Gregg Sgar(Artist)

Worlds collide. Gregg Sgar’s artistic persona is a pure synergy of modern electronic music and rock and roll roots. Arising from New Jersey, and looking to play an essential role in the evolution of music for generations to come, Artist Gregg’s musical output is a product of experimentation. By fearlessly pushing boundaries, Artist Gregg’s sound could best be described by blending sounds of Rock, Lo-Fi, Chill, R&B, and Hip Hop showcasing modern influences from Matt Healy, Paul Meany, Billie Eilish, Leon Bridges and classic vocalists such as Chris Cornell, David Bowie, Trent Reznor, and Prince. With vulnerable and relatable performance charisma, and award-winning songwriting/production ability, Artist Gregg Sgar makes a statement.

Gregg’s first single, ‘Don’t Go Outside’, was released as a response to the 2020 COVID19 coronavirus pandemic. Don't Go Outside touches on the unknown time frame of being able to see your loved ones and remembering a time when everything was better. Now in a world of chaos and confusion, is hope the only thing you have to get you by? This song arose from being stuck at home, in quarantine, away from the world.

Don’t Go Outside Press Description #1: “The opening of 'Don't Go Outside' commences with a stirring vocalese sung with multiple voicings. The choir-like introduction sounds like a group sighing through the contemplative melodic lines. With the use of effects, the voices resonate as though they are in a large hall, in unity. There is a slight gospel feel to the collective vocal soulfulness. From the start, the moving and melancholy sound captures your attention. As the entrancing introduction continues, electronic textures add contrast, and a solo tenor voice is heard in the background singing a smooth, legato syllabic line. The well-conceived introduction showcases Gregg's exceptional creativity Breaking through, piano and percussion are added and suddenly a groove is established. Gregg enters singing the catchy chorus, "I remember a time when we feelin' alive / I remember a time when we feelin' alright / I remember a time when you by my side / I remember it all." Gregg's voice has a definite chill vibe, but other flavors are mixed in as well including R & B for a moving performance. Never a dull moment, the song moves into a section called "Day One' that is narrated over the track. At this point, the mix yields to the spoken word and is more sparse. Here Gregg's voice is soft and tender as he talks about the isolation, fear, and trauma caused by the pandemic. "Let's see if it gets me if I just lay in bed." The song continues in this format with narrated verses followed by a strong chorus. The song ends with a gorgeous layering of vocals over the chorus where Gregg's vocal performance soars. Gregg Sgar's "Don't Go Outside" captures your ears at every turn. His creative and imaginative arrangement is brilliant. "Don't Go Outside" takes the emotions of the pandemic, sometimes hard to put into words, and expresses a full gamut of feelings including love, sadness, fear, and anger. "Don't Go Outside" will give you something very meaningful to do while you are stuck inside - a chance to listen to music that has boundless artistic substance.” SylvieMarie of Indie-Spoonful.com

Don’t Go Outside Press Description #2: “Roseland, NJ based Gregg Sgar has unleashed his brand new single onto the world today titled "Don't Go Outside". The song has a dimly lit, low key R&B flavor to it that gets listeners in the mood right away with Gregg's vocals running shivers down your spine with his earthly whispers and mellow attitude that puts you in the right frame of mind almost immediately. I thought the song was different and refreshing from traditional singer-songwriter fare, and it shows that Gregg has a sleek, sexy edge to him with his beautiful and majestic hair leading the charge, and the magnetic charisma that allows anyone, anywhere to fall in love with him and hear everything he has to say. Gregg has made me a firm believer in his musical mission, and he definitely can accomplish even more in the days and months ahead. A tremendous track that is perfect to enjoy with that special someone you're quarantined with.” MusicBoxPete.com



 

I am a 25-year-old mixing/mastering engineer, songwriter/producer, and performer out of NJ. Graduating from Stevens Institute of Technology with a Music & Technology degree, and spending years working with artists in my home studio, Forbidden Studios, enabled me to have my own unique and professional style. I have also been a touring musician for 7+ years and currently in a heavy rock group One Hundred Thousand, and my own pop/rock project

 

Worked With: Carlos Alomar (David Bowie, Alicia Keys); Kareem 'Jesus' Devlin (Lady Gaga); Kariselle (MTV's Are You The One?)

 

A Few Achievements: Winner of John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Recording/Publishing Deal at Manhattan Center Productions


 

 

Don’t Go Outside Lyrics-

 

I remember a time when we feeling alive

I remember a time when we feeling alright

I remember a time when you by my side

I remember it all

 

Day one

I always said that I wanted to see the end

Looks like I talk a big game

I’m way over my head

My mother’s insane and my friends are dead.

What’s next?

I’m across the world it seems

Let's see if it gets me if I just lay in bed

 

I remember a time when we feeling alive

I remember a time when we feeling alright

I remember a time when you by my side

I remember it all

 

My love

I haven’t seen you in quite a while

I miss that half-smile

I know you feel more

Than most do

I hope you dream more

Like I do

I don’t know for sure

But it can’t last too much longer

Those summer nights underneath the stars are not far away

But Don’t go outside they say

I’ll take the risk, just you and me.

We’ll Go day by day

Cuz I don’t give a fuck what they say

I remember a time when we feeling alive

I remember a time when we feeling alright

I remember a time when you by my side

I remember it all



 

Live Performance: Though I have not performed live yet for this solo project, I have been rehearsing and will soon be ready to hit the stage. There is a vault of unreleased material that I will be putting out for the rest of the year and hope to be touring once the pandemic settles down.

Interview from indiemusicinterviews.com:

- Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it. “The one who first made me realize that there might be something unique going on here is Carlos Alomar. (David Bowie, Alicia Keys, Iggy Pop...). I met him years ago and to have an incredible relationship with him as a friend and mentor which means everything to me.”

- Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?

“Off the top of my head, one of the craziest things that happened to me was when I was in a prior metal/rock band. We had a very big show at Webster Hall in NY and backstage someone was complaining about how only the headliner gets the nice room blah blah blah. The headliner mistook that person as someone in my band and took his feelings to all of the major metal blogs saying how ungrateful we are. The headlines were pretty brutal and I woke up to a copious amount of texts from people asking me what we did. It went pretty viral in the metal genre and we learned pretty quickly who our friends were and whom we thought our friends were. Pretty funny. All press is good press right?” 

- What has been the high point of your music path? 

“Having actual fans that have been affected positively by music over the years in the various projects I have been involved with. A young fan who has cerebral palsy and his family flew out from Oklahoma to New York, where I am from, to meet me because it was one of his dreams. Those are the high moments. Nothing compares to that.”

- So, how do you approach songwriting, or what is your creative process like? 

“The best songs I write always seem to come from a true and meaningful experience. Thankfully, I have a home studio where I can write, produce, and record tracks myself, and I have grown to be able to have a speedy workflow that allows me to get whatever that is on my mind out fast. Sometimes I will start with piano chords, sometimes guitar chords, sometimes lyrics/melody/story first. As long as what I am writing about speaks to me, there aren't any real rules.” 

- What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be? 

“Getting people who haven't been recommended to you, to listen to you for more than 5 seconds. The average listener wants their music spoonfed to them. The majority does not want to go out and find new music on their own. That aggravates me.” 

-If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? 

“In the modern-day, I would love to share the stage with 1975. They encompass everything about how a rock/pop band should be in my opinion. How they maintain the mystique while being commercially successful is incredible.” 

-What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?

“Rehearsals are very intense. There are a fair amount of light production and instrument stations that have to be locked in and planned out. Though most moments are planned out on stage, there are many moments for jamming off-grid performing.” 

-Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!

“From my previous project, MGSP, we wrote a song called "Signs" that did pretty well, and writing it was worth the pain. The song was being written during a huge tropical storm, and my house felt like it was going to explode. On top of that, a close family member was dealing with horrible depression, and having to attend that situation inspired the lyrics. Being in the head-space to write ego-less is already a tough task, but when you do that on top of writing in someone else's shoes who is struggling with continuing to live is an even greater challenge. Signs will be rereleased by myself shortly.” 

-What's coming up in the future? 

“A lot more experiential music will be coming out. I'm big into lo-fi currently, so I have a bunch of instrumental lo-fi ditties that I want to release. On the contrary, I have a few explosive sounding dark, power-pop type songs. The live performance will be ready soon.”


 

My last project, MGSP, has a lot of unreleased material that I will be releasing this year. These songs differ a little bit from Don’t Go Outside in a more cinematic way. If there was ever an up and coming pop/rock artist to reach the arena level right out of the bat, Gregg Sgar’s arena sound would fit perfectly as an opener on a major bill of a current pop/rock/r&b artist.


 

hMag Feature:

“Local musician Gregg Sgar from Roseland NJ is a Session II grand prize winner for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Gregg is a fixture in the Northern New Jersey music scene as an artist, performer, producer, and engineer. As a guitarist for rock outfit One Hundred Thousand, house sound engineer for recently closed Maxwell’s Tavern in Hoboken, and the rebranded “Debonair Music Hall” in Teaneck.

Gregg seems to be making the right noise. He is also involved in the production and co-writing for other artists with pending releases from other local and regional musicians like Adam Schlett of NJ’s Deaf Rhino, a Hoboken scenester Dave Entwistle, and up and coming to pop act Heather LaRose.” - Christopher Halleron of hMag.com

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