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You Might Not Know These Local Musicians, But You Should

It is said a lot, but the arts are so important in our community. They add a level of vibrancy and identity for everyone living in the Fargo-Moorhead area and our local musicians play a huge part in that. In fact, there are so many talented musicians in the area that we couldn’t possibly create a “best of list”. Instead, we decided to highlight a handful of artists in the following pages that you should know. Each one puts out original music on streaming platforms and would love the support of their home city.

Jake Ingamar

Jake Ingamar is a talented local singer and songwriter. For now, Jake is living out of a 1963 Greyhound bus with his studio all intact. He hopes to release some new stuff he has been working on in there throughout the fall/winter.

How did you originally get into music?

My dad took me to go see The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen at the Fargodome in 1999 when I was 5 and 6 years old and that had a pretty big impact on me. It wasn’t until I was 13 that I picked up guitar and started taking that seriously. I started to play drums and writing/recording my own song ideas when I was 16. And then I started playing the pedal steel guitar when I was about 18.

How would you describe your sound?

To name a specific genre for myself is a bit difficult but I’d probably categorize myself as a sort of indie singer-songwriter/indie rock sound with a mix of folk and alt-country.
Otherwise, I’d say I’m pretty much just a blend of all my biggest influences–The Beatles,
Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Elliott Smith, Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt and Brian
Wilson.

Where can people find your music?

Older releases can be heard on Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunes etc. For up-to-date newer stuff, I’ve been posting little snippets of song ideas I’ve been working on up on Instagram and Facebook. I’ll bump it to my reel-to reel tape recorder and make a little video of it.

Dearly Departed

Dearly Departed is a local band of five individuals, each hailing from a small town in Minnesota. The band plays a variety of active rock that spans from catchy radio tunes to heavy hitting metalcore.

How did you originally get into music?

It’s been something we’ve each been exposed to so much our whole lives, from hitting pots and pans to seeing massive live concert videos on YouTube, the inspiration started right away when we were kids.

When did your group form? How did you come together?

Jesse and Deven had always jammed together since they were kids. Once they met Jordan and Hunter through mutual friends and seeing the vast amount of big rock shows coming through the area, the idea of forming a band came together and we first went public in January of 2018.

Where can people find your music?

We are available on the streaming platform of your choice with all of our links and merchandise located at linktree.com/dearlydepartedband

What else should we know about you?

Our latest single “Haunted” is available now! Going forward, the five of us have regrouped and we’re taking time off from live events to work on a new record set for release in 2022.

Kwaician

Kwaician Traylor was Born in Chicago but has found himself singing in Fargo for the past eight years. He is self-employed and has been married for four years. He recently welcomed his daughter to the world earlier this year.

How did you originally get into music?

My father was a musician. I’ve always been interested in music since I can remember. I wrote my first song when I was 17 and it just took off from there!

Where can people find your music?

All streaming platforms under my name, Kwaician. Or on my website Kwaician.com

Disappear Forever

Charlie Sigurdson (31), Jon Weber (29), Patrick Finnicum(29) and Troy Gion (33) make up the members of Disappear Forever, a band made up of locals from both Fargo and Grand Forks.

The group describes its sound as such: “Shoegaze and post-rock are the basis of our music, while also trending into noisier territory at times. Our sound drips with jangly guitars and heavily reverberated vocals.

“With our album ‘Moving Slightly’ we are proud of the eclectic sound that is created between all of our separate influences, inspirations and ideas.”

How did you originally get into music?

We all discovered various artists that inspired us to play music with our friends! Some examples of bands we all grew up on are: Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, Blink 182, Joy
Division, The Cure and Nirvana.

When did your group form? How did you come together?

Winter 2018. We all played shows together, and never had an opportunity until the time was right.

Where can people find your music?

Any major streaming services, at any of our shows and at our favorite local record stores Orange Records in Fargo and Ojata in Grand Forks!

What else should we know about you?

We have a new album out, Moving Slightly, that we recorded ourselves in our studio space. Which we have lovingly dubbed Sewer Music Productions

Jessica Vines

Jessica Vines is a 26-year-old that originally hails from Riverside, California
but began her music career in Fargo, North Dakota

How did you originally get into music?

I started singing at my church when I was a kid. Once I got to college, I dove into music and started writing my own!

How would you describe your sound?

Pop with some retro soul stylings!

Where can people find your music?

All streaming sites! Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, etc.

ShottytheBeam

Nashat Khan or “ShottytheBeam” didn’t start making music until quarantine, but that doesn’t mean he’s not taking it seriously. The recent Davies High graduate and current Bismarck State student edits his own videos and makes his own beats all while crafting his rapping and singing style.

ShottytheBeam’s artistry is definitely unique with influences of hip hop, R&B funk, indie and alt-rock all found in his sound.

“I would describe my sound like a smoothie. I take my favorite things that sound good individually and put them all together to make something that sounds even better. I take inspiration from everything from classical to folk to RnB to hip hop to even rock.

“In June of 2021 I dropped an album called “THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES… sometimes” Its a project about the inconsistency of my mind, and how indecisive I can be. I would say the record is an Indie/RnB/Rap Album. This album was produced by me with help from Keylime Beats. It features people such as Shravya Kamaraju, Fil Ricchiardi and Fargo’s own Horizon. Alongside this album I dropped multiple music videos that go along with the music, there is
even a storyline within them.”

Where can people find your music?

Listen to me on all major streaming platforms and YouTube.

How did you get into making music?

I used a lot of YouTube tutorials and books to learn because I didn’t really have a music background when I started making music during quarantine. I had time to kill and I was bored so I wanted to give it a try. I ended up making music I was proud of right away and ever since I’ve been hooked. I see music as a way of disciplining myself just as much as I use it to relax and go into a different world.

What else should we know about you?

I have 3 main goals right now. First, I want to inspire people that look like me to follow their dreams, using a movement called “BRWN XCLLNC” where I want to eventually help curate and prop up South Asian hip hop artists. Second, I want to retire my parents by the time I graduate college. Finally, I want to put Fargo on the map, it seems like everyone wants to leave but I have pride in living in Fargo, so let’s show the world what we can do!

Dakotah Faye

Dakotah Poitra (stage name Dakotah Faye) is a 27-year-old rapper from Minot, ND. During his now 15 year career, he has released solo records, albums and garnered a fan base of thousands.

How did you originally get into music?

I wrote poetry from a very young age. My mother got me into rap music because she loved all types of music. I always gravitated towards rappers watching them on tv. I wanted to have the same acceptance and status they did. When I was around 12 years old my best friend Eddie Mack got me to rap on a song he had made. I never looked back.

When did your group form? How did you come together?

Like I said my best friend Eddie Mack (E.Mack) started our crew Money Stackz back in 2008 as children. It’s what we thought hip hop was at the time. Success, money, fame, etc. The meaning has changed a lot over the years because, to us now, it means dreams, failure, success and most importantly family. In 2013 our friend Rhetty joined and he gave us an identity and the knowledge to start doing shows and taking it more seriously. Then in 2016, CALi joined and completed the circle.

How would you describe your sound?

I definitely started when I was young a huge fan of Drake. So I tried to have a somewhat classic hip hop sound along with the new dip into r&b.

Now that I’m older, I’ve developed my own sound. I love to layer my vocals, rap or singing, to give the sound a lot of depth and wave. I like to pride myself on using a ton of different sounds because I don’t want to be in one box.

Where can people find your music?

Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube or any other streaming services.

What else should we know about you?

I care. I care about music and I care about all of you. Stay blessed and focus.

Written by Brady Drake

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