Cartographer is a Djent Pop band from Los Angeles. Nick Morzov (guitar, production, mix) started the project in 2014 with former singer Brandon Covington. As their early success subsided, Nick shifted focus to engineering and production, working with legends like Animals As Leaders, eventually becoming Travis Barker’s head engineer.
The rapid popularity of Loveless combined with the Covid-19 pandemic stifled Cartographer's apparent momentum and Brandon realized he couldn’t commit anymore. Nick was now the only original member, yet hopeful the project had finally evolved. He recalls, “... It was a huge shift. It made us feel like a real band”. Dylan began co-writing more as they recorded nearly 20 demos, simultaneously scouring Los Angeles for a new front person.
In 2018, drummer Stephen Haaker (Groove Juggernaut) joined the band, rekindling their passion. His unique open drumming style and thunderous kick groupings are featured on “Vertigo”, the epic finale of the Metamorphosis EP. Dylan Tirapelli-Jamail (multi-instrumentalist, Loveless) was the obvious choice for bass. He and Stephen have been best friends and roommates for nearly a decade. Their common influences shine through effortless phrasing and masterful pocket, as heard on the verse of “Fever Dream'' which is inspired by the djenty riffs of Meshuggah and Periphery. Dylan joined in 2019, just as Loveless began taking off...
Enter Skies, a queer, former Suicide Girl model adorned in loose PJs. Her voice was so unique and powerful, it re-shaped the band’s sound, forcing them to take a hard look. Her background in psychiatric care combined with recently diagnosed ADHD sparked long conversations culminating in their second co-write, “Sanctuary”. This song unknowingly inspired the concept behind the whole EP, as the thematic character slips further away from this world, into darkness and chaos. A dingy whiteboard served as canvas for the many lyrical concepts evolving from intense discussions. Through this process, they realized common values and shared trauma, further strengthening their bond and collective voice. Queer identity, neurodivergence, passion for human rights, and off-putting jokes—The vision became clear and everyone was finally serving the same song.
The band is currently promoting their new singles "Fed Up" and "Rewind", releasing music videos for each. An additional single is expected March 15th. Cartographer’s unique sound and emo aesthetic is re-shaping the genre, ushering a new era of heavy music. Modern metal is for everyone.