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Magic Giant on Recording their New Album in Nature While on Tour

A Conversation with Magic Giant

(Austin Bis (vocals), Zambricki Li (banjo/fiddle), Brian Zaghi (guitar/cello))

 

Austin found Brian because of his salsa dancing videos. How did you find out that he could play guitar and how did you come together?

Brian: I was playing jazz bass with a curly mustache. I guess that’s the only thing that sparked their interest. We started hanging out and jamming at rehearsal, playing bass. Then there was another rehearsal we came to that didn’t have a bass so I played the guitar.

Zambricki (a.k.a. “Z”) : You can’t have a band without a guitar. We knew he played music so it was just about cranking it up.

 

Your instrumentation is obviously not traditional. Why did you choose these instruments and what’s your musical background?

Austin: We use whatever’s best for the song.

BZ: It actually works in a strange way because we usually only have either violin or banjo, not often put together. It limits the amount of bluegrassy Americana vibe. [Z] can only play one or the other live; it’s helped create a sound by necessity with only three people.

 

How many instruments do you all play in total?

AB: A dozen.

 

How many do you switch out on stage throughout a show?

All of them (counting together): Violin, viola, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, vocals, drums, guitar, cello, and keyboard.

 

Do you bring all of the instruments on the road?

AB: Yeah! And doubles of most of them.

 

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A few of their instruments in the backyard recording studio above the bomb shelter.

 

How many festivals did you play this summer?

AB: Seven.

Z: I thought it was 10, but I’m a guy [who] exaggerates.

 

Did you have a favorite festival?

Z: Wanderlust (in Tahoe) was huge for us. We played on this tram car that holds 70 people up in the air coming down the mountain. We were doing a private show on top of the mountain after a hike.

 

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Magic Giant admiring their dog Bella in their recording studio.

 

 

Magic Giant on Recording their New Album in Nature While on Tour

Magic Giant on Recording their New Album in Nature While on Tour

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