Nathan Trent is a Singer/Songwriter in the genres Pop and R’n’B. He writes, composes and arranges his own music and will represent Austria in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Running On Air.
Singer and songwriter Nathan Trent was born in Innsbruck in 1992, the son of an Italian mother and an Austrian father, and was raised bilingually. At the age of three, he began taking violin and piano lessons, and played as a child in various productions for the State Theatre in Innsbruck. Nathan participated in a number of talent shows in Germany and Austria before moving to Vienna to study at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna, graduating with a distinction in his bachelor degree in 2016.
Nathan began writing his own songs at the age of eleven, and has continued to develop and perfect his own personal style. Today, he writes, composes and arranges his own songs, including Running On Air, his entry for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
Talent scouts from the Austrian broadcaster ORF discovered Nathan Trent thanks to his debut song Like It Is. After inviting him to submit a demo, they then nominated him directly as Austrian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Things you should know about Nathan
What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?
The song has been written by myself and Bernhard Penzias, so I really have a strong emotional connection to it. It’s about, hope, believing in yourself and reaching your goals, by embracing the good and the bad moments in your life. Although it’s an Austrian production, it has been written and partially recorded in Los Angeles.
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
I’ve been writing music since I was little, I was raised bilingually, Italian and German and I could eat Sushi every day!
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
I normally try to do yoga thirty minutes before a show to calm myself down, I have some pretty untypical vocal warm ups and I usually drink two whole bottles of sparkling water before going on stage.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
First of all, I see it as an event that unites Europe every year, allowing us to celebrate music while exchanging different cultures at the same time. I love the Eurovision Song Contest, because it gives people hope and spreads positivity. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it this year!
About the song writers & composers
Bernhard Penzias is a composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and engineer and has produced a multitude of albums & singles over more than 30 years. Many of those recordings have been certified Gold and/or Platinum. Originally from Vienna, Austria he has toured with some of the top acts of his own country and shared stages with Roxette, Bryan Adams, The Bee Gees. Throughout his producing career, Bernhard has maintained a constant flow of high-profile clientele.
In the early 1990s, Bernhard opened the Bernelands Studio in Vienna. It became known as a great resource for developing talent. He began working with some of the largest advertising agencies in the business. In 2002, Bernhard opened his studio in Los Angeles and he also began to work on the worldwide TV-series, Ocean Avenue, which features a wide range of Bernhard’s own music compositions.
As a composer, Bernhard joined forces by co-publishing his two companies with Europe’s publishing house Schedler Music. Bernhard’s recording studio in Topanga Canyon has become a creative hub for international song writers.