We had the good fortune of connecting with Magu the Dog and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Magu the Dog, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks is the most important part of growth for me. When you put everything on the line, you grow tremendously. When you’re doing music especially, and you want your music to travel around and get picked up, you must take serious risks. I started my music career in Honolulu. Things were going really well and we were playing shows, opening for major acts and making records. I could have stayed there forever and been comfortable and probably would have had a good amount of fun; but something just kept eating at me and telling me to leave – to risk it all in search of something more. So I moved to Oregon and then we learned how to screen print and we were able to finally really start building a record label. In that transition, I did lose some of my old connection but I felt that I had to do it to grow. I risked it again by leaving Oregon and moving to Chicago. Again, I lost some solid ground that I had created in Oregon, but taking this risk to move here has completely revolutionized my art style again. I started listening to House music (Chicago is the birthplace of house music) and my beats started getting faster and thumpier. I started getting more radicalized by anarchist theory since moving here as well and that has changed my outlook on “owning a business” as well. I don’t regret any of these major risks because they have crafted who I ended up becoming, and I really like who I ended up becoming. I’ll be making another risk later this month as I take my journey further east to my new home in Philly. I know some really great rappers out in that area that I’m super stoked to hopefully be working with soon – ZekeUltra especially. My newest project is called ‘soup sunday’ – it’ll be available later this year. I’m going to make a pretty serious financial risk by pressing this album on vinyl. I haven’t ever pressed any vinyl because of the immense cost, but I need to put it on the line to progress my career. I’m super excited! I have always wanted to do this and I feel like the quality of this album is worthy of that level of investment. Be on the lookout for ‘soup sunday’ later this year!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Making beats is the most fun thing I’ve ever done on this planet. There’s always periods of drought and there’s always periods of flush and I think one of the most important things I’ve learned so far is that you can’t get caught up in that ebb and flow. Periods of time where you feel like you ‘can’t’ make art happen and you just gotta go experience life and do some other stuff for a while. You are an artist and you will make art again and it will feel GOOD. Just gotta keep that thing rolling. I am very proud of my first album, Dime. I was living in the deep end the entire time I was making that. We were playing shows all the time and just partying and sending it as much as possible. I got in contact with this dude iLe from Germany and I have a collab song on that album with him. I flew back to MA for a second that summer and the absolute maestro, Brian Sandlin came over to my mom’s shed in the middle of a hurricane and we recorded him playing his stand up bass over one of my tracks. It was absolutely incredible, like something out of a movie. He passed away a couple months later. We miss him a lot, glad I have that memory to look back on. That interaction with him made me start taking this stuff a lot more seriously. I’m extremely proud of this new album, ‘soup sunday’. I love the beats on it, I love the energy of it and I love the way it makes me feel. I can’t wait to press it and share it with everyone. I don’t think I’ll ever stop making beats. It is an extremely cathartic process for me.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In LA? We would probably get hammered at Hinano Cafe and play pool like 80% of the time. I love that place. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mom has always believed in me and my art and has always encouraged me to take these risks and see the world, so a major shoutout to her. Cnrboy and Corn in Hawaii are my brothers for life. I wouldn’t be who I am without them. Auggie and Pete, the other 2/3rds of Spacecasa – it’s been a wild ride. Andy, Reggie and Swift raised me well. Shoutout to PBR and Malort for some fun times. A major thank you to Bricktown! My current pod: Six, Bryn and Micah – thank y’all for holding it down with me these past couple of years, I love y’all forever.

Website: maguthe.dog

Instagram: @maguthedog

Twitter: @maguthedog

Other: https://audius.co/maguthedog

Image Credits
my friends and family

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