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Life & Work with Nathanael Rodriguez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nathanael Rodriguez. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I was born and raised in Rochester New York, Moved to Fort Myers back in January of 2019 to live with my best friend and his mom. I was a bedroom DJ back in New York and I finally got to play my first live performance at Nauti Parrot Dock Bar on Fort Myers Beach. Through the connections and friendships, I’ve made since moving to Florida I just got consistent bookings and slowly grew my following. I moved to Tampa because there is way more opportunity for an artist of my style here, than back in Fort Myers. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has definitely not been a smooth road, as an artist, you face self-doubt, exhaustion from the grind, Feelings of being burnt out, envy, plenty of obstacles that make it hard to want to keep going. COVID definitely didn’t help being forced to not take shows affected the entire music industry as we all know. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a dubstep DJ and producer. Dubstep being a sub-genre of EDM. I have been DJing for roughly 4 years now, 3 years at the professional level. I’m known, mainly in Fort Myers by my DJ name “Aelius”, One of my most recent proud moments was playing my first out-of-state show in Sacramento, California. I believe the vision I have behind the name “Aelius” is what sets me apart from the other Dubstep DJs out here, it’s a long story so I won’t get into it. 

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
The best way to support an artist is just by actively engaging with them, really. So, for me, it would be, liking my posts, sharing it on their story, leaving a comment, little things that take no effort, no time, and are completely free. You want people who support you to speak your name in a crowd of opportunities because that’s the only way you can make it to the top. 

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