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Interview with alt pop duo NIGHTLY

Jonathan Capeci and Joey Beretta, the two artists composing
alternative pop band NIGHTLY, cousins from New Jersey, are about to shake up
the industry.

6 year locals of Nashville, the road to music started young,
with both artists finding themselves with their first instruments at age 10. “When
we were young, we got matching guitars,” Jon said fondly, “but we hooked up at
16 or 17 and that’s when we started making music, instead of just going to
class. It was just something we did back where we lived, in high school, you
were either in sports, or in drugs, or in a band. And we were in a band.”

“We grew up in Jersey,” Joey added. “We moved to Nashville
about 6 years ago, and have been writing back and forth between LA and
Nashville.”

But the start out at 16 in New Jersey wasn’t an easy path
for the two young artists. “In Jersey, the thing is, when we there weren’t that many
venues to play that were all ages. We would play bowling alleys, pool halls,”
Joey pointed out. “I remember there was a place that was like Goodwill
downstairs and upstairs of a huge room that you could rent out to place shows.
It was a cool community as far as kids who wanted to go to shows. Whereas in
Nashville there are so many venues that makes music just a part of the culture.
With performing in Jersey, if you wanted it, you really had to make it work.”

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The two grew up, and moved out to Nashville and started
getting serious about putting work out there. They started flying back and
forth between Nashville and LA, writing, producing, and hoping to blow up. The
two cities, the boys, say, are different, but close their hearts when writing.  “We’ve been writing for the past year, just a
lot of different feelings, doing everything in our bedrooms in Nashville or LA.
We have a lot of songs we’ve written, so when we were picking four tracks for
the EP, it was hard figuring out what we wanted our first impression to be.”

And with many songs written, and already known for killer
single “XO” that portrays an ethereal fluid filled musical journey, we wanted to
know what kind of vibe the two artists wanted to portray to their future fans.

“The thing is, we’ve been in bands for a long time and we’ve
never just been honest and told real experiences,” Joey explained.  “And I think lyrically this is the best work
we’ve done—and as far as our listeners, I think people can relate to the real
us and our real experiences. And I think the music behind it just captured the
feeling that was in the room.”

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Jon adds, “I think with us, the thing is, the things that
inspire us don’t always have to be musical. I feel inspired by TwentyOne
Pilots
but nothing in what we do is any way related to them. So, there’s
inspiration there in the sense that I appreciate their work. But then there’s
also the type of inspiration where I’ll say, ‘Dude I love that sound of this
kickdrum.’  There’ll be influences like
that where I’ll draw from melodies— from like Miguel’s kind of vibe. And then
classic guitar bands like U2 or Coldplay, where we get an ethereal feel. But
even like a picture can be inspiring or drive out at night together. A lot of
times too if you’re doing the same thing, taking yourself out of the headspace
of doing the same thing—like listening to Kanye—can be a refresher for what
you’re actually doing.”

The alt-pop duo has their start with their 4 tracks out and
proud. But what’s next?

“In the future we really just want to expose our music and
building our fan-base. We’ll spend the next year exposing the EP and
touring.  Because we could have put a
year and lot of money into an album and no one hears it. So right now, we want
to put out creative content, like music videos and little projects that are
weird but fun. We’re seeing a lot of new cities on this tour, and I think
performing in the UK would be good place.

When asked about future collaborations, Joey says “It’s so
hard you know because I would love just meet and hang out with John Mayer but
is be necessarily the apex of what we’re trying to do? No definitely not, but I
would do anything to meet him.”

Jon says, “For me, just some super dope chick would be cool.
Tove Lo, Sia, Miley Cyrus. I’m a sucker for female vocals. We probably wouldn’t
collab with a guitarist so it would probably be a rapper or a female vocalist.
All my favorites are female vocals though—like Lady Gaga would be dope.”

Joey adds with a smile, “Ellie Goulding too.”

No doubt the two will get their dream collaborations while
they’re on their way with their EP Honest,
now on Spotify. Check it out.

Ariana Rivera

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Album review: BANKS “The Altar”

We’re not going to lie, when we were told BANKS had just
released a new album, we didn’t know what to expect. Jillian Rose Banks,
28-year old American artist, stylized as BANKS is still a relatively new artist on the radar on
music—and so far, known mainly for her opening act with The Weeknd.

Yet listening to her latest album The Altar changed
mindsets for the better. This 13-track album starts off similar to the aesthetic of electropop contemporaries Tove Lo and. BANKS’ starts her album off
shaky, with the vibe switching every which way. Her tendency to overlay with
her own vocals with additional vocals occurs consistently throughout the album,
in tracks like “This is Not About You,” “Love Sick,” and “Mind Games.” It’s
BROODS and it’s Ellie Goulding but she’s not quite sure which yet. Her decision
to start the track with “Gemini” was a good one, and it’s the one of the solid
hit on her record, and introduces her vocal range quite nicely. The next solid
hit on the album hit on the album is “Mind Games,” for its simplicity in instrumental
and synth overlay on her vocals.

It gets rough in the middle of the album with some remnants
almost a bit too reminiscent of Britney Spears in her bad music days—too upbeat
in tempo, too shrill in vocals, and too busy in overall production.

But then we breathe a final sigh of relief because BANKS
remembers her roots.  A former opener on
the infamous artist The Weeknd, and a young artist who still cites Fiona Apple
and Lauren Hill as massive influences on her music, Jillian Banks knows her way
around R&B. She slows down the pop and pulls it in. In the eight track,
we finally hear the gravelly substance in BANKS’ voice—not quite pain or any
sort of emotion of passion, but rather the multitude of different experiences. BANKS
takes the synth off in “Mother Earth,” and truly takes the song raw, with a
violin, a guitar, and her vocals guttural and low—finally in the style of Fiona
Apple. As she continues with slower, simpler, and a lot more soulful tracks
like “Judas” and “To the Hilt,” the R&B influence comes out. The favorites
off the track remind us most of her time with The Weeknd, on tracks “Judas” and

Poltergeist” due to the stream of fluid vocals and Weeknd-esque background
instrumentals.

It’s no doubt these artists have had an influence on BANKS
and it shows—but with her own spin. Although BANKS is similar to this menagerie
of artists, she maintains her own signature trademark: her gravelly and
almost nasally vocal range. She uses it to her advantage. And maybe on this
album, she tried to use her range a bit too far in terms of genre, switching
from blue to indie to electropop to R&B, but the one thing we can say is
that the girl’s got guts.

We’re excited to see her tour and take those vocals out for
a spin. Grab a listen at her album The
Altar
now.

Ariana Rivera

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