Kevin Keller Interview on Nagamag

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Nagamag:
What are the genres that describe better your music style?

Kevin Keller:
Ambient chamber music
Neo-classical electronic


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Kevin Keller:
26 years, 12 albums, multiple features on "Hearts of Space" and "Echoes", including Living Room Concerts and interviews. Co-produced live shows with Steve Roach and Robert Rich, recorded with David Darling and Russel Walder. Winner of two ZMR Awards for "Best Neo-Classical Album".


Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Kevin Keller:
The first time I heard "Ambient 2" by Harold Budd and Brian Eno. That album changed my life, and inspired me to make my own music.


Nagamag:
Music has no borders and many of us we may listen to more genres that we are mainly involved. So share with Nagamag which track comes first in your mind from music but is NOT similar to your genre?

Kevin Keller:
Temples "Oh! The Saviour"


Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

Kevin Keller:
Nils Frahm "#2"

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Stephen Caulfield Interview on Nagamag

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Nagamag:
What are the genres that describe better your music style?

Stephen Caulfield:
Ambient, Contemporary Classical, Neo-classical, Dark Ambient, Space Music


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Stephen Caulfield:
I am a musician and composer that has been making music for a long as I can remember. I grew up in a a pretty large musical family with what felt like music all around me. However I've always preferred writing and working on my own and following my own passions. I was always looking for anything I could lay my hands on that made some kind of interesting music or noise which meant that I never became too locked into any particular music style or genre, something that is still reflected in the music that I listen to. Essentially I love music that moves me emotionally in some way whether I am the one making it or not. Over the years I have released 5 albums and worked on 3 film soundtracks.


Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Stephen Caulfield:
Growing up I remember hearing artists like Queen, ABBA, The Beatles, Blondie and Pink Floyd all through my childhood, in fact sometimes it feels like I have them written into my DNA. This gave me a real appreciation for the power of music to move people emotionally and unite them in a shared experience. It also taught me to follow my own path, success is amazing if it happens, but staying true to your artistic vision will give you creative satisfaction and fulfilment.


Nagamag:
How did your new album come about?

Stephen Caulfield:
My new album, ‘Circuits’ kind of took me by surprise, I wasn't planning on making it and all of a sudden, there it was. I had been working on music for a number of different projects and when I put them together I realised that they worked well together and formed a cohesive album that I really like. On the album I have continued to explore ambient and piano led composition, but I have also introduced some stronger orchestral elements too which I think provide some nice dynamic range over the course of the 15 tracks. As well as the music on Circuits, I have made videos for each track on the album using a series photographs of light manipulations I made that I then animated.


Nagamag:
Music has no borders and many of us we may listen to more genres that we are mainly involved. So share with Nagamag which track comes first in your mind from music but is NOT similar to your genre?

Stephen Caulfield:
The Japanese House "Chewing Cotton Wool"


Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

Stephen Caulfield:
Jóhann Jóhannsson "Flight From The City"

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Anhedral Interview on Nagamag.com

Anhedral
Interview

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Nagamag:
What are the genres that describe better your music style?

Anhedral:
Ambient, Soundscape, Cinematic, Instrumental, Drone


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Anhedral:
Change, is constant. Driven by influences as diverse from his past bands' works, to melodic classic instrumentals, Anhedral (Singapore) combines sounds from people's daily, recognizable elements with a tint of unprecedented melodies. Listeners will be confronted with repetitive reconsiderations of their final conclusion about his learned pieces.


Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Anhedral:
It was the day where my dad gave me an electric guitar on my 17th birthday, just watching him play in front of me and guiding me the basic chords to start off everything, till now.


Nagamag:
Why are there no recorded vocal tracks in your works?

Anhedral:
I believe plain sounds, can really bring out different interpretations of a single track.


Nagamag:
Friends or How I Met Your Mother?

Anhedral:
I'm a crazy HIMYM fan!


Nagamag:
Music has no borders and many of us we may listen to more genres that we are mainly involved. So share with Nagamag which track comes first in your mind from music but is NOT similar to your genre?

Anhedral:
Elephant Gym "Finger"


Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

Anhedral:
Rest You Sleeping Giant Three Sparrows

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Project Divinity Interview on Nagamag.com

Project Divinity
Interview

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Nagamag:
What are the genres that describe better your music style?

Project Divinity:
Chillout, Ambient, Drone

Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Project Divinity:
I have been producing music in my home studio since 2006 focusing on cinematic and ambient styles. I have a few different artist monikers that each focus on specific style and genre of which Project Divinity is the most ambient and laid back one. Others include Celestial Aeon Project (cinematic / soundtrack), Frozen Silence (piano) and Celestial Alignment (lofi beats) to name a few. I don't have a strong classical background nor have I studied composition nor arrangement, so you can say I'm mostly self learned and approach music from improvisation and "using my ear" kind of angle. Usually I just push record and start playing.

Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Project Divinity:
I have always loved music and played piano and guitar since a small child, but I think the moment that really got me interested in production was back in the day when I first played a computer role playing game Baldur's Gate which had a gorgeous cinematic soundtrack by Michael Hoenig. It just got me thinking that if even games can have this kind of music I want to be a part of the realm in which these soundtracks are being created.

Nagamag:
What do you think of the streaming services and way the internet has changed the music business?

Project Divinity:
I think in many ways they have opened up new possibilities especially for indie producers like myself. Before this era there were no means for an unknown musician to get the music heard anywhere. Only way was through traditional labels and "gatekeepers". Process was heavy and hard to get started. But these days the freedom comes from the fact that after you have created your tune, after a few mouse clicks you will get it on the streaming services and potentially heard all over the world. There are no more gatekeepers to keep you from reaching that point. It's more about the music and the listener and how to create that connection instead of how the get the music heard in the first place. I personally find this new world a fascination realm full of possibilities. But I do understand that for many who were "happy in the old world" it's not that simple.

Nagamag:
What does music mean to you?

Project Divinity:
It is a complex thing. When I create music, I sometimes think practically like "what would people want to hear" and then approach that question from my side, finding a balance between what is my sound, but still something I think some other listener might enjoy as well. But then there also comes these moments of pure creation when I just get the urge to create exactly what I want no matter if anyone else enjoys it or not. So it's a scale between totally personal and "I do it for the others" kind of state of mind. But music itself is one of the most interesting forms of art and something bigger than life itself.

Nagamag:
Music has no borders and many of us we may listen to more genres that we are mainly involved. So share with Nagamag which track comes first in your mind from music but is NOT similar to your genre?

Project Divinity:
Pat Metheny "Tell Her You Saw Me"

Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

Project Divinity:
Biosphere "Poa Alpina"

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Zenon Marko Interview on Nagamag.com

Zenon Marko
Interview

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Nagamag:
What are the genres that describe better your music style?

Zenon Marko:
Ambient, Neoclassical, Electronic, Downtempo, Electro-Acoustic, Traditional/”World”, Dub, Techno, House, Rock, Funk...

Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Zenon Marko:
Music has always been a presence and love in my life. As a child, I studied piano and classical guitar, but drums soon became my primary instrument: acoustic drums, electronic drums, percussion. I became obsessed with the rhythms and sounds of drums. At the same time, I was also fascinated with the effects and possibilities of harmonies and timbre and texture and tonality, the “vertical” as well as “horizontal” axes of music. In my first university degree, I studied physics, but also studied music theory and composition; I continued on afterwards teaching myself more and more of these areas, along with production, engineering, sound design, synthesis, acoustics, psycho-acoustics, philosophy and aesthetics of music. I began a Ph.D. in physics, then switched tracks and instead completed a second undergraduate degree in philosophy. I am currently completing a Ph.D. in metaphilosophy, on the problem of beginning, or ultimate justification of knowledge. All along, I have been involved in music, as composer, producer, drummer, and DJ. As the list of genres suggests, my love of music embraces perhaps seemingly contradictory territories: from the most subtle ambient sound with no trace of rhythm, to extremely rhythmic music forms like dub, bossa, funk, techno, and rock. I have hundreds of musical works and ideas in various stages of completion, but perhaps it’s time to finally finish more of these and let them out into the wider world. There have been a number of releases with my on-going collaborative project Metasonica; I’ve just released my first solo album, the completely symmetrical instrumental ambient/neoclassical concept album “Symmetry”; there will be a rhythmic version of “Symmetry”, an entire video cycle related to the philosophy and concept, and live performances; there’s a completed ambient piano album to be released this year; I’m developing a dub techno project; also many tracks are already completed for a rhythmic downtempo project, featuring vocals in various different languages. Many more projects ongoing and in development, in and around my studio and production company, Disreality, here in downtown NYC.

Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Zenon Marko:
Our family home was always full of music: piano, guitar, singing, records playing in every genre. However, my first distinct memory of experiencing music is that of hearing and seeing the Philadelphia Orchestra for the first time as a child. I was fortunate that my family introduced me to such experiences at an early age. I especially recall the overwhelming sense of awe and wonder at the beauty and power of this ensemble, in the grand space of the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, as the orchestra was tuning in preparation for the performance. Surely that sonic experience, of individual instruments beginning from a state of chaos and dissonance, gradually cohering into an immense and sublime coherence, has always remained with me as an ideal, not only of music, but of emotion, of something like (for lack of a better word) spirituality, and even of other-worldly perfection.

Nagamag:
Why do you create music?

Zenon Marko:
I often ask myself this question, actually. At times, from my more strictly rational, scientific, even somewhat brutally utilitarian, side, I question whether music, culture, art, and so on, are excessive luxuries and self-indulgences, in a world of so much suffering, of all creatures, human and non-human. This concern is magnified by my sense that the world is sliding towards some sort of apocalypse. Should I better apply my efforts elsewhere? Of course, I do work in philosophy as well, but one may raise similar doubts about the value of philosophy in the face of urgent practical crises. Should I only be working towards practical, measurable goals of world improvement, perhaps in a mode like effective altruism? Although these doubts never disappear, I do believe that our needs and aspirations go beyond the purely material, that one also needs what these cultural, aesthetic, intellectual, and spiritual activities provide. The material problems are urgent, of course, and demand our attention, as these address the functional basis for life; yet I believe these other regions of values, beliefs, and experiences are what render life beautiful and worthwhile. They offer a kind of transcendence. Certainly music has dramatically enriched my own life; it seems to offer a radically different kind of “answer”, compared to those offered by science and the more rational forms of philosophy; so how can I then deride it as a mere luxury or excess? After all, the music of others has given me so much. Therefore, my hope is that my music can give back in some way, and can bring to others, perhaps even to those in the depths of despair and suffering, some solace, beauty, and inspiration.

Nagamag:
Music has no borders and many of us we may listen to more genres that we are mainly involved. So share with Nagamag which track comes first in your mind from music but is NOT similar to your genre?

Zenon Marko:
Miles Davis “He Loved Him Madly”

Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

Zenon Marko:
Harold Budd & Brian Eno "First Light"

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