Collecting doses of inspiration through traveling the world and influencing his army of fans to express themselves as genuinely as they can, Atmospheric Artist, Slow Magic, is proof of the joy that comes through living out your passion. Having just released his new EP, ‘AWAY’, Slow Magic is riding a wave of positive energy that he has laced within his latest musical delivery. Straight after jumping off of stage at Coachella (weekend two), I caught up with the man behind the mask to discuss the recent release of ‘AWAY’, words of wisdom, tattoos and more.
Congrats on the recent release of your new EP, ‘AWAY’. Tell us about the inspiration behind this release and your experience within the recording process this time around.
Thank you! After my last album, ‘Float’, was released in 2017, I had realized that I had spent a lot of time on that album. I was ready to start over and take the EP in a fresh and new direction. I took a new approach in which I actually went back to the basics of working on a laptop to make music. Throughout ‘Float’, I went to the studio, recorded live drums and had a far more intense recording process. I knew that this time around, I wanted to take it back to the computer. Eventually, I added more detail, yet ‘AWAY’ felt really natural.
Do you feel as though as you have experienced more over the years and with all of the advancements in technology, the recording process doesn’t have to necessarily be as complicated?
Yeah, absolutely. You can use computer programs in a lot of ways to make music even in the most mundane ways. For example, it’s similar to handwriting. The more that you do it, the more advanced that you naturally become at it. It’s only of your benefit to keep plugging away at it and continue to learn all that you can.
Absolutely. If you could sit down and listen to any two human beings in the world have a conversation, who would you choose and why?
That’s a good question. Let’s choose two people that are alive. I would say that Sufjan Stevens is definitely one of those people as he has been a big influence for me. Another one, Brian Wilson. He’s another one that has been so inspiring to me. Maybe we can do a song while we’re all chatting?!
Totally, or you can remix one of Brian Wilson’s classics. Let’s talk tattoos. As you’re a blank canvas, which is totally cool, have you thought about any pieces that you would like to get tattooed?
I have definitely thought about it! Just like anything that you do, you have to be mindful of what you’re getting tattooed because that is something that will stick with you forever. I have done things within my life that I regret, yet just like anything in life, a tattoo can serve as a lesson too! I am afraid of needles though…
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Well, then let’s seal the deal and state with assurance that tattooing may not be for you! Do you maintain any wellness practices on the road to ensure that you maintain a state of mindfulness while on the road?
I think that a huge part of what has helped me is elderberry. Whether it is elderberry syrup or lozenges, Sambucus at Whole Foods has saved us a lot while on the road. If you’re in a bus or a van, a little bit of sickness can spread to everyone. We’re always passing around Sambucas and elderberry to keep us going strong and to keep us healthy.
Absolutely, better to think forward. You have really crafted a brand and artistic portrayal beyond the music. What are some words of wisdom that you have collected from others that you can can share with fellow musicians who are just breaking into the world of music?
Thanks! Yes, two pieces of advice that I can share is that you should never go over your set-time even if you start late. Personally, I think that it’s an automatic f**k you to the person that is playing afterwards, and usually, they are better than you because they are going on after you. Be aware of time, don’t act like a big shot. Oh, and no encores for openers!
Also, just be nice. If you meet someone who tells you that they’re a huge fan of yours, be nice to them. That is something to be extremely grateful for. We’re all in this together.
Yes. We are all mortal human beings. Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
I love you guys!
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