Our Story

Robin Lovejoy - Lead vocals, rhythm guitar, songwriting

Ivo Mijac - Lead guitar, background vocals, hand percussion

Amalgamation is a southern California, San Diego area indie/alt-rock band with a mystical drive buoyed by the powerhouse vocals of front woman Robin Lovejoy and guitarist Ivo Mijac’s nimble arrangements. Much like their musical ancestors Led Zeppelin, PJ Harvey, & Jeff Buckley, the music mingles dark and light, exploring fever dreams of the imagination. Amalgamation brings a soulful sound to the San Diego area and beyond with their brand of "conscious rock".

Amalgamation began at an overcrowded open mic at Café International in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco. Ivo's empty seat became more than a momentary respite for a fellow musician, and the collaboration eventually formed between the two remains the primary lifeblood of the band.

Ivo was raised among the greasy axels of Detroit, immersed in Motown and Soul Train. He cut his musical chops listening to Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King, singing in Glee Club and playing in late night jazz jams. Hundreds of miles away in a small rural town outside Scranton, PA, Robin was sharpening her teeth on Zeppelin, Heart, and Aerosmith. She later trained operatically and learned to belly dance on the side while conjuring rock compositions.

At the time they met, Robin was departing her 'dark night of the soul' phase and beginning to explore the Eckankar spiritual path, known as the path of the light and sound. She had survived three near-death experiences, inherited her father’s guitar – nicknamed 'Sparrow' – and the music began pouring out. For his part, Ivo was dreaming of desert solitude, driving his VW camper van in search of his truth in life. Their wide ranging musical influences found common ground in this spiritual longing and the two lives and styles combined. The result is a catalogue at once full of mystical yearning and pulsing with raw energy.

Their singles "We're Gonna Love" as well as "Firefly" were recorded and mixed by Grammy awarded engineer Nahuel Bronzini (of Fantastic Negrito). "Resurrected" encompasses a modern blues chant and "We're Not the Only Ones" eludes to 'others' in the universe with a synthy dance groove. Their heavier rock tune, “Boomerang” incorporates many of the more contemporary bands that have grabbed the band’s ears, (Queens of the Stone Age, Phantogram, My Morning Jacket), with crisp melodic twists, heavier rhythms, and dynamic production.  In it's earliest stages, the band released their debut full-length album, Queen of Dreams, followed by the Circadian Rhythms EP.

The band now has its eyes on exploring other parts of the US to tour & share the gospel of Amalgamation. They’re ready to bring their music to broader audiences and open for them that unique rock n roll portal to the deeper meaning of our existence.


Amalgamation on the Airwaves~ 

We're super stoked to have gotten airplay on Stomping Grounds, hosted by Tim Pyles on KXFM 104.7 fm featuring local San Diego area bands. He's a great promoter of original indie bands in SoCal and thrilled we had one of our tunes played! 

Shifting Sands - our NEW single has come to life !

It's been quite a journey getting to this point, from the world getting shut down then moving out of the bay area to Socal (in the north county area of San Diego) which we love very much as our new home! 

"Shifting Sands", the title of our new indie rock groove with a mid eastern flair says it all about the changes we've personally been through and have observed. Our ship has fortunately ended up in a very good place after all of this and it's truly a blessing. We have been welcomed with open arms here in the San Diego area and had the pleasure of working with Kirk Cumming of Bluebird Canyon Ranch as well as the kind and skilled audio engineer Mark Hattersley of Rancho Bohemia studios to create our new track that Robin wrote in late 2019. Finally, a sense of completion and smiles abounding ! The new song is available on our website as well as spotify, apple music and all the main distribution platforms. And, we recently jumped on tiktok where you can interact with us as 'amalgamationmusic'.

As a bonus to all of this, we were lucky enough to connect with a wonderful drummer, Konstantin Moyseyev. We are happy to welcome him as a new member of Amalgamation and excited to launch again now as a full band in 2024 ! Thank you for all the love & support over time. It means the world to us. Please feel free to share our music far and wide and we wish you joy and fulfillment in the year of the dragon ~

Listen Local Radio & the fabulous Cathryn Beeks

Cathryn is a tour de force yet down to earth promoter and maker of music in the north county who has given us the warmest welcome to the area as well as airplay multiple times on her Listen Local Radio show.



Amplified SD interview 

This cool spot is a recording studio and creative space for musicians to gather and share their music and we are proud to be part of the community and interviewed by them.   


We've been featured on Women of Substance Podcast 

This is an amazing platform that wholeheartedly supports women and female fronted bands. Bree Noble is doing an amazing job of helping artists out and Amalgamation is honored to be featured & spotlighted there with our single, “We're Gonna Love”.


Press / Mentions

Amalgamation's singles, "We're Gonna Love" as well as "Firefly" were recorded and mixed by Nahuel Bronzini, a two-time Grammy award winning Bay area audio engineer. 

We were also recently featured on Soundwaves FM radio on 107.7 hosted by Dennis Willis. Check us out around the 35:11 minute mark to hear our broadcast !!!                    Amalgamation on 107.7 FM

The band has played legendary venues such as DNA Lounge, Slim's, Great American Music Hall, Elbo Room, and Hotel Utah. Previous events include First Fridays Oakland, Sunday Streets Festival, Girlstock Fest, Eat Real Festival, and more. Amalgamation was featured as “Best Band” in the SF Weekly's Best of 2015. They have been twice awarded for "Best Band" and "Best Album/Recording" by the Bay Area Bands-for-Bands Organization. 

Zipgig article and show review by Andrea Harding~  https://zipgig.io/blog/2020/02/12/amalgamation-indie-rock-with-a-spiritual-essence/

“Mystical and deeply relevant writing combined with the band's technical precision and singer Robin Lovejoy's encompassing range and power, Amalgamation brings us back to the roots of rock while pushing us forward into an important new construction of music. The group's live performance is unbeatable, offering power and subtlety with tunes that hearken to the best of Zeppelin and PJ Harvey, but elevated by the precious beauty of Lovejoy's voice.”

 —  Kirsten Maynard, SONY Corporation 
“You guys keep the classic in rock while moving the music into a current, dynamic direction. Nice!”
 —  Ash, recording engineer, PopSmear Studios
“Maybe it's because I'm a big Patti Smith fan (I've seen her 3 times), butI LOVE your music. I not only hear Smith's influence in your songs, but there's no denying the elements of punk, protest, and emotional purging. Really great rock! ”
—  David Avery, Powderfinger Promotions