Tuesday, 13 December 2011


I've never been hypnotised, but I did find myself bordering on a trance-like state as I stared at Hypermagic's cover art and listened to new album 'Sugar'..Derren Brown is missing a trick. The production on this record is tight and intricate; I like interesting music and Hypermagic creates tracks brimming with content and this culminates in a rich, thoughtful album. Big fan of this, watch this space!

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?

East of England. Recently moved away from London and back into the sticks. Just working on more recordings and ideas.

Could you give a brief Hyper Magic history?

Spent quite a while working with an improv/free-noise collective, and started to miss playing with melodies and lush chords. Started experimenting using feedback loops reverbs and "noise" to build tunes. Really wanted to combine drone, feedback and old-style beats to make nice songs.

Who did you grow up listening to?

Everything and anyone with a guitar. After that the most obvious references would be MoWax, post-rock and noise/improv, but I've been through pretty much every phase and fad there is. Music from skate videos might actually be the biggest unsung influence!

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've written.

Lasso was an experiment, like they all are. I fumble with odd guitar tunings until something lodges in the brain-ear. Sometimes the beat comes first, but songs don't ever get going until there's at least a few layers of badly-tuned guitars.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?

I don't write lyrics, they don't mean anything to me.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

Watching Tom Penny skateboarding.

What other artists are you into at the moment?

A Grave With No Name, Odd Nosdam and his associates, Corsano/Flowers duo, Glockenspiel, Our Love Will Destroy The World, Jack Rose. Suggestions gratefully received...

Where would you love to tour?

The caribbean and south pacific. Maybe south america.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?

Been chatting with a drummer about doing hpmgc live, but its tricky. Would love to do this as a band instead of a studio thing. More recordings in the meantime.

Get over the BANDCAMP for more tunes.