Born in a small town in Illinois, Nate Vavra grew up in a home filled with the sounds of The Beatles and Michael Jackson's "Thriller". He began writing songs at the age of ten with no musical training, and began playing guitar at the age of thirteen to expand his writing. Nate listened to Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and The Doors, as well as more contemporary bands like Bush and Nirvana. At the age of 16 Nate began taking lessons from local blues legend Shane Johnson, who turned him on to the funk of Stevie Wonder, James Brown, and P-Funk. Playing a 1968 Fender Strat, he began playing with local songwriter Daniel Duffy, with Dan Grimm on drums. Nate attended Illinois State University, where he studied music composition "to learn how to arrange horns and strings like Curtis Mayfield". There he met jazz bassist Zach Ginder, who became a lifelong writing partner. The two formed a number of different bands, the most successful of which was Mouthful. Zach described Nate's music as "a blend of Maroon 5, and Earth, Wind, and Fire (minus the horns), with a little Daft Punk mixed in there." Nate moved to Phoenix, AZ in 2004 and began writing and recording. He re-enlisted Dan Grimm on drums, and brothers John and Patrick Hoehn to play bass and keys respectively. Through John, Nate met producer Michael Strub, who produced his debut album. Nate's goal is to write and perform songs with instantly accessible melodies and hooks, with production that reflects the greasy funk he loves.