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Summoning the spirit of 2000's hardcore, Dallas, Texas band Nygma has established a reputation for surrealistic lyrics, unorthodox guitar melodies, unpredictable shifts in tempo and rhythm, and wild stage presence. Burnie, Colten, and Caleb have been playing music together for close to 16 years, they've been in other bands together as well as touring the US multiple times. The three of them met through local church functions in Mansfield, Ohio. Burnie met Daniel and Chris through the local scene in Denton, Texas. The five have been playing together for close to years now. NYGMA started as an outlet that wasn't faith-based even though you hear them touch on their faith, backgrounds, and beliefs in lyrics. They grew up in Church/shul, their parents are pastors, etc. With NYGMA, they wanted to explore other avenues and that's where they are now.

With your latest music, what has inspired you to innovate differently?

We always want to stand out musically, and live as well. Leaving an impression good, or bad, is something we strive for. So we are inspired by the greats that came before us from the innovative “At the drive in” to the craziness of “Iggy Pop”, and everything in between.

What tools do you use on a daily basis that apply to your music making?

We equip writing apps on our phones to write down lyrics when inspired, voice memos for melody ideas, and logic pro x to lay down quick ideas so we don't forget. Little things like that are very useful to use everyday to get ideas down.

What do you like to do outside of music that helps the music making process?

Reading is big for some of us. It opens doors to brand new ideas, and worlds in a creative mind.

What creative planning has to take place to prepare you to finally release your music?

By the time we record a song, we already like it. We just all have to be happy with the final mix of a song before we release it.

What are your main sources for industry news to keep you informed on everything that is going on in your industry?

We usually follow our favorite bands' social pages. We track twitter and instagram for news as we go. Sometimes reddit is a cool place to track underground news not covered by mainstream sources.

Give our readers some advice about a time when you thought of a better way to do something in music?

We are no experts or anything but we have found success in being consistent and not lying dormant. Learn to record your own songs, even if it's just for recording demos. Learning to record our own music was huge for our song writing process.

Please give us all your links!

Nygma - YouTube

Nygma (@nygmanoise) • Instagram photos and videos

Keep the music coming to your fans! Thank you!

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