Classically trained on the Flute and Saxophone he spent a great deal of his youth watching his father, Kevin Haines - an accomplished acoustic bassist, perform. It is through his father that he was exposed to jazz music - specifically music by jazz masters Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.
The young Haines spent his formative years performing around Auckland with his brother Joel (guitarist). It was during this time that they joined the group Freebass in the early 1990s.
However, it was evident from a young age that New Zealand was too small for the talented performer. In 1991, at the age of 19, he moved to New York to further his study of jazz music. During this period he studied under the guidance of Miles Davis' saxophonist George Coleman, and Joe Lovano. It was during this time in New York, that Nathan was heavily influenced by the concept of jazz fusion - specifically jazz blended with hip-hop and dance music elements. He later returned to New Zealand. Between 1992 and 1995 his residency at the club Cause Celebre became legendary. It was from there he went on to work on his first solo album, Shift Left in 1994 for the independent huh! label. It would later become New Zealand's highest selling jazz record. This was surpassed however, by his 2003 album, Squire for Hire.
In 1995 he moved to London, and further experimented with different sounds. Collaborating with members from London drum and bass record company MetalHeadz, he produced several drum and bass influenced singles, under the pseudonym 'Sci-clone'.
Soundkilla sessions vol 1 were a mix of live and studio recordings from 1995/1996. 'Sessions' was seen as a major step forward - an album to experiment with. 2000 saw the release of Sound Travels, which followed in the tradition of jazz fusion with modern dance. More recently his work has involved a close relationship with many other west London based artists. In 2003 Squire for Hire showed just how much his style had evolved. The album possesses a unique and diverse sound, Featuring contributions from producers/performers Mark de Clive-Lowe, producer/poet Rich Medina, vocalists, Marcus Begg, Guida da Palma, Bembe Segue, Marlena Shaw and Blur front-man, Damon Albarn.
Haines and a bass player called 'Level Neville' played together on Lake Como, Italy for Lawrence Dallaglio, the world famous rugby player, and his partner's wedding in 2006. Nathan is very familiar with 'Level Neville' and works with him in all of his studio albums.
Nathan recently performed on Jamiroquai's latest album, Dynamite (Jamiroquai album), which has currently (as of 05.11.2006) sold over half a million copies world wide.
Nathan has done a song with [[2D (gorillaz) - Damon Albarn, titled FM, originally by Steely Dan.
Nathan has recently released his sixth studio album entitled Right Now.
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