estef

estef is a soulful, jazzy, pop r&b singer/songwriter based in Nashville, TN. Raised on soul and Motown, her sound marries infectious hooks and irresistible grooves with striking honesty and clarity in her lyrics. estef was a finalist in the GRAMMY U Songwriter Showdown 2016 & WINNER at Belmont University's Urban / Pop Showcase in 2017. She is also a featured performer and writer on Big Beat artist Pink Slip’s debut EP, Pink Motel.

In the suburbs of Pittsburgh, two neighborhood kids Jarrod Morgan (guitars, drums, synth) and Lucas Macaluso (keyboards) bonded over a mutual fondness of Pokémon Yellow Edition on Gameboy Color. Unbeknownst to them, their friendship would later evolve into a musical synergy known as Marshall Magic.

The two friends came up on all things rock music, early 2000’s nu-metal and punk handed down from their older siblings, later gravitating to a softer melodic sphere—the Killers, MGMT, Phoenix, and Muse. The EDM wave was at its crest as Morgan and Macaluso entered high school, and they were swallowed up by the new sonic scapes pioneered by electronic titans like Skrillex, Porter Robinson, and Justice.

Their obsession with modern dance music prompted Jarrod to trade his drums for a laptop, attempting to recreate the sounds he was hearing at local underground raves (which were in no short supply in Pittsburgh). Lucas’ pilgrimage to Lollapalooza effectively blew his mind after seeing deadmau5, Justice, and Pretty Lights close out each night. Inspired, the two began composing some music of their own.

While at college, they continued to work on their sound, fueled by the cutthroat caliber of the Nashville music scene. Ironically, Lucas dropped out of music school, and Jarrod out of school altogether, making music their full-time gig. In 2017, they decided the time was right to stick their (turtle)necks out and release material. The only problem: they didn’t have a name.

During a soul-searching road trip across the US, they settled on Marshall Magic, a cheeky nod to their childhood elementary school’s anthem “Marshall Magic Kids”. More than that, the name represents a commitment to old-school-new-school-elementary-school jams that feel like magic.

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