Magon’s Sonic Crossroads, Interview

Sailing the Ocean under a Caribbean Moon

Magon, is an Israeli singer-songwriter and producer. His debut solo album, Out in the Dark, was released in 2019 on December Square, receiving positive reviews and airplay on French national radio. He followed this with Hour After Hour in 2021 and In The Blue later that year, both praised for their memorable songs. Magon’s fourth album, A Night in Bethlehem (2022), reflects his roots, while Enter by the Narrow Gate (2022) marked his last recording in France before moving to Costa Rica. His discography includes Did You Hear The Kids? (2023), Chasing Dreams… (2023), and the forthcoming The Writing’s On The Wall (2024). Magon’s musical style blends elements of indie rock, post-punk, and lo-fi, often drawing comparisons to the Pixies and Lou Reed. His lyrics frequently explore themes of personal introspection and existential reflection, set against a backdrop of melodic yet gritty instrumentation.

Magon’s official site and Youtube channel

What first drew you to music and who were your earliest influences? How do you think your transition between countries has influenced the thematic and sonic aspects of your music?

I fell head over heels for music as a kid, but the idea of making it my career only hit me around my twenties. Back in the day, I was all about the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and David Bowie—the giants of the ’60s and ’70s. Then, as I grew, so did my playlist, diving into the Pixies, Pavement, and other more contemporary rock bands.

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© Magon

What typically inspires you to write a new song?

The magic happens when inspiration takes the wheel and I find myself belting out lyrics without even fully grasping what I’m singing about. It’s like my subconscious is conducting its own concert, weaving tales of my experiences or even predicting the future in some strangely miraculous way.

What role does production play in your music? Do you prefer to produce your work independently or collaborate?

Production is like the other half of my musical brain, with songwriting being the other. I thrive on tweaking, experimenting, and bending sounds to create something unique. Collaboration is cool too, but it often stretches out the process, so I tend to cook up most of my tunes solo.

Do you have a “go-to” instrument or piece of equipment for songwriting?

You’ll usually find me strumming away on my trusty guitar, like 99% of the time. It’s my musical soulmate.

How has the place where you live impacted your songwriting process? How do you think your transition between countries has influenced the thematic and sonic aspects of your music?

Even before the big move, the thought of transitioning already had my musical gears turning. On the other hand, there’s a part of me that believes musical DNA runs deep, regardless of where you hang your hat.

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© Magon

Has the shift in scenery from urban Paris to tropical Costa Rica introduced new elements or instruments into your music?

Surely yes. It’s a totally different vibe and a very different lifestyle too. So, did my music shift from more urban rock to country folk. I didn’t get any oriental instrument so far since we moved here, but I would love to in the future.

You’ve released albums annually since your debut. What drives your prolific nature, and how do you sustain creative momentum?

I never stop working on my music (except the time we built our house). I would wake up in the morning and I would either write, record or mix a song. Nowadays I don’t perform live so I can make even more records each year.

Can you describe the concept or story behind “Out in the Dark”?

Ah, my debut solo album—an adventure where I had no clue what I was doing but let the music be my guide through the urban jungle of life. It felt like a coming-of-age journey even though I was in my 30s, figuring out my sound amidst the chaos. Still proud of it, and stoked to see its fan base growing.

What was the main inspiration behind “The Writing’s On The Wall”? Can you share some insights into the creation of this album?

Oh, that album went through more costume changes than a diva at a fashion show! I had a different title, cover art, and tracklist until a last-minute epiphany struck. My poor wife was attached to the original version, but I had to trust my gut and make the switch.

Magon PR2 by Alexa Rotarescu x1200
© Magon, photo by Alexa Rotarescu

What themes or new musical styles are you exploring in your next project?

I’ve got two more albums dropping this year—a smooth, romantic rock vibe for the first one, and a grittier, edgier sound for the second. But hey, it’s still a work in progress so I guess we’ll have to wait and see :).

Photos courtesy of Magon

Last Updated on May 24, 2024 by retrofuturista

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