"It's all mind food for the revolution." says Magus The Great (pronounced Maj-us, like "magic" but with an "us" at the end), the emerging artist, producer, creator of the conceptual "Chimera Music", and (perhaps deranged) visionary making waves in the underground Bay Area music scene. When pressed for what "the revolution" means exactly, the only response is "you'll see".
Bizarre non-sequiturs and verbal tricks are par the course for this odd fellow who has dubbed himself "The Magician" and readily identifies with "The Great" portion of his name. "I took it from Alexander The Great. It represents my ambitions to conquer the world." he dryly says without a hint that he might be just pulling your chain.
Indeed he may well be poised to accomplish his goals. After the disbanding of his former black metal unit Seven Deadly Sins in the end of 2009, he was, for a moment, adrift. "My friends I'd recruited to help play all decided to drop out. I didn't know what to do with myself, and I hit a creative crater." That all changed in the winter months of 2009, when a mutual friend introduced him to a group called Felons Inc. "They were very young and inexperienced hip hop artists. It wasn't what I'd always wanted, but I loved their sound and their heart, so I agreed to produce their album. I'd already set up a studio, and with the collapse of Seven Deadly Sins I needed to find something new to utilize my available tools." In the process of recording, the young producer started creating instrumentals. "At first I was skeptical, but it really turned out to be very similar to creating metal, only I wasn't limited by my own capacities." These instrumentals were deemed "too industrial/techno" for Felons Inc to record on, but never one to let a good song go to waste, Magus quickly started writing his own verses to the instrumentals.
What started so humbly as a favor for a friend has quickly turned into a frenzy of artistic works. After merging his own production company with the upstarting label Ambient Abstractions, things quickly took off. The first album "Anima Divinus" was released January 2010, followed by a string of shows in the local east bay area. In August, the second full length "Psychonaut" was released to great response. Shortly after, the ever writing Magus dropped a free e.p. for a Halloween treat, the brooding "Scorpio". Not one to adhere to an expected sound, the young artist made a bold decision. "I began to feel heavily confined by being limited to the hip hop/trance vibe. I felt I had to do something different." What emerged was "Welcome to Planet X", Magus' most accomplished and successful album yet, drawing comparisons to rock icons Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Incubus, and other legends of the 90's/2000's rock scene. "I basically grew up on all that, so now it was bursting out of me."
In addition to the 4 albums he created himself, Magus produced, mixed, mastered, and often guest appeared on another 6 albums released throughout the 2010 year, When questioned for how he plans to beat such an impressive streak for such an obscure producer, he responds "everything will be bigger. More releases, more singles, music videos, and taking Planet X to the road." And of course, more work with other artists. Having worked professionally with underground names like Young Farley, and soon to be names like Words Babylon, Still Doe, and Subliminal tha Kid, Magus says he's only limited by his lifespan. "You will hear our names more and more, you will see us everywhere, you will see more and more people gravitate our way. We will bring in more styles, more sounds, more genres, we will break new barriers and redefine a new wave of art. We are on a collision course with supremacy. I've no ambitions short of the absolute peak of the mountain. I said it on the first record, and I say it everytime. I'm Magus The Great. You ain't never gonna stop me!"