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Introduction of Pop Music

Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the 1950s, deriving from rock and roll. The terms “popular music” and “pop music” are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many different styles. Pop music is eclectic, and often borrows elements from other styles such as rock, urban, dance, Latin, and country. Pop music typically focuses on catchy melodies and hooks, and tends to be more commercial in nature than other genres of popular music. It is intended to appeal to a wide audience, and often incorporates elements of other genres such as hip hop, rock, and electronic music.

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Recent Pop Interviews

  • Jem Bosatta interview on Nagamag Music Magazine

Maven Grace Interview on Nagamag

January 21st, 2023|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Maven Grace
Interview

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

Maven Grace:
Bands are extremely good at defining themselves by saying what they aren’t. It’s much harder to make positive statements about what you are. If there’s a genre which includes Marvin Gaye, Radiohead and Ennio Morricone then that’s our genre. Someone described us on the radio yesterday as ‘dreamscape space cowboy movie soundtrack music’. That’s a good attempt, I think – a bizarre amalgam of styles which somehow makes sense.
It’s a difficult one because I don’t think we have a ‘signature’ track. If we had one song that summed us up and encapsulated our creative ambitions, we’d probably have to stop and say ‘Job done!’ Of the music we’ve released so far, I think Lone Star has a good combination of our musical ideas. It has elements of all three of our voices, and I certainly hope that anyone who hears it will be intrigued to dig deeper.

Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Maven Grace:
We’ve all known each other a long time. Tom and I first met when we were in different bands signed to the same label as teenagers. My first national tour was supporting him, actually. I remember thinking that our dressing room at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire was even more spacious than the one at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen.
Mary and I also met on the gig circuit in London. I accidentally insulted her by saying I loved her band’s song with the lyric… ‘Condition’s normal, you’re coming home’. She said, ‘That’s Enola Gay by OMD, the only cover in our set’.Anyway, I hope she’s forgiven me. And it is a brilliant song. It has an indelible melody and great instrumentation. It can be enjoyed on that level, but if you want to dig a little deeper, you rapidly discover something very sombre and lyrically serious. I like that approach to songwriting. Let the deeper meaning and intent creep up on people.

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

Maven Grace:
I remember the Rolling Stones song You Can’t Always Get What You Want being on tv when I was a child. My mother’s ears pricked up and she said ‘Oh, I sang on that’. I can pick out her voice even now. She was in a brilliant touring choir, so I was familiar from a very young age with the idea that music meant travel. I was also able to forge a personal connection, albeit on a very small level, to a song loved by a lot of people. That was inspiring. In retrospect, I’m so glad she sang on the track she did. It might be a little trickier if it had been Under My Thumb or Brown Sugar – lyrics which have not aged very well.

Nagamag:
Your single Lone Star is inspired by Clark Gable – and indirectly by Bryan Ferry. Tell us a little bit about Clark Gable that we should know, and what made you want to write a song about him?

Maven Grace:
The Roxy song title 2HB references Humphrey Bogart. For some reason, I immediately associated him in my mind with Clark Gable, and obviously the Golden Age of Hollywood in general. There is something fascinating about the tension between the glamour and deification of film stars and their real lives. The studios sold Gable to the world as an icon of romance and masculinity, but the real man behind the performances was deeply uncomfortable with his image. Also, real tragedies befell him, like having to give up his child for adoption and his wife’s death in a wartime plane crash. He’s a symbol of the gulf between dreams and reality, I suppose. I could’ve written it about Marilyn Monroe, but Bernie Taupin got there first.

Nagamag:
Maven Grace album has contributing musicians from all over the world. Was that the intention when you set out? Has the vision for the band and album changed with these contributions?

Maven Grace:
The major contributor other than the three of us is our friend the violinist Diana Galvydyte. She is one of the great contemporary players, but, like a lot of classically trained musicians, she prefers to work from a score. So although her playing is amazing, she was largely bringing ideas to life that we had already worked on. To that extent, the vision always remained very much with the three of us in the band. But the difference between real playing and demo samples is inexpressible, so she helped bring everything she touched to life in a very vibrant and dramatic way.

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

Maven Grace:
Rachid Taha – Lli Fat Mat

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

Maven Grace:
Robert Stillman – Cherry Ocean

Discover & Listen to Maven Grace

Maven Grace on Spotify

Maven Grace’s Signature Track

Maven Grace on Social Media

Facebook: @MavenGraceMusic – www.facebook.com/MavenGraceMusic/

Instagram: @mavengracemusic – www.instagram.com/mavengracemusic/

Twitter: @MavenGraceMusic – twitter.com/MavenGraceMusic

  • Isabel Dumaa interview on Nagamag Music Magazine

Isabel Dumaa Interview on Nagamag

August 13th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Isabel Dumaa Interview on Nagamag

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

Isabel Dumaa:
The umbrella genre for my music is pop, but I would define it as indie pop or alt-pop with little elements of folk and R&B!


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Isabel Dumaa:
I have been singing since practically before I could talk, and began songwriting at a young age as well. I took singing lessons throughout my childhood, and begged my parents for guitar and piano lessons so I could accompany myself and start playing live. Since day 1 I have always wanted to be a singer and pursue music. After graduating High School I moved down to LA to do music full time, and feel so grateful I get to be working every day at something I love so dearly.


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

Isabel Dumaa:
It is difficult to pinpoint my very first connection to my love of music, but there is one early memory that sticks out. I was about 5 years old when my cousin played me You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift, and I have never fallen in love with a song quicker. It immediately became my favorite song and was pretty much all I listened to for about a year. My parents bought me my first iPod shuffle about a year later and all I had on it was You Belong With Me and 4 other songs from Fearless all of which I listened to on repeat. Taylor Swift has been a huge inspiration for me growing up and throughout my career and that was where my love for her began.


Nagamag:
What would be your dream venue to play?

Isabel Dumaa:
I was raised right in the heart of San Francisco and over the years attended many concerts and shows all over the city. Every show I went to I couldn't help but picture myself on the stage someday getting to sing in my home city. Every year "Outside Lands Festival" is held in Golden Gate Park and pretty much every young person in the bay area is there. It is essentially the coachella of NorCal. Outside Lands is such a vivid part of my growing up and every year I went I couldn't help but dream and picture myself on one of those stages, getting to play for all the people standing where I stood all those times. So a definite dream venue would be to be able to headline at Outside Lands!


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

Isabel Dumaa:
"Kiss Of Venus" Paul McCartney and Dominic Fike


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

Isabel Dumaa:
"The Walls Are Way Too Thin" Holly Humberstone

Discover & Listen to Isabel Dumaa

Isabel Dumaa on Spotify

Isabel Dumaa's Signature Track

Isabel Dumaa on Social Media

Isabel Dumaa's Website

Pop Featured Releases

  • Matsana - Proportions, Pop music genre, Nagamag Magazine

Matsana – Proportions

December 15th, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

“Грустная, минорная и сильная работа от -Matsana-, с богатой эмоциональной и звуковой палитрой. Вокал и мелодия переплетены друг с другом как ветви двух деревьев, образуя одно целое. Глубина и атмосфера, лирика и яркий свет, который пробивается сквозь толщу облаков этого произведения.”

“Sad, minor and strong work from -Matsana-, with a rich emotional and sound palette. The vocals and melody are intertwined with each other as branches of two trees, forming one whole. Depth and atmosphere, lyrics and bright light, which breaks through the thickness of the clouds of this work.” (Automatically Translated)

-Nagamag.com

Track Sources:
Spotify: open.spotify.com/track/0XasuXFOQgCt213649fWvy
Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG43fzUV0BU
Apple Music: music.apple.com/us/album/proportions/1644228487?i=1644228489

Artist’s Socials:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/itsmatsana/
Twitter: twitter.com/ItsMatsana
TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@itsmatsana

Website: tinyurl.com/proportionspresave

  • Dan Fable - One Punch Tommy, Pop music genre, Nagamag Magazine

Dan Fable – One Punch Tommy

December 15th, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

“Если в музыку можно влюбляться, то это однозначно нужно начинать с нового трека от -Dan Fable-. Атмосферная работа в жанре Indie Pop, в котором переплетены игра на живых инструментах, качественный вокал и душевная лирика.”

“If you can fall in love with the music, then this definitely needs to start with a new track from -dan fable-. Atmospheric work in the Indie Pop genre, in which a game of living instruments, high -quality vocals and sincere lyrics are intertwined.” (Automatically Translated)

-Nagamag.com

This song released by: Guestlist Records

Track Sources:
Spotify: open.spotify.com/track/4SoqwzilzxC6nm5Ag8kG49
Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpBkGusTCT0
Deezer: www.deezer.com/track/2001878347

Artist’s Socials:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/danfable/

  • Jen Eve - Darling, It's Hard (Ft. Sam Page), Pop music genre, Nagamag Magazine

Jen Eve – Darling, It’s Hard (Ft. Sam Page)

December 14th, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

“Απαλά, σχεδόν αέρινα φωνητικά διασκορπίζονται λες και έρχονται από τον ουρανό. Η μελωδία συγκινητική και με κομψότητα δίνει το χάδι της ακούραστα. Ο ρυθμός μας ταξιδεύει σαν ένα τρένο που περνά μέσα από τα πιο όμορφα αλλά μελαγχολικά τοπία και μας αφήνει πολύχρωμες αναμνήσεις.”

“Soft, almost airy vocals are scattered as if they come from heaven. The melody moving and elegant gives its caress tirelessly. Our rhythm travels like a train that passes through the most beautiful but melancholy landscapes and leaves us with colorful memories.” (Automatically Translated)

-Nagamag.com

This song released by: Marlborough Records

Track Sources:
Spotify: open.spotify.com/track/7qh2l5Fi45js8AV5XzlL0G
Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU1ANRtnYx0
Apple Music: music.apple.com/us/album/darling-its-hard-feat-sam-page/1652971521?i=1652971534
Deezer: www.deezer.com/track/2002009737

Latest Pop discoveries

  • Izzy Escobar  - Aquarius, Pop music genre, Nagamag Magazine

Izzy Escobar – Aquarius

February 4th, 2023|Tags: , , |

Вы когда-либо бывали на берегу дикой, горной реки, чьи ледяные водопады сверкают капельками алмазов на прибрежной траве? Именно такие чувства вызывает голос -I... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #indiepop #nagamag #musicmagazine

  • FRE - FRE & Annalisa Minetti - Nevica, Pop music genre, Nagamag Magazine

FRE – FRE & Annalisa Minetti – Nevica

February 4th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Эмоциональное и чувственное погружение в атмосферу качественного Alt Pop трека, который преподнесёт вам отличный заряд бодрости. Нежный и чувственный вокал, ро... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #rap #altpop #nagamag #musicmagazine IG: @fre.official

  • The Magician x The Aston Shuffle - Differences, Pop music genre, Nagamag Magazine

The Magician x The Aston Shuffle – Differences

February 4th, 2023|Tags: , , , , , |

Ξεχωριστή και ιδιαίτερη μελωδία που ανεβάζει την διάθεση και κάνει χαρούμενη τη μέρα μας. Τα φωνητικά με ευκολία μας κερδίζουν καθώς με το άφθονο, καθαρό και π... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #electropop #commercial #edm #themagician #nagamag #musicmagazine IG: @themagicianclub

  • Elias Macy - I Don't Wanna Say Goodbye, Pop music genre, Nagamag Magazine

Elias Macy – I Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye

February 4th, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

Οι πονεμένες ψυχές βρίσκουν ανταπόκριση σε αυτό το υπέροχο κομμάτι. Πολύ πετυχημένα τα φωνητικά με την ιδιαίτερα όμορφη χροιά τους και την ένταση τους εκφράζου... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #commercial #poprock #eliasmacy #nagamag #musicmagazine IG: @eliasmacy

  • Sandy Marie - I Look Better In Your Clothes, Pop music genre, Nagamag Magazine

Sandy Marie – I Look Better In Your Clothes

February 3rd, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Ο έρωτας μας κάνει να νιώθουμε τόσο ωραία και ανέμελα. Η μελωδία με ένταση και μυστήριο μας βάζει στο παιχνίδι των δυνατών συναισθημάτων. Τα φωνητικά αισθησιακ... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #poprock #indiepop #nagamag #musicmagazine IG: @sandymarieburke

  • Jessi Rose - Convivial, Pop music genre, Nagamag Magazine

Jessi Rose – Convivial

February 3rd, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Υπέροχα φωνητικά με ζεστασιά και στοργή μας τραγουδούν για την αγάπη και η ευτυχία είναι τόσο φανερή. Η μελωδία γλυκιά και χαρούμενη πετά σαν την πεταλούδα ελε... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #adultcontemporary #singersongwriter #nagamag #musicmagazine

  • The Scarlet Opera - #Big City Thing#, Pop music genre, Nagamag Magazine

The Scarlet Opera – #Big City Thing#

February 3rd, 2023|Tags: , , |

Κεφάτη και χαρούμενη μελωδία που ανεβάζει την διάθεση. Τα παθιασμένα φωνητικά με όρεξη και ζωντάνια ανεβάζουν την θερμοκρασία και μας αναστατώνουν. Οι φωνητικέ... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #commercial #nagamag #musicmagazine IG: @thescarletopera

  • Woody - Can Somebody Tell Me, Pop music genre, Nagamag Magazine

Woody – Can Somebody Tell Me

February 3rd, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Τα φωνητικά με στόμφο και μελαγχολικό ύφος εκφράζουν τον πόνο με την όλη τη δύναμη της ψυχής. Η μελωδία ήσυχα και με ήρεμη ορμή μας αναστατώνει και γινόμαστε κ... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #adultcontemporary #indiepop #nagamag #musicmagazine

Some Pop subgenres

There are many subgenres within the broad category of pop music, each with its own distinct characteristics and influences. Some examples of subgenres of pop music include:

Pop rock: A blend of pop music and rock music, characterized by catchy melodies and a rock-influenced sound.

Dance-pop: A subgenre of pop music that is characterized by a strong beat and electronic production, often incorporating elements of dance and electronic music.

Power pop: A subgenre of pop music that is characterized by a catchy, upbeat sound and strong melodies.

Pop punk: A subgenre of pop music that combines elements of punk rock and pop, characterized by fast tempos, catchy melodies, and often humorous lyrics.

Pop soul: A subgenre of pop music that combines elements of soul and pop, characterized by emotive vocals and a soulful sound.

Pop ballad: A subgenre of pop music characterized by slow, emotional melodies and lyrics.

Bubblegum pop: A subgenre of pop music characterized by a light, upbeat sound and simple, catchy melodies. Bubblegum pop is often associated with teen pop and is often marketed towards a younger audience.

Synth-pop: A subgenre of pop music that emerged in the 1980s, characterized by the use of synthesizers and electronic production techniques. Synth-pop is often associated with the new wave and post-disco movements.

Electropop: A subgenre of pop music that incorporates elements of electronic music, characterized by the use of synthesizers, drum machines, and other electronic instruments.

Pop rap: A subgenre of pop music that combines elements of pop and hip hop, characterized by catchy melodies and rap vocals.

Teen pop: A subgenre of pop music that is marketed towards a teenage audience and often features young, attractive performers. Teen pop is often characterized by a light, upbeat sound and catchy melodies.

Alternative pop: A subgenre of pop music that incorporates elements of alternative rock and pop, and is often characterized by a more experimental or avant-garde sound.

Adult contemporary: A subgenre of pop music that is aimed at a more mature audience and characterized by a soft, easy-listening sound. Adult contemporary often features smooth vocals and a polished production style.

These are just a few examples of the many subgenres of pop music. Pop music is a diverse and constantly evolving genre, and new subgenres continue to emerge over time.

The most used instruments in Pop Music

There are many instruments that are commonly used in pop music, and the specific instruments used can vary depending on the particular style and sound of the music. Some common instruments used in pop music include:

Vocals: The human voice is an important instrument in pop music, and many pop songs feature prominent vocals and harmonies. Vocals refer to the human voice, and they are often a prominent part of pop songs. Pop music often features prominent vocals and harmonies, and the vocals are often an important part of the song’s appeal. Pop singers are known for their powerful and emotive voices, and many pop songs are known for their memorable and catchy vocal melodies. Pop music can feature solo singers, or it can feature group vocals, such as a choir or a group of backing singers. Vocals are an important part of pop music, and they play a significant role in conveying the theme or emotion of the song. In pop music, lyrics are often used to convey emotions and tell a story, and they can be personal, political, or simply meant to entertain. Pop song lyrics can cover a wide range of topics, including love, heartbreak, social issues, and personal experiences. The lyrics of a song are often an important part of the song’s appeal and are often remembered long after the song has been heard.

Electric guitar: The electric guitar is a common instrument in pop music, and is often used to add a rock or blues-influenced sound to the music.

Drums: Drums are a fundamental part of most pop music, and provide the rhythmic foundation for the music.

Bass guitar: The bass guitar is often used in pop music to provide a solid foundation for the music, and is often used in combination with the drums to create a strong rhythm section.

Keyboard: Keyboard instruments, such as pianos, organs, and synthesizers, are commonly used in pop music to add variety and depth to the sound.

Percussion: Percussion instruments, such as congas, bongos, and shakers, are often used in pop music to add texture and rhythm to the music.

String instruments: String instruments, such as violins, cellos, and guitars, are often used in pop music to add depth and texture to the sound.

These are just a few examples of the many instruments that are commonly used in pop music. The specific instruments used can vary widely depending on the style and sound of the music.