In the world of music, there are artists who push boundaries, break stereotypes, and create their own unique genre-defying soundscapes. Nathan Aurora is eagerly joining this league of trailblazers with his innovative new project, Aurorawave. With a fascinating blend of heavier tones and the smooth cadence of reggae, Aurorawave aims to tell a story that will resonate with fans — old and new — and leave them all craving more.
When you listen to Aurorawave’s debut single “Meant to Be”, you can’t help but feel a tremendous surge of freedom and thankfulness.
Released on January 19th, it’s not just any old song: Nathan wants fans to know that it’s an honest, overall reflection of “where I’m at now, where I’m coming from, and where I’m gonna go baby”! The cathartic strength of the track is utterly palpable and, according to Nathan himself, as well as his musical confidants, it’s the best he has ever sounded vocally.
“Meant to Be” transcends the boundaries of genre and speaks to the universal human experience. It is a song that reflects on personal growth, self-discovery, and the journey we all undertake to find our true purpose. With its uplifting melodies and heartfelt messages, “Meant to Be” has the power to touch the hearts and souls of listeners across the globe.
Nathan Aurora’s journey as a musician has been one of growth and exploration.
During his time as frontman of Iya Terra, he contributed to the band’s development and many successes, helping to shape their distinct sound that was able to reach so many fans. However, as artists often do, Aurora felt a dissatisfaction coupled with a desire to push the boundaries of his own creativity and delve into new musical territories. With Aurorawave, he is embracing this evolution, presenting listeners with a fresh perspective that showcases his growth as an individual artist.
Aurorawave is more than just a music project; it’s a platform born out of Nathan’s necessity to follow his passion. It allows him to pursue his own musical direction at his preferred speed. Aurorawave is an example of Nathan’s commitment to take that leap of faith and embrace the scary, exhilarating unknown. Drawing inspiration from Pink Floyd, “Meant to Be” includes a powerful lyric: “And then one day you find, 10 years have got behind you, no one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.” These words serve as a poignant reminder for everyone to live in the present and embrace each passing moment.
The name ‘Aurorawave’ perfectly captures the essence of this project, too.
It represents cohesiveness, along with sentimentality, all while symbolizing the breathtaking ride that fans are going to embark on going forward. It’s like riding a wave… a wave that reflects unwavering support as they join Nathan in a new direction.
This musical venture is the culmination of Nathan’s two decades of playing music, paying homage to his early days performing with a metal band called ‘Aurora’. Similar in name, Aurorawave is not so similar in sound, with themes of change, growth, and new experiences. It’s a delightful mix of nostalgia and innovation that sets the stage for an electrifying sonic adventure. And, speaking of change, Nathan recently bid farewell to his iconic dreadlocks after eight years. The decision came from a place of truth and personal reflection, as he felt they no longer resonated with who he has become — both as a person and as an artist.
Behind the scenes, Aurorawave has been meticulously crafted for the past two years.
Nathan’s devotion, attention to detail, and unwavering determination have shaped this project into something truly extraordinary. Aurorawave not only aims to deliver exceptional music, but also to create genuine connections with its audiences. With a focus on emotional depth and alluring storytelling, Aurorawave wants fans to feel a sense of resonance and authenticity when listening to this music. By baring his soul through his lyrics and melodies, Nathan invites listeners into a shared experience where they can find solace, inspiration, and a sense of belonging. Through soul-searching and self-reflection, these musicians have developed a sound that embraces reggae roots while infusing it with elements of heavy rock and metal, creating a charming blend that is uniquely Aurorawave.
Nathan’s vision for “Meant to Be” of course couldn’t be brought to life on his own. With producer Matt Keller at the helm doing a lot of the heavy lifting, Aurorawave showcases a dynamic lineup, consisting of a core band that provides a solid foundation for the overall musical vision and who have been instrumental in shaping the project’s sound. However, with the help of two additional musical accomplices — drummer Carlos Verdugo (of Tribal Seeds, Sublime with Rome) and Matt Goodwin (of The Movement), with his expertise in production, arrangement, and keys — Aurorawave was able to ensure that the song’s sonic landscape was as intricately woven together as it could be.
With this new project, Aurorawave boldly ventures beyond the confines of reggae, embracing a broader sonic palette.
Intriguingly, the band has incorporated the use of 7-string guitars, china cymbals, and heavy breakdowns, adding an edge and vitality to the music in areas typically avoided in the world of reggae. This willingness to explore new influences and creative infusion opens the collaborative door to many musicians moving forward.
The excitement surrounding Aurorawave has not gone unnoticed. This summer, Aurora and band will be hitting the road, joining forces with the renowned band The Movement. This pairing promises to be nothing short of extraordinary, as the two acts bring infectious energy to cities near and far. With the launch of Aurorawave and the release of “Meant to Be”, Nathan Aurora has firmly established himself as a solo artist to watch. As he continues to explore new musical horizons and pour his heart into his craft, fans and music enthusiasts eagerly anticipate future releases and subsequent live performances as they roll out. With undeniable talent and a transformative sound, Aurorawave is poised to make a lasting impact on the music industry.
Stream “Meant to Be” single on all musical outlets here.