Kepa Lehtinen Interview on Nagamag

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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Darkwars – For the Glory (Spotify)

For The Glory, a single by Darkwars, is a wonderful cinematic epic theme with big tension, the tension that generates by massive preparations in the fields before a big medieval battle begins. A battle that will change the world as we knew it. Listen to this soundtrack and revive that scenery.

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Antarctic Wastelands, Matt Tondut, Lauge – Winter Wanderers (Spotify)

Winter Wanderers is an atmospheric ambient chill bliss, a daydream of winter landscapes, where droney pads, gentle key notes and lush harmonies work as a warm blanket for the listeners. A wonderful single composed from Antarctic Wastelands, Matt Tondut and Lauge and released on Valley View Records.

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Kepa Lehtinen – Forbidden planet (Spotify)

Kepa Lehtinen – Forbidden planet (Spotify)

"Forbidden Planet", one of the most popular track from new album "It is ok to be sad and dark" from Kepa Lehtinen, is a powerfully hypnotic theremin work accompanied by piano and double bass. The resulting sound is melancholy, emotional, and full of a nocturnal spirit that will work its way into your consciousness and remain there.

Few words about Kepa Lehtinen
Well-known Finland-based film and TV composer Kepa Lehtinen is proud to announce the release of his new album, Helsinki In November, that features original contemporary classical music written for piano, contrabass, and theremin. The theremin is an almost-century-old electronic instrument that’s played by hand gestures rather than direct contact and is seldom encountered in the classical world. Lehtinen, however, makes the instrument a cornerstone of his sound and Helsinki In November gives listeners a master class in what this unusual instrument can do.
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Thomas Hewitt Jones, Simon Hewitt Jones – Above and Beyond (Spotify)

Thomas Hewitt Jones, Simon Hewitt Jones – Above and Beyond (Spotify)

Above and Beyond' explores a distant realm and the idea of perfection through fragile beauty.
It features Simon Hewitt Jones on the solo violin, brother of Thomas Hewitt Jones which his talent on capture through his harmonies the emotions of life is limitless and unique. A very emotional theme.

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Emil Smith Interview on Nagamag

Emil Smith Interview on Nagamag

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

Emil Smith:
Cinematic, instrumental world (middle eastern).


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Emil Smith:
My background as a music producer, sound engineer and singer/songwriter has shaped my approach to how I currently work with soundtracks and instrumental compositions. I have a deep interest in shaping timbre and working with transforming textures.


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

Emil Smith:
My first head dive into music was when my brother introduced me to grunge rock. I started playing guitar and instantly connected with the genre and subculture.
A few years later I met a guy who did recordings and synth programming. I was intrigued by the creative process behind sound manipulation and using the recording studio as an instrument and a compositional tool.
Since, I've played in many small bands as a songwriter, guitarist, vocalist and drummer and gradually I've been leaning towards creation and less towards live performance.
I love storytelling, and I think music is a great tool to tell a story. I bring my own story and my love of art, fiction, world music and creativity into my music.


Nagamag:
What is the idea behind the Middle Eastern instrumentation used throughout the EP?

Emil Smith:
The EP is a conceptual soundtrack for an animation project called 'Aetherreach' (in development). It's set in a desert wasteland: As the rivers are polluted by toxic waste, the drought-plagued desert tribes rebel against the tyranny of the advanced tech-nation of Aetherreach.
I wanted the soundtrack to sound middle eastern, without pointing towards a specific culture of traditional music, as the story is set in an alternate universe. This is why the instrumentation is so eclectic - I've borrowed a bit here and there: Syrian kamancheh, Armenian duduk, Turkish saz, North African percussion and kalimba - besides neoclassical strings, dark synths and glitch drums presenting the sci-fi elements from Aetherreach.


Nagamag:
Do you have any new projects coming?

Emil Smith:
I'm sketching out my first ideas for a collaborative project with world influences and dark cinematic bowed textures.
Besides that, I'm working on the score of a short documentary. In August I start a Film Scoring master degree on the National Film School of Denmark.


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?

Emil Smith:
Sudan Archives "Oatmeal"


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

Emil Smith:
Madar Ensemble "Silence"

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Morgane Matteuzzi, Yiorgo Ioannou – Shape of Light (Spotify)

Shape of Light is a deep cinematic emotional theme with mystery and tension, the brilliant sound design of synths and vocals here deliver an epic feeling, while it initially gives you a dark feeling, it finally release you to the light side.

Artist share with us few words behind this song:
"This is a song I composed when I lost someone I really loved. When she was dying she was talking about this light she was seeing but was not able to walk into. I wanted to compose this song to make her departure easier and she got the chance to listen to it before leaving us. I got the chance to have my beautiful colleague and friend from the Royal College of Music "Yiorgo Ioannou" joining me on this track who added an amazing oriental touch to it."

Few words about Morgane Matteuzzi:
Morgane studied Opera at the Royal College of Music in London. Subsequently, moved to Berlin to work on various projects with artists from this city. She fell in love with the open mindedness and spirit of the people living there. Morgane has always loved experimenting with extremes and blending sounds that one would not normally expect to be combined in order to create truly alternate and vivid compositions. Her specialty is to blend her distorted vocals with her operatic vocals. She is very versatile and loves fusing everything that moves her together to create a unique bubble; its own universe.
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Portals – We Have Arrived (Spotify)

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We Have Arrived by Portals is an epic cinematic synthwave endless emotive euphoria, intelligest designed and wonderful performed, a track to remember which been synced under major brands recently. No doubt the reason for the pick. Amazing music!

Few words about PORTALS:

Heather Miley, a Certified Multi-Platinum Singer Songwriter, has taken the leap into a new dimension and project far outside her typical realm in PORTALS. Miley teamed up with producer/songwriter Kris Kovacs on their debut track “Vengeance” and the results were out-of-this-world.

With “Vengeance”, PORTALS blurs the line between contemporary alt-pop music, haunting tones, electronic rock, and cinematic music. A dizzying stew of genres is blended together via Miley’s breath-taking vocals and Kovac’s emotional and dramatic tones.

According to the duo, there is a wide-range of influences for PORTALS—from Mozart to The Prodigy, with dashes of Hans Zimmer and Tom Holkenborg mixed in for good measure. Breaking out of their more traditional artist projects has been enjoyable for the uber-creative Los Angeles-Based musician.

“[PORTALS] offers a chance to blend elements of an orchestra with synths and heavy guitars,” Miley says. “I like that we can be very weird and try something that normally you wouldn't try in writing for a different artist or genre.”

Kovacs adds: “There is an element of artistic freedom in PORTALS, I find myself looking for weirder samples as starting points. An idea could come out of a single piano note trapped in reverb or an uncomfortable low drone and figuring out how can you turn that into a piece of music, and that music a song.”

Fans and film studios are quickly being drawn to the new creative lanes that Miley and Kovacs are exploring together. Disney Studios recently licensed “Vengeance” as the main song for their official Maleficent: Mistress of Evil trailer—a perfect sonic fit given that Maleficent is a powerful fairy tale with mysterious and magical energy abound.

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“We want to close the gap between the experimental and the traditional with PORTALS. How far can we take the unusual? How do we shape that into something that is listenable and enjoyable?”

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