Cymbol 303 & This Pale Fire : : Music Talks

When a folk singer collaborates with an EDM producer, things could go terribly, terribly wrong. In the case of The Cycle, collaborative effort of Cymbol 303 and This Pale Fire, respectively an EDM producer and a folk singer, things have gone oh-so-right.


I met the guys at Tyler Street Garage on Friday afternoon (heyo bottomless coffee), ahead of their EP release show the following night, in that same space. First impressions are interesting, especially when one's music precedes them. Had I been unaware of their musical talents (and not present solely for the purposes of gleaning an interview), Shivnesh Sumer and Corban Koschak are exactly the kind of people who I would have quickly decided I wanted to be friends with.


Shiv has been making beats since he finished high school in 2008; before Cymbol 303, there were different monikers, although none of them steadfast. Deciding to become serious about his music, he asked a mate to throw some ideas for names at him, and they eventually settled on a mash-up of the things closely related to his musical identity: 'cymbol' is an intentional misspelling of a drumkit's cymbals (combined with interpreting 'symbols'), which always feature in his tracks, whilst '303' pays homage to the Roland 303 synthesiser, the very first instrument Shiv touched. In 2013, under this name, Shiv won the George FM Remix Factor Competition, bringing him closer to mainstream public awareness - as if his Soundcloud clocking in with over one million plays doesn't serve that purpose.



Corban has been writing and singing music for the past ten years, and describes his gigs as, "Half heart-string-pulling songs, half dad jokes." He decided he needed a stage name because his Austrian name (Corban Koschak) was not so catchy. This Pale Fire intends to embody his on-stage self-aware lame humour, personal brand of singer-songwriter sorrow, and personal character as a "pasty red head."


This three-song EP - which dropped (for free download) on Friday - is the product of two years of hard work. Corban and Shiv had only known each other for a few months beforehand through 9-to-5 work; Corban's work in "the video side" of advertising led him to seeking out a talented audio engineer. Both kept their music separate from their working relationship until Corban worked with one of Shiv's friends to produce his first EP. Shiv took the time to listen to his work, dug it, and pitched the idea of what was originally meant to be one song.


Both sides of the pair bring different things to the table. Corban "bears [his] tortured soul," whilst Shiv has a preference towards "cinematic music," with "lots of motion". They both liked the idea of a themed EP, one which created "little worlds for each song," but had a unifying feature. Given that both guys are in their early twenties, and both belong to genres not unfamiliar with serenading and lamenting women, it should come as no surprise that the bundle of songs Corban initially brought to Shiv all had a relationship lean, and that those were the ones Shiv stuck to. The lyrics were "depressing," but with the aid of "doof doof" EDM and Drum & Bass, Shiv was confident he could make some real, meaningful music out of it.


This Pale Fire & Cymbol 303


The Cycle is intended to follow the  life cycle of a relationship. Burst of Colour is a positive opener, focusing on the initial stages of a relationship, where everything is flirtatious, and your rose-tinted glasses shade the world in a better way. Don't Rob Me tracks the moving-in stage, where one begins negotiating the areas of their life that they're willing to share with this partner; a partner who may be the enduring light of their life, or cripple them with heartbreak. Better than Me sadly presents itself as inevitable, closing off 'the cycle' we trap ourselves in, doomed to fail in love: it's the break-up anthem.


Who's the ideal listener? Shiv proposes someone who is open-minded and thoughtful; someone who will listen to the end, paying attention to the artful construction of each song, as opposed to holding out solely for the drop. Corban agrees, noting that he intentionally leaves his lyrics somewhat ambiguous to allows the listener to impart some of themselves and their own experiences into the music, making it their own.


The pair remarked about how they are now in a better place to make music; whilst practicing together really just meant going through each song's motions, it's now a jam-time, where they push the boundaries, make mistakes, but more importantly, discover new ways of doing things and produce new work.


That's not to say that Shiv would ever let anything less than completely polished off the production line and into the ears of his fans; Corban laughs that this EP, two years in the making, finally came off of Shiv's computers as, "Version 234a."


As for the future, they'll continue to feature on each other's work, but will maintain their own identities. They'd rather the work be approached as a 'fusion', producing inherent tensions in their chosen styles, rather than building their own box to think within, and risking falling stale.


  1. Hugo 25 July, 2016 at 07:38 Reply

    With $34.8 billion dollars spent in the US alone on nutritional supplements in 2013, it goes to show
    that although 60% of people think dietary supplement
    advertisement claims are untrustworthy (Source: Thomson Reuters 2010
    ) a lot of money is still spent on weight loss supplements annual.

  2. Yvette 25 July, 2016 at 15:30 Reply

    There are not a lot of retail stores that will give you a guarantee
    on the effectiveness of a diet pill, and that is why you do
    not desire to buy Garcinia Cambogia at Walmart.

  3. Sam 26 July, 2016 at 15:46 Reply

    And Garcinia cambogia extract cambogia may be an issue for customers with Alzheimer’s or other sorts of dementia, Ulbricht said.

  4. Samira 1 February, 2019 at 09:52 Reply

    Right now it sounds like WordPress is the best blogging platform out there
    right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using
    on your blog?

  5. minecraft 26 April, 2019 at 13:30 Reply

    Have you ever considered publishing an e-book or guest authoring on other blogs?
    I have a blog centered on the same ideas you
    discuss and would really like to have you share some
    stories/information. I know my visitors would value
    your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e mail.

  6. gamefly 5 May, 2019 at 01:49 Reply

    all the time i used to read smaller posts which as well
    clear their motive, and that is also happening with this
    post which I am reading here.

  7. download minecraft pc 7 May, 2019 at 06:50 Reply

    Right here is the perfect website for everyone who wishes to understand this topic.
    You understand so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I really
    would want to…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic
    that’s been written about for decades. Wonderful stuff, just great!

  8. g 13 May, 2019 at 07:00 Reply

    Appreciating the hard work you put into your website and in depth
    information you provide. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that
    isn’t the same out of date rehashed material.
    Fantastic read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  9. minecraft download mojang 15 May, 2019 at 09:34 Reply

    Yesterday, while I was at work, my sister stole my iPad and tested
    to see if it can survive a thirty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube
    sensation. My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views.

    I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

Leave a reply