Erratic beats dreamed up in a hypnotic state of trance; Magic Spells makes music that follows instinct rather than direction. Tommy Husband speaks to us about the first release under his musical moniker, which is part of a joint release with Welsh fuzz-punks Eitha Da.

If you had to describe your music in a sentence, what would you say?
I don’t really know what it is, electronica maybe. I guess it’s kind of intense. People have said it’s hypnotic.

Have you always wanted to create music? How did you get into it?
I remember hating hymns in primary school so they let me go off and attempt to learn the violin instead. I’ve always done something musical. I played guitar in various death metal bands when I was a kid.

Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
My mum used to listen to Motown when she hoovered. I got obsessed with listening to the first 30 seconds of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.

Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform?
I haven’t really performed any Magic Spells stuff to a real audience, although I guess I wouldn’t be against it if there was a visually interesting way to do it. I originally only started this project so I could make music videos for the tracks. The favourite song is always what I’m working on next, but from the Bubbly EP it’d probably be Rabbit, it’s got a bit of everything going on.

 

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What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
Emotion. I sort of go into a trance when making it, that’s where the name Magic Spells comes from.

What was the first gig you attended?
Manic Street Preachers in Plymouth. I was 13 and it seemed to go on and on. Ian Brown was supporting. I enjoyed that more I think; he had all sorts of drummers and interesting instruments.

Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
A place called Four Ways in Cornwall with the death metal band Felicide. We played on a basketball court.

Why is music important to you?
Making music is like a form of abstract therapy. In general, I think good music is a two-player game; the listener projects themselves onto it to create a personal connection. Most of the music you hear on the radio is pretty two-dimensional and doesn’t really allow for this, it’s like listening to a double-glazing window advert or something.

Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?
Villaelvin.

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Bubbly is out now via Hot Apology and is a joint release with Eitha Da’s Fizzy.

 

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