‘5 Minutes Alone’ with Not the Girl Next Door Show and Nygma
Written by Angela Mockbee on September 15, 2020
In your m’fn face! Blending melodies with hardcore aggressive vocals and amping it up with propulsive guitar riffs is what you can expect from the Dallas, Texas band Nygma. Promoting their current release, “Initiation/This Will Destroy Us, the band had a chance to spend some time discussing what is going on in their world.
The interview is an unedited, unadulterated synopsis into the world of the band. Check it out! As always, spread the love for music and like, follow, share the killer music!
Tell us a little about the band, where are you from? How did you meet?
Nygma is based out of Dallas, TX. However, Burnie, Colten, & Caleb have been playing music together for close to 14 years. We’ve been in other bands together as well as tour the US multiple times.The 3 of us met through local church functions in Mansfield, OH. Burnie met Daniel & Chris through the local scene in Denton, TX and the 5 of us have been playing together for close to a year now. Nygma started as an outlet that wasn’t faith based. Even though you hear us touch on our faith backgrounds & beliefs in lyrics. We all grew up in church, parents are pastors, etc. With Nygma, we just wanted to explore other avenues and that’s where we are.
What kind of music would you describe your sound as? Who are some of your musical influences?
I would describe our music as but of everything we all enjoy. Our music has elements of post hardcore, rock, and even hip hop, believe it or not. We listen to everything and get inspired by different genres. Some of our biggest influences include Kanye West, Mars Volta,Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, and refused just to name a few.
Let’s talk about the newest single “Initiation/This will destroy us” Tell us what the song is about and what inspired the song?
We were just trying to write a epic opening track that punches right out of the gate, something that would be a great opener live as well. Lyrically is inspired by biblical “end time” themes, however, with our own spin. It may be the end of the world, but we still power through, and party on. We know it’s weird, but we all grew up pastors kids, and this type of dichotomy is what we all wrestled with. We would party all weekend, be at church Sunday morning.
How does the collaboration process work as far as writing/composing music?
Someone brings an idea to the table, whether it’s a small idea, or a completed song. In this day in age it looks like music files being sent over the internet, and we build on it accordingly.
How does it feel when you put all your hard work to the test and perform live? Do you have any crazy performance band/fan stories?
It feels incredible when we play our songs live, and people jive with it. It’s the addicting part of being a musician, the live performances. We do have a motto though… perform like it’s the most important shows of our lives, even if there is 5 people in the crowd, perform with everything we got. Crazy moment… we played a venue with hanging lights. Colten tore them down by swinging his guitar in the air, surprisingly they asked us back. The second time we played, Daniel tore the lights down with his guitar swing, we were never asked back after that.
Let’s shake it up a little. Tell us some strange facts about the band, that virtually no one would know.
Nygma started out as a solo project.
Our moniker is derived from a Batman villain. A couple members went clubbing with Chris Kirkpatrick of *NSYNC one time.
What do you have planned for the rest of 2020?
Keep writing, putting out content, and waiting to play a show again.