Sbeady Interview on Nagamag

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

Sbeady:
I never thought about my music in genres or at least subgenres, because it's obviously hip hop, that I make most of the time. Nevertheless, I would never limit myself to a genre. I'm influenced by everything that hits me and gives me emotions in whatever mood. But to be honest, currently I'm all into this lofi hip hop and chillhop thing. I really began to love this sound and I want to dig deeper into it, while keeping and pushing my own unique style and recognition value.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Sbeady:
I started in the early 2000s after I were exposed to music production through a friend of mine. I was a huge hip hop fan, listening to non Phixion, Necro, Mobb Deep, Nas, Cage, Beatnuts and many others all the time, but also German acts like Kool Savas and Azad were running through my headphones frequently.
Over the time, the love for music got bigger and bigger. I made beats 24/7, skipped school to make music together with my friends which used to rap. We hung out and wrote songs as a crew in our own self made studio. Seriously the best time of my life. From time to time, I worked together with other underground acts. For example Millionadi, Peat38, Favourite and Casper. The last one became a bit more known some years later.
As time went by, the old crew drifted in different directions, people lived their own life. We stopped making music together. I took years off from music.
In 2016, I decided to make a beat album. Some turbulent private stuff came along, I needed a break again, so that I eventually finished it at the beginning of 2020. The kind people at the independent label "Vinyl Digital" gave me a chance, agreed to release it in May and I signed a contract there. To work with them is great and uncomplicated (Shout out to Julius).
Only after all that, I really came in contact with lofi hip hop and now here I am!


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

Sbeady:
The first real connection was in my early days as a rug rat. Hardly able to walk, my favourite thing to do at home was putting my dad’s headphones on and listen to his vinyl records. We lived in the former GDR - East Germany - and my dad used to buy his records on East Berlin black markets. He collected music, you normally couldn't get there, because it was forbidden. Blues, Rock and Metal bands were his favourites like Canned Heat, Deep Purple, Genesis, Metallica, Motörhead and Scorpions.
Since I was a small child, I loved to listen to these vinyl treasures and I still do to up until this very day when I dig samples out of the crackling and warm sounding records from the good old days.


Nagamag:
How do you aproach a new Song? Do you start with a beat or do you come with melody first and how do you go on from there?

Sbeady:
I always always start with the melody. Regardless if I start from scratch, have something in mind and begin to write some chords into the piano roll or if I listened to some vinyl records, found a lovely sample, chopped it and played around with the slices on my Maschine MK2. I always start with the melody or chord progression. Then I would add synths or other instruments and the bassline of course. The drums are usually the last thing I write into the song. I know many producers out there that start with the drums, but I never did because I have to feel the vibes the melodic parts give me, before I play the drums. Sometimes I write the whole song arrangement before I even choose the drum sounds.


Nagamag:
Would you ever consider having a feature on one of your tracks?

Sbeady:
As I used to produce beats for rappers and singers for many years and just started with lofi hiphop in 2020, I’m excited to work on my own and don't have to wait till vocals are written and recorded. I can just write the song, finish it on my own, produce the sound design, and release it whenever I want. I enjoy this freedom. But of course, when an artist catches my attention and we have somewhat of a connection, I'm happy to work with him. No matter if it's a rapper, singer, beat producer, pianist or other instrumentalist. If we click, we will rock!


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?

Sbeady:
Journey "Don't Stop Believin' "


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

Sbeady:
Turnawai "honeymilk"

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Ivory! – Alone (Spotify)

“You will never be alone with this soulful lofi from Ivory!. The soft sound layering, the gentle groove and warm vocals gives a wonderful laid back experience.”

-Nagamag.com

The smooth singer-songwriter/drummer from Chicago, IL was born May 24, 1995. Ivory had started out drumming in churches at the age of 15. After graduating from college she started writing music for artists/bands. Genres are reggae and soul. Several of her songs have been on blogs such as Stereofox, Found, Obscure Sound, The Burning Ear, LA on lock and We love that sound. Alone had made it on Vinyl Moon Volume 32 in 2018.
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Harry Nathan Interview on Nagamag.com

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

Harry Nathan:
Lofi House, Disco, Nu-disco


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Harry Nathan:
Harry Nathan is an Australian/Greek producer, singer & songwriter, known for his dreamy storytelling and eclectic production, with a fluid connection between soulful lyricism and a deep burning house influence, which can be traced right back to Harry Nathan’s roots in his youth as an up and coming DJ. “I loved house music growing up and have always been a fan of soul and disco. When I was 14, I wanted to mix like Roger Sanchez but couldn’t afford DJ gear, so I cross-wired three stereos to practise mixing. If I needed to slow one down, I would press pause twice really quickly. When I got a regular gig as a wedding DJ when 15 years old, I was stoked just to use better gear and change the pitch. We had a little wedding consortium with some DJ friends from high school. I had to learn to appeal to all tastes, from disco to funk to classic Greek (for the Greek weddings) but I was really crazy about old school house and disco. When the bride and groom left, we’d drink the leftover wedding booze and go back to back mixing house classics till the morning." – Harry Nathan


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

Harry Nathan:
I remember being at Summadayze festival on the Gold Coast in Australia as a teenager, front row, watching Roger Sanchez mix three different songs at the same time, from looped acapellas to drum loops and random samples, it was as if there was always at least two tracks playing the whole set. This style of DJing really intrigued me, it brought a whole new dimension to the art of DJ live performance. Carl Cox is another DJ I greatly respect who performs like this also. I'm fundamentally inspired by wanting to evolve the game, creating new sounds and new ways of performing that push the art form of songwriting and music performance.


Nagamag:
How much has your own life played in the creation of the recent Sweet Release EP?

Harry Nathan:
I’d say the EP is pretty honest and close to my own life. Sweet Release” explores the ups and downs of being in a turbulent relationship. “Frontin’ Me” was actually a stream of consciousness recording. I was just jamming into a 1984 Sony M-10 micro cassette recorder. When entering this kind of trance, my lyrics tend to reflect unsurfaced emotions. It wasn’t until after I had finished the recording in one take that I realised the song was about living in LA, and meeting people that are fake, putting up a façade trying to impress all the time. Harriet Tubman is an outlier here, but still mirrors my life experience at the time living in LA. My across the hall neighbour, actor Ryan Lee (who has been in all of my music videos) popped over to grab a fun fizzy drink from my fridge. Our doors are always unlocked, it’s like a Seinfeld situation, sliding into each other’s places a la Kramer style. He walked into my studio and started talking into my microphone, not knowing I was recording. The first part of this recording ended up in the outro of ‘Fool For Your Love’, from my first EP. It landed perfectly in that spot. Ryan continued talking, as if hosting a fictional radio show, when an imaginary Harriet Tubman decided to join us. I legitimately had no idea who Harriet Tubman was, asking ‘Who’s Harry Tubman?’ - to which Ryan replied ‘Underground Railroad Queen’.


Nagamag:
You are also an award winning film maker? Your music videos are quite unique in that you make them with your friends?

Harry Nathan:
My first single Rooftops has won 34 independent short film awards, including Best Fantasy Film at the Los Angeles Film Awards, Best Music Video at the Sydney Short Film Festival, and Best Music Video at the Athens Short Film Festival. The sequel to "Rooftops" was "Fool For Your Love", which is set in the same alternate universe. We make these videos with our best friends, Hollywood actors Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee and Christian Valderrama at my place in Los Angeles. Our most recent video was for "Frontin Me". The original idea was for me to perform the song, though it quickly evolved on the fly to me being on an ambiguous red carpet, being interviewed by Tammy. I entered a trance that took me back to my fourth-grade sleepover.” Rooftops: https://youtu.be/AYJTTBmJwHI Frontin' Me: https://youtu.be/I_AZCOhTOPE


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 Nathan:
Khruangbin "Evan Finds the Third Room"


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

Harry Nathan:
Everything But The Girl "Tracey In My Room (Lazy Dog Bootleg Vocal Mix)"

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Mounika. – ailleurs (Soundcloud)

Mounika. – ailleurs (Soundcloud)
(Soundcloud)

Ailleurs” lures you into a dreamy balance of light & dark with Mounika’s signature lofi hip hop beats.

About the artist:
« Mounika. comes from the American version of Godard’s film « à bout de souffle”.

The end scene accompanies the lead actress, Monica, to music by Phillip Glass – Opening. “This is the first track I wanted to learn on the piano,” Mounika.

Somewhere in the west of France, in a student’s room, the artist Mounika.is far from imagining the impact that his very first productions will have…

From a young age, Mounika. already had a passion for music, his great curiosity led him to try his hand at many instruments, eventually gravitating towards the piano. Years go by and as he explores the dense universe of electronic music, his thirst for novelty is constantly growing. Iconic artists such as Bonobo, Air, Moby and Wax Tailor were a great source of inspiration.

With musical production now an integral part of his life, Mounika.’s intention is to offer a dreamlike space, through his music, as his musical influences have done for him before. Mounika.’s inexhaustible creativity blends with his great eagerness to share his music with the world. Mounika. publishes his first productions on SoundCloud, his delicate, sensitive and melancholic melodies never cease to resonate further and further afield, finding new audiences.

In June 2017, together with a group of friends, Mounika. decides to unveil his first album “How Are You” on Spotify, which contains among others the track “Cut My Hair”. In just a few months and against all odds due to the almost non-existent means of promotion, the track amasses 15+ million plays throughout the world and allows him to make a name for himself. It is from this moment that the magic happens, as if Mounika.’s music has the power to touch a part of sensibility in each of us, a universal shared feeling.

Mounika. returns this year with a new electro chill album. discreet by nature. We will be announcing more news and updates on May 15. At this time, Mounika. returns with his first offering since his debut LP. The single is titled “Intro (I m sorry)” and is released on April 10, 2020.

In one image, Mounika.’s musical universe would be a rainy cloud which, between two showers, lets a summer sun shine through.

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soul.peddler – d*r*e*a*m (Spotify)

soul.peddler – d*r*e*a*m
(Spotify)

Lofi

Arabian nights meet lofi vibes in soul.peddler’s latest release “d*r*e*a*m”. Lush keys, tantric guitars, and heavy sub bass come together to create a magical, energetic evening that feels like you’re surfing the Saharan sand dunes with your whole squad. Shake the room and get your neighbors pissed with this new heat

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