Nate Rathbun, better known by his stage name Audien, first began making music when he was a 15 year old living in the quaint town of Mystic, CT. The past nine years have seen steady growth for the artist, now 24, as he continues to gain momentum in the dance scene with his euphoric, chart-topping singles.
“Crazy Love,” his recent feel-good single featuring Deb’s Daughter, arrived after a standout year for the producer. In 2015, he climbed to the top of the charts with the Lady Antebellum collaboration “Something Better” and also received a Grammy nomination for Best Remixed Recording, Non Classical for his rework of Bastille’s “Pompeii.”
The secret to Audien’s success so far is just following his gut and crafting tunes that bring a smile to the faces of his fans. “I play and produce music that really hits people in the feels,” he explains. “I’m just making music that makes me happy and that makes my fans happy.”
Last month, Billboard – in collaboration with Café Bustelo™— caught up with Audien backstage at the second annual Billboard Hot 100 Festival to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the artist and watch the good vibes spread throughout the audience as he played one of the event’s standout sets.
“The feeling to have the crowd at your fingertips, and to have acceptance… it’s the best feeling ever,” he says. “You feel like you’re doing something right and you’re making people happy.” Watch the video above to learn more about the up-and-coming star and watch him work his magic on the enthusiastic Hot 100 audience.