Banco de Gaia Interview on Nagamag

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

Banco de Gaia:
World dance, global, ambient, trance, techno, dub


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Banco de Gaia:
I started out playing drums in rock bands then moved on to guitar. In the 80's I was playing jazz and listening to world music then discovered acid house and became immersed in electronic dance music. Since 1989 I've been writing, recording and performing as Banco de Gaia and I'm not sure if I'll ever stop!


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

Banco de Gaia:
I saw Hawkwind performing Silver Machine on TV when I was 6 or 7. Lots of strobes and smoke and a man with long hair, I thought 'that's what I want to do'.


Nagamag:
Why is world music so imprtant to you?

Banco de Gaia:
I love combining sounds from different countries and cultures, it constantly amazes me that music from wildly different places can share the same basic heart. Music really is a universal language.


Nagamag:
What have you been working on recently?

Banco de Gaia:
I just released a two-track single 'Pirates and Princes' as part of New York Times reporter Ian Urbina's 'Outlaw Ocean' project. He has been travelling the seas documenting what goes on out in international waters where no laws apply. It's pretty grim at times but it's important to spotlight the crimes that are going on out there, and incorporating his reporting into music has been a fascinating mission.


Nagamag:
Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?

Banco de Gaia:
Yes "Going For The One"


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

Banco de Gaia:
William Orbit "Water from a Vine Leaf"

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Mazoulew Interview on Nagamag

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

Mazoulew:
My music has always floated across a few genres, I never really considered myself a 'Hip Hop' or 'Dance' producer for example as I found the idea of limiting yourself to a certain style or tempo of music rather limiting and constraining for creativity. My new record covers quite a lot of ground from downtempo/electronica all the way through to ambient/neo-classical works. I guess at the end of the day, I write what I feel at that specific moment and the result can be a lot of different feelings and emotions being conveyed.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Mazoulew:
When I first got into music I was involved in the Hip Hop/ Drum and bass world, I used to collaborate with literally hundres of different artists and bands. I spent a lot of time engineering and co writing works for people before I really started to focus on my solo material


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

Mazoulew:
I remember when I must have been no more then 10 years old, standing in a charity shop with two casettes in my hand
It was something like Now 50 I think and in the other hand 'The Score' by the fugees. I didnt know anything about either record but I bought 'the score' for something crazy like £1.5 and that was it for me, I played that tape over and over till it wore out and snapped. I obviously went and bought another copy on CD after that but yeah that record changed my life really and opened my mind to different a different sound and different ideas.


Nagamag:
Can you tell us a little bit more about the 'Movements EP'

Mazoulew:
So yeah, this record is quite special to me as I really felt like I had the possibility to focus myself and refine a lot of ideas that I had been thinking about in recent years. I wanted, as I say to cover a lot of ground and explore ideas that I am not really hearing other people put together at the moment. I wanted to show there is a way you can combine such moods as cinmeatic, orchestral arrangments with dance floor electronica. It could be very easy to make a project like this and for each of the individual tracks to sound disconnected from one another. The challenge is to imprint enough of your sonic character and style into the sound to give continuity across the tracks regardless of what genre/style they are written in


Nagamag:
Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?

Mazoulew:
Burial "Ghost Hardware"


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

Mazoulew:
Rival Consoles "Recovery"

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Blooy Interview on Nagamag

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

Blooy:
Blooy's sound is its own unique flavor of chillout that’s fueled by dreamy electronics, lo-fi hip-hop beats, drama-filled instrumentation and melancholic soundscapes.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Blooy:
In the nineties I was inspired by the emerging trend of house music and started working together with producer and composer Dorian Broekhuyse, with whom I collaborated on several dance projects.
In the beginning of this millennium our musical style evolved to chillout music. Dorian and I launched our nu-classical project “Bardo State” in 2008, especially known from the internationally acclaimed song “Sospiro” (album “Mariposa”). Several Bardo State songs were licensed to well-known samplers such as Buddha-Bar and Supperclub. The track "Kosovo" was the soundtrack of the Hollywood film Jekyll and Hyde.


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

Blooy:
I'm the son of Jan Wijn, a famous Dutch concert pianist. Raised on musical influences such as Chopin, Ravel and Saint-Saëns, I became interested in experimental jazz throughout my teenage years and I started playing drums. In my late teens, I also started singing and playing keyboard in the new wave band The Primrose Path. The often dark and gloomy sound of new wave music has continued to inspire me throughout my musical career.


Nagamag:
What exactly inspired you to start with Blooy?

Blooy:
I started working on my solo project “Blooy” during the Corona period. Inspired by the imperfection of lo-fi music, I combined chillout with jazz and classical influences, sometimes accompanied by spoken word. As the strongest form of art, I use Blooy’s music to express myself and always try to embellish my compositions with layers of heartfelt emotions.


Nagamag:
What are your musical plans for the future?

Blooy:
During 2021 I will be releasing my first two Blooy EP's on the label Sine Music and I'm planning to release my first album by the beginning of 2022.


Nagamag:
Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?

Blooy:
Thomas Newman "Revolutionary Road (End Title)"


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

Blooy:
Kupla "Roots"

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Stars and Rabbit Interview on Nagamag

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

Stars and Rabbit:
Alternative Pop/Folk


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Stars and Rabbit:
Didit: Experimenting the root
Elda: Self taught


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

Stars and Rabbit:
Elda:
1. when i sing in harmony for a choir
2. when i found Jewel singing with her guitar
3. when i finally wrote a song of my own
Didit:
When first time heard some of The Beatles songs and want to be able play the song with guitar


Nagamag:
Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?

Stars and Rabbit:
Niki & The Dove "Coconut Kiss"


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

Stars and Rabbit:
The Zombies "The Way I Feel Inside"

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Kebu Interview on Nagamag

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

Kebu:
I haven't found a single genre that would describe my music style, so I normally say "melodic instrumental synthesizer music, similar to that made in the 70's and 80's".


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Kebu:
Music was always only passionate hobby for me. I played some piano when I was a kid, but wasn't motivated to practice enough. It was first when I picked up the synthesizer in high school that I found my instrument. Since that, I played as a keyboardist in numerous hobby bands, and had small a bedroom studio as well. I worked as a project manager at a research center in Finland and have a PhD in energy engineering and environmental protection. So I always ended up being the project manager in the bands I played with as well. I started doing Youtube videos of me performing with various synths as synthesizer demonstration videos, but I used my own compositions. I quickly got a following and stopped playing in bands, as it was much more fun to do my own music and videos alone. Soon I had my first album out, and after my second album I quit my daytime job and started doing my music as a full-time job. Since then, I've given over a hundred concerts around Europe and right now I'm finalizing my third studio album "Urban Dreams", which will be out this autumn.


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

Kebu:
I was always amazed by the synthesizer music I grew up with in the eighties. The sounds were so otherworldly and bigger than life, but the music itself was also interesting. And at that time, it was something new, and optimistic - the future seemed full of amazing opportunities.


Nagamag:
On your concerts, you perform with a very large synthesizer setup. How do you manage it? Do you rent part of your gear and how do you manage to perform at festivals?

Kebu:
My synthesizer setup is a very integral part of my performance. We have a big van full of equipment that we set up for each concerts, and it takes us 4 hours to set everything up. People always think I look so happy and enthusiastic on stage, but that comes partly from the joy when all the equipment is working as it should! But it does impose some restrictions. For instance, we have to travel by road and sea, and performing at festivals is really difficult, since I need so much time to set everything up. I have considered a smaller, flight-friendly keyboard rig, but so far I haven't gotten around to make one, because it would take a lot of time for me to prepare a new rig. My current set has slowly evolved during a time span of ten years, and there's a lot of mixing automation going on, since I don't use backing tracks - the music you hear on stage is generated by the synths. Also, I wouldn't feel comfortable relying on rented synths. It would take too long time to transfer all my setting to the synths and ensure that everything is working as it should, so I prefer using my own synths. But there are many countries where I haven't been able to perform do these restrictions, so I will probably have to make a flight-friendly rig eventually.


Nagamag:
What can we expect from your upcoming album, "Urban Dreams"?

Kebu:
My upcoming album is about dreams - both day dreams and night-time dreams. So the songs tend to be on the slower side and I've many of them have a dreamy quality about them. For this album I generated about a hundred ideas - from single riffs to almost complete songs - and chose the ones that suited the theme of the album. But I might have generated a bit too many ideas for the album, because I really struggled with turning them into full songs. And while I was working on them I came up with sections that turned into new songs. And all of a sudden I realized I had 75 minutes of music, divided into 20 tracks. I thought about splitting it up into two albums, but I felt that these songs were related and belonged on the same album.


Nagamag:
Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?

Kebu:
Peter Gabriel "In Your Eyes"


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

Kebu:
Madis Carrying the Fire

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Dede K Interview on Nagamag

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

Dede K:
Afrobeat, Afropop, pop, afrohipop, reggae, dancehall


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Dede K:
Started music as Lil Bideo back in 2009 (while I was still in college). Had to drop music for some years to finish up my Bs.c education. In 2017, I returned to the musical world with a new stage name (Dede K aka De King Vibez). Music has always be part of me and I don’t see myself doing something else whilst I’m steady discovering new vibe.


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

Dede K:
Not sure.. grew up listening to legends and tbh, I’m not sure when I actually had interest in music but I do remember when it was time for me to record my first track in 2009


Nagamag:
How would you describe the music that you typically create?

Dede K:
I’m a storyteller and my music cuts across many genres. Rhythm, Melodic & lyric-intensive. Every song is a story or a poem told through music.. even in my party songs, I still fix in some meaningful words


Nagamag:
Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?

Dede K:
Young M.a. "Kween"


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

Dede K:
Bella Shurmda "World"

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Doppe & Kokke Interview on Nagamag

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

Doppe & Kokke:
We are definitely in the area of house music, in particular tropical house, and EDM. But we don't want to limit ourselves. We have a couple of chillstep tracks on the way also. We love a good melody that you can go and whistle on for a long time after hearing the track.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Doppe & Kokke:
We have always been interested in music but never taken the step to produce our own. Our original careers are in a very different area. At least once per year we go on a road trip around Europe and we prepare for weeks before to have the right playlists to set the mood in the car. The last year we have not been able to go on a trip, but we missed it and the good music, so we decided it was time to produce some of our own beats that we can listen to when the lockdown is over.


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

Doppe & Kokke:
The last years from maybe where Avicii, Kygo and similar DJs started to breakthrough I think we found a genre that was more appealing for both of us. We have always liked electronic music, but adding a great singer and making awesome melodies talks to us.


Nagamag:
What is your next project?

Doppe & Kokke:
We have a few new tracks in the making, but we are not stressing them. Without revealing too much one of them we are especially fond of which is a kind of mix of tropical house and RNB beats. We are currently working with a great singer and when she is ready I believe we have the next hit song ready.


Nagamag:
Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?

Doppe & Kokke:
Doppe: Jan Hammer Kokke: Gary Moore Doppe: "Miami Vice Theme" Kokke: "The Loner"


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

Doppe & Kokke:
Ehrling "Sthlm Sunset"

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Paul Cousins Interview on Nagamag

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

Paul Cousins:
Ambient, Tape, Experimental


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Paul Cousins:
I'm a music producer and composer based in London. I create ambient and experimental music using reel-to-reel, tape loops, analog synthesizers and field recordings. My interest lies in the exploration of new sounds and creating soundtracks for emotions. Recently I've also been producing and collaborating with other artists, and working with brands to create sound for film.


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

Paul Cousins:
After singing & playing bass in bands for a number of years I started to listen to a lot more instrumental music. I followed a trail of artists from Bowie to Eno to Tangerine Dream, which lead me to creating ambient music of my own. Once I got a few synths and started exploring sounds it became very freeing and I kind of fell in love with making music all over again.


Nagamag:
Do you have any upcoming releases?

Paul Cousins:
Yes, I have a live EP and an album planned for later on this year. It took a while to find the right direction to create an album, but once I found the right sonic palette it all fell into place. I'm looking forward to getting more music out there and sharing my explorations.


Nagamag:
Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?

Paul Cousins:
Sebastien Tellier "La ritournelle"


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

Paul Cousins:
Jon Hassell "Last Night The Moon Came"

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Village Boy Prince Interview on Nagamag

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

Village Boy Prince:
I would say Afro Beats, Dancehall, World Music.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Village Boy Prince:
I’m Village Boy Prince, an international Afro Beats/Dancehall Artist From Sierra Leone. At 8-years-old, is when I knew that music was my calling. I started my musical journey by singing and rapping in front of my then-class. By the time I turned 10, i was the talk of the town! I had already reached notoriety by performing at concerts, talent shows, and cinemas. After relocating to USA I finished up high school, and enrolled at Full Sail University to learn how to record, produce, mix, and master music. My end goal is to become a global recording artist and be self-sufficient when it comes to creating music. Since i arrived in the United States, I have worked vigorously on my skill. As a result, i went from being a singer and songwriter to adding producer and engineer to my list.


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

Village Boy Prince:
Yes, I was 8 years old. My dad gave me a Micheal Jackson dvd for thriller. That album really change my life. After I watched and listened to Micheal Jackson, It made me want to do music.


Nagamag:
Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?

Village Boy Prince:
Future "March Madness"


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

Village Boy Prince:
Young Thug "Check"

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MUDIE Interview on Nagamag

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

MUDIE:
Grew up listening to glam rock and punk, but also really into hip hop and electronic music. Trying to write the best possible song, with the coolest melody, without copying anyone, while using orginal sound signature and still feel punk. Hard shit.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

MUDIE:
Been playing in bands and writing music since 1999. Played more than 2000, released almost 40 albums, been around the world alot and still enjoy it.


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

MUDIE:
I think Bon Jovi were the first people that i've seen and think '' damn, they're so cool, I wanna do this! ". I used to sing Bon Jovi songs in the mirror all the time and trying to look cool with sleeveless shirt, fake tattoos and sunglasses at a VERY young age, like 5 or 6. Feels pretty good to actually to this for a living, in a VERY smallest scale.


Nagamag:
What d'you do beside music for a living.

MUDIE:
I do art in general. I draw, I paint, I design stuff for other people. Write songs for other people, produce albums and beats. Write poems and articles. I like to create things. It's very cool for me to have numerous projects and go through them as time passes and realize I just did a bunch of shit that people can either love, hate or don't care about. I also organize a big punk festival in Montreal called Pouzza Fest. It's gonna be the 10th edition when we can do festivals again.


Nagamag:
What would have been your dream job besides making art ?

MUDIE:
Professional athlete. I was a pretty good hockey player and kind of got a shot at it, but looking back, i would have loved to be a baseball player. I like the slow pace of baseball. The camaraderie. The fact that you play outside, the beautiful stadiums and uniforms. Definately would have loved every second of it.


Nagamag:
Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?

MUDIE:
Omnikrom "Meilleur Gars"


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

MUDIE:
Lost Love "Hell"

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