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Interview: Nathan Sharp of NateWantsToBattle

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NateWantsToBattle – brainchild of YouTube sensation, singer, pianist, guitarist, and songwriter Nathan Sharp. NateWantsToBattle may have been born of Virginia-native, Nathan Sharp’s gaming obsession, but the name has since become synonymous with the joyful consumption of a wide range of media – gaming, anime and, most of all, music.  A singer, pianist, guitarist and prolific songwriter, Sharp has written over 200 compositions and renditions that range from parodies of popular hits to English renditions of anime openings to music about video games to his very own rock originals.

In 2012 Nate launched his YouTube channel and has since amassed over 1.2 Million subscribers on his main channel and over 289 Million views of his multimedia masterpieces.  The channel was based on his aforementioned passions – anime, gaming and music.  Coming up in the digital age provided Sharp with a lot of creative freedom “Everything is molded by what I am feeling and what the fans enjoy,” he explains. He found quite a few people that enjoyed the same pursuits.


The summer 2015 saw the release of Sharp’s first original studio album Mangled. The album featured songs about Five Nights at Freddy’s, Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, and Parasyte, as well as acoustic versions of popular songs.  A few months later he compiled all of his FNAF related music into an album titled Five Nights At Freddy’s.  His third album revolved around the plot of “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time,” and it was called Songs Of Time (released on March 1, 2016). 

The balance of his longtime love for bands like Panic! At The Disco, My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy with his newer interest in bands like Pierce The Veil and Hands Like Houses is what inspired his original creations.  This alchemy led to Sharp’s most recent album Sandcastle Kingdoms, which came out in March 2017.  The album is a visual one – with videos for each track coming out progressively throughout the year.

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James Geiser

James Geiser is a former award winning Television News Photojournalist and internationally published photographer, after spending five years in the local television news media being bound by the creative restraints of content based production, he decided to leave his job in television to find his love for photography and video production again. He is a former student at Winston-Salem State University, where he majored in Mass Communications and Digital broadcast operations. He is not only just a journalist but he is also an experienced videographer, delivering a multimedia journalistic addition to Antihero Magazine

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