Magna Zero Interview
𝟏. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲?
Chris--Guitar: There were no decisions. It’s just what naturally came out of us when we got together to jam.
Dave--Drums: I think it was more or less a mutual decision on the music choosing me & my soul being moved by the music both past/present and future.
Jason--Vocals/Bass/Keys: We just started free-jamming. Since we’re a trio, there’s a certain sense of musical freedom that lends itself to improvisation and encourages exploration. We also share a love for psychedelic, loud, and heavy music, so we had that as a foundation to start with. And we’ve been friends for so long that there’s like an almost telepathic thing that happens when we rock out together.
𝟐. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭'𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤?
Jason: Music is a way to bring people together in a time when there are so many forces threatening to pull us apart. Music can be a way to find common ground and connect with each other, so that we remember there’s way more similarities we share than there are differences that divide us.
Chris: Be free and let go.
Dave: Honesty, reality in what we experience the music in all senses, both the five known senses and the other senses/dimensions we are unaware of.
𝟑. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭'𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞?
Dave: Well...this is a two-part answer. A) The significance...it's the sum of the 'beauty and importance' of life to death and death to life....it's what is before & beyond the notion of what we think as humans as the beginning and the end. B) Also, it came from a jam session that we happened to record on my phone - I just decided to name the jam 'Magna Zero' ......It was such a significant song that Jason threw out the idea to call ourselves Magna Zero....and it stuck!
Jason: It means ‘great nothing’. It describes the state of being that we return to when playing music together, a oneness with the universe through the letting go of the self and ego. And it’s a reminder that this can transcend music as a state of being throughout life.
𝟒. 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬!
Chris: The Police, Doors, Genesis
Dave: Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Eagles,The Beatles
Jason: I remember hearing The Wall around 8 years old on road trips and being struck by the sound effects and storytelling. My sister gave me a Pixies tape when I was about 10 and I think they got into my musical DNA as well. But when my cousins showed me Led Zeppelin II at 12 years old, I was hooked on music forever and hell-bent on learning guitar.
𝟓. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫?
Jason: I hope our music resonates with others in a similar way that the bands I love mean something very special to me. It could be a groove, a vibe, the lyrics, or even the whole sound. Maybe something we create will inspire someone to see the world or themselves in a new way and in turn help as a catalyst for what they’re creating in their art and life.
Dave: As a person that was a service to others...in all levels.
𝟔. 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤?
Chris: Collaborating with my close friends. There’s no egos. We all have the freedom to create and add our individual flare.
Dave: Knowing that it will be recorded indelibly as a part of a personal/professional/creative history while I'm here on this earth and beyond.
Jason: Sharing it with people who love music. And my second favorite part of making a Magna Zero song is how the initial idea shows up out of thin air, usually when we’re free jamming. It’s like the music comes from another dimension of reality we can’t see or touch, but we feel it, and it translates into something expressed through our instruments. Then after working it into a finished composition, I really enjoy going back to the recording of the first jam when the song was born to hear how much it evolved.
𝟕. 𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬?
Dave: Choose all things that fill your heart/soul with love & pure joy.Jason: A huge thank you for spending time with our music and sharing it with people in your circles.Chris: Have an open ear and give it a chance to grow on you. Most of my favorite albums I’ve had to dissect before they resonated with me.
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