Magdalena and the Mystical Birds – Lyric Lockdown Live [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

honest, uplifting, transformational, live

Tell us a few things about your new work “Lyric Lockdown Live”. What is the story behind it?

It is a live album recorded at the beginning of the lockdown in an empty theatre, where we were about to launch the band with our new material. We didn’t give up, we used it as an opportunity to thrive and have something positive to focus on during the months of uncertainty and a fear of change. Songs were written between 2017-2020 by Magdalena who had been experiencing her own inner transformation dreaming about spreading her wings. That dream has been hatching for a long time and needed lot’s of nurturing and patience during the lockdown. The album is a reminder to keep dreaming, working behind the scenes and being patient for the right door to open… “It has been only … a little challenging year…”

Which song of the album reflects you the most?

“This Love isn’t mine” or “Shaking hands with the Devil”,

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

The band has many influences as each member has a story and style to share. Magdalena is the main singer-songwriter in a band. One one hand she has deep foundation in music with master degree in musicology (Like Bjork) on the other hand – she loves silence and catches up inspiration when it comes to her. We could say that she has been influenced by Frida Khalo, Rumi or Bjork or many mystics and brave people who dated to be themselves. Music and lyrics with Mystical Birds are deep on one side and uplifting on the other. The listener is always lift up by being encouraged to “Rise and Shine”, to know that “love is much bigger then a piece of cake” or that “good girls go to heaven on their own the other go where they want…”

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

biggest challenge
1) to let go what people think about us
2) to create and enjoy life despite of all obstacles and restictions.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

This is music for those who dare to go deeper and transform themselves into who they want to be. This is music for those who like an authentic sound (well, is is a live album at the end) a bit of uplift, blues and energy.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

I can answer this question only as myself not a band, and out of musical context but here we go.
I remember when I was about to land in Jakarta (Indonesia) at night time with a one year student visa to study in Bali, $200 in my pocket only and realizing that my big dream was about to start but I have no clue where to stay overnight, how to speak a foreign language and how to survive on my own!
Luckily the spirit of adventure was bigger than my fears and I found shelter, friendship and confidence – all in one night!

Thank you!


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