Nathan Dawe

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Nathan Dawe
Born25 May 1994 (1994-05-25) (age 28)
Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • Producer
  • DJ
Years active2010–present

Nathan Dawe (born 25 May 1994) is an English DJ and producer. He is best known for his 2020 single "Lighter" featuring KSI, which reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.

Early life and career[edit]

Nathan Dawe was born in Burton upon Trent on 25 May 1994 and attended Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College.[1][2] He is a lifelong supporter of Aston Villa football club.[3]

He began DJing when he was nine years old, he describes himself as more of a 'selector' with an innate ability to read a crowd. He said, "I live in a small town and it was hard to branch out from it. I've played every birthday party, wedding, school disco, pub and club you can imagine." He built a loyal following by releasing mixes on Soundcloud. Rather than the usual genre-specific mixes being put out, he released mashup multi-genre mixes covering everything from house music to hip-hop, reggae, bassline and pop. Nathan was the first DJ without a radio show or hit single to sell out his own concert at the O2. He said, "It took me to the point where I was headlining massive festivals and performing sell out shows in huge clubs. I knew that wouldn't last forever, particularly with the rise of things like Spotify, so I set up a four-year plan and delved deeper into the production side of the industry."[4] He began remixing other producers in his early twenties.[1] His debut single, "Cheatin'", based on an uncredited sample of Deborah Cox's "It's Over Now", was released in August 2018 and peaked at number 94 on the UK Singles Chart. In May 2019, he released the single "Repeat After Me", featuring vocals from Melissa Steel. He released the single "Flowers" in October 2019, featuring vocals from garage legend Malika and credited vocals from rapper Jaykae. Nathan's 'Flowers' peaked at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart. On 24 July 2020, his song "Lighter", which he made in collaboration with British YouTuber KSI and singer Ella Henderson, was released.[5] After the chart success in the UK, he was signed to Warner/Chappell Music.[6]

On 25 November 2020, Dawe released the song "No Time for Tears" with British girl group Little Mix.

On 9 April 2021, Dawe collaborated with Anne-Marie and rapper MoStack on the song "Way Too Long".

On 24 September 2021, Dawe released the song with English DJ T. Matthias called "Goodbye".

On 29 April 2022, he released the song "21 Reasons" featuring Ella Henderson, which became one of two songs in the UK Top 30 in June 2022 based around [7] same "Calabria" sample[8] (the other being by West London drill rapper Benzz).[9][10]



Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK Dance
BEL (Fl) Dance

US Dance
(featuring Malika)
2018 94 Non-album singles
"Repeat After Me"[23]
(featuring Melissa Steel)
(featuring Jaykae and Malika)
12 1 14 11
(featuring KSI)
2020 3 2 48 37 15 8 42 17 1 18
"No Time for Tears"
(with Little Mix)
19 6 65 15 22 Confetti (Expanded Edition)
"Way Too Long"[24]
(with Anne-Marie and MoStack)
2021 37 13 37 Therapy
(with T. Matthias)
85 23 Non-album singles
"21 Reasons"
(featuring Ella Henderson)[25]
2022 9 8
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Title Year Original artist(s)
"Walk Alone"
(featuring Tom Walker)
2020 Rudimental
"Dancing in the Moonlight"
(featuring Neimy)
"Break Up Song" Little Mix
"Take Care of You" Ella Henderson
"Naked" Jonas Blue, Max
"Electric Sun" Tiggi Hawke
"So Annoying" Mae Muller
"Bang!" AJR
(featuring KSI)
(featuring Harlee)
James Hype
"Gold" Paloma Faith
"Space" Becky Hill
"Haiti" 2021 Welshy
(featuring Iann Dior)
Clean Bandit
"Don't Play" Anne-Marie, KSI, Digital Farm Animals
"Sacrifice" Bebe Rexha
"In The Night" Joy Club
"No Diggity" Lucas & Steve, Blackstreet
(featuring Tyrone & Chris Nichols)
Bad Boy Chiller Crew
"Swerve" Jay1, KSI
"Love With You"

(Nathan Dawe and Morgan Vocal Edit)

Spencer Ramsey
"You & I" Navos, Harlee
"Anyone For You" 2022 George Ezra
"The Motto" Tiësto, Ava Max
"All My Loving" Sam Fischer
"Rainfall (Praise You)" Tom Santa
"Deep Down"
(featuring Never Dull)
Alok, Ella Eyre, Kenny Dope

Production and songwriting credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credit(s)
(featuring Rudimental)
2021 Anne-Marie Therapy Co-Writer
"Better Not Together"


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  24. ^ "Way Too Long – Single by Nathan Dawe x Anne-Marie x MoStack on Apple Music". Apple Music. Archived from the original on 5 May 2021. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  25. ^ Griffiths, George (29 April 2022). "Nathan Dawe on new single 21 Reasons with Ella Henderson: "I've wanted to make this record forever"". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
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