Nathan McLaren-Stewart


Name, where are you from?
I’m Nathan McLaren-Stewart, I was born in Cambridge but my family is Scottish.

What do you do?
Too much. I am the founder of Bad Luck Magazine, play in a band called Captain Suun and help to do some things for Astral Festival. I’m also a photographer.

Describe your style in three words?
Seventies Music Man.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
The Growlers - Primavera Sound 2017.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The Doors, because Jim Morrison a true poet and performer, and Led Zeppelin because… Led Zeppe-lin.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
The Summer of Love because it was the youth in revolt in 1967 against the Vietnam war and a bull-shit government in a peaceful and beautiful way. In music, the rock scene of the early 1970s. It was an honest and raw time for music and we are yet to hit back to that mark, I don’t think we ever will.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Iggy Pop, the man probably has some mental stories I could get out of him.

Of all the independent venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
The Old England in Bristol because it’s always welcoming and a real important venue in Bristol. I’ve seen some amazing shows there.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Robert Johnson. I think he’s getting on people’s radar a bit more now because of a Netflix documentary, but I found his story so interesting. He allegedly sold his soul and has a chilling background. He was also the first of the “27 Club”. His music was haunting.


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