Exclusive Artist to Watch Interview Featuring “S.P. Magna”


What is your name and what city do you rep?

“My name is S.P. Magna and The Quad Cities is the only home I’ve ever known”

What is unique about you and your music?

“Regarding myself: I know we all have a natural inclination to believe we are unique in our own ways, but I truly believe there simply isn’t another me in the industry. Beyond my own individual experiences, I have always been a human melting pot of sorts. Every person I interact with, every ounce of content I ingest, every story I hear becomes a part of me. I have my own identity, but I am not limited nor bound by the breadth or depth of my own experiences. Also, I know who I am and will never compromise who I am or my convictions, but I make a conscious effort to always be improving: Maintaining that balance between being dynamic yet stable is a cornerstone of who I am and ensures a sense of familiarity while keeping me from becoming static or redundant.”

“Regarding my music: While not every song has to be as intricate as possible, I think that when I turn the heat up, I bring a level of focus on lyricism and technicality that is rare at best in the industry today. That being said, this is only the beginning of my career and I expect to grow exponentially as an artist with time and await the day I enter the discussion for greatest of all time.”

What shaped your music?

“As with any artist, I would definitely have to say my personal life experiences and struggles have been the biggest factor. Other than that, I’d say my love of learning (especially philosophy) and background in analysis have had fairly significant impacts on who I am as an artist and I think it reflects in my writing style.”

When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

“Actually, it was only a few months ago. I was at the peak of a philosophically charged identity crisis and realized that most of the things I had been working towards were simply what others wanted of me. I realized; I needed to start living my own life on my own terms, I was tired of letting people tell me my dreams weren’t realistic, and that the only thing letting fear hold me back would do is guarantee I never make it. I was either going to pursue politics or music and I have no doubt I made the best decision of my life committing to music.”

What type of music do you listen to?

“I try to take in as many genres and styles as I can, but I would definitely say Hip-Hop, Metalcore, and Pop Punk are my go to choices.”

Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

“That’s a really tough one but I would probably say either Watsky, Oncue, Witt Lowry, Chris Webby, or Aesop Rock. If I had to choose, I guess I would give it to Oncue right now.”

Top 5 favorite artists to listen to currently?

Logic, Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember, NF, and Kane Brown.

What ignites your (song) writing flow?

“I mean inspiration can really come from anywhere but I’d say most of the time I look for a beat that creates an immediate, profound emotional response and let my pen start to translate. If I really just can’t find a beat that inspires me like that in the moment, I’ve got a couple artists that I know I can always draw inspiration from. I just step back, turn on spotify, and take some time to meditate until I find the inspiration I need.”

What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

“I spend most of my limited time away from music studying philosophy, politics, and science. I also religiously watch stand-up comedy or late show clips everytime I go to sleep.”

Success to you is…

“Living a life free of ‘What Ifs,’ is everything to me. Whether I’m a platinum selling artist, living in my car, or departed in 10 years, I know I will never look back and wonder what could have been or regret inaction. Win or lose, I am and will continue to give everything I’ve got to achieve my dream and if I have nothing else, that is more than good enough for me.”

What do you wish you were told when you first started rapping that you think would help artists starting out?

“One of the most important things you will ever learn not just in music, but in all aspects of life, is to know the difference between criticism and ignorant bullshit. I have found that oftentimes, a person’s reason for speaking is more important than what they actually say. Whether the comment positive or negative, always consider a few things such as are they; genuinely trying to help you progress, just saying what they think you want to hear, someone with any genuinely relevant experience, someone who is opposed to taking risks, biased due to their own success/failure, offering criticism or simply being negative, etc… It takes time to be able to pick up on the subtleties and nuisances, and there will be times you aren’t going to like or expect the answers, but you will be far more success and happy for it. Additionally, never forget than no one ever made a difference by doing what everyone else was doing. You will never be exceptional by being normal.”

Any upcoming projects?

“Yes! I am releasing my debut single in early 2018 and my debut EP, “Sic Parvis Magna” will be released in the new year as well!”

Where do we find your music / music project?

“When they are released, the easiest place to find them will be on my facebook page @SPMagnaMusic. I will be putting out a lot of content between now and the release dates, however, so now is a perfect time to join the Magna Magnitudinis family!”