Over pesto pizza, IPA, and motown soul playing in the background, I got to sit down with Brooklyn-based electro-funk trio Exmag at our very own Pizza my Heart.
Eric, Tyler, and Dave have been on the road for the past month playing shows for their headlining Pleasure Tour. So far, they’ve played at notable venues such as The Roxy in Los Angeles, The Fox in Colorado, and our own Catalyst Atrium.
Their sound is of one that is notably unique in its style of combining hip-hop style electro beats and soulful, funky jazz elements to create an ethereal, soulfully harmonic aura throughout each track. They are known for their collaborations with artists on Lowtemp records, and have even done projects with notable artist such as Gramatik and Gibbz. Every one of their albums tells an instrumental story, as if the different elements are conversing with each other. The contrasting musical styles of smooth and hard bass mesh together like cogs in a machine to create a smooth ride into space.
Exmag’s new single, One Two, came out earlier this year just in time for their tour to begin. Following their 2017 album Part 1, there are hopes that this single could mean a Part 2 is in the making. They had just finished playing Gem & Jam Festival in Arizona, and are planning to play more in the future.
These guys gave me the ultimate pleasure of letting me pick their brains about their musical talents and endeavors—even letting me take them out to Funk Night at the Crepe Place for their last night in Santa Cruz in celebration of the funkiest holiday known to man: Mardi Gras.
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