This morning Magno Garcia alerted us of “Lord Knows”, a track he recorded last night over a beat for a song of the same name which appears on Drake’s new album. Midnight tonight* will see the release of Magno’s awaited album The Blue Rose Therapy but that doesn’t stop him from creating. “Lord Knows” does not appear on the album. It has an entirely different sound and concept but it showcases Magno’s lyrical versatility and elasticity. “Lord Knows” is sort of an appetizer before the main course. A treat for listeners.
We sat down for an interview with Magno on the eve of his release and here’s how it went down.
O: Your album The Blue Rose Therapy comes out this Friday November 11th* after being in the works for two years. You have released other material in the meantime and it has been well-received, why did you decide to take your time on this particular project?
MG: The Blue Rose Therapy is by far the most personal project I’ve ever worked on. I had to make sure the moment was right; that I would never revisit the story or even feel a bit nostalgic towards the surrounding theme. Every project before led to The Blue Rose Therapy. Dill-Emma was the climax, this is the great finish.
O: Does this mean you feel a detachment to these songs or have they taken an entirely new meaning for you?
MG: I wouldn’t exactly use detachment. These songs definitely took on a new meaning though. You see, before it would hurt to have to remember where the influence from each song came from. Now it brings joy to me; to see this album exhibit the growth in the person I’ve become from those specific moments in life.
O: The album was produced by EvillDewer and being released under the name, Magnificent Kindom. How did this collaboration come about?
MG: EvillDewer and I had mutual friends. I was presented a beat tape he had done with Biz20 around that time, shout-outs to Biz20, and well I liked the beats being played for me. We got introduced by those mutual friends and I showcased Evill some of Dill-Emma. It was the project I was working on at the moment. There was a point where we both were unemployed and life was not going our way. We decided to finally collaborate; being that we lived in the same city and respected each other’s craft. We did the whole project, no lie, in two and a half months. I knew the sound I wanted for it and as I described it to him, he was able to deliver it with the production. The story had been built in my mind for a while. Now that I had the sound to match the lyricism, it was time to put the words onto paper in ink.
“Last Donut” from Dill-Emma
O: You’ve formed a partnership of sorts with SoulFull Clothing Co.. I understand they’re helping to promote The Blue Rose Therapy and have even designed a couple of shirts for the occasion. How was this relationship formed?
MG: Yes, the SoulFull Clothing Co. folks are good friends of mine. They came to me with an offer to sponsor the album. In return I promote their company as much as my own powers let me. I guess it’s a form of bartering that can benefit us both in the long run and create a strong relationship to market in different fields at the same time.
O: What do you want people to take away from this album when they finally hear it?
MG: I want people to intake every word, phrase, lyric, and break it down to what it really means. If I am able to help anyone, even if it’s just one person, with my music, well then I have done my job. When I say help, it’s because music is therapeutic to me in life and a passion. I don’t do this looking for fame nor money. Simply for the love of the artform. To those who will listen to the album on 11.11.11* I say this, take risks in your life. Take risks, but be aware of the outcomes of your risks. If the risk is done for good, by all means let it manifest. If you don’t follow through with the risk, well then, grow and let go, and learn how to do so from the man in The Blue Rose Therapy.
O: What can we expect from you post-The Blue Rose Therapy? Do you plan on taking this album to the stage? Any other projects in the works?
MG: I have a two projects set to drop after the release of The Blue Rose Therapy. An EP with producer Weapon F and another album with producer Biz20. The Weapon F project is named Magneto vs. Weapon F. It’s a play on our names from the X-Men marvel comic. That EP introduces a fight between the two characters on the title where Magneto’s(me) character gets killed and transformed by handing it over to a higher power. Though he is killed, he gets saved by God and therefore carries out a new mission in life to praise him in every way possible. This EP introduces the audience to the Biz20 project named The Road Less Traveled. It’s more of an abstract album that themes around the beginnings of the transformation to carry out the Lord’s will through music in me. As you can tell it’s a new chapter in life. Starting a new era in my music and abandoning The Blue Rose Therapy story. I do plan on taking The Blue Rose Therapy album to the stage and currently working on making that happen. If anyone reading this is also interested in coming together to form that or any type of collaboration of some sort; then twitter.com/mag_uh_no is where I can be found and we can discuss more details from there.
O: We had the chance to get a sneak copy of The Blue Rose Therapy and it sounds amazing. You’ve raised the bar and we’re excited for you. You’ve spoiled us and can only expect good things from you. Where can people find your album this Friday?* and those shirts?
MG: Thank you very much for your continuing support and interest in the music. I love the blog myself and glad to be featured on it. The Blue Rose Therapy can be found at http://magnogarcia.bandcamp.com/ on Friday at midnight* to be exact. For more info on the shirts, you can reach SoulFull Clothing Co. themselves on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/SoulFull-Clothing-Co/163576603735193 and they will guide you on how the shirts can be purchased and ordered.
*UPDATE: Nov. 10, 2011 9:24pm – (As posted on Magno Garcia’s Facebook & Twitter pages) “Due to certain restrictions that we have to clear up. The Blue Rose Therapy has been pushed back a week. 11.18.11 is the new date. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
PREMIERE: Magnificent Kingdom – “The Last Blue Rose”
Dilla Worshiping With Magno Garcia
Introducing: EvillDewer – Man Or Machine?
Introducing: Magnificent Kingdom – “I Used To Love Her” (stream)