Oakland California based Trumpet Player / Producer / Ethnomusicologist / DJ Will Magid’s music is always a joyous affair. His unique style of live performance and electronic sampling seamlessly blends original music with sounds from across the globe.
Will, who studied Ethnomusicology at UCLA, has gathered inspiration from playing music on every continent except Antarctica.
Will Magid’s trumpet will take you to Havana in the summertime. It will take you to a West African wedding and, simultaneously, a Serbian dance club. It will take you to soul music in New Orleans, a 1920’s speakeasy, then to the cusp of the end of the world, where everyone’s dancing because they have nothing to lose. The trumpet will holler vibrantly no matter what. And it’s a flexible instrument, well suited for his music production style with victorious leaps among sounds from the past, sounds from here and sounds from elsewhere. While he’s devoted to his trumpet, Will is truly a multi-instrumentalist/producer. The resulting pieces are buoyant jams packed with rich layers of celebratory horns, bouncing percussion, classical strings and even a bit of ambient noise.
He’s had the honor to tour and collaborate with many talented artists from diverse genres of music, such as Gramatik, Poldoore, Bonobo, Solomon Burke, Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Afrolicious, Dunkelbunt, Pretty Lights, Kenny Burrell, Zigaboo Modeliste, Baba’ Ken Okulolo, Jeremy Sole, J-Boogie.
A collector of sounds, Will layers the familiar with the curious, building imaginary worlds somehow both strange and close to home.
Will’s new project “Balkan Bump” recently signed with Gramatik’s label Lowtemp. Check out the music https://soundcloud.com/balkanbump