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Marble, Colorado; in a wild daisy field near Crested Butte—these are just a few of the places Los Angeles
trio, Magic Giant, recorded its debut album, aptly titled, In the Wind (Washington Square/Razor & Tie).
Austin Bisnow (lead vocals), Zambricki Li (banjo, violin, harmonica), and Zang (acoustic guitar, cello)
welcomed nature into the fold as their unofficial fourth member.
“It was fate,” recalls Zambricki. “We were scheduled to play all these festivals—Electric Forest,
Wanderlust, Lightning in a Bottle—that just so happened to be in really beautiful parts of the country.”
During Spring 2016, the boys bought a shuttle bus, converted it into a solarpowered mobile recording
studio, added a California King on hydraulics, and fondly named her Queen Elizabeth. “There were
spaces of time between shows where we could get creative,” explains Zang. “Using the bus to power
microphones, we recorded outside—literally In The Wind—across North America.”
“Living in the city, it’s easy to forget how enchanting the road can be,” Zang adds. “We recorded anywhere
and everywhere. There were no ceilings or limits to what we could capture.”
Just before Magic Giant hit the road, their single “Set on Fire” began heating up. Independently released,
it went from their studio to #4 on Spotify’s US Viral 50, landing the threepiece a deal with Washington
Square. Climbing into the top 25 on Billboard's US Alternative chart, Rolling Stone named Magic Giant
one of 10 artists to watch and called “Set on Fire” the “perfect music festival fare.”
After performing the song on the Today Show as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month, Kathie Lee Gifford
exclaimed, “What a unique sound—oh my gosh!” It became a favorite on Los Angeles radio, with the
single hitting #1 on KROQ’s Locals Only, and the band becoming ALT 98.7’s Artist in Residence. Billboard
claimed, “With a joyful live show the band is inspiring mass dancealongs,” while NPR wrote, “Magic Giant
captures the energy and spirit of the past few waves of upbeat, passionate indiefolk.”
Magic Giant represents the union of three distinct, dynamic, and diverse artistic voices. Since his
childhood in Washington, D.C., Austin obsessively pursued his love of songwriting. He studied classical
composition and then went on to write songs with artists ranging from John Legend to David Guetta. New
Jersey native Zambricki got hit by a car in junior high, fell into a coma, and once he woke, miraculously
learned violin in 4 days through a rare brain trauma reorganization now known as Acquired Savant
Syndrome: “If I could go back, I’d throw myself in front of the car,” Zambricki chuckles. Later on he began
writing and one of his first songs was featured in the Sundanceawarded film Paper Heart. Born and
raised in Los Angeles to Persian immigrants, Zang learned upright bass in grade school before picking up
guitar and studying dance. He caught the attention of Austin and Zambricki when they came across online
videos of him salsa dancing and were instantly hooked.
The three are an unlikely match, but their magnetic chemistry can get any crowd moving, from a sold out
show at the legendary Troubadour to a sunset music or yoga festival audience. The group has recently
toured with bands such as The Revivalists, Atlas Genius, Beats Antique and Mike Posner.
In The Wind threads together a musical cartography of alternative, pop, and folk. The instrumentation
includes (get ready…) orchestral drums, banjo, trumpet, saxophone, harmonica, synthesizers, electric
bass, cello, viola, violin, dobro, lap steel, mandolin, and more as the musical and lyrical palettes prove
“We use whatever instruments are best for the song,” says Austin. “Lyrically, when we get together to
write,” adds Zang, “it’s different from what we would have imagined individually. That’s the beauty of
cowriting—we become one unique voice we may never have found on our own."
The road eventually took the band to Atlanta, where they met up with producer Ben Allen to help glue the
body of work together. Returning home to their converted 1940’s bombshelter studio, The Bunker, Magic
Giant put the finishing touches on their debut record. Austin leaves us with, “When people hear our music
or experience a show, we want to bring out the most uninhibited version of themselves.”
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