The Magic Epic had to isolate himself and starve his ears in other to nurture his own sound and not follow the masses. Music, since childhood, has been a form of companion and outlet for him to let his feelings out. He has since then dedicated his time and efforts to making long-lasting sounds that would stand the test of time.
Born Toby Juan is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer who performs under the pseudonym ‘The Magic Epic’, over the years he has finely tuned his craft while using real-life experiences and things happening in his surroundings, he makes his songs relatable and helps in casting the message in the song across.
His latest single Player 1 is about fighting for what is right no matter how difficult and hopeless it seems, this is a great course to advocate as most people tend to give up the fight when they think their chances of winning is low, but this mindset can be cleared after listening to Player 1
In a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh, The Magic Epic shared his growing process with his fans, he said:
My style evolved hugely throughout the years, I had to stop performing covers to truly find my own style and step away from Listening to music for a while completely for that process to happen.
He had more to say during the interview as he went on to state some of the challenges he faces in the music industry.
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What is your stage name
The Magic Epic
Is there a story behind your stage name?
I intended to have a band once I’d recorded an album and after getting told my songs were epic more than once and my belief real music comes from the magic of the universe I decided that The Magic Epic would be the name that best represented my music.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration on the journey of life and convey my experiences , hopes and dreams through song .
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
I always remember what music I listened to in significant times in my life.
I think music is best described as a sound track to life.
Music has always been my best friend to get me through the hardest times and accompany me on the best.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Both of my grandfathers were musical , one played drums in the army band and the other played piano around south London bars.
I also have an uncle that had a number one record in Germany with a band called the Bermuda Triangle .
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I am more inspired to keep music alive than anything else and restore it back to its former golden era.
Watching a live show passenger in pink pop really lit something in me that I had to record my songs finally .
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I thought myself pretty much everything apart from the first chords I learnt on guitar , by repetition.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
The first real concert I ever saw was guns n roses , it was epic
How could you describe your music?
A bit of the the last 7 decades combined .
Describe your creative process.
It all starts with a feeling, which is the title of the intro track to my first album.
I will usually start a new song whilst doodling on the guitar or piano , I use these instruments to release my feelings like meditation I guess and I will hit upon something I think sounds amazing, then I will sing the initial melody once I’m totally connected to the tune , I then freestyle and words will come to me and then it’s all about playing it over and over till it takes its best and most natural direction.
I never work with the best until the song is the song , as I feel that a meaningful song is more about melody than anything else.
Once I’m fairly happy with the ghost version , I go to the studio where I work with my friend and producer Andy Brook and under my direction we put the track together and I always run through different options for the lyrics with Andy until we have the finished piece .
What is your main inspiration?
My main inspiration is not to get to the end of my life with the music still inside me.
What musician do you admire most and why?
I think I admire Elvis Presley the most as he changed the face of music , his self belief was out of this world, his voice charisma and presence haven’t been seen since, there’s a bit of Elvis in so much music .
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
My style evolved hugely through out the years , I had to stop performing covers to truly find my own style and step away from Listening to music for a while completely for that process to happen .
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I don’t see any competition as that’s not what music is , my music is unique to me so therefore shouldn’t be compared.
What are your interests outside of music?
I live by the ocean and spend a lot of time by the beach , I love animals , mindfulness , working out , boxing and cycling
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
I am music so I am lost without it , I can’t imagine what else I’d be doing but I know I wouldn’t be happy
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
I think the biggest problem is that people don’t buy records or cds so it’s a lot of work and investment that is hard to get much return from unless you are selling out big stadiums , which is a struggle when the biggest struggle is getting the music to peoples ears in this time.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
I would stop the record companies brainwashing the public with low vibrational genres of music that are usually bad for society and the conscious vibration of the planet
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
It just came to me with the music at the same time .
What are your plans for the coming months?
I have 2 more singles and an album coming so I am now focusing on making live videos so people can hear the songs in their natural state as well as the fully produced versions
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Always make the right decision at the right moment and your life will be glorious.
Oh and pre save the magic epics second studio album 26. Available on all platforms from the 8th of June.