SXSW 2017 Interview: Magnolian

By on Wednesday, 22nd March 2017 at 11:00 am

Singer/songwriter Magnolian was the first-ever Mongolian artist to receive a shout and appear at SXSW, so I feel rather lucky to have not only see him and his band perform, but also had a chat with him about his music. Using ‘The Beach Song’ that we gave away before SXSW 2017 as proof, there really isn’t that much separating his musical stylings from a whole host of folk artists and singer/songwriters we know you already know and love.

Dulguun Bayasgalan sings in English, which is quite unusual in Asia. The tendency is for artists to sing in their native tongue and solidify their fanbase in their home country, or at least on their continent, never venturing further out. However, in Magnolian’s case, catching the ears of American media outlet Nerdist for his debut EP ‘Famous Men’ last summer provided unexpected and well-deserved hype. Bayasgalan cites Matt Berninger and The National as major influences, which seem obvious when you hear Magnolian’s baritone leanings. Have a listen to my conversation with him and his band below. To get your free download of ‘The Beach Song’, go here.

Magnolian at Westin, Second Play Stage, Wednesday 15 March 2017, SXSW 2017

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