I’m writing to tell you about my friend Nicholas, sometimes known as MR NASTI. He has a new album out called “Truth Sound,” so you may see pictures around of him making weird faces, or a music video of him pouring out his tender heart, etc. Here’s the backstory:
In a time when “hating” is an intransitive verb many people might as well list among their hobbies online, a MR NASTI show can seem almost alien in its sincerity. I’m writing to tell you this is not an affectation put on to sell you something. MR NASTI has been around just a few years now, but in a way, Nicholas has been preparing for it, and “Truth Sound,” his whole life.
Besides studying music at Missouri State and getting an audio science degree in Florida at Full Sail, Nicholas (born Nicholas Sebastian Naioti) has been in a ton of bands. Some were goofy, some were noisy, and one or two you might call twee. For awhile after he moved to Nashville he wore quite a bit of face-paint on stage, and got on national television a couple times doing it, too. And that’s to say nothing of the DIY music venue he also ran for years when he wasn’t on tour.
Anyway, he put out the first MR NASTI album (self-titled) in 2011, and getting from there to the sophomore “Truth Sound” has been a journey. There was the collection of recorded stories about running away that he set to original music, and released on cassette as “The Runaway Tapes.” Then there was the music residency he accepted in Fairfield, Iowa where he created and performed a sprawling three-act musical with an ensemble cast of 19. His artistic projects became so numerous they were difficult to keep track of, and somewhere in there he also managed to open a restaurant and bar that books live shows, as well as a recording space. What a guy.
I mention all this because based on all these experiences, “Truth Sound” is a deliberate self-portrait of someone truly dedicated to music, and who (if you happen to slip off your dancing shoes and ponder the lyrics) daily renews a considered choice to believe in humanity. What’s not to like?
Thanks kindly for reading,