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One of canada’s most trusted studio engineers.

For over 15 years, Nato has achieved a top standard for professional sound quality by obsessively honing his craft (and his gear) to meet or surpass industry standards.

When you trust your full project with Nato, you are making a statement: No cutting corners on details and quality.

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When it comes to music in Western Canada (and beyond), there’s a reason why Nato is one of the most trusted studio engineers in the game. For over two decades, Nato has achieved a top sonic standard while amassing certified platinum & gold records, multiple Juno & Polaris Prize nominations, and nearly 500 million streams on Spotify.

Attention to detail, uncompromising quality, and refined musicality is built into Nato’s DNA. Raised by a music teacher mother and versed in everything from piano and trumpet to the violin, he eventually got his hands on a drum machine. Combining his technical background with the raw energy of hip hop took his creations to another level, and allowed his reputation for excellence in production, engineering, and mixing to rise quickly in his hometown of Edmonton and beyond.

In 2018 Nato applied his detailed approach and knowledge into building the new Up In Arms Studios, a space he conceived with an artist-first approach and constructed from the ground up..

Since then, Nato has continued to build momentum to become one of Canada’s most sought after engineers  for Canada’s top hip hop artists, including platinum-selling Canadian hip hop prodigy Merkules, with whom Nato has been working with since the beginning of his career. He has also worked closely with other top talent like Snak the Ripper, Kryple, Drezus, Polaris Prize-winning artist Cadence Weapon, Dragon Fli Empire, and has had the honor of working on tracks featuring some of hip hop’s greats, including Too Short, Twista, Hopsin, Jelly Roll, Conway, and Bone Thugs & Harmony.  

Nato is also a talented producer and DJ, and forms one half of the acclaimed Edmonton hip hop duo, Touch & Nato.


selected discography



  • Trust Your Gut
  • Scars
  • Apply Pressure
  • Special Occasion
  • Bacon Bits EP


  • Indian Summer
  • Red Winter

Cadence Weapon

  • Afterparty Babies
  • Breaking Kayfabe

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  • The Average Savage

Snak The Ripper

  • Just Giver

Evil Ebenezer

  • Howl
  •  Force of Habit EP (w/ Merkules)
  • The Penguin EP

Dragon Fli Empire

  • Redefine
  • Conquest
  • Abstrakt


  • Fresh Air

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