Magnus Mason interview with Muzique Magazine
How did you come by your stage name?
That’s actually kind of funny. I wish I had a really cool story to answer this. I went by another name for around 2 years of my career, which I won’t disclose now, but there’s still a song online under my old name. Magnus Mason is actually my real first name and I put my last name into Google Translator. There you have it, Magnus Mason.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I always had a special feeling about music. And I always had the dream of making my own music, I just couldn’t figure out how to do so. I think there are a lot of things that need to happen in one’s life to make you actually do music. You have to have experienced and lived through certain situations I’d say. For me, it’s about giving this certain feeling to people when listening to my music, that’s what I love about other people’s music, these sensations. When I finally found a way to put my thoughts into words and underlay them with a beat, to show people what my idea of music was, it was and still is my greatest blessing.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I started to make my own songs mostly due to listening to beats and thinking to myself: Hey, I would love to listen to this as a whole song, and, why didn’t anyone make a song off of that? I’m trying to make the music that I enjoy. I don’t want to go with trends or with what the biggest amount of people would probably enjoy listening to.
Inspiration wise, there are a lot of artists. Rick Ross and Gucci Mane taught me how to use my voice and put pressure behind it when necessary, and I think he is one of the best writers. Nas taught me rhyme patterns. Future taught me how to adjust to different types of beats. Mac Miller taught me that I can use my music to help other people and to have fun with it.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
The name of the album is Sensations. I just literally stumbled across this word and realized, this is why I’m even doing all of this. So yeah, the concept is kind of self-explaining, giving people these random sensations.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
My biggest challenge was to overcome self-doubt. Finding my sound was also one of the biggest challenges. Putting myself out there and let everybody know: yes I make rap music. That’s kind of a challenge I think. When you start making music, everything seems complicated and new, and all you do is try to make a beautiful song. I taught myself to write, to produce, to engineer and record myself because I couldn’t afford studio time and professional engineering, mixing, and so on.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
I don’t think so. (laughs) It’s not about being the best whatsoever to me, all I want to do is create the music that I love.
How can fans find you?
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
My suggestion to no matter what dream someone is pursuing, is don’t quit, don’t doubt yourself. That’s easy to be said but this is the blueprint to achieving something I believe. There’s this quote and I think it fits perfect “if you want something, go get it. Sadly it isn’t always that easy in practice but it’s all you have to do.