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Isaiah Vargas, known on-stage as “-Nostalgia”, is an aspiring hip-hop artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is inspired by artists such as Mac Miller, Tally Hall, Kendrick Lamar, and Johnny Mathis. He loves to sing, and his favorite thing is play the time away on various instruments. When -Nostalgia was younger, he had dealt with personal issues, both in his social life and mental health. With his mother’s absence, he had relied on his father and his other siblings to get through his hardships. He had found it hard to make friends outside of his family. Friends, as he would move around quite a bit. It was very tough keeping friendships from such a distance, even if it was a close one. The one thing that never changed was music. -Nostalgia was mainly focused on the arts when he was younger, as he had found that playing music and writing was an excellent way to express himself when nobody would listen. Music gave him a way to be his own mentor and his own best friend. As he got older, he started to focus more on putting projects together. There was one opportunity in which -Nostalgia was invited to attend a studio session with his brother and fellow Philadelphia-based producer, OddKidOut. As OddKidOut and -Nostalgia’s brother was making music, -Nostalgia asked if he could look at some studio equipment. OddKidOut agreed, allowing -Nostalgia to freestyle on his Maschine Mk2. As -Nostalgia improvised on OddKidOut’s Machine, the producer took note of how well -Nostalgia had been playing for a beginner. He then proceeded to post him on his Instagram story to his several thousand followers. From that day on, -Nostalgia knew that producing beats and making his own music is something he’d want to do forever. Music has changed his outlook on who he was trying to be. He found a deep passion for music and has been devoted ever since. He is now currently working on his debut EP called 3AM, which focuses on his past hardships, but there reflects the future to look forward to. -Nostalgia comes from the artist’s recognition of the past and the memories made there. As a concept, nostalgia refers to a bittersweet emotion that follows the recollection of times past. -Nostalgia chose his name in honor of the fond memories that he often looks back on, and how he looks forward to the good times that have yet to be. Throughout his life, -Nostalgia has always tried his best to be there for anybody who’s needed him. He’s always used his charismatically animated personality to try and brighten any room he’s in. -Nostalgia has always wanted to help people, and he hopes to do this through his music. He wants his music to give out messages that everything will be okay, no matter how hard times can get. (AWK) He is an open book, and he expresses his feelings and memories through music that he can share with other people. He hopes that his personality’s brightness shines through his EP, and he hopes the darkness will fade away for anyone who is struggling. Small Paragraph Summary: -Nostalgia is an aspiring hip-hop artist from Philadelphia. His biggest influences are Tally Hall, Johnny Mathis, Mac Miller, and Kendrick Lamar. The main focus is his artistry is sampling and producing his own beats. His journey began when he was very young, moving from neighborhood to neighborhood in Philadelphia. He had a tough time making friends, and keeping in touch with friends when being distant was very tough. With the absence of his mother, his father and siblings were his core rock throughout his life. Although -Nostalgia was always put in new environments throughout his life, the one thing that never changed was music. Music is his best friend and continues to this day. He realized his love for music when he and his brother were in the studio with Philadelphia based producer and DJ, OddKidOu. -Nostalgia asked OddKidOut if he could see some of the producer’s equipment. As he experimented with Oddkidout’s Maschine, the producer was impressed by how impressive -Nostalgia’s artistry was, posting a video of -Nostalgia on his Instagram Story to his followers. Ever since then, -Nostalgia’s forever been passionate about his musicianship and artistry. He hopes to bring joy to his listeners and to be a best friend through difficult times through his music.