The UnTied States Playing Cards
DESIGNED BY Ember waves
You read that right, UN-TIED not united, it is an intentional play on words to signify the United States cutting the ties of injustice and bigotry that has made up such a large part of its history. The message of the Untied States brand is to be a symbol of acceptance and inclusion of all people no matter what their background may be.
Hello, my name is Nate -- also known as Ember Waves -- I am a Music Producer/Graphic Artist originally from Massachusetts, raised in Phoenix, Arizona and currently residing in San Diego, California. I have dedicated my life to the world of Art, whether it is the form of audio or visual, there has always been a deep relationship with the creativity and the complexity that makes up the realm of modern art.
Ever since I can first remember, I was always drawing or coming up little musical melodies in my head. At the age of 10 my world was flipped upside down when I received the gift that I had always wanted, an electric guitar. Soon after, the obsession was in full swing. I no longer had anything that could be considered as free time. I spent hours upon hours just creating the sounds in my head and learning the licks of my favorite artists: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Tool, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, and Rage Against The Machine among many others.
I was hooked, it wasn't enough just playing along with the records of my favorite artists, I had to create. By 14, I was in full fledged composer mode, at that moment in time I was proud to be self taught. I realized shortly after my 15th birthday, as I do now day after day, it wasn't enough. I had to learn more, on a greater scale with a larger scope. I began taking every course I could in Music Theory, Production, Live Sound, Engineering, Composition, Music History and so on and on and on.
Soon after, I had an awakening, I was no longer just a guitarist writing melodies. I was an composer/artist. I took all my compositions that had amassed over the years and decided to put all the classes and hours of practice to use. I began my career as Ember Waves officially in 2010 and released my music on YouTube to anyone that could hear it.
My obsession with music had also blinded me from the artwork that had been there all along. It started as drawings on notebooks and binders, transitioned to album covers and album artwork, and took a whole new meaning when I began editing videos to synch up with the songs I had written. Music has been and will always be my first love and career, but the entire time the world of graphic design had been by my side like an old friend. I began to venture into every direction I could. Learning new software and techniques for getting my drawings to come to life.
The passion I have for what I do is unlike anything I can even begin to describe. If you have been there, you know what I mean, if you haven't spent hours creating something complex it may be hard to understand. But one thing is sure, the once little ideas floating about the synapses in my brain had no chance of being contained. My name is Nate and I am an addict, I am addicted to music and graphic art. Fortunately, there is no antidote.
Boom, just when you think you have things somewhat figured out, life throws you a curveball. March 2015, one month after me and wife got engaged, I found out I would become a father. There was no feeling like it in the world; the thrill, the terror, the panic, the excitement, the responsibility.. oh the responsibility!
In the following 8 months I literally and figuratively locked myself in my studio, fleshing out the ideas that I had been working on for years. I launched the Capitalists playing cards and the backers brought the dreams to a reality. October 20th 2015, I became the father I always wanted to someday be. A man determined to take care of his child, with love and the help of my extraordinary wife, who has been the best support I could ever ask for.
I am always learning as I go, I love helping people and knowing that something I made could slightly brighten someones day! I look at the learning experience of building my business as an amazing possibility. A possibility that wouldn't be here without the support of people like you, taking the time to read this.
I thank you all for the opportunity that you have given me, and I promise I won't let you down. I don't know how to fail, and I do not except failure as an option. I will never stop learning new things, I'm addicted to it. And thankfully, the world is filled with possibilities. I feel like that 10 year old sitting down with my guitar for the very first time. I didn't know exactly what the world would throw my way, but I knew I would never give up. Every day is a new opportunity and I am so grateful for the chance to brighten someones day in anyway that I can.
- Much love,
MANY SPECIAL THANKS TO MY BIGGEST INSPIRATIONS:
WITHOUT THESE ARTISTS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER, I WOULD NOT BE WHAT I AM TODAY (FOREVER INDEBTED TO THEIR DEDICATION)
CLASSIC ROCK/HARD ROCK/METAL
FRANK ZAPPA | LED ZEPPELIN | JIMI HENDRIX | PINK FLOYD | ALLMAN BROTHERS | ZZ TOP | YES | RUSH | STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE | THE DEFTONES | A PERFECT CIRCLE | TOOL | ALICE IN CHAINS | MUDVAYNE | PRIMUS
PARKWAY DRIVE | KILLSWITCH ENGAGE | ALL THAT REMAINS | UNEARTH | AUGUST BURNS RED | AS I LAY DYING
- BIG L | NAS | BUSTA RHYMES | WU-TANG CLAN (MOST NOTABLY RZA, GZA, GHOSTFACE KILLAH & RAEKWON) | NOTORIOUS B.I.G. | KRS-ONE | MOBB DEEP | OUTKAST
- BARRY WHITE | MARVIN GAYE | AL GREEN| ARETHA FRANKLIN| JAMES BROWN| RAY CHARLES | SAM COOKE | LAURYN HILL | CURTIS MAYFIELD | OTIS REDDING | ISAAC HAYES| BOBBY WOMACK| THE TEMPTATIONS| WILSON PICKETT
- FLUX PAVILION | NERO | SEVEN LIONS | XILENT | ZEDS DEAD | RUSKO | DODGE & FUSKI | ANNA YVETTE | NOISIA
BACH | TCHAIKOVSKY | MOZART| BEETHOVEN | BRAHMS | CHOPIN | SCHBERT | HAYDN | WAGNER | STRAVINSKY
HANZ ZIMMER | DANNY ELFMAN | BRIAN ENO | HENRY MANCINI | JERRY GOLDSMITH | JOHN WILLIAMS | ENNO MORRICONE
BUCKETHEAD | MILES DAVIS | JOE SATRIANI | STEVE VAI | JOHN COLTRANE