Paul Maged is a modern confluence of
‘90s grunge riffs like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden,
metal vocal stylings reminiscent
of Iron Maiden and Rush with a pop/rock
infusion like Greenday and The Killers.
There is a creative clarity to his anthemic
"I have a rock band mentality inside of
a singer-songwriter,” Maged said. “At my
core, I would describe my sound as alternative
rock with pop, singer-songwriter
and R&B styles mixed in.”
Maged thoughtfully compares the different
music scenes that inhabit our city,
and guess which scene wins?
“The Astoria music scene is more welcoming
in my experience and more raw
and honest, which I dig,” he said. “You'll
see everything from experimental, singer
songwriter to full-blown rock, punk
and hardcore. I rehearse a lot at Astoria
Soundworks and like checking out the local
scene when I'm not gigging.”
Maged has a provocative sound, and the
subject matter of each song stands out.
“I have been called a ‘socially conscious
rocker’ because I'll write about issues like
climate change, gun control, political correctness
and just how our overall society is
evolving, both good and bad. I also write
about my personal experiences, relationships,
loss, love and everyday emotions
that we can all identify with,” Maged said.
Spring is coming, and that means new
musical endeavors for Maged.
“My second EP in this trilogy is going to
be released, which I'm very excited about.
It's called ‘The Glass River’ and the official
release date is March 28. It will be available
on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and all
those places. And I'm excited because the
last EP (‘Light Years Away’) was written up
in the Huffington Post and a couple other
big online sites, so I'm hoping that coverage
continues with this one.”
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Photo credit: Sean Gill