Photo credit: M I S T E R L O U Photography
~ Ritchie Blackmore – legendary guitarist (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmore’s Night)
Originally from the vibrant Bangkok city, Thailand, Natawat “Nat” Saralamba started making a buzz in his home country as guitarist and songwriter for OverMe, a funk rock band he founded with 3 other college friends in 2007. The band released an an EP album called Slee[EP]ing later that year which was nominated for the best indie group by Fat Radio, a well-known Bangkok-based indie radio station.
OverMe would go on getting a record deal with Warner Music Thailand. This led to another opportunity for Nat as he was approached by Yamaha Corporation and Laney Amplifications to be their guitar and guitar amplifier endorsee respectively, for product reviews and demonstrations in various magazines and on websites.
OverMe released a highly anticipated album called Big Swing under the management of Warner Music Thailand in early 2010. The album received many positive reviews from many high profile critics from various newspapers, magazines, and websites which eventually helped the band win the Best Artist of the Year category during the prestigious Season Awards ceremony (Thailand’s equivalent to Grammy Awards) in late 2010. Additionally, Nat was also individually nominated for Best Songwriter of the Year for the single that he wrote. The band was chosen to open for Green Day in Bangkok as a part of one of their world tour shows. OverMe has been one of the most popular indie rock acts in Thailand’s music history with more than accumulated 800,000 views on YouTube.
Not getting stuck in his past success, Nat decided to quit OverMe and come to Boston, MA. He shortly participated the 2011 Yamaha 6 String Theory Guitar Competition in Los Angeles presented by Grammy-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour and Yamaha. He was ranked being one of the six semi-finalists out of all the competitors from around the world.
In winter 2012 Nat has joined force on guitar with Andrew Alden Ensemble, a contemporary and electronic chamber music group from Boston that produces textual scores for films and performs them in front of a live audience to transform the picture with new sounds and experiences led by an award-winning composer Andrew Alden. The group had been touring across the States in spring and summer 2013 at various venues such as theaters (Fredonia Opera House in Fredonia, NY; Hollywood Theater in Pittsburgh, PA; Gateway Film Theater in Columbus, OH; Merrill’s Roxy Cinema in Burlington, VT;Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA; The Pavillion Theater in Brooklyn, NY etc.), art galleries (Gallery 464 in Buffalo, NY; Spaces Gallery in Cleveland, OH) as well as having had been interviewed by local radio stations and National Public Radio in Rochester, NY. Nat has performed with Andrew Alden Ensemble for more than 50 shows from New York to Michigan, from Ohio to Tennessee. He also has made public appearance on North Adams Transcript, Seven Days (Vermont’s newspaper), Michigan’s Herald Palladium; radio stations and websites, as well as recorded 2 commercially released albums with the group.
Nat has shared the stage with the members of legendary funk rock act Parliament-Funkadelic such as guitarist Michael “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton, drummer Gabe Gonzalez, and blues legend Toni Lynn Washington. He currently resides in Massachusetts, USA.