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THE MAGIC ES

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW THE MAGIC E’S WHAT HAPPENED?

Hi lads, What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

Pete: I started playing piano from a very early age, but girls weren’t interested in someone who could play William Tells Overture. I saw Oasis on the White Room in 1994 and thought guitar looked more exciting. Never looked back since!

Stuart: My grandparents bought me my first record player when I was a small child. I was fascinated by every element of it, from the process of getting the record from the sleeve and putting the needle down to the crackling but beautiful sounds it produced. I was hooked on the pure emotion of it and have been ever since. 

Jasper: Picked up a Bass at 14 so I could be in a band. I spent all of my spare time jamming with mates. As a teenager I saw live performances by The Who, Bowie, Pink Floyd, Johnny Thunders & The Heart Breakers, Led Zeppelin

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

Pete Thompson: guitars, vocals and know enough to be dangerous on a piano. Started playing in bands in the early 2000’s. A sucker for indie rock ‘n’ roll melodies and song writing. Met Stu in a covers band and then met Jasper when said covers band played a wedding in his garden.

Stuart Catchpole:  drums, percussion and backing vocals. As a teenager of the 90s of was inspired by the indie scene. From the ethereal waves of shoegaze, through britpop to the heaviness of grunge (with a bit of ibiza dance as a side interest!). Most of my musical life has been spent playing drums and singing in covers bands until the Es took off. 

Jasper Stainthorpe: Bass player, founding member of Then Jerico so toured the world in the 80s and enjoyed some chart success with top 40 albums and singles. Played bass with The Kameras, Alaska Studios, Belinda Carlisle, Kite, Roseland and been in The Magic Es from the start in 2015.

What was life like for you before music?

Stuart: I honestly don’t remember. My earliest memories involve music. I even remember sitting in the back of my mum’s car whilst she had a driving lesson, listening to ‘Maneater. by Hall & Oates!

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Pete: All or Nothing by The Small Faces

Stuart: I’m not sure there was one song that steered me into a musical path but anything by the doors consumed me as a listener.

Jasper: Rolling Stones – Paint It Black from the album Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) Age 10 played the album constantly.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

Somewhere between Stereophonics and Bruce Springsteen but we’d like to sit between Dua Lipa and J-Lo! Not sure how long you can be classed as a new/emerging band, but we still feel there’s a lot more for us to achieve.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

Pete: Don’t drink The Stranglers rider at a festival, they won’t be happy.

Stuart: You need around 1,500 Spotify streams to buy a pint.

Jasper: I toured with Iggy Pop and INXS back in the day and learnt a lot about stage craft

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

Stuart was a Trainee Professional Footballer.

Pete’s real name is Pedro Torres – he’s a deeply Spanish man.

Jasper gets younger each year.

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career, what would it be?

Pete: More doors to open for us. The internet is great, but it’s still a relationships business – it’s who you know and when you meet them that counts.

Stuart: Dave Grohl’s talent

Jasper: To play in front of as many people as possible

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

No. If we worried about that we’d be worried all the time!

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not, why not?

No, because every government in the world has demonstrated on a number of occasions that they’re too inept to collaborate on hiding some sort of truth from the masses. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

Pete: I’ll let Stu tell it, it’s the same experience!

Stuart: Typical muso experience of playing to an empty pub. It was on a pier in Lowestoft in February, it was snowing, and the winds were blowing the waves up and over against the pub windows. The owner made us play a full 2 hour set to him and his dog.

Jasper: Falling off stage and accidentally hitting a girl with the end of my bass knocking her out and her boyfriend jumping on me trying to punch my lights out.

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about. 

Jasper practices Muay Thai. 

Pete has more guitars than anyone in the country.

Stuart is blackballed from ever having insurance with a particular provider due to a heated verbal altercation with a claim’s handler.

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

Keep working hard to get our latest album heard, playing live, promoting, engaging with our audience and generally enjoying ourselves. Whatever happens, happens. We’d obviously like to get our music heard by as many people as possible and play to the largest audiences as possible in some cracking venues. 

Whats your thoughts on Elon Musks contribution to the world?

Anyone who advances the Space sector and ruins Twitter is fine by us.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

Junkyard Toybox is our third album. It’s the next level Magic Es. We’ve worked hard over 9 months to put something together that raises our game and will really showcase our love for melodic indie rock. You’re gonna love it. 

What was the recording process like?

Great. We worked with Producer Andy Hodgson (Bring Me The Horizon, Marshall Records, EMI, Sony) who really got the best out of us. We had to work hard to deconstruct then rebuild some tunes from the ground up, but it was well worth it.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Learning when to let things go. You can’t be too precious about certain individual parts if they don’t add value to the track. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

No, we had time as a band to review and agree tweaks as we went through. There is a danger that you can get too close to it, so we valued the advice and ear of the producer.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Save small venues. We’re losing too many and need to encourage people to get out and support their local venues and bands.

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