Image Credits: Magda Giannikou © Stefano Galli
What inspired Tigre, the new album of Banda Magda?
Björk in an interview said “my work is to be emotional” and I like that. I love the fact that music is also entertainment, and I seek to do that whether it is an album or a show, where the entertainment factor is even more prevalent. But it is a careful balance. We can also be almost a vessel where community can find ground where they can be expressive. I also feel that as musicians, we have some responsibilities in education and in being a part of the community in a broader sense. Something I like to teach my students is that, whatever you do in music, you have do it as if you were a drummer. And whatever you do in music, sing it! It’s not only about melody, it’s about personality, because you internalised so many things when you sing them.
I study the pronunciation a lot, again and again. I love languages. Sometimes I want to have something more nuanced and more subtle and I like French language for that, or sometimes I look for something more open and I use Greek language because it has all these open vowels. I also feel that language is almost like a drum set, and every letter is a different cimbal or drum.
For Tigre we realized a video for every single song. I’m happy that I did that but, at the same time, there are some songs where I feel that the video doesn’t really allow the listener to dream. Today it’s all about “the video” and perhaps it’s gonna saturate. One of the reasons I like vinyl is because it’s very “social”, it’s a warm gesture, and you don’t see vinyl, you only listen to it. So, video is important but we don’t have to saturate because audience has to dream.
I think the next album’s gonna be a smaller project, I’ve already written some of the music and it’s gonna be instrumental music, a tribute to Earth, a hopeful album. Maybe it’s gonna be only digital or only a limited number of printed eco-friendly packages. Very minimalistic, a quintet, strings, more impressionistic than before. Tigre doesn’t have any space, it’s like a punch! And it was designed to be full like that. But now I want to have space.
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