All the Latest Music News on Nagamag

The Latest

All Nagamag’s online magazine music articles in one place. Here you will find our latest posts and whole back catalog of articles.

Banco de Gaia Interview on Nagamag

Photo by Cezary Biernat |

Which are the genres that describe your music style better?

Banco de Gaia:
World dance, global, ambient, trance, techno, dub

Few words about your musical background and career?

Banco de Gaia:
I started out playing drums in rock bands then moved on to guitar. In the 80's I was playing jazz and listening to world music then discovered acid house and became immersed in electronic dance music. Since 1989 I've been writing, recording and performing as Banco de Gaia and I'm not sure if I'll ever stop!

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

Banco de Gaia:
I saw Hawkwind performing Silver Machine on TV when I was 6 or 7. Lots of strobes and smoke and a man with long hair, I thought 'that's what I want to do'.

Why is world music so imprtant to you?

Banco de Gaia:
I love combining sounds from different countries and cultures, it constantly amazes me that music from wildly different places can share the same basic heart. Music really is a universal language.

What have you been working on recently?

Banco de Gaia:
I just released a two-track single 'Pirates and Princes' as part of New York Times reporter Ian Urbina's 'Outlaw Ocean' project. He has been travelling the seas documenting what goes on out in international waters where no laws apply. It's pretty grim at times but it's important to spotlight the crimes that are going on out there, and incorporating his reporting into music has been a fascinating mission.

Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?

Banco de Gaia:
Yes "Going For The One"

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

Banco de Gaia:
William Orbit "Water from a Vine Leaf"

Discover & Listen to Banco de Gaia

Banco de Gaia on Spotify

Banco de Gaia's Signature Track

Banco de Gaia on Social Media


Banco de Gaia's Website

“Marco V /Vision 2020 Rab/bit is an instant classic. The classic trance beat picks right up and organic electronic sounds fill in the background. Vocals are soothing with a touch of class that takes us back. ”

2021 currently belongs to Marco V, continuing to switch between styles and never holding back when it comes to giving you goosebumps. In vocal trance mode, sweet, angelic vocals, slicked back between fantasy and reality and with a taste for the bittersweet, skim across feverish beats. As ‘RAB/BIT’ starts its upward charge, it approaches the promised land of the euphoric but keeps its guard up, a shimmering, holographic synth pattern seemingly anticipating danger around the corner. Made for massive parties armed with supersized glo-sticks.

“-Perfect Stranger- вызывает стойкое чувство ностальгии, душевный, эмоциональный подъём, желание жить и дышать воздухом, которой мы впитываем. К творчеству -Neena Rose- хочется время от времени возвращаться и снова ощущать её всем своим телом. -Perfect Stranger- воодушевляет и погружает в свой уникальный мир, который помогает отстраниться от окружающей действительности.”

Neena Rose's, "Perfect Stranger", dances on the line between the persona we create for people in our minds, and how they actually are. Describing the feeling of meeting a seemingly perfect guy and the fear of learning something that may skew the perception of him. Following the saying, "ignorance is bliss", Neena Rose leaves the stranger behind before any red flags could ruin her memory of him.

Canadian singer/songwriter and Pop/R&B artist, Neena Rose, has emerged onto the music scene with a magnetism not encountered everyday. Between her breakout single, 2018's "Games", and all it successors, the talented Neena Rose is shaking things up and taking the industry by storm.

The Hamilton, Ontario-based artist has received extensive early support and has garnered large following across social media platforms, especially on TikTok. In March of 2019, she was the youngest panelist invited to speak at the California Copyright Conference, and later that year, she was 1 of only 6 Canadians nominated for the Hollywood Music and Media Awards in Los Angeles, CA.

Between her breakout single — 2018’s “Games” — its successors, “Circles” and “Rewind”, and this year’s forthcoming EP 333, Canadian singer/songwriter and pop-R&B artist Neena Rose has emerged onto the music scene with a magnetism not encountered every day.

The 17-year old Hamilton, Ontario-based artist has received extensive early support from media and playlisters, and was a recent panelist at the California Copyright Conference, making her the youngest female Canadian to speak thus far.

Her debut single — “Rock N Roll Lullaby” — was recorded at age 12 with Diamond/Platinum producer/songwriter Roy “Royalty” Hamilton III (Britney Spears, Nas), and the five years since has included performing for audience sizes up to 14,000 (including Oprah Winfrey), and singing CHCH legacy program Tiny Talent Time’s new theme song.

She’s an “amazing young talent,” says Universal Music Publishing Group’s 80 Empire. “She’s an incredible vocalist and witty lyricist… Working with her is a sheer joy!”

“Hellafun to talk with,” Cashbox Magazine’s Lenny Stoute adds. She’s a “combination of music biz savvy and emotional intelligence, with a commanding voice. Gonna go far.”

“I love it all, but writing lyrics is my favourite part,” Neena muses, reflecting on previous dips into nu-country, emo rock, and lofty pop bops before finding her most authentic self in R&B. “I want people to gain empowerment from my music. I want it to communicate to them: ‘You’ve got this. You can be different. You can do anything.’”

It’s true, and Neena Rose is leading by perfect example.

“Атмосферность, стиль, музыкальный вкус и свойственная -Jimmy Bounce- необычность - всё это проявилось в его сингле -Lockdown-. Музыка, которая оставляет после себя отпечаток в истории и на сердце слушателей. Мы уверены, что меломаны обязательно оценят этот трек по достоинству.”

“Lockdown” voorziet de luisteraar van positieve vibes in deze ongekende tijden. De tune is in een hartige summervibe dat garandeert dat u niet zal kunnen stilzitten.

Jimmy schreef de song toen we in de eerste nationale lockdown zaten. Hij mistte zijn vriendin en gebruikte deze emoties als inspiratie om “Lockdown” te maken.

“Lockdown” gives you positive vibes in these difficult times. It’s a wholesome summer vibe guaranteeing that you’ll throw a dance move or two.

Jimmy wrote and composed this track while in a national lockdown. Unable to see his girlfriend and missing her presence he used these emotions as an inspiration to write “Lockdown”.

Jimmy Bounce - is a belgian artist with a winners mentality and a positive mindset. The last couple of years, thanks to his perseverance and optimism, he has shown his musicality on various stages through his dance. Now he has decided to pass on his good vibes in a different way: music. After a year of experimenting with music, Jimmy Bounce takes the plunge into the unknown by releasing independently his debut single “Blessings”. 
 A few months later, he is ready to give everyone good vibes again with his new track 'Lockdown". This is a real summer song, full of warmth and atmosphere on which it is impossible to stand still. 
 2020 was a special year for all of us! It was even more special to me because it was the year I decided that I wanted to create music and not only dance on it. So during the pandemic I created this song, which is the second song I released. This track is about the lockdown, when it was illegal to see my girlfriend. We took the moment and made the best out of it, because that is the motto I live by: always make the best of everything and turn every negative thing into a positive one!

“-Big Chop- заставляет переживать целую палитру эмоций. Ритмы Afrobeats учащают пульс, песня даёт очень яркие и запоминающиеся чувства, а мелодичный припев хочется повторять и повторять, напевая его раз за разом и изо дня в день!”

This song celebrates women of all backgrounds who confidently look good and feel confident in their own unique ways. Big Chop is an expression which refers to stylizing one's hair in a way that the individual loves and embraces and the song voices support for all sorts of individual expression.

“У каждого из нас есть особое место, в уголке которого мы чувствуем себя спокойно и с лёгкостью можем расслабиться и не думать ни о чём. В такие минуты неотъемлемой составляющей является музыка. -The Right Place- музыка для вас; вашей души, тела и вашего уютного уголка.”

A peaceful and atmospheric solo piano song with some melancholic shades...

Gianluca Piacenza is an italian composer, pianist and sound designer.

After 2 year of private piano lessons when he was 6 years old, he began studying music at his hometown conservatory graduating with full marks in Classical Piano and Composition.

Today he works as music producer at Red Couch Studio, an inspirational space in which analog and digital equipment, acoustic and electronic instruments are equally important to develop a unique sonic signature. Alongside his academic path he attended piano courses and masterclasses with Sergio Fiorentino, Bruno Canino, Michele Marvulli, Alexander Lonquich, François-Joël Thiollier and Konstantin Scherbakov, constantly growing as classical pianist and expanding an already large repertoire ranging from Bach and Scarlatti to Cage, Ligeti, Pärt and many other contemporary composers.

Winner and finalist in national and international competitions, he appears in concerts both as soloist and as chamber music partner. Influenced by both the great tradition of classical music and the electronica/ambient scene, in 2014 began working on his first album “Dream”, an emotional and cinematic work in which he experiments with acoustic piano and live electronics interaction.

His sonic world could be described as a blend of acoustic textures, recorded and processed live in many different ways, and electronic soundscapes, created manipulating natural sounds and programming synthesizers and samplers.

“-New Year's Eve (Give Me Something Good)- обладает исцеляющими свойствами и создает ощущение по-настоящему тёплой музыки, в которую хочется окунуться с головой, словно в холодные воды океана. Мягкий вокал -Eden Iris- словно тёплое одеяло укроет вас даже в самую пасмурную погоду. ”

“New Year’s Eve (Give Me Something Good) is about a moment in a relationship when the stakes are high. There is tension and silent resentment building up, and the chorus (give me something good, tell me what you want to see) is the moment when the truth comes out and you can say what you really feel. The song is like a bittersweet plea to the one you love. - Eden

Eden Iris is an artist from Auckland, New Zealand who has been described as “an artist working in a new space” (Jordan Luck, The Exponents) who has “the ambition to carve out her own niche” (Demerra Records). She moved to Los Angeles, California when she was nineteen years-old to pursue her music career and has since made a home for herself on the west coast. In Los Angeles, Eden has collaborated with esteemed songwriters such as Maia Sharp (Dixie Chicks), Jamie Candiloro (REM, Ryan Adams) and Bruce Lynch (Kate Bush)

“A walk among the rhythmic meadows of complex Jazz inspired riffs. They flow seamlessly together like the rivers of time. ”

Artist shared with Nagamag a very instersting story behind song inspiration:

"As we grow we reach moments in our life in which we make mistakes. In which we challenge the principles that work as the foundation of who we are and that eventually continue to build our character. I think there are times in everybody’s life in which we question our own nature. In this particular case I want to convey a specific emotion that I have felt.

It starts with me and a friend spending some time at his house. We drink and end up going out. We end up drinking more and spending money.

At the moment I was unaware or didn't care of the consequences, I just continued behaving as if I owned a world that I didn’t earn myself. But it really did hit me the moment I opened my eyes the next day. For starters, I used my fathers money. He found out of course.

At this moment I felt absolutely lost. First of all I was embarrassed and assumed my dads perception of me had changed completely. I was uncomfortable around my family because of it. I also felt like I had lost whatever innocence I had left in me and that I was turning into someone without proper direction. I felt like the child that wished for the moon was gone and had turned into something else. Something I didn’t like.

A few weeks later, I was sitting down in my pijamas, playing a Nintendo game called Pikmin. After playing it for a couple of hours I realized that for a very short period of time, I didn't think about it at all. In fact I didn't think about anything at all. I was enjoying the game, and it was the most childlike experience I have had in a while. It made me happy. And it was not the video game itself, but the idea that I was still me, and that I am in control of the decisions I make from now on. It was not a matter of neglecting whatever I had done, it was a matter of learning from it. Trying to become the best possible version of myself and be conscious of my ideas and principles and live by them.

I thought it would be a good way to end the record because I believe we are born children, and that in a lot of cases we live our lives pursuing feeling like children again. NOT being children, but feeling like children.

The level of the video game I was playing then was named "Garden of Hope". "

“Very sensual and warm track. Incredibly beautiful chorus, stunning rhythm section and at the same time a very vintage sound. The vocals have the ability to penetrate into the inner self, lift the ocean of emotions and as if waves, one after another, absorb every listener!”

“-Wild Story- очень чувственный и тёплый трек. Невероятно красивый припев, оглушающая ритм-секция и при этом очень винтажный звук. Вокал имеет способность проникать в самую глубь, поднимать океан эмоций и словно волны, одна за другой, поглощать своего слушателя!”

Wild Story Bio:

Wild Story is a duo originating from Los Angeles, California. This anthemic band combines Viv Parker’s cinematic, immersive production with the adventurous, dynamic and vulnerable melodies of Katie Hargrove. From their first writing session together, Katie and Viv knew they had something special. Building on their solo careers, the pair decided to plunge headfirst into the LA music scene together with Lyric House’s support along the way. Staying true to themselves and each other, they have found success creating music that reverberates with fans and listeners alike. In their own words, Wild Story is about embracing who you are, creating your own narrative and owning it wholeheartedly.

Track Quote:

Wild Story’s “Different” is a symbolic anthem for those who have ever felt like they simply don’t fit in. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Katie has struggled with this feeling all too often. After moving to the US at a young age, Viv also struggled with the notion of feeling like an outsider. Together, the pair crafted “Different” as a song for anyone and everyone. No matter who you are, no matter your story, “Different” is a song for you.

“A great track to lose yourself into. The distant vocals seem to shine across the studio floor. The beat builds and climaxes in a soothing guitar riff. ”

A warm wind with eyes closed : Harmony to a far off stare : A window seat just beneath the clouds.