Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Music: Interview with great synthpop band The Magickal

One of the coolest things in interviewing Indie artists is to find and discover great music. The Magickal is an awesome group, and I really enjoyed listening to their songs! I invite you to find more about them in this interview, and don't forget to check out their tunes!
First, please introduce yourselves and let us know a bit about each of you and your background.

Based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, The Magickal took years in the making. Dorian and Kami have known each other since middle school. We were two thirds of a synth pop band during their high school years. After some time apart pursuing other musical avenues, they have teamed up again.  Dorian is a self taught musician, who started writing songs on his parents' piano as a teenager. Kami has been singing her whole life. She started by singing country songs with her dad. She also sang a solo in church at age 5, and sang to just about everything she heard on the radio. 
What a great team! So when did you start the band, and what's the story behind the band's name?

This band was started in 2015, after years apart doing other projects. Dorian and Kami always remained friends, but we decided it was time to finally finish something together! So this EP is very much a full circle accomplishment for us. We wanted something simple yet epic for the band name... We were thinking along the lines of Muse. We, of course, tried a few other things before The Magickal, which were all taken already. When I Googled The Magickal, I sat there staring at the screen forever thinking "Can this be right?!!"... and YES! We do believe in magick. 
That's really magical! And who writes the lyrics and composes the songs?

We work together on arrangement, but Dorian does all the synth programming, while Kami writes the lyrics and melody. 
I love the vocals, Kami, you have a great voice! What genre do you consider yourselves and what's your greatest influence?

We consider ourselves a Synthpop band. Although it's electronically based.... we do not make dance music. We make pop songs. We're actually inspired by every genre of music out there, but of course, especially the New Wave music of the 80's and early 90's. Depeche Mode, Erasure, Eurythmics, Yaz, New Order, The Cure....
That's my kind of music and I love all these bands! A fantastic influence, I might say. When was the first time you performed live and how did you feel?

The first time we performed live together was in high school, at a homecoming assembly. I remember waiting behind the curtain as they announced us. Since, at the time, there were very few bands in our school, it seemed everyone knew who we were! The applause when they announced us was enormous. We were both exhilarated, and terrified. We were overwhelmed... it was our first performance ever, and we already had some huge expectations on us. 
What a great moment it must have been! Is there a specific performance you feel was your best so far? If so, where and why?

Thus far, The Magickal is only a studio band. We do plan on starting live shows as soon as we have enough material ready.
I hope you do and start touring soon! What do you enjoy the most between your interaction with the fans?

So, our interactions with fans have been mostly on line so far. We've had some really amazing feedback from all over the world. Including a girl in Italy, who says our songs have really helped her through some things. That, for me, is the greatest news we could receive. Not only did she "like" our band, but it truly affected her life in a positive way. I don't think we could wish for anything more than that.

That's remarkable. As an artist, that's all you hope for, to influence someone's life in a positive way! So what are your plans for this year?

Our plans are to work on more music this year. We have a few more that are already written, that just need to be recorded and produced. The goal is to release a full album, and start playing live.
This is exciting and I can't wait for a full album from what I have already sampled. Where can we find and buy your music?

Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

We'd like to just let everyone out there who has supported us in any way.... THANK YOU! 

Thank you so much for your time and we wish you great success with your music! 

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