SXSW 2017 Interview: Magic Giant

By on Monday, 27th March 2017 at 3:00 pm

Los Angeles indie folk band Magic Giant showcased at SXSW 2017 for their third consecutive year at SXSW, but they only just crossed my radar earlier this spring. Their debut full-length album ‘In the Wind’ is due out in May, and I had the opportunity on the Wednesday morning of SXSW to sit down with the three band members, multi-instrumentalist Zambricki Li, lead singer Austin Bisnow and guitarist/cellist Brian “Zang” Zaghi (pictured from left to right, above) at the W Hotel in downtown Austin to chat about the making of that record, as well as their experiences at SXSW. The band members might look very serious in the header photo above, and indeed they clearly take their music-making very seriously. But I think the photo below is more reflective of the zany personality and brilliant energy they project both in conversation and onstage.


‘In the Wind’ was recorded in various locations throughout America while the band were on tour last summer, and the band members explained their very organic process of recording in scenic, outdoor locations, using solar power for their equipment. They talked specifically about the recording of their current single ‘Set the Fire’, which included sounds taken directly from nature; you can take a listen to the acoustic version of ‘Set the Fire’ in the video just below. The band also hinted at what might be involved in a Magic Giant live show, which I had the chance to experience firsthand later on Wednesday night at the Clive Bar on Rainey Street. (Stay tuned to TGTF for more on my Wednesday night adventures, as our extensive SXSW 2017 coverage continues.)


Magic Giant were nearing the end of their time in Austin when we did this interview, while I was closer to the start of my own, but as you’ll hear below, the band have big plans lined up for the remainder of 2017. They have a North American tour planned around the release of ‘In the Wind’, which is scheduled for the 19th of May via Washington Square / Razor & Tie, and they hope to bring the tour to Europe and worldwide later this year. You can check Magic Giant’s official Facebook for a list of their upcoming live dates, and keep an eye out for them on TGTF in case they happen to pass through the UK or Ireland in the coming months.

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