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Let It Pass (Video)

“Despite all the hardships of this year, Travis Shallow came back early this summer with a masterfully performed guitar ballad and his characteristic warm voice to take us on an introvert travel in the magnificent sounds of rock ‘en roll”

-Nagamag.com

Take one listen to North Carolina native, Travis Shallow’s work and it is no wonder that he has amassed fans from his opening spots with legendary Gregg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Marcus King Band, Jerry Joseph, Todd Snider, and fellow native North Carolina band, American Aquarium.

Travis Shallow is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and recording artist.

Shallow started his career as a solo artist in 2002 playing every dive bar and club that would book him. He quickly developed a loyal following which allowed him to further explore the thriving North Carolina music scene. Soon after, he formed the alternative country band, A Few Good Liars, with whom he recorded a studio album in 2011 titled, Battered Wooden Body, at Tweed Recording Studio in Oxford, MS.

In 2012, Shallow left A Few Good Liars and started writing and recording songs that would later be released as his first solo self-titled album, Travis Shallow, to regional critical acclaim in the southeastern United States.

Shallow went back to Tweed Recording Studio with Andrew Ratcliffe engineering to record his solo debut album. This solo album was acoustically driven with an accompanying band to highlight the songwriting and lyrical prowess.

After the release of his self-titled album in March 2016, Shallow took the show to the people performing intimate shows, stripped down with him and an acoustic guitar. While doing so, Shallow wrote a new batch of songs that was miles away from another solo acoustic album and set out to put together a backing band for the studio sessions. He reached out to longtime friends and trusted heavy hitters whose familiar chemistry quickly turned into his full-time road band, The Deep End. The result was clear and titled- The Great Divide.

The Great Divide was featured in Relix Magazine and the single “River That Sings” made it’s radio debut on the Americana Charts.

Shallow has now stripped down the musician line up and returned back to his acoustic roots. He often plays with Bob Russell accompanying on guitar and (before the pandemic) playing intimate seated listening rooms where the song itself is king. “Let It Pass” is out now on Cavity Search Records and a studio album is scheduled for release in the fall.
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PHNTMS – Carabelle (Video)

“An emotive song with heartwarming vocals and a wonderful chill harmonic atmosphere.”

-Nagamag.com

“Carabelle” radiates with emotive vocals, sweeping acoustic guitars and laid back soundscapes. “Carabelle” details the feeling you get after a toxic relationship ends and how even though there were red flags you still choose to be with that person.

Sitting somewhere between arena rock and the classic sound of 1960’s soul singers, Philadelphia based band PHNTMS creates music bursting with vast soundscapes and colliding instrumentation. Together, Alyssa Gambino, Adam Jessamine, Mikal Smith, and Gene Murphy are bringing back rock music while simultaneously putting their own unique stamp on it.

PHNTMS’ highly anticipated six-track self titled EP soaks up the band’s amalgam of influences, ranging from movie soundtracks and bands such as U2, Biffy Clyro, Kings of Leon and Deaf Havana, to powerhouse soul singers such as Amy Winehouse.

Inspired by everyday situations, relationships, and growing up, the band aims to create a feeling with which listeners can easily identify. Gambino reveals, “I think as songwriters, we try to capture these moments and make them as detailed as possible. We’ll always be fascinated by the fact we can freeze these moments…”

With half of the band identifying as queer, PHNTMS also hope to reach out to and support the LGBTQA+ community. Drummer Gene Murphy confides, “We openly talk about lesbian relationships in our music and we want to bring hope to anyone who is in the closet and doesn’t feel safe coming out. Whether you are out as queer or not, your identity is valid and if our music helps you escape heteronormativity for a brief moment.”

PHNTMS has seen success having performed opening spots for such acts as Kings of Leon, The 1975, Bastille, Fitz & The Tantrums, Empire of the Sun, Pale Waves, Emarosa, and Half Noise.

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The Islays – I Can’t Breathe (Spotify)

“The Islays got inspired from the recent events in USA, beautiful lush guitars which set you quick in a groove under passionate rock performance and the right vocal lead where share their thoughts for injustice.”

-Nagamag.com

The lockdown meant endless hours at home, igniting creativity, ideas and inspiration. That was the time when two friends and music buddies for years, Billy and Nektarios, took the opportunity to translate the chaos into words and sounds, giving birth to their own... e-band!

And there you have it! Coming together from the misty island of UK and the sunny island of Rhodes (Islands, Isle, Isle of Islay... The Islays!) they share the proud tradition of islanders all around the world! The Islays is a new and exciting project dedicated to create, record and share the most original tunes!

www.instagram.com/theislays/

Jack Simchak – When I Wake (Spotify)

“When I Wake from Jack Simchack is an emotional chaser through psychedelic rock with his vocal depth been recognizable once you become familiar with his music due of his signature style.”

-Nagamag.com

Jack Simchak is a singer/multi-instrumentalist that lives in Brooklyn, New York. Simchak writes, produces, records, and performs his original compositions in his home studio. His compositions show his affinity for bands such as Tears For Fears, Joy Division, The Cure and The Smiths.
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Orsak:Oslo – 061 Skimmer (Spotify)

"This song the title track of Orsak:Oslo's new release Skimmer, which besides its English meaning has a meaning in Swedish and Norwegian that resembles the English ""Shimmer"". In context with the EP this is a more mellow and pondering track, while still continuing the band's thread of compositions with nerve and wistful melodies.

Few words about Orsak:Oslo
Orsak:Oslo is a dark slow brew containing of psych, dystopian post-rock and trippy space blues.
With their monolithic and melancholic instrumental pieces, this is music for the active listener.
O:O is a marriage between impulsive improv and thoughtful composition, later melodies and new harmonies are carefully woven in, layer by layer.
With a reverence and underlying devotion to the aura and musical preconditions laid down from the start, the result is raw, unpolished and true.
www.orsakoslo.com/"

Shigar Interview on Nagamag.com

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

shigar:
I am influenced by many genres and sounds, you can hear it in my music. My debut album 'EarGasm' is a mixture of different genres that include elements of blues, jazz, nu-soul, classic music, rock, and more. I never create music with an initial idea of a specific genre. Each one of the tracks in the album reflects the mood that I was in at that particular moment, I let the music lead me and not the other way around.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

shigar:
My parents had me take piano lessons since I was 5 years old. 3 years later I joined the local conservatory where I played the trumpet and drums with a big band and an orchestra for 10 years. With the orchestra, we would mostly perform classical pieces, and with the big band, it was all about classic jazzy tunes. After graduating I took a break from playing instruments, that allowed me to rediscover my passion for music. I started developing a vocal ability from scratch, and work on my songwriting skills in search of my own sound. I picked up the electric guitar and collaborated with different musicians and artists, which all led me to work on my own album.


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

shigar:
When I was a teen I played many solo shows as a trumpeter in different events, I think the turning point for me was when I got to play in a holocaust memorial day ceremony in front of 1000 people. I remember feeling an intense overwhelming sensation in my body that gave me shivers. I can't say I knew back then that I wanted to be an artist but that was definitely a milestone in my perception of what music is, and how it affects us as humans.


Nagamag:
what are the most important aspects for you in making music?

shigar:
The 2 main things for me are originality and personal connection. Creating and combining original and different sounds while staying true to my art, never compromising on the end result, although it is extremely hard sometimes. I have to feel a connection to my own music and be able to vibe with it after it is complete. I've talked to a lot of artists that say they prefer not to listen to their music after it is released. For me, that contradicts the whole purpose of creating your own music if you cannot connect to it and enjoy it in your spare time. As an independent artist, I have the advantage of full creative control of all my music, from the production to mixing and mastering, so the end result is exactly how I envisioned it to be.


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?

shigar:
Etta James "At last"


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

shigar:
Radiohead "Street Spirit"

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Zenon Marko Interview on Nagamag.com

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

Zenon Marko:
Ambient, Neoclassical, Electronic, Downtempo, Electro-Acoustic, Traditional/”World”, Dub, Techno, House, Rock, Funk...

Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Zenon Marko:
Music has always been a presence and love in my life. As a child, I studied piano and classical guitar, but drums soon became my primary instrument: acoustic drums, electronic drums, percussion. I became obsessed with the rhythms and sounds of drums. At the same time, I was also fascinated with the effects and possibilities of harmonies and timbre and texture and tonality, the “vertical” as well as “horizontal” axes of music. In my first university degree, I studied physics, but also studied music theory and composition; I continued on afterwards teaching myself more and more of these areas, along with production, engineering, sound design, synthesis, acoustics, psycho-acoustics, philosophy and aesthetics of music. I began a Ph.D. in physics, then switched tracks and instead completed a second undergraduate degree in philosophy. I am currently completing a Ph.D. in metaphilosophy, on the problem of beginning, or ultimate justification of knowledge. All along, I have been involved in music, as composer, producer, drummer, and DJ. As the list of genres suggests, my love of music embraces perhaps seemingly contradictory territories: from the most subtle ambient sound with no trace of rhythm, to extremely rhythmic music forms like dub, bossa, funk, techno, and rock. I have hundreds of musical works and ideas in various stages of completion, but perhaps it’s time to finally finish more of these and let them out into the wider world. There have been a number of releases with my on-going collaborative project Metasonica; I’ve just released my first solo album, the completely symmetrical instrumental ambient/neoclassical concept album “Symmetry”; there will be a rhythmic version of “Symmetry”, an entire video cycle related to the philosophy and concept, and live performances; there’s a completed ambient piano album to be released this year; I’m developing a dub techno project; also many tracks are already completed for a rhythmic downtempo project, featuring vocals in various different languages. Many more projects ongoing and in development, in and around my studio and production company, Disreality, here in downtown NYC.

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

Zenon Marko:
Our family home was always full of music: piano, guitar, singing, records playing in every genre. However, my first distinct memory of experiencing music is that of hearing and seeing the Philadelphia Orchestra for the first time as a child. I was fortunate that my family introduced me to such experiences at an early age. I especially recall the overwhelming sense of awe and wonder at the beauty and power of this ensemble, in the grand space of the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, as the orchestra was tuning in preparation for the performance. Surely that sonic experience, of individual instruments beginning from a state of chaos and dissonance, gradually cohering into an immense and sublime coherence, has always remained with me as an ideal, not only of music, but of emotion, of something like (for lack of a better word) spirituality, and even of other-worldly perfection.

Nagamag:
Why do you create music?

Zenon Marko:
I often ask myself this question, actually. At times, from my more strictly rational, scientific, even somewhat brutally utilitarian, side, I question whether music, culture, art, and so on, are excessive luxuries and self-indulgences, in a world of so much suffering, of all creatures, human and non-human. This concern is magnified by my sense that the world is sliding towards some sort of apocalypse. Should I better apply my efforts elsewhere? Of course, I do work in philosophy as well, but one may raise similar doubts about the value of philosophy in the face of urgent practical crises. Should I only be working towards practical, measurable goals of world improvement, perhaps in a mode like effective altruism? Although these doubts never disappear, I do believe that our needs and aspirations go beyond the purely material, that one also needs what these cultural, aesthetic, intellectual, and spiritual activities provide. The material problems are urgent, of course, and demand our attention, as these address the functional basis for life; yet I believe these other regions of values, beliefs, and experiences are what render life beautiful and worthwhile. They offer a kind of transcendence. Certainly music has dramatically enriched my own life; it seems to offer a radically different kind of “answer”, compared to those offered by science and the more rational forms of philosophy; so how can I then deride it as a mere luxury or excess? After all, the music of others has given me so much. Therefore, my hope is that my music can give back in some way, and can bring to others, perhaps even to those in the depths of despair and suffering, some solace, beauty, and inspiration.

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?

Zenon Marko:
Miles Davis “He Loved Him Madly”

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

Zenon Marko:
Harold Budd & Brian Eno "First Light"

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