Leena Hertz Interview on Nagamag

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: https://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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Catty.L Interview on Nagamag

Catty.L Interview on Nagamag

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

Catty.L:
New Age, Neoclassical, Ambient, World, Singer-songwriter


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Catty.L:
Since the age 3 I've been learning to play piano and accordion, music had become a part of my life when I was a kid. I used to sing a lot (well maybe I still do?), then started writing music on my own since I found it's way more interesting. In 2017 my first single "Tirta Empul" was released, after that I've been writing many works in the genres of New Age, Neo-classical, ambient and world music. This year 2020 I'm publishing new Single/EP/albums every month, I'm always excited to write something new !


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

Catty.L:
I don't think there's a single one moment that made my wanna be a music artist... Like I said, music is a part of my life, some everything just happened very naturally. Real music can live for us after we died, and help us being remembered by the world, and that's one of the reason becoming a music artist.


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?

Catty.L:
Alexandre Desplat "The Angel"


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

Catty.L:
Olafur Arnalds "Near Light"

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Michele Nobler Interview on Nagamag.com

Michele Nobler Interview on Nagamag.com

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

Michele Nobler:
The genres that best describe my style are neoclassical, classic. Sometimes I am also involved in ambient and new age music.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Michele Nobler:
I have always had a passion for music since I was a child, even before I was able to read the scores, I was already playing my original improvisations. I consider music linked to images and more generally to the perception of the world through "sound images". This passion, encouraged by the Mo. Antonio Del Lungo, accompanied me during my 5 years of study at the Conservatory School of Experimental L. Cherubini in Florence (Mo. Rosario Mirigliano). I focus mainly on the neoclassical genre, following the modern minimalism of Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds. However, I also work on other musical genres: ambient, soundtrack and classical. At the end of 2016 I started to publish some of my works: the best ones are "Memory Tapes" (an album for solo piano, inspired by old video tapes, published by Double J Music), the book of sheet music for piano and the album "Suspended Souls" and the single "Cap Blanc Nez" which appeared in the HBO Spain TV series "Foodie Love" (directed by Isabel Coixet). The latest album just released is "Super 8", and as the title says, this too was inspired by vintage films!


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

Michele Nobler:
Yes, I believe this goes back to an old film that I saw as a child: 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas. I was fascinated by the idea that Captain Nemo could play under the ocean. I think that perhaps the ocean in Verne's book represents the unconscious ... It was then that I understood that I wanted to be a music composer, to tell what is hidden under the ocean.


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?

Michele Nobler:
Biagio Antonacci "Sognami"


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

Michele Nobler:
Niklas Paschburg "Tuur mang Welten"

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Shoshana Michel Interview on Nagamag.com

Shoshana Michel Interview on Nagamag.com

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

Shoshana Michel:
Neo-classical, contemporary solo piano, new age piano, minimal piano


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Shoshana Michel:
I started music lessons at the age of seven when a door-to-door salesman for a local music studio knocked on my front door. Throughout the years, I've played different genres of music at different venues from ragtime at Knott’s Berry Farm to contemporary solo piano at The Galleria at South Bay in Redondo Beach, California. In 2015, I recorded my first solo piano album, Soul Whispers, which inspired me to start writing my own music. In 2016, I released Dancing on the Wind, my debut album as a composer followed by Prelude to a Dream in 2017, Reflection in 2019 and Impressions in 2020. I'm extremely honored that my music has been featured in several documentaries and has received accolades, nominations and awards.


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

Shoshana Michel:
I was exposed to classical music through my father and big band era music through my mother, so I was open to listening to different genres of music. As a teenager, I started playing ragtime, became very enamored with the genre and started playing professionally. I believe, that is when my world really opened up to music.


Nagamag:
When you compose, do you compose for yourself or for those that listen to your music?

Shoshana Michel:
I think that it's a little of both. I compose what's in my heart, but I do keep in mind what my listeners may want to hear. Music should be a 'conversation' between the composer and the listener, it should 'speak' to the listener. When I compose from my heart, I believe that it will reach the hearts of my listeners, as well.


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?

Shoshana Michel:
Fats Waller "Handful of Keys"


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

Shoshana Michel:
Christine Brown "Forest for the Trees"

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Harry Maes Interview on Nagamag.com

Harry Maes Interview on Nagamag.com

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

Harry Maes:
My current music is influenced by neo-classical and melancholic music with an underlying emotion which focuses on listening to and finding your inner voice of soul. You can also find elements of jazz / fusion, EDM, Pop and Guitar instrumental music influences because I've been producing in these styles before I chose my new musical direction in 2019.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Harry Maes:
​I’m a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, piano/synths, drums, percussion). I’ve studied pop/jazz Guitar at the Rotterdam Conservatorium in the Netherlands. I've focused on playing fusion music in the 90s and started producing Pop and EDM after the year 2000. Between 2010 and 2018 I created fusion guitar compositions and video demos for various guitar related products. Since the end of 2018 I'm focusing on my new music direction.


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

Harry Maes:
Before the end of 2018 I was mainly focusing on producing music for other artists. In 2010 I've had a life threatening experience and it took me years to process all the emotions from that time. I've composed songs around 2012 that I've finally been able to work on again in 2019 and 2020. Inner Voice of Soul is one of those older songs that came to life in the last years. So my new music direction gave me the confidence to produce and finalize this music and choose to promote myself as an artist. It feels very liberating to finally share something that truly represents myself.


Nagamag:
Why have you chosen a new music direction in 2019?

Harry Maes:
At the end of 2018 I've made the bold decision to move from composing on guitar to piano! Because of that 2019 was a very intense but also exciting year in which I've forced myself to only compose on piano and improve my playing ability on piano. It was quite challenging but also liberating to not focus on guitar and fall back onto default patterns. The limitation of the piano has really led me to find my deeper underlying emotions, my inner voice and truly following my heart!


Nagamag:
Are your family or children also musicians?

Harry Maes:
My son Justin is a DJ and producer who lives in Seoul (South Korea). He's currently working closely with DJ Koo and LIPHOP and he's building his Entertainment Agency RISEDAWN specializing in Korean Future Pop and Digital Marketing. I've also worked with my daughter Tiffany during 2000 - 2010 in which we composed songs together and where she performed in the Dutch Eurovision preselection contest in 2004 and participated in the Dutch Idols 4 competition in 2008.


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?

Harry Maes:
Ailee (DJ Koo, Undaunted, Justin Levai) "Heartcrusher"


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

Harry Maes:
Olafur Arnalds "Only the Winds"

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Matt Stewart-Evans Interview on Nagamag.com

Matt Stewart-Evans
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Matt Stewart-Evans Interview on Nagamag.com

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

Matt Stewart-Evans:
As a solo artist - contemporary classical, neo-classical, whatever you want to call it.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Matt Stewart-Evans:
I’ve been playing piano for the past 12 years or so and have been writing music alongside that, whilst completing various music theory and performance exams right through to making the decision last year to switch to composing (almost) full-time.


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

Matt Stewart-Evans:
I've had a fascination of music from quite an early age, but only had a couple of years of piano lessons as a child before being distracted by other things in life. Thankfully my teacher was very good despite my lack of attention at the time, and I built a solid grasp of the essentials which was hugely valuable in picking the instrument back up years later. At 15, I got my first pair of turntables and mixer and that was my main musical outlet for the next ten years, but piano slowly took up more time and become more serious as a realised how much satisfaction I got from developing my skills and writing.


Nagamag:
What was a defining moment for you as an artist?

Matt Stewart-Evans:
A big change for me came around four years ago when 1631 Recordings contacted me to ask whether I'd be interested in adding one of my piano pieces "Opus #24" onto a compilation (Piano Cloud), as they were just starting out the label. That ended up being very successful and was playlisted for 6 months or so. Up until then, I'd not considered releasing my music commercially, but that was a big moment for me in terms of seeing an unexpected reward for doing something I loved, which made me consider how I could make it more central to my life.


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?

Matt Stewart-Evans:
Djrum "Showreel, Pt. 3"


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

Matt Stewart-Evans:
Hania Rani "F Major"

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Kevin Kerrigan Interview on Nagamag.com

Kevin Kerrigan
Interview

Kevin Kerrigan Interview on Nagamag.com

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

Kevin Kerrigan:
It's a cross between film soundtrack, ambient and classical music. I aim to create little worlds of music and sound to escape into..


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Kevin Kerrigan:
I grew up working with artists such as Brian Eno, Bjork, and film composer James Newton Howard. These guys gave me confidence in my own work, and also helped influence my creative approach to music (as well as probably my sound). These days I mostly compose music soundtracks for film, but I also release instrumental music soundtracks as an Artist.


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

Kevin Kerrigan:
I started making music by accident. My school had a fire, and the next day they had to throw away all the instruments. I asked if I could have an old electric piano which was in the dumpster. It was melted and looked like a Dali painting. But I repaired it and started writing little piano pieces on it. 25 years later I'm still essentially doing the same thing.


Nagamag:
Do you make any other styles of music?

Kevin Kerrigan:
Myself and Sophie Barker (of Zero 7) make music for children, called "The Rainbow Collections". We've been signed to Sony for about 15 years now and it's quite popular with young kids. It's fun to do.


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 Kerrigan:
Asa-Chang & Junray "Hana"


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

Kevin Kerrigan:
Jessica Curry "Finding the Pattern"

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Jan Ove Fjeld Interview on Nagamag.com

Jan Ove Fjeld
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Jan Ove Fjeld Interview on Nagamag.com

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

Jan Ove Fjeld:
Classical, Soundtrack, Minimalist, Neoclassical, Piano


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Jan Ove Fjeld:
Played the piano most of my life. Went to music school growing up. Composed music since i started playing.


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

Jan Ove Fjeld:
So many. But remember I loved listening to Pink Floyd


Nagamag:
What are you working on at the moment?

Jan Ove Fjeld:
Right now Im working on my 3 album. Also do a lots of video making. As a former cameraman, I make videos to some of my songs. Also make music videos for other band from time to time.


Nagamag:
Where do you find inspiration?

Jan Ove Fjeld:
I find a lot of inspiration in nature. Forest, mountains, Spend most of the summer months on a isolatet mountain cabin, where I do a lot of composing. I love nature and has a huge respect for it.


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?

Jan Ove Fjeld:
Pink Floyd "Another brick in the wall"


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

Jan Ove Fjeld:
Nils Frahm "Ambre"

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Lorenzo Tempesti Interview on Nagamag.com

Lorenzo Tempesti
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Lorenzo Tempesti Interview on Nagamag.com

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

Lorenzo Tempesti:
Modern classical music Piano crossover


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Lorenzo Tempesti:
I define myself as a composer, specialized in piano and soundtrack music. At the beginning I was mostly writing music for videos, documentaries, commercials in my region. Meanwhile, I used to play in various music bands, among which Silvia Michelotti and Cushini di fanfole. My personal soloist career started with the CD "While the others sleep" in 2016. I've continued distributing a wide production music library through my websites www.bestproductionmusic.com and www.suonimusicaidee.it, on which it is possible to request and obtain licenses for using my tracks in videos, apps and other projects. My music production has increased in the last two years: in 2019 I've released three Digital 45s (Valzer della dogaressa, Leonardo and The flat sea) and one single (6 minutes - 44). At the end of the year I've started also a parallel electronic music project called "Storm(s)". In January 2020 the new modern classical single "Last Bourbon" and the EP "Still Alive" as Storm (s) were released. The "Suite for Malta" EP, dedicated to the Mediterranean island, was released in April 2020.


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

Lorenzo Tempesti:
Not sure of which is the most important among these three: - the immersion in music listening I've lived in my parents' house - my first music keyboard, when I was 8 - the nights I spent composing in my room, when I was a teenager


Nagamag:
What is the impact of the new music distribution system for an artist like you?

Lorenzo Tempesti:
Since piano music is still a "niche", for me this is a great opportunity. From selling 300-400 records now I can count 30/40,000 monthly listeners, spread all around the world instead only in my region and country. And many opportunities came also from the contact with other artists, with which I exchange ideas and start collaborations.


Nagamag:
What is your role as an artist in this Covid-2019 emergency?

Lorenzo Tempesti:
I am participating in many charity and cultural initiatives related to the virus emergency: in particular I took part in the realization of the song "Il cuore resta aperto" written by Giulia Daici and played "from home" together with 12 other artists of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, to fund our local hospital. I am also playing in FB live streamings together with other pianists for the live series "Pianisti in quarantena".


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?

Lorenzo Tempesti:
Eric Clapton "I shot the Sheriff"


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

Lorenzo Tempesti:
Bruno Sanfilippo Piano Textures 5 III

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Rikard Mathisson Interview on Nagamag.com

Rikard Mathisson
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Rikard Mathisson Interview on Nagamag.com

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

Rikard Mathisson:
Neoclassic, Contemporary Piano, Ambient Piano


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Rikard Mathisson:
I took piano lessons from when I was seven years old, and continued doing this until I graduated from high school. In the teenage I had the usual "play in a band" dream, and it never really grew on me, but unfortunately it made me put the piano aside and focus on the keyboard for many years. I even played in a fairly successful country band for a few years but finally laid of the keyboard carreer as a broke musician. However, my mid-life crisis woke me up and at the age of 40 I suddenly realized I needed to become the pianist I've always been. So out of the blue I started write piano music, to my own surprise, and there you go!


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

Rikard Mathisson:
As a small kid, we had an old black upright piano with candlesticks and chipped keys at home. I started playing on that broken piano around the age of four and the connection was strong and real. My mother bougt a cheap polish built from particleboard which was my main instruments for twenty years. A little more than ten years ago from today I got hold of a beautiful grand old upright Zimmermann piano from 1906, which have taken the place in my heart where the piano of my childhood once belonged.


Nagamag:
What is most important with music for you?

Rikard Mathisson:
I believe strongly in connectling to peoples emotions, which makes the music have a value of it's own. I've once said that touching one heart would be sufficient for me, but now when I have reached out to ten thousands of hearts, I've realized that there are no such limitations. I want my music to reach out to people, that is the most important to me.


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?

Rikard Mathisson:
Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody"


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

Rikard Mathisson:
William Ogmundsen "Blithe and Bonny"

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