‘What we had wasn’t perfect, but at least we were honest with each other.’”

Throughout the EP, Nightly’s deftly crafted melodies amp up the raw emotion infused into each track. Such ingenuity in merging pure feeling with sophisticated songcraft comes from a near lifetime of devotion to music, partly shaped by Beretta’s musical household. “My dad played guitar and my mom’s a great singer, and my mom’s dad played the organ like crazy,” says Beretta, who grew up on the James Taylor and Cream records his father often spun at home. After getting their hands on those matching Strats, the cousins took their first step toward a shared lifelong dream of playing in a rock band. “I got a blue guitar and Jon got a black one and we were just like, ‘We’re gonna be in a band together forever!’” says Beretta, who—a year older than Capeci—was 13 at the time.

The following year, Beretta started playing in bands, landing gigs in bowling alleys or “really anywhere that would let us play.” Meanwhile, Capeci began experimenting with songwriting at age 15, and joined his first band with Beretta at 17. Although both headed off to college, the foray into higher education was short-lived. “I dropped out after about a year and Jon left a year later, because clearly we were meant to do the band thing,” Beretta says.

Capeci and Beretta soon moved to Nashville, where they formed Nightly in 2015. With a vision of bringing an urban feel to the quintessential rock-band dynamic, they quickly carved out a sound all their own. “With one of the first songs we ever wrote for the band, I just had this feeling like, ‘I’ve never heard anything like this before,’” says Beretta. Continuing in a rhythm-driven but guitar-centric vein, they eventually created “XO,” which fast made its way into rotation on Nashville’s ALT 98.3 in addition to gaining massive attention online.

As Nightly amassed a following, the two began developing a live show featuring a stunning light display created by Beretta. Rounded out by Stevie Cunsolo on synth/keys and Nicholas Sainato on drums the live show taps into Beretta’s intricately designed display to help transport each audience into Nightly’s own fully realized world—a mission that extends to every element of the band, including their artwork.

Now at work on their full-length debut, Capeci and Beretta note that Nightly endlessly delivers that same electric feeling of first picking up the guitar back in middle school. “I’m always surprised by what comes out of writing sessions, I’m always so happy about what we come up with,” says Beretta. “I feel like a kid every single time—there’s always something to be excited about.” That ever-renewing passion feeds directly into the emotional core of the band, adds Capeci. “I’d love for our music to be something that people listen to when they’re out driving alone at night, something that becomes part of the soundtrack of their lives,” he says. “There’s nothing like connecting with a song and feeling like the person who wrote it understands exactly what you’re going through, and I can’t imagine anything more satisfying than giving that feeling to other people.”
Venue Information:
Great Saltair
12408 West Saltair Drive
Salt Lake City, UT, 84044
http://www.thesaltair.com/