Peter Aries Interview on Nagamag

Electronica Features

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

Peter Aries:
I'm quite "genre-fluid", but I mostly identify myself with electronic genres such as synthwave and trance, which is why I chose "This is the 80s" as my signature track. I do however mix in other genres, and have been incorporating quite a bit of classical themes in some of my tracks. Which for me made it feel quite natural to try out a classical only themed release. Thus "Stories" came to be.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Peter Aries:
I've been playing the piano since I was 10 and I started making music on the family's first computer when I was 14 (I used Fasttracker back then). My first official (or known rather) release was in 2006, an EP called "Finally" which was only released on CD. Since then I've released over 100 tracks in various genres and styles. I've mostly worked by myself, but I have also made some collaborations with artists such as MarsTv and Social Ambitions. My most streamed track of all times is currently "When All Things End", a collaboration I did with the very talented vocalist and artist Karin My. She has recently released a new album, so definitely go check it out.
Unfortunately the music doesn't pay the bills yet, so I work as a product manager as my daily job. I have great colleagues and it's quite a challenging job. I still feel like I learn new things every day. However, if money was not an issue, if I'd have to choose occupation between music creation and product management, music would win every day of the week. :)


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

Peter Aries:
For sure. It was at my day care, when I was 4 or 5 years old. Someone played Super Mario Bros 1 on Nintendo while at the same time someone else played something on a keyboard in the room. I thought the sounds I heard were so incredibly cool that it sparked something within me. So there and then I knew I just had to play the synth when I got old enough. So it's my one true call in life you could say.


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Peter Aries:
Vangelis "Tears in Rain"


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

Peter Aries:
Pylot "The Return"

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Peter Aries' Website

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4am Kru Interview on Nagamag

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

4am Kru:
4am Kru grew from a love of old school jungle, hardcore & early 90s rave. We take inspiration from all sorts of music, from R&B slow jams to 80s film soundtracks. Our favourite Jungle tunes from back in the day often reinterpret great bits of existing music in homage & we like to do the same! From the beginning there's always been so much variety within the framework of the 94' Jungle sound.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

4am Kru:
4am Kru is a duo at the core, plus a number of talented collaborative artists. Howie & Stu are at the production helm. We both met years ago touring in different bands, cutting our teeth in the London live scene. Jungle is the point where our tastes intersect & we started 4am Kru to bring that sound to the stage & feature some incredibly gifted artists we've met along the way.
Right now we’re working with super talented singer Layla Sibelle, and continue to work with superb vocalist SHANTÉH. There’s a whole extended family of artists who are part of our writing and live performance crew and we're excited to take 4am Kru to the stage.


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

4am Kru:
Howie: When I was a kid I remember being given jungle mix tapes that had been passed down from some older kids we knew, they were actually going to these raves, whereas I was too young. These tapes featured Shy FX, DJ Rap + all the gold from early Lucky Spin and Kemet releases. At the time I was learning to play bass guitar; then suddenly Jungle entered my world and it changed my whole thought process. It really pushed me in so many ways and still does.
Stu: I'm the same, some '92 hardcore tapes made their way to me when I was a kid and I remember listening while playing with my Star Wars toys in the bath and being blown away by this music I knew nothing about other than it just sounded otherworldly and cool.


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

4am Kru:
Paul Giovanni "Corn Rigs"


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

4am Kru:
Decibella "Outta London"

Discover & Listen to 4am Kru

4am Kru on Spotify

4am Kru's Signature Track

4am Kru on Social Media

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4am Kru's Website

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Rohne – Ceres (Spotify)

“Rhythm is our everything. It makes the heart pump blood through the pulsating veins. The polyrhythmy in the track -Ceres- just drives you crazy, and the rich ambient layers immerse you as if in a thick substance, where you dissolve and melt ...”

“Ритм наше всё. Он заставляет сердце гонять кровь по пульсирующим в такт венам. Полиритмия в треке -Ceres- просто сводит с ума, а насыщенные слои ambient погружают тебя словно в густую субстанцию, где ты растворяешься и таешь...”

-Nagamag.com

Over a year since his last release, Rohne breaks the silence with “Ceres” — a blend of lush ambience, foley recordings, driving sub, and broken house rhythms. The emotive yet expansive track seems to act as the perfect departure from his debut album, taking his sound gently into a more club oriented direction.

Stream/download link here: ffm.to/rohne-ceres

Originating from the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, electronic producer Rohne (Keenan Branch) has spent recent years honing his craft while traveling the world with a laptop, headphones, and field recorder. The culmination of ideas and inspirations captured at his home studio, mobile set ups in India, and places in-between, now lead to the release of his debut work Meridian. The album represents the blooming of a bond between Rohne, his art, and the world around him. Drawing influences from a wide range of genres, lush, organic and ethereal sounds, Rohne’s nuanced style of electronic music is an intimate and immersive experience of its own.

www.rohnemusic.com/

Mythos Interview on Nagamag

Electronica Features

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

Mythos:
Mythos is electro-acoustic music featuring beats, synth, acoustic guitar, piano and vocalese. Mythos was signed with new age label Higher Octave Music during the 1990s and early 2000s.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Mythos:
For 25 years, Mythos has been creating timeless, ethereal music fusing electronic beats with vocalese, piano, acoustic guitar, synths and sounds from around the world. 2021 marks the 25th Anniversary for the duo of Bob D’Eith (producer and piano) and Paul Schmidt (acoustic guitar) with special guest performances from Jennifer Scott (vocals), Jasmin Parkin (vocals), Rene Worst (bass), Pepe Danza, (percussion), Niko Quintal (percussion) and many others.
Bob’s father spent many years trying to convince him to work with his brother’s talented friend Paul. When Bob was trying to create music for film and television, he teamed up with Paul to co-write together. As Bob and Paul started producing music and working with Vancouver session players Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst, it became apparent that they had created something special. Mythos was born. In 1996, Mythos released the “Introspection” EP independently. The first single “November Dance” (in instrumental dance track with no lyrics) was released and much to the surprise of the artists became a commercial radio hit and retail success. “Introspection” went on to win a WCMA Award and was nominated for a JUNO Award. “Introspection” was picked up by a Bay area label entitled XDOT25 and released internationally.

The second release “Iridescence” was released briefly in Canada, however Max Amadi from XDOT25 pitched Mythos to the Malibu based label Higher Octave (Virgin/EMI0). Max’s suggestion of the pairing of Mythos with the brilliant fine artist Gil Bruvel led Higher Octave to release the 16 track self-titled “Mythos” (1998) that went on to be released in 33 countries and sell in the high five figures. Hot on the heels of the success of “Mythos”, Higher Octave released “Reality of a Dreamer” (2000) and “Eternity” (2002). Mythos spent years in the Billboard charts and was added to many essential compilations in the time. Mythos was also used for “Victoria’s Secret” Cannes runway production during this time. Mythos won a second WCMA award during this period.

Once Higher Octave merged with their parent label, Mythos moved over to Alula Records/Allegro (Oregon) releasing “Purity” (2006) for the world less Canada that was retained by Adagio Music/Pacific Music/Warner. For a few years, Paul went to Korea to teach English and Bob developed his career building Music BC (a non-profit music industry association) and his entertainment law practice. In 2012, Bob and Paul re-united for the album “Journey” released through Adagio Music/IODA (2013). In 2014, Adagio Music released a “best of” series of Mythos tracks including a special Vinyl release. A new Album “Journey” (2018) was released on Adagio/The Orchard.

2021 is Mythos’ 25th Anniversary and this year we are pleased to release “XXV” a 14-track album including 5 new tracks and 9 fully remastered classics. The lead-off single “Legacy” featuring Cam Blake (Bob’s son and Indie Rock artist in his own right), uses progressive rock and electronic elements and was produced with returning performances by Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst. “Fly Away” is going to please many Mythos fans, getting back to Mythos’ musical roots. “Bonum et Malum” explores the dichotomy between good and evil, sadness and joy. “Progression” is a piece that evolves through the addition of ever complex melodies, all woven together into a tapestry of sound. “Recuerdos de la Alahambra” originally composed by Francisco Tárrega and arranged for guitar and strings by Mythos, features a beautiful classical guitar performance by Paul Schmidt. The balance of the tracks (November Dance, Brazil, Planinata, Alchemy, Ascent, Icarus, Surrender, Eros and Spiritus) are a selection of Mythos’ most enduring tracks from previous albums fully remastered for the digital environment.

Mythos continues to have a large following around the world with over 2 Million streams a year from over 90 countries.


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

Mythos:
From Bob. In pre-school my teacher recognized my rhythm while playing toy drums. I was very fortunate to have had amazing mentors when I was young who inspired my love of music. This has lasted my entire life.


Nagamag:
What is special this year?

Mythos:
2021 is the 25th Anniversary for Mythos. Bob D'Eith and Paul Schmidt have been partners in this amazing project for all this time, creating timeless, ethereal music that defies genre.


Nagamag:
Why do you think that the project has lasted so long?

Mythos:
From Bob, for me it is a question of balance. If I am not creating, I don't feel alive. Mythos has given both Paul and me a great outlet for our expressions over the years. I really cherish that.


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Mythos:
Miles Davis "So What"


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

Mythos:
Enigma "Return to Innocence"

Discover & Listen to Mythos

Mythos on Spotify

Mythos' Signature Track

Mythos on Social Media

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Mythos' Website

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Matan Arkin Interview on Nagamag

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

Matan Arkin:
A mix of Folk and Electronic


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Matan Arkin:
Drummer,dj,pianist


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

Matan Arkin:
Bach, Minuet


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Matan Arkin:
Dino Valenti "Children of the Sun"


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

Matan Arkin:
Thom Yorke "The Eraser"

Discover & Listen to Matan Arkin

Matan Arkin on Spotify

Matan Arkin's Signature Track

Matan Arkin's Website

soundcloud.com/matan-arkin

Son Lux — “A Different Kind of Love” (Official Visualizer) (Video)

“”A Different Kind of Love” by Son Lux steps into diversity with not afraid to improvise into new sound design styles, out of the basic vocal trends. Deep heartwarming vocals with a deep artistic sound design which pushes out your hidden emotions and satisfy your listening needs. High quality here! ”

-Nagamag.com

Much has been said about the scope and intent of Son Lux’s multi-album Tomorrows project. Born of an active, intentional approach to shaping sound, the music reminds us of the necessity of questioning assumptions, and of sitting with the tension.

Today they announce the arrival of Tomorrows III, set for an April 16th release via City Slang. Bell tolls of a detuned guitar clang out a warning at the start of “A Different Kind of Love”, the new single out today. Thick punches of percussion enter and the song moves in heaves through a foggy atmosphere of sound. Instruments remain mostly out of focus, but in brief moments, flurries of strings and woodwinds emerge and recede from the fog.

The music encompassed on Tomorrows provides an appropriate parallel for the sustained cacophony of the present moment, advancing a friction that reveals the strange in the familiar and the familiar in the strange. The deluxe physical edition of the Tomorrows series will be released July 30th on City Slang.

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ill-esha, K+Lab – Simplicity (Spotify)

“Judging from the title you may expect a simple sound mix, but the truth is very different! After a soft intro there's a blast of breaking loops that follow each other in electronic madness. Discover the rare talent of ill-esha via "Simplicity"!”

-Nagamag.com

Joining forces for their first collaborative effort, K+Lab and ill-esha unleash sublime two-track EP, Simplications. The project finds the two distinctive keytar-wielding artists come full circle to their drum & bass origins as they now put their creative synergy to work in a boundless and experimental release.

Rattling sound design and slithering sonics paves the groundwork for “Complications,” which weaves syrupy vocals over intricate layers. Counterpart “Simplicity” also employs a similar frenzy of syncopated rhythms for its halftime structure, witnessing ill-esha & K+Lab come together for a dreamy, cacophonous paradox.

Fanlink: wstwd.io/simplications

New Zealand-born master of intergalactic funk, K+Lab has been rocking dance floors and bringing the beats to the masses with his signature keytar in hand. K+Lab's sound draws from a seemingly endless array of influences from soul to jazz, hip hop to drum n’ bass, glitch to G funk—all tied together by an orbital pull of all things funky. His incredible live performances are unlike anything else occupying the sonic landscape today and have seen him conquer dancefloors across the globe with unmatched energy.

Macrowave Interview on Nagamag

Electronica Features

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

Macrowave:
Electronica, Dark Synthwave, Darksynth, Epic Cinematic


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Macrowave:
My journey started 10 years ago, when I published my first track on Soundcloud. At this time I did not care much about song structure or any other technical aspect, I just loved creating music that tells a story, and was already inspired by dark atmospheres.
I released a first unsigned EP in 2012 and a second one the next year on Badd Records. With the help of the label, I started playing live shows in France with my friends Hantise (aka Elevn and Coldforms now), and it was a great experience that I'll never forget. After the last remix I made for the Tokyoite Naeleck, I wanted to take time for myself and work on my own album, which would be more cinematic and less club oriented.


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

Macrowave:
It has no link to electronic music, but I think the band that inspired me the most to play music at first was Nirvana. I started to play bass and learned almost of all their songs, then started to play with other people. Then, my love for music composition started, and I never stopped!


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Macrowave:
Stray Cats "Stray Cat Strut"


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

Macrowave:
Vitalic "Trahison"

Discover & Listen to Macrowave

Macrowave on Spotify

Macrowave's Signature Track

Macrowave on Social Media

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Macrowave's Website

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Geist Contagion Interview on Nagamag

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

Geist Contagion:
With my project Geist Contagion, I find myself with varied inspirations from one song to the next, so it becomes a bit of a daunting task to label each with its own discrete genre. There are elements of Glitchstep, Breakbeat, Techno, Industrial, Ambient, and Drone throughout my releases. I generally don't stick to one style for very long because I get bored easily, and I like to keep the listener on their toes.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Geist Contagion:
I started out like a lot of people do, playing guitar in a garage band with my friends. *That eventually fizzled out, as it often tends to.* Shortly after, I attended school for artist management and music production, which is where I developed my love of synthesizers, and of a whole new world of musical styles and composition techniques. From there, I dove headfirst into experimental electronic music which lead to the formation of my main project, The Databats. I met the folks over at Slice Records around this time and after working together on a couple of gigs, they brought us into their stable of artists. Geist Contagion spawned from there as my first full solo project. I wanted an avenue for the music I was writing that didn't stylistically gel with my work with The Databats. This has allowed me to explore my songwriting ideas more deeply, and to illuminate music that otherwise wouldn't be making it out into the world at large.


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

Geist Contagion:
I've felt a strong connection to music since I was very young. Some of my favourite parts of Saturday morning cartoons were the theme songs, not the cartoons themselves. As an adult, one of my more formative experiences was attending a live performance by Alessandro Cortini's solo project Sonoio, opening for Ladytron at The Phoenix in Toronto. Watching him utilize a myriad of synthesizers and vocal effects to craft such a layered and complex performance really opened my eyes to what was possible as a solo electronic performer, and to what an audience would be interested in experiencing.


Nagamag:
Tell us about your new album Écoutez and the process behind it.

Geist Contagion:
Écoutez is a collaborative album by Geist Contagion and Arcane Trickster. I met Damiano from Arcane Trickster a few years back when The Databats travelled to Australia and hooked up with the Slice Records crew for a couple of club gigs. We got along well and had a good rapport, so working together seemed like the logical next step.
Flash forward to 2020, and we found ourselves with a lot more time on our hands, so Damiano and I messaged back and forth a bit to discuss our ideas for a project. We then exchanged a bunch of demos via email, and once we decided on the tracks we wanted to use, we got down to editing, remixing and performing on one another's work. The ensuing result was a rather cohesive blend of each of our styles that we hope provides the audience with a fun journey from start to finish.

"Écoutez" means "listen" in French. It's both a title and an instruction. We'd like the audience to take a moment out of their hectic lives to do exactly that, just listen.


Nagamag:
What are the plans for Geist Contagion in 2021?

Geist Contagion:
I've been writing a lot of music, so hopefully we'll have followup to my record "Residue" out by the end of the year. On the collaborative front, there are a couple of projects going on at Slice Records that I plan to be very involved in, so you'll be hearing new remixes and joint productions from me as well. I'm very excited for those.
In terms of live performances, we're still under tight lockdown up here in Canada, so I've had to adapt. Thankfully, there are more ways than ever to reach out and interact with your audience, and I plan to take full advantage of those. Livestream performances, music videos, and interactive experiences are all part of the plan, so stay tuned for that! I'm also hoping I'll be able to get out and perform work by this project live some time before the end of the year, as I haven't had the opportunity to do that yet.


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Geist Contagion:
Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois "Night MXCMPV1 P74"


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

Geist Contagion:
Oneohtrix Point Never "Nothing's Special"

Discover & Listen to Geist Contagion

Geist Contagion on Spotify

Geist Contagion's Signature Track

Geist Contagion on Social Media

@GeistContagion

Geist Contagion's Website

SliceRecords / Bandcamp / Ecoutez

Musetta // Atlantide (Video)

“Imagine the mysterious “Atlantide” sinking deeply in the sea through a short colourful dream. A special Electronic music piece by Musetta full of passion and fantasy.”

-Nagamag.com

With their new single “Atlantide” Musetta goes back to their trip-hop roots. Join them in this journey through the ancient ruins of a long lost civilization, Atlantis, guided by Matteo’s deep and dark textures and Marinella’s siren call.

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Spawned in the armpit of Milan, Italy, Musetta burst onto the downtempo scene in 2008 with their debut album, “Mice to meet you!”, which combines Marinella Mastrosimone’s haunting lyrics with Matteo Curcio’s evocative atmospheres to generate a solid record chock full of technical masterpieces, inspired by early 20th century arts, film-noir and science fiction – a retro feel with a futuristic edge.

The remixes of ‘Peace and Melody’, soon followed by ‘Red Star’, ‘Nicotine’ and ‘Standing by my Side’, released on over 150 records by Morrison Recordings (Canada) and Armada Records (Holland), climbed the Beatport charts and got the endorsement of Pete Tong, Tiesto, John Digweed, Sasha, Armin van Bureen, Markus Schulz, Paul Oakenfold, Laurent Garnier and David Guetta.

Musetta’s tracks were synched on several TV series, such as “Better Call Saul”, “Elementary”, “House of Lies”, “Star-Crossed” and features (“Enough Said”, “The Past is a Foreign Land”).

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