Nathaniel Flatt recently caught up with Towleroad.com to chat about all things V Factory, how he caught the singing bug and being gay in Hollywood. Check out what the 27-year-old performer had to say:
On how he became involved with V Factory: “I knew a girl that was running an audition for the label that was interested in putting together a music group. I just knew her from working in L.A.; we had done some jobs together. She called me and said, ‘Hey, I donâ€™t know if this is your thing, but I know you sing, so come on down.’ I kind of thought it seemed a little ghetto, but everybody in L.A. has a record deal or something. It was just down the street from my house so I thought, ‘Okay, Iâ€™ll go down at the end of the day.’ I was the last person to audition, 10 minutes late. Even with that I was very apprehensive once this all got rolling. I actually lied about my age! You were supposed to be 21 and I was 24 at the time. She was like, ‘Oh, just say youâ€™re 21!’ So I put down that I was 21.”
On realizing his love for singing and dancing: “I was pretty young. I saw a production of Peter Panâ€”I canâ€™t remember how old I wasâ€”and I saw them flying around and I thought from then on, ‘Oh, my God, I wanna do this.’ I think also being the youngest of four there were probably some attention-starved aspects that also kinda came with it. I just have always sung in musicals and acted in plays and all that.”
On if there were ever any negative reactions about him being gay: “I would say sometimes in high school, yeah, people were cruel just like for everyone, but I always knew there was a bigger picture. Sure, that kind of stuff hurts, but I didnâ€™t let it get to me. Like I said, in college everyone else was gay, too. Now, when I go back to random cities in the country [on tour], I donâ€™t dress differently or alter anything about myself and I donâ€™t notice people cracking jokes or anything, but I donâ€™t know if thatâ€™s because Iâ€™m not operating on an assumption that someone is gonna think of me differently or what.”
On what he thinks about American Idol runner up Adam Lambert: “I know him, actually. Heâ€™s like the most freaking talented singer Iâ€™ve ever met in my entire life. I saw something today that Gene Simmons said it was the biggest mistake he could ever make and I feel like that is just an old-school mentality. Heâ€™s operating on the assumption that people arenâ€™t gonna respect that or relate to it in Milwaukee. I think Adam is such an unbelievable talent that thatâ€™s not really why youâ€™re buying his record; itâ€™s because of his complete authenticity.”
Check out the rest of Nathaniel‘s interview at Towleroad.com.