INTERVIEW: Magnificence & 7 Skies

In 2018, Swedish House Mafia debuted the first Magnificence EP tracks during their long awaited reunion set at Ultra in Miami, and the Swedish trio have continued their support throughout all their 2019 shows. Magnificence have honed their sound and created a formula fans around the world have reacted ecstatically to, so it comes as no surprise that the duo has enjoyed support from Axwell, Ingrosso, Martin Garrix, Alesso, Axwell, Zedd, Afrojack, DJ Snake, Don Diablo, Nicky Romero and Tiesto among others over the course of their already illustrious career.

Italian David ‘7 Skies’ Boldini’s extensive discography includes tracks released on some of the world’s biggest labels ranging from Spinnin Records, to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak and Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeats. His famous sound design skills have helped shape the sound of countless number one hits in the EDM, Dance and Pop industry, while in 2019 his years of experience in the studio and on the live stage culminated in epic collaborations with the likes of Tiësto and KSHMR.

Landing on Tiësto’s own renowned dance label Musical Freedom this October, The Drill is a powerful, unpredictable and hugely effective dancefloor weapon with soaring, euphoric vocals combining with chunky bass, white-hot synths and razor-sharp percussion. A truly remarkable record that simply demands your attention.

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Magnificence: Hey all! Thank you for having us VENTS, we are doing great. Lots of good stuff is happening and has happened so far! Having our debut at Tomorrowland, Creamfields, touring around the world, and mostly it’s so great to see how our fans are reacting on our music this year. It has been a dream so far.

7 Skies: Hey guys, thank you for having us, been pretty good, traveling a lot, plus a bunch of exciting projects in the work, new music, new sounds it’s been an exciting year!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Drill

Magnificence: “The Drill‘ is our latest collab with 7Skies which is released on Tiesto his imprint “Musical Freedom”. It’s a combination of our sound and the sound of 7Skies. We feel that this track is the right combo of energy, rave and progressive vibes in the breaks. The reactions so far are great. Lots of support from artists like the man himself, Tiësto, Zedd, Axwell, Afrojack, Matisse & Sadko and more!

7 Skies: yeah indeed, it’s a track that we started together in March during the musical freedom camp. Magnificence and I randomly ended up in an unplanned session together and we started showing ideas to each other, i think after just 1-2 demos we found two ideas that worked perfectly together so we started messing with them. By the end of the day we pretty much had the whole song sketched and just a few weeks later it was being played by Tiësto in some of the biggest shows around the globe, you’d thing you get used to this stuff when you are a producer but still gives me goosebumps when i think of it.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Magnificence: We were invited to go to Musical Freedom’s writing sessions. We were sitting together with 7Skies and the vibe was great from the moment we started. Being in the studio for a couple of days at the Musical Freedom studios, we almost finished this song during these sessions. A couple of weeks later Tiësto started to play it already during his sets at Ultra in Miami and Lollapalooza in Argentina and the reaction was off the hook!

7 Skies: I think the key word when it comes to The Drill is FUN. We were just literally having fun, trying to come up with the nastiest craziest things possible and especially, since Magnificence’s and my sound are so different, we pushed ourselves to get out of our comfort zone, and i think it really payed off.

What made you want to come together and collab for this song?

Magnificence: Sometimes the best things happen unplanned! It’s always great to work with people that have a different view on House music. 7Skies is more happy and EDM, while we are more ravey and dark. Because of this we combined the best of both world and that’s how “The Drill” came alive.

7 Skies: Like mentioned earlier, the session between Magnificence and I was kind of unplanned, let’s say i somehow forced myself in the session, luckily enough things started happening so quickly that they must have missed the fact that i wasn’t’ really supposed to be there…worked out tho 😛

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

Magnificence: The process is always different, because everyone has their own way of working during the process. This makes it really interesting as well as you can learn from each other and share creative ideas about the track and everything around the track as well.

7 Skies: Yeah very different actually, i normally feel more inspired when i work with other people, i like being in the studio with other creative minds, i find it more stimulating than being in the studio alone.

With the great reception and popularity each one of you guys have archived – does that put any pressure on you as work on a new material or rather the opposite?

Magnificence: We simply just love what we do. We try to enjoy everything during the process, because we are fortunate and happy that we can do this in the first place. Learn from your mistakes, so you can perfectionate it the next time.

7 Skies: I’d say definitely more pressure, especially if the song you put out previously got lots of attention, you always need to top whatever you did previously and that is very very challenging, but where’s the fun otherwise?

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Magnificence: There are a lot of new songs in the works and being scheduled, so yeah you can expect lots of new music! We actually did some really epic studio sessions over the last year, some of these collab’s are now being scheduled for release, other for 2020. Actually, you can already find some of the ID’s on the web as some of them are premiered during Tomorrowland and Ultra Europe last summer. So you can expect to hear a lot more of us in the upcoming months.

7 Skies: I have one more track already signed to Tiesto’s label Musical Freedom that’s coming out really soon and I’m extremely excited about, plus a few more tracks in the making that already got some pretty good feedbacks by labels and artists, so it’s gonna be an interesting 2020. Any tentative release date or title in mind? We are shooting for sometimes in December, as for the title I don’t want to spoil it just yet,  December is just around the corner anyway so you ll find out soon enough 🙂

Any plans to hit the road?

Magnificence: We are actually touring at the moment, we just came home from a sold out show at New City Gas in Montreal, after which we did another sold out show at Arcadia in Madrid, Spain. There are definitely more shows coming in the next couple of months, we have Vietnam, Japan and Switzerland coming up. Check out our website and our socials to see where we are playing next.

7 Skies: Actually yes, I’ve taken a few years break from touring and I really really miss it so I hope to get back on the road in 2020.

What else is happening next in your world?

Magnificence: It’s studio and touring basically. Enjoying the big moments on tour and after we’ve conquered our jetlegs, we are finalizing a lot of new music in studio. This takes almost all the time we have, but that isn’t something we feel as negative. Like I said before, we are happy every single day that we can do what we do. We are trying to dwell on the fact what we are experiencing with the touring, all the fun that we have in the studio and working with our great team. Together with our management at EPIC247 we are working on so much exciting projects at the moment; we just try to aim for the highest!

7 Skies: Besides new music, I have a lot happening with my sound design company standalone-music, I’m about to finish a huge project I’ve worked on for a year and a half, plus more sounds for my software instrument GETLOW and I’m also working on some plugins that i really can’t talk about. So let’s just say I don’t get bored really easily.

Magnificence and 7 Skies – The Drill is out now on Musical Freedom – listen & buy: https://www.musicalfreedom.com/the-drill

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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