We had the good fortune of connecting with Rob Magill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rob, why did you pursue a creative career?
The reason for doing so, is that it’s the most information that I’m aware of. It has a completely fulfilling atmosphere, and soulful interaction. I relate it to everything else in my life or what life is. Skill wise it’s the most familiar format to me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is an extension of myself and my observation of the universe around me. I try to explain different or easier approaches to understanding or listening to music. My music can be considered rough, sweet, quiet, loud, strange, or normal. But I love to manipulate it in a way that fits me and my surroundings and or whoever I’m collaborating with. I just kept at my work, even though suffering from mental illness and financial defeat. It was hard to relay in a positive way my music to an audience, being physically removed or hurt, or being showcased to an audience with little interest. Mentally being exhausted from the lack of interest and illness. But I just “faked till I made it.” It is normal for an artist to not have self worth or immediate “success,” it should be encouraged in some way after the dues are paid, to have some sort of support system. Through the years I’ve found peace with myself and and my art. Being more mature and less mentally sick because of art and music. In some ways music has healed me from schizophrenia.
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?
I would show my best friend the Mojave Desert, a lot of inspiration goes there. Something about oneself and a desert can be very cerebral and intuitive. The town itself is small and interesting, mostly hot but you could always find something. The tree’s, insects, animals, birds, plants, scenery. Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart was from there and I also have fantasies about that time period.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Their are many people and things that deserves credit in my development as an artist. First and foremost my Grandmother, Mary Jean Lewis, who mentored and taught me my initial appreciation of art. Many of my friends growing up encouraged me a lot to pursue music; Dustin Emery, Walker Delbo, Brett Childs, Daniel Masiel. Alex Gray, from my early musical group Dreamcolour, for expressing interest and talked me into doing a record label. My record collection, art books, museums, mountains and birds, and colors.
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