Natty Bumppo

by The Bathtub Project

Natty Bumppo


Date of Interview: October 4, 2016

Name: Natty Bumppo

Age: 27

Pronouns: They/Them

Location: Columbus, Oh


If you were an underwater sea creature which one would you be?

Trying to think of something that would be covered in glitter… Maybe a jellyfish. Like, the luminescent ones.

What are you passionate about?

I play a lot of music, art, I like art a lot in various forms. Visual, paintings, obviously music, cinematography, whatever.

Does the weather or season change what you prefer to listen to?

I listen to different types depending on the time I guess. I’ve been listening to a lot of Ex Models, Black Eyes recently as well as Fugazi and PRE and Melt Banana. A lot of weird noisy stuff. Sometimes the weather can affect what I listen to, but it’s more like the mood I’m in based on how I’m feeling. Depression and stuff can change what I listen to sometimes.

Does playing music help with mental health?

Yeah it lets me express a lot, or like, ways to express it I guess. It makes me feel better when I’m playing or writing sometimes. Just to get out what I’m thinking about and things like that.

When did you start playing music?

I started bass when I was 14 maybe 13… I picked up mandolin when I was 17 and guitar when I was 17 or 18. And accordion pretty recently.

Do you think your parents influenced your musical taste?

Umm, a little bit. My dad was into older punk music, my mom was a right wing conservative Christian though and didn’t really let us listen to a whole lot of different stuff. They’re divorced so like, I lived with my mom and I didn’t really know what my dad listened to until like, late middle school and high school. So when I started getting into punk my dad talked to me a little bit about it. He didn’t really help me choose but more like, helping search around for stuff. My dad’s not super into a lot of the bands I listen to now but when I was younger my dad really liked The Clash and the Violent Femmes and some of the bands that I listened to a lot more when I was younger.

Do you think art can support change?

I think it helps in it’s own way but I don’t know how much drastic change it has on a larger scale with like, politics and things like that. I’m not entirely sure how it could change things like that. Things on a less personal scale is a good way to put that. Per person by person. I think art can affect people individually in a meaningful way, I feel like what people are listening to or watching or reading even, looking at, definitely affects how they’re feeling or helps them work through what they’re feeling.