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Jaap Mol Interview on Nagamag

Electronic

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

Jaap Mol:
My main genre is neo classical. But I tend to expand it to ambient electronic music with some beats where I feel they add something to the music.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Jaap Mol:
I started taking classical piano lessons when I was about 6 years old. I don't exactly remember why it were piano lessons and not another instrument, but I kept playing for years. I even played church organ for while, but discovered I'm way more inspired by a piano.
When I was around 15 years old, I discovered punk bands and that was all I wanted to play from that point on. So I bought a bass guitar, started a band and quit my piano lessons when I was 18. Since then I played in all kinds of bands, mostly pop punk, but also bands inspired on those really cool emo core bands from the zeros which I still love.

But when I finished my study, that musical environment dried up and so did the bands. I went back to my keys, sang in a a capella group and worked on some music on my own but never really got back to it; life happened and I got a job as a teacher. Back then I thought I'd never do any serious music at all ever again.

But then a friend of mine started a band and needed someone to play keys and that's how I got back into music. It worked out really well and I started playing in bands again, but this time no punk and bass guitars, but keys in pop, pop-rock and electro pop bands.

Meanwhile I discovered that my love for pop music and my interest in quiet piano and string music could be mixed pretty good and I started experimenting with what turned out to be the neo classical ambient music I create now. But I am always tempted to try new styles and experiment with other genres. Right now, for example, I worked on a live show for which I remixed all my tracks into an ambient electronic hybrid DJ-set.

That's what I love about music the most; I get bored quite easily, but never with music. It's an endless source of inspiration.


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

Jaap Mol:
I think, funnily enough, that first feeling when I heard a punk track on the radio has been one of the most important moments to spark my music career. I waited for weeks, glued to the radio, to record that one song to tape, because I never heard anything like it. That was a really important moment, because that was when I realised that it was actually possible to create something myself.


Nagamag:
What inspires you to create new music?

Jaap Mol:
Everything I create in music always starts with a sound I love. That can be the sound of a beautiful old piano, something I come up with when tweaking a synth, or just a sample from a plugin in my DAW.
I'm not a very technical player, and at first I saw that as a limitation. But I learned that to be really creative, you have to set boundaries and limitations, and mine forces me to really dive into a sound I love, and create something beautiful from that. I'm embracing that now, and I'm really happy with how it turns out.


Nagamag:
What does your creative process look like?

Jaap Mol:
I like to do a lot by myself. I'm kind of a control freak, so when I didn't find what I wanted to create elsewhere, I wanted to master the whole process. I compose and produce while writing, just like pop records.
Sometimes I ask other studios for help because they have better equipment, but most parts I record at my own place. I like to do the mixing myself as wel, because a lot of mixing happens during the production.

I like to work with concepts for my music, so that's why I prefer to do al the artwork, photography and video's myself as well. To master all theses parts of the creative process takes a long learning curve, but I like to be curious and just love discovering new things to improve. It's an infinite playground.


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Jaap Mol:
Sufjan Stevens "A Little Lost"


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

Jaap Mol:
Jon Hopkins "Echo Dissolve"

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Matan Arkin Interview on Nagamag

Electronic

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

Matan Arkin:
A mix of Folk and Electronic


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Matan Arkin:
Drummer,dj,pianist


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

Matan Arkin:
Bach, Minuet


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Matan Arkin:
Dino Valenti "Children of the Sun"


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

Matan Arkin:
Thom Yorke "The Eraser"

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Peter Nigido Interview on Nagamag

Electronic

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

Peter Nigido:
Alternative, Electronic, Trip Pop


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Peter Nigido:
I first learnt to play the drums when I was in my early teens. I took an interest in hybrid playing, introducing electronic pads, looping systems and live programming set ups to my drum kit. This also encouraged my decision to study studio production. I’m currently signed to indie label Cultivator Records releasing music I produce and now sing and front my own solo works.


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

Peter Nigido:
Yes, I used to play with mums wooden spoons on a chair accompanying my brother on the acoustic guitar playing songs from U2’s Achtung Baby. Dad popped his head in and asked if I wanted to take drum lessons.


Nagamag:
Have you produced anything this year?

Peter Nigido:
Yeah, I was part of the Facebook group Live Electronic Musicians of Melbourne’s “Covers/Remix” compilation album. We were partnered up with another artist where we had to either remix or cover was her others song. I was paired with Melbourne’s Arcane Trickster and took on the song Project Sign. Arcane Trickster Remixed my song Touch. Was an awesome little project to take on. I real my liked what Arcane Trickster produced with their remix of Touch.


Nagamag:
Anything new releasing over the remainder of the year?

Peter Nigido:
Yep, I have an EP releasing on 11.12.20. It’s an Ep that features a radio edit of the single Touch, 2 B-Sides and 2 feature artists remix of 2 other songs of mine.


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Peter Nigido:
Tori "Amos Spark"


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

Peter Nigido:
Pucifer "Horizons"

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Tessa Kaye Interview on Nagamag

Electronic

Photographer: Rachel Green


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

Tessa Kaye:
People most often describe my musical style as R&B, electronic, indie pop.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Tessa Kaye:
I've always had a love and strong passion for music and singing! I've been singing ever since I could talk. I released my first single "Fool's Gold" in January 2020 and it was added to Spotify's New Music Friday U.S. and many other NMF's around the world which was super exciting! Now I've just put out my second single "You Know Who You Are andI hHate You." This song is so close to my heart and I hope that my listeners feel that and resonate with the track. I'm so stoked for next year and everything I'll be releasing then, so look forward to much more music from me!


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

Tessa Kaye:
One of my earliest memories of really loving and connecting to music is my little sister and I singing and dancing to Motown. My parents played it all the time and I was always doing little concerts in my house for my family haha. There isn't a single moment I can remember where I wasn't in love with music, so I know this is just something that's always been inside me.


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Tessa Kaye:
6LACK "Seasons" (feat. Khalid)


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

Tessa Kaye:
Foushee single af

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Kevin Keller Interview on Nagamag

Electronic


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

Kevin Keller:
Ambient chamber music
Neo-classical electronic


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Kevin Keller:
26 years, 12 albums, multiple features on "Hearts of Space" and "Echoes", including Living Room Concerts and interviews. Co-produced live shows with Steve Roach and Robert Rich, recorded with David Darling and Russel Walder. Winner of two ZMR Awards for "Best Neo-Classical Album".


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

Kevin Keller:
The first time I heard "Ambient 2" by Harold Budd and Brian Eno. That album changed my life, and inspired me to make my own music.


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Kevin Keller:
Temples "Oh! The Saviour"


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

Kevin Keller:
Nils Frahm "#2"

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Lumiere Interview on Nagamag

Electronic

Photocredits: George Tatakis


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

Lumiere:
I believe that my music style moves constantly inside a square the 4 tips of which are a) Modern classical b) Minimalism c) Indie d) Electronic


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Lumiere:
Apart from 3 years of piano lessons when I was in elementary school and some lessons of sax some years ago, I am basically a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and composer. I formed an indie rock band ("Serpentine") when I was studying Physics in the University of Patras in the early 00s and later I released a couple of dream pop albums through 2 independent Greek labels. Since 2016, I am focused on composing instrumental music, releasing my debut album as Lumiere in 2017 and now looking forward to the release of my second album, "Phases" on the 18th September 2020.


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

Lumiere:
I think the first album that I really loved in its entirety was "Morning Glory" by Oasis, being also one of the first albums that I bought, in my teens. Listening to that album tens of times made me want to write my own songs.


Nagamag:
How does the new album display your growth as Lumiere?

Lumiere:
In my new album, for the first time, I have used extensively percussion and generally rhythmic structures along with the melodic elements for which I have used strings and brass. Apart from that, in almost half the tracks, there are drums and electric bass, creating a music combo of orchestral and indie elements, which is something I have never tried in the past.


Nagamag:
Was there an inspiration behind the rhythmic nature of “Doppler”?

Lumiere:
The Doppler effect in Physics is the change in the frequency of a wave in relation to a moving observer. My inspiration for the music of the song came from this natural effect and as a result came the pulsating drums, marimbas, and the beating of the horns (representing the waves) and the bending notes of the strings (representing the change in frequency).


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Lumiere:
Piero Piccioni "Right or Wrong"


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

Lumiere:
Per Störby Jutbring "The Thief Bunny Society"

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Nibana Interview on Nagamag.com

Electronic


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

Nibana:
There is no "fit all" description as I'm producing quite a lot of diverse genres but most likely chillout and downtempo, some psybient, some bass music and glitch ... I like using the more generic genre electronic or electronica. I've produced some heavy psytrance for a bit, but I didn't stick to it after I released my album.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Nibana:
I'm quite a newcomer in the electronic music genre even tho I've been producing it for a few years (about 8 now). I was mostly raised on my dad's hard rock playlist, 80s music and then fell in love with the metal scene. I've been a metalhead for most of my music journey, listening to the darker genres of it (hence my . My first approach to electronic music and the genres I produce now has been while playing video games (one of my biggest passion), and later during my first raves in France. I then got frustrated to not be able to tweak what I heard and decided to start my own music project. It then grew to an unexpected size and I've been able to tour all around the world and collaborate with my heroes whom many became my friends.


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

Nibana:
Honestly my entire childhood was filled with music. Both my parents enjoyed it a lot, despite no being musicians, and I've always been highly emotionally struck from movies' scoring to my parents playlist. I started playing guitar as soon as I could and it led me here. I was never planing to become a full time musician (I'm more of a science guy) but seeing my project get bigger motivated me to quit everything for it.


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Nibana:
Départe "Wither"


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

Nibana:
Solar Fields "The Missing"

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Zero Cult Interview on Nagamag.com

Zero Cult
Interview

Electronic


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

Zero Cult:
All genres of electronic music except EDM,but most of my tracks are chill-out, downtempo and psychedelic.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Zero Cult:
I don't have a huge background, when I was 14,i have started to play guitar and write a songs.later together with my childhood friends we created a rock band.In 1998 I bought my first PC,Midi keyboard and sound card and I started to learn a music production. "Zero Cult" project was born in 2003,I have already got enough production skills to create a music that could be released on a labels.I always had a passion to chill music. I created a 2 tracks,was taken by Cosmicleaf records for the new compilation "Chill on Ice". Now,behind me, is 17 years of music production, with 9 albums and tens Ep's and compilations.


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

Zero Cult:
from when I was a child and till now, i have a passion to music, i love listen to music, collecting music on vinyl and creating music.About the right impact to be a music artist, perhaps at age 12-13.it was a music of Jean-Michel Jarre.


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Zero Cult:
Slayer "Seasons in the Abyss"


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

Zero Cult:
Jean-Michel Jarre "Oxygene 1"

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Nell Widmer Interview on Nagamag.com

Nell Widmer
Interview

Electronic


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

Nell Widmer:
My music style is very electronic, with house and RnB influences.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Nell Widmer:
First of all, you have to know that I learned to sing alone, so since I was 9 years old I've been singing. I went on but this time I shared videos of covers of artists I liked a lot. And in 2018 I was contacted following my recordings on Soundcloud, and that was the beginning of writing in English and creating melodies. Since then, I released my EP 2 years later so in 2020 to be able to show all the different colors of my voice.


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

Nell Widmer:
The first connection with music dates back to my early childhood. I have always been rocked by the Black Eyed Peas and Michael Jackson and the very first time I sang was to music by Michael when I was 2 years old. So I think it's thanks to this musical culture that I've built up which has given me this desire to create and write.


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Nell Widmer:
Valentino Khan "Better"


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

Nell Widmer:
Chris lake I want you

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The Rashomon Effect Interview on Nagamag.com

The Rashomon Effect
Interview

Electronic


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

The Rashomon Effect:
Ambient electronic music with acoustic instruments


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

The Rashomon Effect:
I bought my first guitar when I was twelve years old and since then have played in metal, soul, folk and post-punk bands in Seattle, Los Angeles, Budapest and New York City. I’ve learned from many great teachers along the way. Around five years ago I started to make electronic music, which was a perfect fit since I love composition and sound design.


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

The Rashomon Effect:
When I was around six, my mother gave me a set of tapes that told the life stories of great composers – Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, etc. I listened to them every night in my bed when I was supposed to be sleeping. That early love of music has never stopped evolving through styles and genres over the years. There is always more to know and more to discover. I’ve always loved meeting and playing with musicians from other countries and cultures, and the way music can circumvent the intellect and touch the heart. Music has always been deeply healing for me and in these times I am finding that aspect more important than ever.


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

The Rashomon Effect:
Charles Mingus "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat"


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

The Rashomon Effect:
Floating Points "Silhouettes (I,II,III)"

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