Outerstar

Outerstar

BandPopAlternative

Modern yet organic alternative pop/rock.

Biography

Singer/songwriter Nat Schellin and multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Chris Martin were both struggling to pursue careers as musicians when they met before forming Outerstar in 1999. Both were in bands they felt were going nowhere, and both were frustrated by the slim prospects of finding other musicians who would help them realize their goals. After hearing them talk incessantly about their situations, a mutual friend insisted they would hit it off, and arranged for them to meet. That night in a Hollywood bar, Nat and Chris made an instant connection, and both found the musical partner they were looking for.

Nat was raised by hippie-movement parents in Miami, FL. As a boy, his parents divorced and Nat began living a split-life. His mother provided structure and discipline during the week; his father offered a party-time weekend escape. Nat cherished the time he spent listening to music with his father and his eccentric friends. “My dad would let me turn the stereo way up and I would just get up and sing one song after another all night. I was obsessed with singing. I loved it.” It was an environment that awakened the music artist in Nat. His love of music grew, drawing from some of his father’s favorites such as Dylan, The Beatles and Beethoven, and finding his own heroes in bands like U2 and singers like Tom Waits and Sinatra. People began discovering his voice, and their encouragement led him to pursue his talent at The New World School of The Arts. At school he was classically trained, but at home he began searching for his own voice and writing original songs. After graduating, Nat moved to Los Angeles to attend the USC School of Music, but left early to pursue his music career.

As Nat was experiencing the hippie lifestyle with his father in Miami, Chris was being raised in the conservative environment of Orange County, CA. His parents both had a love of music – classical, 50’s music and The Beatles were regulars on the stereo. Chris developed an early talent for music, and studied piano from age four into his teens. In high school he soaked up everything from rock to jazz to punk. His desire to break out of the conservative mindset of Orange County only fueled his dream of writing his own music and pursuing music in Los Angeles.

Operating under a “no rules” philosophy, Chris and Nat worked relentlessly to develop their sound. While Nat provides the vocals, lyrics and melodies, and Chris plays multiple instruments, they work together to write the instrumentations. They experimented by incorporating a variety of traditionally non-rock instruments as well as electronics into a pop/rock foundation, creating a blend of modern and organic sounds. “As artists, we want to grow, to keep trying new things and allow the music to evolve,” says Nat. “We wanted to take what we’ve learned, change it up and create something we can call our own. I think people can respect that we’ve made the record we wanted to make – one we made without compromise.”

Lyrics

There's a Road

Written By: Outerstar (Nathaniel Schellin & Christopher Martin)

There's a road with no one on it
not a soul has traveled on it
it's the road that's winding through my head

Shadows from the past and present
run along the road that's hidden
searching for a man they used to know

There's a road
nobody ever gets to see
There's a road
nobody ever gets to see

There's the man, he's full of nothing
checks the mail, he hopes for something
wants to know there's reason left to live

He's a good man with a mean streak
wants the wisdom, not the journey
he's the great pretender in my head

There's a road
nobody ever gets to see
There's a road
nobody ever gets to see

Scattered day is finally ending
he can go back to pretending
that the shadows on the road are gone

Night is shelter always given
scattered turns to focused rhythm
now the man is dancing in my head

There's a road
nobody ever gets to see
There's a road
nobody ever gets to see

You Love It When It Rains

Written By: Outerstar (Nathaniel Schellin & Christopher Martin)

I look back on when we met
we were drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes
It was raining, raining hard
staring out the window the sky was getting dark
We were talking all night long
getting to religion and what's our favorite song
We were telling everything
that's the night you told me you love it when it rains

You love it when it rains
You love it when it rains

Conversation turned a page
talked about the future you had a lot to say
You said life is just a dream
every time you woke up it wasn't what it seemed
You were searching for a cure
you had every reason, it's such a lonely world
I could tell that we're the same
that was when you told me you love it when it rains

You love it when it rains
You love it when it rains

Then we ran out in the rain
yelling like we're crazy we didn't give a damn
We were laughing at the world
laughed above the thunder I think we found a cure
I've been thinking 'bout that night
I wanted you to know you're always on my mind
When I'm living life in vain
I can just remember you love it when it rains

You love it when it rains
You love it when it rains

Round Down In My Head

Written By: Outerstar (Nathaniel Schellin & Christopher Martin)

There's a vision flashing in the night
solar flare is charging up the sky
solar wind is blowing over me
you're the goddess of the wine I seek

You're going round down round down round in my head
You're going round down round down round in my head

I'm alive because I want to be
beat the odds until they beat on me
just a stranger of sobriety
every reason loses sight of me

You're going round down round down round in my head
You're going round down round down round in my head

Voices argue over what to do
try to lobby for a sip or two
speaker slams the gavel in my head
"Boy you better pray or you'll be dead"

You're going round down round down round in my head
You're going round down round down round in my head

Na Na Na Na Na Na…

Amber waves are floating in my eyes
shiny bottles marching down the aisle
shaking like a leaf I finally speak
"Can't go back to what I used to be"

You're going round down round down round in my head
You're going round down round down round in my head

Discography

Outerstar (self-titled)

The track "You Love It When It Rains" reached #1 on the DMX International Hits chart, #13 on the FMQB chart, and #7 most added on CMJ charts.

The track "Round Down In My Head" reached #68 on the FMQB Hot 100 and #19 on the R&R Specialty Show chart.