Matt Stewart-Evans Interview on Nagamag.com

Matt Stewart-Evans
Interview

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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Thomas Hewitt Jones Interview on Nagamag.com

Thomas Hewitt Jones
Interview

Thomas Hewitt Jones Interview on Nagamag.com

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

Thomas Hewitt Jones:
Cinematic, Contemporary Classical


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Thomas Hewitt Jones:
I was born into a musical family and played, performed and wrote music from a young age. I studied music classically and won the BBC Young Composer Competition in my teens, which led to many commissions and published works. I now work as a composer of commercial and concert music, and have had music played widely on TV, radio and in the cinema. I also write choral music and next month am due to start writing 3 new albums for EMI.


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

Thomas Hewitt Jones:
I have always loved music's unique ability to express things which words cannot. Within its profoundly emotional universal language one can express aspects of the human experience and I find composing the most fulfilling thing. As a child I always loved attending concerts, and it was regular trips to the cinema which piqued my interest in music serving a narrative. I have been composing since I was about 5 years old!


Nagamag:
What's the coolest commission you've completed?

Thomas Hewitt Jones:
Last year I wrote my first three albums for Juice EMI which was pretty fun. My first job back in London (after assisting eminent film composer David Buckley in LA after university) was writing music for the London 2012 Olympic Mascots films, which played in UK cinemas leading up to the London Olympics. It was a wonderful opportunity, and I was forever grateful at the time to Barnaby Spurrier, Producer at Tomboy Films, for bringing me on to the project at the time.


Nagamag:
How are you enjoying Coronavirus lockdown?

Thomas Hewitt Jones:
Yes it is a strange time at the moment, isn't it. What a worrying time for the world. Although many music commissions have been postponed, my wife is expecting our first child very shortly, so hopefully that will add a new flavour to our lockdown! Musically, there are several new works that were recorded last year and were set for release throughout this spring and summer. I feel that music of all types is much needed at the moment, providing consolation and hope in times such as these.


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?

Thomas Hewitt Jones:
Johann Sebastian Bach "Goldberg Variations"


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

Thomas Hewitt Jones:
Carducci String Quartet Shostakovich "String Quartet no. 2 in A major op.68"

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Thomas Hewitt Jones' Signature Track

Thomas Hewitt Jones on Social Media

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Thomas Hewitt Jones' Website

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Akkor Interview on Nagamag.com

Akkor
Interview

Akkor Interview on Nagamag.com

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

Akkor:
Akkor is experimental/minimal electronica with influences from progressive, ambient and contemporary classical music. My main tools of composition are piano, synthesizers, found noises and field recordings.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Akkor:
I hold a masters degree in Sonic Arts from Istanbul Technical University's Center for Advanced Studies in Music. I was a participant of the Red Bull Music Academy 2018, Berlin. As someone who has roots from being a progressive rock keyboardist, I’ve always been interested in sound design and composition. In around 2018, I got concentrated on surround audio and creating audiovisual performances.


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

Akkor:
In around 2003, when I learned about how Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall triggered country-wide protests of racial inequities in South Africa, I realized how big being creative and productive can affect the world and became passionate about it.


Nagamag:
You mentioned audiovisual performances, can you clarify this a bit?

Akkor:
I’m very excited about creating surround audio and composing for lighting systems to create sound and light performances that are in communication. Besides my solo works, I collaborate with artists from various disciplines to design site specific live stages for Akkor. Multi-channel audio surrounds the audience, I focus on this phenomenon and try to enrich it with the visual aspect of my live performances. I also collaborate to create artistic productions such as installations and video artworks.


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?

Akkor:
King Crimson "Starless" (Red album)


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

Akkor:
Murcof "Reflejo"

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Akkor on Spotify

Akkor's Signature Track

Akkor on Social Media

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Akkor's Website

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Pedro Meirelles Interview on Nagamag.com

Pedro Meirelles
Interview

Pedro Meirelles Interview on Nagamag.com

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

Pedro Meirelles:
Contemporary Classical, Minimalist Classical, Brazilian Classical

Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Pedro Meirelles:
I’m a composer/producer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I’ve loved classical music and rock my whole life, so, besides composing and producing my solo instrumental catalogue throughout the years as an independent artist, I’ve also worked at different projects with names from the rock world such as Andrew Scheps (Rick Rubin), Serj Tankian (System of a Down) and Gogol Bordello.

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

Pedro Meirelles:
Yes, getting in touch with the score of the movie “The Adventures of Chatran”, by Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, which I listened to for the first time when I was around 4. At the time, I got so obsessed with the film because of its beautiful and hypnotic synth music that I wanted to go watch it over and over again at the theater.

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?

Pedro Meirelles:
Nirvana "Lithium"

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

Pedro Meirelles:
Philip Glass "Vanessa and the Changelings"

Discover & Listen to Pedro Meirelles

Pedro Meirelles on Spotify

Pedro Meirelles' Signature Track

Pedro Meirelles on Social Media

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Pedro Meirelles' Website

www.pedromeirelles.com