Members: Nicholas Sebastian Naioti & friends
Record Label: Maximum Ames, House Pride
From: Fairfield, IA
Links: webpage / bandcamp / facebook / twitter / vimeo / soundcloud



PRESS PHOTOS (credit: Ike Winkler)


Nicholas Sebastian Naioti is MR NASTI, a singer-songwriter exploring themes of life and death through psychedelic disco. MR NASTI took shape when the Murfreesboro, TN musician moved halfway across the country to embark on a month-long artist-in-residence program in Fairfield, IA at local music venue The Beauty Shop, culminating in the creation of a rock musical production – details on the project can be found at After completing the residency, Naioti remained in Fairfield, bursting onto the thriving Iowa music scene as MR NASTI.

MR NASTI was tapped to play Iowa music festival Gross Domestic Product that spring, and Nate Logsdon, writing on behalf of the organizers of the event, Des Moines Music Coalition, called Naioti a “wizard who unites crowds” and warned festival attendees to “prepare to feel MR NASTI’s heart…The consistent thread through all his tireless music-making is his heart, his desire to connect to audiences and share his love of life.”

More than just a captivating performer, Des Moines Is Not Boring reviewer David Murphy noted that MR NASTI is “a complete revelation. He hides his lanky frame in a cloud of shadows alternating with a sea of bright, flashing lights…On stage, [his] mild-mannered nature…is hugged into this charismatic and gifted singer-songwriter…a beautiful mix of love and hope and occasional despair.”

Naioti’s efforts were also noticed by Sean Moeller, who welcomed MR NASTI into the studio for a Daytrotter session to record stripped-down acoustic versions of his lively dance tracks, revealing expertly crafted songs with lyrical intensity and depth that might not be as immediately apparent on the dance floor. Moeller reflects that MR NASTI’s songs “are examples of the joint frustration and exaltation of living. They remind that the only thing that really matters is kindness and bettering oneself to create more good and kindness.”

MR NASTI is releasing his second full-length album Truth Sound on Maximum Ames Records on September 23rd, 2014, on blue vinyl and downloadable formats. Truth Sound features guest musicians that dig deep into Iowa’s richness, including Anna Gebhardt (Annalibera), Ryan Stier & Joel Gettys (The River Monks), Adrien Daller (Trouble Lights), plus Nashville’s Spoken Nerd.


10/8/15: St. Louis – Foam
10/9/15: Columbia, MO – Cafe Berlin
10/10/15: Springfield, MO – Front of House Lounge
10/12/15: Ames, IA – DG’s Taphouse
10/13/15: Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
10/14/15: Cedar Falls, IA – The Octopus
10/15/15: Rock Island, IL – Rozz Tox
10/16/15: Fairfield, IA – The Arbor
10/17/15: Chicago – Louder House

10/30/14: St. Louis, MO – The Crack Fox
10/31/14: Murfreesboro, TN – Wall Street
11/1/14: Nashville, TN – Phat Bites
11/3/14: Springfield, MO – College St. Barcade
11/4/14: Branson, MO – Vintage Paris
11/5/14: Lawrence, KS – 8th St. Taphouse
11/7/14: Denver, CO – Deerpile
11/8/14: Colorado Springs, CO – TBA
11/10/14: Ames, IA – DG’s Taphouse
11/11/14: Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
11/12/14: Cedar Falls, IA – The Octopus
11/13/14: Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s
11/14/14: Fairfield, IA – The Arbor Bar
11/15/14: Columbia, MO – Mojo’s

9/13/13: Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
9/14/13: Hollister, MO – Vintage Paris
9/15/13: Columbia, MO – Mojo’s
9/16/13: Springfield, MO – Martha’s Vineyard
9/17/13: St. Louis, MO – Foam
9/18/13: Murfreesboro, TN – The Boro
9/19/13: Nashville, TN – The Springwater
9/20/13: Columbus, OH – Cafe Bourbon Street
9/21/13: Oberlin, OH – Oberlin College
9/22/13: Chicago, IL – Schubas
9/23/13: Chicago, IL – Louder House
9/24/13: Minneapolis, MN – Hexagon Bar
9/25/13: Cedar Falls, IA – The Octopus
9/26/13: Fairfield, IA – The Beauty Shop
9/28/13: Ames, IA – Maximum Ames Fest

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