Good Nature is an indie rock band from Edmonton, Alberta. Their music encompasses a wide variety of musical genres- it is the perfect blend of pop, rock and funk. Their songs are full of hooks and grooves that make their music an absolute delight to listen to.
In August 2016 they released their long awaited debut EP Waves- a colourful mix of upbeat, incredibly catchy tunes. Good Nature is gaining recognition not just in Alberta but nationally. In April of 2016 they became a Top 10 regional finalist in CBC Music’s Searchlight competition, with their single “Waves”. They were even spotlighted by CBC music as a standout in the competition, which had close to two thousand applicants from across Canada. They have had radio play on Alberta and BC campus radio (CiTR, CHLY, CJSR, CJSW, CKXU, Heatwave Kelowna), CKUA, 102.3 Now Radio, Mix 107, and CBC. They have also racked up over 36,000 plays on Spotify since their EP release and 7000 views on their “Waves” music video alone.
The band consists of five members. After forming in the fall of 2013, and adding their final member that December, Good Nature spent two years honing their sound. Everyone in the band comes from different backgrounds and they all have contrasting musical tastes. While one vocalist, Aaron, is into indie rock, Ronen, the other, is into R&B. Then there is Elli, the drummer, who is into progressive rock and metal. In the beginning, they were throwing all their musical tastes together without blending them into something cohesive. After months of practicing, writing songs, and performing together, they have learned to adapt to each others styles, and have created what seems to be their own unique genre, with aspects of all of their musical influences coming together to create something magical.
Good Nature has performed at many different venues in Edmonton, including The Starlite Room, The Needle Vinyl Tavern, The Rec Room, and The Forge- as well as venues across Alberta and BC. Not only have they played many shows for younger audiences, but older audiences as well. Their name is a fantastic fit for their sound. Their songs have encouraging messages, and the upbeat tone of their music emanates positivity- making it perfect for anyone who loves happy, danceable songs. Good Nature will no doubt continue to build their following, gaining fans of all ages, as people of any age can enjoy Good Nature’s up-tempo, catchy music and their exhilarating live shows.
Aaron Matheson is the guitarist and one of the two lead vocalists in Good Nature. He began playing piano at the age of 6, and guitar at the age of 12. Besides playing guitar and singing for Good Nature, he is the main songwriter of the band.
Ronen Iosilevich is the keyboardist as well as a vocalist in Good Nature. He is a classically trained pianist, and he has been playing since he was 9 years old. Besides playing keys and singing in the band, he is the business man of the group. He gets all the gigs and replies to all the emails.
Elli Bookhalter is the drummer for Good Nature. He has played with several different bands before Good Nature, in a variety of different genres. Along with playing drums for the band, Elli provides the jam space, replies to Facebook messages the fastest, and hosts the band’s weekly “Tea Talks”- where they all get together to drink tea and talk business. He also runs the band’s Instagram page.
Fred Mack is the saxophone player for Good Nature. He started playing piano when he was just five years old, and began playing the saxophone for band in junior high school. Along with playing sax in Good Nature, he is an active member of the Edmonton Jazz scene. Fred is the main front man of the band during live shows.
Curtis Mokry started playing bass around age 12 and grew up playing classic rock and blues covers with his brothers. When he isn't playing with Good Nature, he's busy playing in the math-jazz band Red Litmus and studying Biomedical-Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He is the newest member of Good Nature.