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Cosmyte Interview on Nagamag

Electronica

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

Cosmyte:
Always Galactic, either Ambiant/Chillout and/or Electronica/Techno/Psychedelic


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Cosmyte:
Since 2014 Profesor Galacticus and Captain Frictus are colaborating as a galactic team in other project, Neenboo, a 7 musicians world music project.
In 2017, they decided to create Cosmyte.

This atypical crew is constantly evolving by creating its own galaxy, led by Pr. Galacticus (machines) and Captn Frictus (handpan), it includes talented companions met during music tours around Europe, Russia, India, China and Latin America, bringing a unique experience to each appearance. A journey between organic human vibrations, cosmic instruments and mechanical machines oscillations, Cosmyte is a real musical android.

In 2019 the Cosmyte Spaceship joined the Hadra label Team (Hadra Alter Vision Record).

In 2020 the Cosmyte crew droped out two EP's: Pyramyte Awake Side and Pyramyte Dream Side


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

Cosmyte:
There are a lot of moments, concerts, people, places, that gave us the right impact.
One of them is traveling as "pre-profesional" musicians with Super Cumbia band, some Argentinian friends, touring in Europe. We were spending so much good time as a band, as a family, as travelers, by traveling and playing all together.
Other is a concert of Djamanawak, a french band, when they played a 3h30 improvised concert. We were like "wooow, so nice, we want to do that" !


Nagamag:
Do you have some project that you want to talk about for 2021

Cosmyte:
We are working on a Lullaby project.
It's about musical ceremony, a 7 hours night playing, with people sleeping, or dreaming, or just flying inside.
We try explore music as a channel to connect with bigger space in this crazy times, in this crazy world.
We want to explore more about this project.


Nagamag:
You recently talked in social networks about an "inversion of the polarity of human consciousness". What about it?

Cosmyte:
We don't really know more about it, but we can say you that Jbiboulak community announced us by a sercret chanel, that hapenned on the 17 december 2020 this "inversion of the polarity of human consciousness". A kind of global mental change that can happen on earth by the dreams.
They also gave us a link as a cosmic gate to connect to it:
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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?

Cosmyte:
Super Cumbia y la liga de la Alegria "La vida está hecha pa' otra cosa"


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

Cosmyte:
Symbolico Triptrap

Discover & Listen to Cosmyte

Cosmyte on Spotify

Cosmyte's Signature Track

Cosmyte on Social Media

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Cosmyte's Website

cosmyte.com/

Alex Banks – Siren Call (Spotify)

“Through a brilliant modular sound design witch rise from the depths of abyss, dark, hypnotic, with enormous driving energy, - Siren Call - from Alex Banks is a warning through frequencies. Top Notch concept! ”

-Nagamag.com

Siren Call is Nagamag pick from Tephra EP

The ideas emerged from two months in the rugged, black volcanic surroundings of the Canary Islands, Spain. Banks armed himself with a restricted set of equipment taken from his studio in Brighton and set about focusing on the core of his musical expression.

The 5 track EP draws an abrasive array of intertwined melodic structures - one that could only be formed by an adept sound designers’ skillset. The title track and single ‘Tephra’, is woundingly brash, jagged and skull reverberating, it paints a mental landscape appropriate to where the tracks were born, in the context of a melodic hook line.

Following on from his second studio album, Beneath the Surface which was released on Mesh in 2019. Banks’ reimagines a different story, one of which was sculpted by his time witnessing unearthly volcanic landscapes. The change in scenery he recalls brought a welcomed ‘change of mindset’ than the earlier intense period of locking himself away in his Brighton studio with intermittent bursts of time spent by the coast to foster creative thought. It brought a different intensity to Banks’ sound, one that impressively finds a line between home listening and club-focussed dance-floor bangers.

alexbanksmusic.bandcamp.com/album/tephra-ep

Arkanna Interview on Nagamag

Electronica

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

Arkanna:
At the moment, I would say electronica, trip-hop, downtempo, chill, sometimes with world elements.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Arkanna:
I grew up in a musical family. With musicians on both my parents sides. I was brought up listening to Rock n Roll, Motown, Soul and everything in between. The UK charts were always on in my house growing up, hearing bands of the 80's like Bronski Beat, The Human League and The Cure. Also often, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and my Mums favourite, Rod Stewart.
When I was a teenager, I loved Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, The Doors, Nirvanna and lots of dance music like Beats international, The Source, Technotronic and 808 State.

I first picked up the guitar at age twenty one. At the time I started going clubbing and loved progressive house back then and all the chillout stuff around at that time. Before this I was more into drawing and painting as my creative outlet. A number of years later I started writing my own songs and played a few acoustic gigs. I was listening to bands like Morcheeba, Beth Orton, Faithless, Massive Attack,Lamb, Portishead, The Chemical Brothers, The Future Sound Of London, Bjork, PJ Harvey and Leftfield.

Soon I met my partner, who was an MC in a Drum n Bass band at the time, and as a DJ he introduced me to a lot of breakbeat, Techno, Hip Hop and DnB. He introduced me to my first production software and I was hooked.

I started to teach myself production developing my acoustic tracks into a more electronic sound. I put a few of my first productions online. In 2009 I was offered work with London based techno/breaks producers, Elite Force and Meat Katie, recording vocals for 'Fire's Still Burnin' on their Dustbowl EP, released on U&A Recordings.

While still working on my own productions, I was also writing and recording music as part of a collective called Timeshade. This brought about a release in 2010 in which my vocals featured on Bambook's track 'off the system' feat Arkanna, the vocals taken from one of the Timeshade songs.

Later, I collaborated with producers from Nomad Records based in Italy, on a three track EP. It was never officially finished due to some problems within the label at the time. You can listen to 'Love is Timeless', on soundcloud, which is one of the tracks from that EP.

Finally by 2017 I felt happy enough with my own music production to begin independently releasing my music, the first of which was 'All This Time'.

My latest release 'Wonder Cloud' has been supported on BBC music Introducing in Scotland and recently remixed by the very talented Side Liner.


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

Arkanna:
I have always loved music as far back as I can remeber. I was always singing when I was a child. I was given my first keyboard when I was 10 and remember writing lyrics to the songs I made up on it. The Casio SA-1, I thought it was so cool lol. I actually found one a few years ago in a charity shop. I had to buy it haha.
Music for me is about my connection to the unknown mystery, the all or whatever you want to call it or see it as. It is my healer, my passion and a tool for self- reflection and discovery.


Nagamag:
What are your plans for the near future?

Arkanna:
I am currently finishing my EP and plan to develope and release a lot of the music I have written over the past few years, as well as all my current material. I'm also collaborating on a track for another artists forthcoming album, more details on that in the very near future.


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?

Arkanna:
Ane Brun "All My Tears"


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

Arkanna:
Massive Attack "Teardrop"

Discover & Listen to Arkanna

Arkanna on Spotify

Arkanna's Signature Track

Arkanna on Social Media

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Arkanna – Wonder Cloud (Side Liner Remix) (Spotify)

“An amazing symbiosis of unearthly, mysterious vocals and a bewitching rhythm that makes you sleepy with its attraction. A journey that will not leave anyone indifferent.”

“Удивительный симбиоз неземного, таинственного вокала и завораживающего, усыпляющего своим притяжением ритма. Путешествие, которое не оставит никого равнодушным.”

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www.instagram.com/arkanna_music/

Kick Bong Interview on Nagamag

Electronica


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

Kick Bong:
It's not easy, if we stay within the codes of electronic music, I would say electronica, chillout, down tempo but also electro and techno sometimes or house and even pop, I have a lot of influences! I listened to a lot of funk, acid jazz, new wave, punk, rock.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Kick Bong:
In 1985 I met friends with whom we started a band and at 20 we signed an album at Barclay it was crazy! afterwards I played with a lot of groups on drums and percussion in different styles, recordings and concerts.
Well much later at the end of the 90s I discovered electronic music and I had another revelation so I started to buy equipment and at the beginning of 2000 I created Kick Bong it will be 20 years in 2021. I also have another Triptone project which is more pop, trip hop, electro with a lot of vocal features.


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

Kick Bong:
my dad listened to a lot of music and he introduced me to a lot of different artists and styles, so I started buying records very young when my mom was willing to give me some money, I started with 45rpm and albums later.
every time I listened to music I felt like I was on stage and like that every night I listened loudly and mimed the guitarist, the drummer etc ...
When I was 12, I started playing drums, it's an instrument that I already liked, I can't really explain why even though I loved playing the air guitar; )


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?

Kick Bong:
The Cure "A strange day"


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

Kick Bong:
Trentemoller "Moan"

Discover & Listen to Kick Bong

Kick Bong on Spotify

Kick Bong's Signature Track

Kick Bong on Social Media

kickbongofficial

Ricia Rae – How Do We Get out of Here? (Video)

“In the ocean of music we listen daily and selectively pick to blog about, there is a part of artists who know how to tell a story, with the right flow, the right selection of sounds. Ricia Rae here with her dream vocals and a minimal asset of groove/melodic lines that help the vocal performance to do her magic, provide us a wonderful atmospheric chill electronica. How Do We Get out of Here? We discover good music!”

-Nagamag.com

ABOUT THIS SONG

This is a pretty dark experimental electronic song written during one of the pandemic lockdowns. A good song to listen to when you’re feeling trapped by anything – a job, a zoom meeting, a relationship, a prison cell, the world.

ABOUT THIS ARTIST

An experimental electronic project out of Montreal Canada fronted by singer-songwriter Ricia Rae. Combining sometimes strange and haunting lyrics with layers of mixed beats, and analogue and digital synths to create an electronic soundscape experience.

Elskavon & John Hayes – “Refrost” (Video)

“The morning sun just waking up the world, the mist on the grass scatters dew. Peacefully the forest dwellers starts to wake up. Harmony envelops the whole world and hear that music. Refrost from Elskavon & John Hayes is that soundtrack experience. ”

“Когда утреннее солнце только просыпается, туман по траве раскидывает росу. И безмятежно просыпается лес. И просыпаются лесные жители. И гармония окутывает весь мир. Так мы слышим эту музыку.”

-Nagamag.com

“The pair’s intent was to frame the sonic strata of their home state of Minnesota’s overlong winter months. They’ve succeeded.” – Aquarium Drunkard

Elskavon aka Chris Bartels and pianist John Hayes found their way to one another through a common interest in ambient-classical composition, and paying tribute to their mutually beloved home state Minnesota, particularly as it is during its overlong winter months.

Using cassette tape, and both in and out-of-the-box effects processing, to wring every last drop of sincerity out of a small array of acoustic timbres, Hayes and Bartels manage to lure electronic composition away from its oft-accused sterility into a deeply human, empathic realm. Their debut collaborative album Du Nord is out next Friday November 20th via Western Vinyl.

“Refrost” encapsulates the entire project with a wide-framing ambient opening, leading to clicking percussion and complimentary rhythms the rest of the way.

Few words about Elskavon & John Hayes

Elskavon aka Chris Bartels and pianist John Hayes found their way to one another through a common interest in ambient-classical composition, and shared influences spanning Chopin to Eno, both in genre and chronology. On their debut collaborative LP Du Nord,the pair work in a modern framework draped in classical textures, adding up to a moving and tranquil outcome that sonically describes their mutually beloved home state Minnesota, particularly as it is during its overlong winter months. The album is set for release November 20th via Western Vinyl and can be pre-ordered here.

Du Nord makes a gregarious introduction with “Vermilion” wherein a deep four-on-the-floor kick drum anchors a plucked violin leading to one of the album’s most extroverted and percussive cuts that gets into head-spaces occupied by both Four Tet and Balmorhea. The track is streaming via YouTube and all digital services.

Using cassette tape, and both in and out-of-the-box effects processing, to wring every last drop of sincerity out of a small array of acoustic timbres, Hayes and Bartels manage to lure electronic composition away from its oft-accused sterility into a deeply human, empathic realm.

Following “Vermilion”, the heavy percussion recedes into the blizzard, and the focus shifts to subtler, more microscopic emotional detail. On album centerpiece “Closer,” like so much of Du Nord, closeup pianos carry the whispers of their felt and wood viscera, while reverberant strings and synths echo from the pews in solidarity. Echoing the state’s distinctive seasonal changes, title track “Du Nord” is a brisk, gale-force drone that contrasts the relative gentleness of its aforementioned companion piece. The epilogue “Lobby” spotlights a lonely, cornered piano, captured from across the room on a cassette tape that reveals its age in hisses, warps, and flutters. It’s the product of two minds working with such synergy that their sonic thumbprints blend together entirely, becoming one.

John Hayes & Elskavon prove that even though “magic” may be an overused descriptor, there is a healthy amount of it to be found in the distinctive seasons of the Midwest, particularly its winters. In the colder months there, Earth pretends to be a different planet: Woods become more walkable, their underbrush suppressed by snowfall; days get shorter as once-busy locales dress themselves in motionless sheets of ice; a sun that shone gold in the spring and summer now beams a faint purple light from behind cloud cover that only shows mercy at dawn and dusk. Yet, winter has a counterintuitive consequence.

Though the season is bereft of warmth, the absence of heat compels us to seek it out, and makes us hyper-conscious of its necessity and sensation. It spurs a deeper appreciation of spring and summer, the other side where the grass is literally greener. It is in this way that Hayes and Elskavon are able to divine such deep affect and intimacy from the starker phases of their environment. While the Great Indoors is something we’ve all come to know regardless of our respective climes, these Minnesotans have always been in touch with the lonesomeness of such disconnection; theirs brought on by lingering, secluding winters.

The pair met out of the unique brand of kismet that can only be found in local music scenes, and their shared geography is integral to the aim of Du Nord, both practically and thematically. The two lifelong residents of the Twin Cities were introduced through a mutual friend in their city’s burgeoning ambient scene, and the exchange of ideas developed naturally from there. In Bartels’ own words “We first got together to write a song at John’s former apartment, in around the fall of 2018, something like that. Pursuit of a collaborative single turned into a 4-song EP, which eventually turned into this full-length. We’ve just let things naturally develop. For some songs, John improvised on the piano, sent them to me, and I did some chopping and processing, and added some of the more textural layers. But the majority of the album was written together, in the same room at the same time… these were the most creatively exciting times for us.”

ELSKAVON
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JOHN HAYES
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wick – akoni (Spotify)

“wick with -Akoni- under SVNSET WAVES deliver us a fine blend of downtempo electronica with chill out aesthetics. Beautiful harmonies that bring the light into hidden darkness. Top notch sound here! ”

-Nagamag.com

This track from Danish producer, wick combines beautiful classic and modern synth elements to create a track that is equally as chill as it is high-energy.

www.instagram.com/1wickstagram1/

Catch the Rise – Purple (Spotify)

“Feels like you are sitting on the edge of a cliff enjoying the sunrise, closing your eyes. Seeing the wonderful moments of your life like a bird soaring above the clouds. Yet your own skin feels the warm wind and the caressing sun. You can be that happy with -Catch the Rise-.”

“Будто бы вы сидите на краю скалы наслаждаясь рассветом и закрываете глаза. Вы видите прекрасные моменты вашей жизни. И вы словно птица парите выше облаков. И собственной кожей ощущаете теплый ветер, и ласкающее солнце. Будьте счастливы с Catch the Rise.”

-Nagamag.com

Artist shared few words about this song with us:
“Purple is such an interesting color to me. It’s a little warm and soothing while at the same time dark and deep. Purple is the real color of love in my eyes. Not pink. Pink is too soft. Real love is hard and dark at times. And it will definitely leave you bruised. I had just left a very deep love when I was working on this song. However, I didn’t set out with the intention of making a song about love… but once I realized that the music was expressing what I was feeling, the color Purple seemed to really capture where I was emotionally at the time.”

Few words about the artist:
Catch the Rise is a music project from producer/composer Britt Barker that is aimed at capturing and reflecting the complex yet beautiful moments of life through song. In a sense, his songs are his soundtrack.

Driven by electronic-based production and live guitar instrumentation, the music of Catch the Rise creates a unique, atmospheric space for the listener to have an experience- to reflect, to be energized or to simply escape. The songs provide sonic color for each moment, whether it be for the fan listening for pure enjoyment or the visual artist looking to enrich their project with tones and texture.
www.catchtherise.com/

It’s A Trick – The Warning (Spotify)

“High-quality drum and bass from the young artist -It's A Trick-. The rhythms will pump you up and you will want to move with them. It definitely deserves attention!”

“Качественный драм энд бейс от молодого исполнителя It's A Trick. Ритмы взвинчивают вас и вам захочется двигаться вместе с ними. Это определенно заслуживает внимания!”

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itsatrick.bandcamp.com/releases

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