Minor Soul is an acoustic-pop band created by two young brothers, Jack and Max Wagner, aged 21 and 19. Born in London of English and American parents, they grew up in a high-rise overlooking Hong Kong’s storied waterfront, raiding their father’s collection of Rock classics – everything from the Velvet Underground and Bowie to Jeff Buckley. Add an insatiable hunger for the latest sounds coming out of Europe and the US and you have a singer-songwriter duo who, despite their youth, have been experimenting, performing and writing together for years, and who display a deep sense of song crafting tradition – influenced by the likes of Dylan, the Beatles and Coldplay.
In Summer 2011, Minor Soul recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with Dave Stewart, formerly of 1980s rock group the Eurythmics. The Stewart-produced music video for “Beneath My Skin” is growing in YouTube views.
They recently worked with ASCAP-winning songwriter Toby Gad in Los Angeles, co-writing and recording "Streets of New York". Jack and Max Wagner are currently based in New York City, performing live and spreading the word about Minor Soul.
Jack, who in his summers has studied at Berklee and Guildhall Schools of Music, plays guitar, drums, keys and sings with a plaintive, folky baritone. Max, who has traveled Asia as a child actor in stage productions and studied voice at Guildhall in London, is largely self-taught on guitar, bass and piano. He sings with a lilting, soul-baring tenor. Together they blend in a way some have described as the new Simon & Garfunkel.
Every lyric and melody reflects their inner city roots – inspired by rockers and folkies of pop culture’s past, neo-Punk rockers, US radio charts and the BBC… all
swirling around into one sonic melting pot called Minor Soul.
In March 2013, Minor Soul released their debut album, "Home Is Where You Are", available on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, NoiseTrade, and Emusic.