Encore Interview: MAGIC GIANT

Nov 10, 2017 Tagged: Magic Giant

California trio MAGIC GIANT, comprised of Austin Bisnow, Zambricki Li and Brian Zaghi, have been making music together since 2014. This year however, the band achieved a huge milestone - the release of their debut record In The Wind, which came out this past May. In support of their new music, the band travelled across the states to play shows supporting the likes of The Revivalists and most recently, Atlas Genius this fall. In between their busy schedule of touring, lead singer Austin Bisnow and multi-instrumentalist Zambricki Li stopped by the setlist.fm studio for an interview where they talked about a marriage proposal that happened during their set at Firefly Music Festival, recording their album in nature, distorted birds, and more.

On the marriage proposal that happened onstage at Firefly Music Festival:

Austin: [...] Anyways, this girl wrote us on Facebook and said she really wanted to propose to her boyfriend at the time, and asked if she could, and we said: “you gotta do this, come onstage!” And so she came on, Firefly like helped orchestrate it.

Zambricki: They told him that he was [...] a winner. So it’s like “Oh yeah, you guys are winners, you can come up and watch from side stage.” But it was like just a ploy to get him up there, and it was beautiful. She had this speech, she said “we’re smashing the patriarchy,” she got down on one knee and the whole place was like “ahhhh.”

MAGIC GIANT's setlist at Firefly Music Festival

On recording their album outdoors in nature:

Austin: So when we were thinking about recording the album this summer, we looked at our schedule and we had a bunch of these festivals in the books.

Zambricki: And they were spread out over the whole country. So like looking at the map, it almost looked like a family trip. It’s like you’re going to Grand Canyon, then you [...] go up and you go around, and then we’re gonna loop back down. So it was like, pretty awesome, we’re looking at it. So in between the festival dates we basically like booked sessions out in nature. So we brought our bus with the recording equipment and we found like acoustical anomalies – [...] so we used a train tunnel in Washington State, like 2 ½ miles long, and we [...] adventured out there and set up and it sounds amazing. And it also gave kind of the record like, it gave it like this flow of like adventure, and go in between it. And then we’d do these festivals, and then we would like go out to [...] the Redwood trees and there’d be nobody around. So you’d go from like 70,000 people to like [...] 4 of us. It was really cool.

So in between the festival dates we basically like booked sessions out in nature. So we brought our bus with the recording equipment and we found like acoustical anomalies [...]

On how distorted birds ended up on the song “Jade”:

Austin: There were birds chirping at the beginning of “Jade,” at the beginning of the album. In Powder Mountain, Utah, around this lake and we actually thought it was like chilling at the time because the first line of that song is “Sang the bird forever / And then she flew away.” And as Zang was playing guitar during that section, the birds were chirping.

Zambricki: It was like the perfect bird chirp. Like if you could cue the birds, it’d be like *mimics bird chirping,* so it was like amazing.

Austin: But, when we listened back to it after we were like ‘aw man, this is gonna - people are gonna think this is ridiculous, we like added birds.’

Zambricki: It sounded too perfect. [...] So we tried to take it out actually. We’re like “Okay, well it’s a great take, we’ll just remove the birds, and then just, you know, no one will ever know.

Austin: Cause it had like that je ne sais – like the guitar, we didn’t want to – we wanted to use that!

Zambricki: But you actually cannot remove birds. You cannot remove birds from a recording.

Austin: So we distorted the birds!

Zambricki: Yeah, but you can kind of like fuzz em’ out and kind of do things to them so they kind of blend in.

Austin: So the album starts with distorted birds.

It sounded too perfect [...] So we tried to take it out actually. We’re like “Okay, well it’s a great take, we’ll just remove the birds, and then just, you know, no one will ever know.

On recording their live shows:

Zambricki: We recently started recording all of our shows. So we try to listen back to the show you know [...] because sometimes you’ll be like “Oh that was amazing,” because it just feels good but tape doesn’t lie, [...] so we try to listen to it. So if we listen back to it and then it’s like “Wow,” them I’m like “Okay, yeah, wow that was amazing.”

Austin: Yeah, it’s kind of like a two-for. One part is what was the experience that night – which you can tell when you’re there, - and one is like how well did we sound. If you weren’t to see the show and you’re just hearing the recording, how did all of us do individually and cohesively?

Zambricki: And cohesively, yeah, I think that’s the main thing. And it’s like, we don’t worry like too much about, like a mistake but you can [...] feel it if a show, if the whole thing just feels good like there can be whatever [...] – it doesn’t make a difference, it’s like all good.

MAGIC GIANT have a few more headline shows and festival slots this year. Tour dates and ticket links can be found at their official site. And, be sure to watch the rest of our interview with the band below.

Tour Update: MAGIC GIANT


Karma Police - Please Share:

Most played songs

Last updated: 18 Nov 2017, 23:18 Etc/UTC

Tour Update

Close Video

MAGIC GIANT Radiates Like Friendship and Positivity