KESMAR is a new chapter for Sydney musician Nathan Hawes. Having first picked up a guitar in 2006, Hawes spent over a decade serenading audiences with his folk tunes with great success.
Considering his musical background, Hawes’ latest evolution into KESMAR comes as an eyebrow raising surprise. He’s traded his acoustic guitar for swirling synths, introducing a more disco-oriented chapter of his career. The KESMAR project began when he participated in some new writing sessions in 2016, where he “basically fell in love with learning production and vintage synthesisers.”
From there, KESMAR began co-writing with indie and electronic mainstays like Lanks, Panama, Tim Ayre (Tim & Jean) and George Nicholas (Seekae) to hone his craft, while also living off a healthy
soundtrack of like-minded European artists like Metronomy, Roosevelt and L’imperatrice.
Single ‘Feel It Again’ explores the darker side of romance, inspired by KESMAR’s recent breakup at the time. “After a relationship ends, I think a lot of us question ourselves in heartbreak, asking: Will I feel it again? Will I feel the same way I felt when we together? I turned the last line of the chorus to ‘but it won’t be with you,’ bluntly meaning that if I ever feel it again, it will not be with you,” he says. The track was written alongside Lanks in his living room in Sydney, and co-produced with Tobias Priddle in Melbourne, with obscure live percussion samples accompanied by live drums and live bass to give the project an organic flavour.
Keep KESMAR on your radar, because he’s set to deliver the sounds of summer.