INTERVIEW: Cmagic5

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

Response: Heyyyy! Thank you so much for having me, you guys ROCK.

In the current times that we are living in, I couldn’t be more grateful to be alive:)

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lego”?

Response: Of course! I am so excited about my new release. After my previous R&B single, “LEGO” is a fun glimmering contrast, with it’s fresh and catchy tune from my forthcoming debut album. LEGO explores varied musical landscapes with a profound theme through creative, fun yet evocative lyrics. Some music has the instant ability to transport you, and this one is sure to mesmerize you and makes for an addictive play-on-repeat track.

This track simmers into life with tropical synth beats and hints of spicy salsa flavor. The playful, sassy vocals, perfectly match the Latin cues captured musically and create a captivating effect. Overall, this ear worm single, particularly the solo trumpet chorus which is the centrepiece, adds a spellbinding ingredient and will leave your ear buds dancing and toes tapping.

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

Response: For as long as I can remember, music has always been a part of my life. Taking inspiration from other’s or my own life experiences, toxic friendships, and bullying.  “LEGO” was inspired by encounters with negative, energy-draining people in my life, who taught me how to value myself and unplug from those who belittle me! The song overflows with an assertive and unapologetic swagger and brings about empowerment.  This powerful message is playfully portrayed from my real-life experiences and how I persevered through my own trials and tribulations.

Inspired by a tiny piece of “LEGO”, everyone can visualize how painful “stepping on a LEGO” can be. The classic adage “go step on a LEGO”, playfully restores and transitions figuratively to “go take a hike” or “beat it” and signifies how to be a sweet savage, when enough is enough! Ironically, revenge is best retaliated through self-empowerment, self-worth, and success. It is amazing how society can transform you into a badass! The lyrics, “Wearing my own heels… look at me behind the wheel” demonstrates this innate power which everyone has the power to unleash.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Response: Perfect timing! Yes, absolutely. I am so happy to share that “LEGO” is accompanied by a lyric video filled with visuals and graphics to enjoy. So, make sure you have your toes tapping to this one 🙂

I am happy to share the YouTube link here…

Cmagic5 - LEGO (Lyric Video)

How was the recording and writing process?

Response: It was like magic! Music itself is a universal language. Being a musician, I feel it is important to explore different styles and genres. Whenever I get into the studio, I always feel a rush of adrenaline that I think is personal to every artist. Being able to express all of my ideas, let my creativity flow, and bring those ideas to life, is a feeling and experience I am so grateful for. For “LEGO”, I had the melody of the hook resonating in my head for the longest time. I think that is the whole beauty of it – starting with something so raw and exploring the different directions you could take the song to, is my favorite part of the creative process. While the genre of my music is pop, the uniqueness of my sound is created by fusing other sub-genres into my songs, such as pop/afrobeat/trap like my most recent release “Just Wanna”, or soulful R&B like “You don’t know”, my previous release.

When it comes to my original music, I like to give every song a different vibe with its own identity through my voice and song-writing style. I always try to make sure that the instrumental music and song melody alone, is powerful enough to tell a story. When I was in the recording booth, singing the lyrics of “LEGO” made me feel so emotional and badass at the same time, ha-ha! It truly does feel like some kind of alternate universe that I never get used to, no matter how many times I’ve recorded at the studio. Those are the emotions that I hope listeners would relate with. As soon as I began to hear the song coming together supported only by a looped tropical, reggaeton beat, I instantly knew that creating a Latin/pop vibe was the best way to go.

My writing style is vivid and direct to my listeners, conveying that the sweetest revenge is to smile, succeed, and prioritize yourself. Sincere and entirely relatable, my music communicates feelings of truth, freedom and empowerment driven by captivating vocals. It encourages people to live their life to their fullest potential by singing along and express themselves through dance.

What role does Chicago play in your music?

Response: Music lives big in Chicago. Be it mainstream pop, indie rock, hip hop, punk, blues, or jazz – no matter your musical taste. There have been ample opportunities to be motivated and collaborate with talented musicians. I am so grateful for the love and support that I have been receiving from the radio stations and blogs out there who have been giving my songs some love, through airplay and features.

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

Response: Yes, absolutely. I am just getting started. There is lots of new stuff on the way, I am practically releasing a new track every other month moving into 2021. I am grateful that I have been able to utilize quarantine time productively and have been doing lots of writing, recording and filming. I am working on a couple of different styles and to have that incorporated all into my album is something I am excited about and cannot wait to share with the world! My upcoming singles from my debut album explore the themes of self-empowerment and love, rendering a positive message of self-confidence.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Response: For now, my goal is to release my forthcoming debut album by early 2021 and the title will be revealed shortly on my social media. With the global pandemic gripping the world, we certainly are living in uncertain times! I am an optimist and am sure things will turn around for all of us.

What else is happening next in Cmagic5’s world?

Response: Though the live music and grassroots in-person shows and performances are diminished right now, it has opened up a plethora of online avenues and live streams, reaching a geographically wider and diverse audience, which I think is truly amazing in the midst of this pandemic! While 2021 seems bleak, I hope to go on tours, perhaps drive-in shows with sanitizer shots ha-ha, hoping it would be safe enough to do so then. I am also preparing for some international radio interviews, podcasts as well as digital magazine features. I’m excited to be collaborating on the remix for some of my songs with different producers, and establishing synergies in the future on a global level. Being a mental health ambassador on various platforms, I want to enhance awareness and promote mental well-being more so now than ever before, through the power of music.

Fans, supporters and listeners can always tune in and stay in touch via their favorite social media platform and find my music through the following handles.

Instagram: @cmagic5TikTok: @cmagic5music

Spotify: Cmagic5

YouTube: Cmagic5  

Website: www.cmagic5.com

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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