Nahko Bear is an American musician. Born in Portland, Oregon, of mixed ethnic background which includes Puerto Rican and Filipino descent, he was adopted at a young age by a white, religious, family. It wasn’t until his early twenties that he would meet his birth mother. The band’s song “Early February” was written shortly before this meeting; it describes a woman far too young to carry, and putting her baby in a bed of a woman she’d never met. Bear says his creative inspiration is the desire to bridge cultural gaps, and that he has been musically inclined since the age of six when he started learning piano. He has also worked as a piano teacher and music director. In 2012 he began traveling around the US in a van with his dog.