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Mason Stephenson Interview on Nagamag

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

Mason Stephenson:
My music focuses on a romantic/classic style and features a melancholy and peaceful sound.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Mason Stephenson:
I have played piano for around four years, on and off, and I began writing my own pieces at the start of 2020. Since then I have released two pieces and I have more pieces ready for release in the near future.


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

Mason Stephenson:
I played piano for the first time in secondary school but not long after, I decided to play guitar which my best friend taught me. I used to play guitar in a heavy metal band for a few years before going back to piano and discovering my love for classical music.


Nagamag:
What is your creative process like?

Mason Stephenson:
I am a big believer of just playing the way you feel. Wether that be pouring your feelings into music as a way of release or delving into your emotions for a great sense of connection with what you play.


Nagamag:
Who are some of your influences?

Mason Stephenson:
My favourite composer will always be Chopin. I always feel that his pieces contain so much raw emotion and are so intricate that they will always interest me. In modern classical I am also a big lover of a composer called Eric Christian, his music is massively romantic which is one of my favourite qualities of piano pieces. I find that romantic pieces can really tell a story and paint a picture in your mind without the need for words. I find that being able to tell a story with only notes and melody is a truly remarkable art form.


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?

Mason Stephenson:
Fleetwood Mac "Rhiannon"


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

Mason Stephenson:
Eric Christian "Valse Arabesque No.1"

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Sam Miller Interview on Nagamag

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

Sam Miller:
Chamber folk-pop for most of my music with words and Neo-Classical for my instrumental works.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Sam Miller:
I've been a sideman in rock bands for years and during the COVID lockdown I started recording classical music, which is my current direction. I play bass, guitar and piano.


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

Sam Miller:
I re-discovered my love of music when I started playing piano after college. During that time I was also immersed in a song-writing community, which had a great effect on my creative sensibilities.


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?

Sam Miller:
Hyri "Work of the Devil"


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

Sam Miller:
Laura & Anton "Castles in the Air"

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In Void Interview on Nagamag

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Renault to the left & Peugeot to the right


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

In Void:
Neo-classical mainly. Also punk rock, opera and anything with accordians.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

In Void:
Renault: I was a modern artist in the truest sense of the word. Some paint with a brush, others with a pallet knife or sponge, I, well...I paint with myself, if you get my drift. I dip my manly member in paint and let my passion be my guide. I dazzled the tourists for years on the streets of Mont Martre, singing opera arias all the while and even playing accordian while painting with my "all natural brush". It would seem that some of my female admirers were a bit too dazzled however, and a jealous husband threw me into the Seine, and when I crawled out, I saw the wretched face of Peugeot. From that moment on, we were inseparable.
Peugeot: I was the lead singer of a French punk band called "The Flaming Maggots" or "Les Asticots Enflammes" for a few years. We had a couple hit songs-maybe you've heard "Merde, merde merde!" or "Ton cul est tros grand! Va t'en, va t'en!". Then, I woke up one morning, hungover in a back alley of Paris and vomited on the person next to me, who turned out to be Renault, et voila, the rest is history.


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

In Void:
Renault: I saw Mozart's "Don Giovanni" as a small garcon, and thought, "mon dieu, I want to grow up to be such a man! So many conquests, and set to such lovely music."
Peugeot: My dearly departed mother was a Sex Pistols groupie and so I heard their fine, skillful and passionate music every day in utero. I have sought to emulate them in thought, word and deed ever since. To this day, I wake up at 1pm every day to their masterpiece, "Frigging in the Rigging".


Nagamag:
Favorite book?

In Void:
Renault: Les Miserables, L'Etranger, Lolita, O Calcutta
Peugeot: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish


Nagamag:
Best shag ever?

In Void:
Peugeot: Brigitte Bardot or Queen Elizabeth. Too close to call.
Renault: Lady Gaga, hands down.


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?

In Void:
Mozart (This is Renault's pick of the week, from his favorite opera, Don Giovanni. In this aria, the servant, Leporello lists his master Don Giovanni's thousands of other conquests in an effort to "console" a woman whose heart he has just broken. The piece is very near and dear to Renault's heart, for obvious reasons.) Madamina, il Catalogo


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

In Void:
Sex Pistols Anarchy in the UK

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Matthew Avery Interview on Nagamag

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

Matthew Avery:
Classical, minimalism, ambient, melancholy.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Matthew Avery:
I used to play guitar in several punk/hardcore bands from age 15-23 and then slowly began composing on piano over the next years. I find the sounds of the piano soothing and more conducive towards composing songs that inspire strong emotions. Guitar is still an amazing instrument that I enjoy playing, but the piano has taken over as my instrument of choice over the past few years.


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

Matthew Avery:
My first real love of music came when I heard AFI's album "Sing the Sorrow". The guitar tones, song structures, lyrics, melodies and production quality were all so perfect in capturing a sort of romantic feeling of sadness. I would say my biggest inspiration for composing instrumental music came later from listening to movie soundtracks done by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis as well as Clint Mansell. They were able to inspire so much emotion with minimalistic piano-based songs.


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?

Matthew Avery:
Caravels "Hanging Off"


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

Matthew Avery:
Nil Ciuró "Inner"

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Johan Famaey Interview on Nagamag

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

Johan Famaey:
neo-classical, piano, musical, cinematic


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Johan Famaey:
I was four years old when I played my first tunes on the accordeon, taught by my father. It would culminate into my graduation as master in music at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, Belgium in 2002. 18 years and countless performance in Europe and China and compositions later, a new episode has started in 2020. After very successful performances of my musical Hors in February 2020, based on the legend of Bayard, I've decided to pursue my love for performing on the piano and composing even more passionately.


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

Johan Famaey:
Music was all around me, since my parents were musicians. My father was my first inspirator. Not only did he teach me how to play, he also let me appreciate all genres of music by playing records. I remember very vividly how I was not only enchanted by music of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Schubert but also liked to play arrangements of old songs like 'Crying in the Chapel'. Wen I was a teenager, I heard the music of Ennio Morricone for the first time with the broadcast of 'Secret of the Sahara' on television. His music has had a very profound effect on my adoration for a melody that touches the soul. Music should be felt.


Nagamag:
Do you have any new music coming out?

Johan Famaey:
This year 2020, I will release more piano and orchestral music and even some tracks with vocals on it. For music videos, I work together with the amazing film producer María Cecilia Alguacil from Argentina. Moon Touch has been masterfully produced by her and also Time Passenger is an extraordinary beautiful video which will be shown for the first time September 25th on YouTube. It will be available on Spotify and other streaming platforms around half to end October.


Nagamag:
Do you have any concerts coming up?

Johan Famaey:
Due to covid, it is very difficult for us musicians to perform. Nevertheless, November 28 en 29 I will present a whole new show with my music with piano, backing tracks, dance, vocals and all whistles and bells in terms of light and sound. This will take place in my hometown in Hamme, Belgium.


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?

Johan Famaey:
Symphony X "When all is lost"


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

Johan Famaey:
Nils Frahm "Ambre"

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Mark Sutton Interview on Nagamag

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

Mark Sutton:
Spiritual
Orchestral
Easy Listening
Cinematic
Nostalgic


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Mark Sutton:
My family are mainly all musicians and music and theatre were encouraged growing up. I've not played live too many times, but one of my highlights was accompanying a ukulele player for the Cheltenham Jazz Festival a few years back.
My main aim is to get my music distributed to as many ears as possible. The positive feedback I receive about my tunes always spurs me on to do more.


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

Mark Sutton:
When I was around 10 years old I remember starting to play the piano. I started creating some small tunes and my parents decided they would send me to have some piano lessons but after 6 months the teacher decided she could not teach me as I played by ear and once I had the tune in my head all the fingering was wrong.
Elton John, Scott Joplin and James P. Johnson were all great inspirers for me growing up.


Nagamag:
How has your music progressed over the years?

Mark Sutton:
Over the last 15 years in particular, my music has more or less been channeled. I sit at the piano and literally tune into my higher self and the tunes seem to flow from my fingers. I've also dabbled with orchestrating my tracks using Logic Pro and these seem to have been widely well received, although my first love and inspiration is from the piano.


Nagamag:
Do you favour a particular type of piano?

Mark Sutton:
At the moment I play a baby grand K.Kawai GL-30. I love the tone and speed of the notes from the way the keys are weighted, they seem to encourage me to play. I've had quite a few pianos over the years, Yamaha, Kaps and a Kemble/Mozart limited edition. All of which have played their part in helping me do mine.


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?

Mark Sutton:
Supertramp "Logical Song"


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

Mark Sutton:
Randy Newman "God's Song"

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Chiara Dubey Interview on Nagamag

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

Chiara Dubey:
My music is a crossover between alternative pop, dreamy electronic, and modern classical - a fusion of airy strings textures, electronic beats/ sound design and my voice.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Chiara Dubey:
I sing since when I was a child and started playing the violin at the age of 5. As I grew up, it became clear to me that I wanted to become a professional musician and I chose to study classical music at the conservatoire, majoring in violin and composition. In parallel, I kept performing as a singer/songwriter on international stages - like the Eurovision national finale. In 2018 I left my homeland and moved to London, where I completed my Master studies in vocal performance. Now I am back in Switzerland where I focus on my project as a solo artist.


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

Chiara Dubey:
On the weekends, when I was a child, I would have tea (chai tea) with my father in the morning. It was our little ceremony. While he would prepare the tea, I would play an old CD of Céline Dion, always the same one, and I would sing along with all the air that I had in my lungs. I remember it would fill me with an ecstatic feeling, the same one I still have now when I perform. I guess these were the first moments where I fell in love with music and that bond never broke.


Nagamag:
You just released your début album, Constellations. What is the idea behind it?

Chiara Dubey:
As a child, I would spend most of my summers in the mountains. Nights, away from the city lights were so dark and quiet, and the sky was a breathtaking, dusty explosion of stars. Other children and I would lay for hours on the grass, just staring at them - and eventually keeping count of the falling stars. I couldn’t avoid noticing, what an influence that sight would have on my thoughts. It would slowly detach me from my daily reality, my thoughts would drown in that deep universe and I would find myself wondering about life, about death, about time, about dreams. That awareness and wonder accompanied me through the years, as I grew. I wanted to create an album that would carry some of those feelings, which are a beautiful part of our human essence. They accompany us in our choices and habits, but our daily pattern somehow makes it difficult for us just to find that space, that quietness, which allows our mind to wonder and dream. I have the feeling that we often get lost in the fuss of our busy scheduled lives. With Constellations, I wanted to emulate the effect that the deep, starred skies have on me, and create an atmosphere that would invite people to evade their reality, just for a while.


Nagamag:
Your album also contains instrumentals, why this choice?

Chiara Dubey:
Classical music is an important part of my personality and I like to express myself just trough sound sometimes, trough compositions, without using words. In this album I really wanted to include this side of me as well, without fearing what the audience might expect from me. It also gives me the chance to perform with the violin on stage, from time to time!


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?

Chiara Dubey:
Jon Hopkins "Emerald Rush"


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

Chiara Dubey:
Aurora "Infections of a different kind"

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Lynn Tredeau Interview on Nagamag

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

Lynn Tredeau:
Neo-classical, Contemporary Solo Piano, New Age Piano


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Lynn Tredeau:
I began piano lessons at 5 years of age and that opened a doorway to learning many other instruments including flute, clarinet, saxophone, guitar & pipe organ. After many years of teaching piano, I retired to pursue a life long dream to create original music. My debut album Echoes of Life was released in 2015 followed later that same year by a Christmas album Snowlight (A Christmas Memory), which was awarded Best Holiday Album at Enlightened Piano Radio. Over the next 4 years I released 4 additional albums and 12 single releases. My music has been featured on about 6 compilation albums and received many nominations. Two albums were awarded Best Solo Piano Album at Zone Music Reporter, Fellowship of Solitude in 2018 and All the Pieces in 2019. A track (Photos Without a Memory) from my sixth album was also chosen as Track of the Year by One World Music Radio. My single releases have allowed me to collaborate with other musicians and try my hand at other styles of music.


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

Lynn Tredeau:
My father loved the music of Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Every Sunday, he would cook breakfast for the family and sing along to his favorite records. My other childhood memory was practicing on my old piano in the basement and my mother would call down the stairs to "play her favorite" which was Clair De Lune. To this day I can hear her voice when I play that song.


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?

Lynn Tredeau:
John Denver "Annie's Song"


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

Lynn Tredeau:
Michele McLaughlin "A Beautiful Distraction"

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Kepa Lehtinen Interview on Nagamag

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

Kepa Lehtinen:
Classical, cinematic


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Kepa Lehtinen:
I was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1971 and began studying music in childhood, eventually learning to play piano, synthesizers, theremin, and drums. I went on to study Sound Design at Finland’s Aalto University and I have since written music for many films, commercials, and TV productions. My work has appeared in award-winning Finnish titles such as Kimmo (TV series), Almost 18 (feature film), and A Stone LeftUnturned (short film). I released my first solo album, Playing Theremin, in 2018. In 2019 I released Helsinki in November and 2020 album “It Is OK To Be Sad And Dark”.


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

Kepa Lehtinen:
As a child, the Queen was the biggest. Seeing live aid on tv and year after that seeing band live (on Stockholm). Point of no return.


Nagamag:
Does your music have any underlying messages in it?

Kepa Lehtinen:
Strong melodies over anything else.


Nagamag:
Is music political? Should it be?

Kepa Lehtinen:
I have been on some political projects, including "I Have Only Just Begun,” a song for gay rights in Russia. It made Boy George cry and Madonna said it is something Putin should hear.


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?

Kepa Lehtinen:
Placebo "Running up that hill"


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

Kepa Lehtinen:
Ryuichi Sakamoto "The Sheltering Sky"

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Leena Hertz Interview on Nagamag

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

Leena Hertz:
Neo-classics, new age, instrumental, spiritual, piano, cinematic


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Leena Hertz:
I am playing piano since the time I remember myself. My mom is a music teacher and my dad is a big music lover. So piano, guitars, vinyl, music players were normal things in our family. My study background is 16 years: 9 year of classical piano school, 6 years of jazz piano in Moscow College of Improvising Music and 1 year of film composer study in Moscow Film School. Before 2018 I worked mostly as a pianist. I worked at exhibitions and events in Russia and abroad, I played covers and my own music. And I noticed that the public's reaction to my music was very positive. People told me that while listening to my music they had been wrapped in memories, different images, they cried. In 2016 I initiated a movement Piano Maniacs with the idea to connect those who are crazy about piano. But in 2017 I decided to be a professional film composer. In 2018 I started to work as a film composer. Also I've been playing sacred music for Gurdjieff's sacred dances since 2009. In June 2019 I started to record my first studio album Az Esm. It was released on 30/06/2020.


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

Leena Hertz:
From the beginning of my life I felt myself as a real musician. I always played piano, sang songs, composed music. I played with rattled glass bottles that they are participants of some orchestra. I always made different noises with different things and heard music in them. Now I think that profession of sound designer could be good for me.


Nagamag:
What does the name of your album mean?

Leena Hertz:
My album is called Az Esm. It means I Am. But my music is not about myself. It's about you. You will learn something more about yourself, maybe you will recall something forgotten or maybe you'll discover something new in yourself. You will watch your own movie.


Nagamag:
Where can we listen to your album?

Leena Hertz:
Here is the link to the album: sl.onerpm.com/1393422220


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?

Leena Hertz:
Shpongle "Around The World In A Tea Daze"


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

Leena Hertz:
Shpongle "Dorset Perception"

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