Interview with musical artist CMAGIC5
Today on What On What’s Good with Host Jovin Tardif, I am here with Cmagic5. Her latest single is ‘Lego’ from her debut album, Ready to Run. Fun Fact: Cmagic5 can deliver almost every genre of music from Classical to Pop, in a wide array of languages. Other tracks on the album include ‘You Don’t Know’ and ‘Just Wanna’. In our interview, we discuss musical influences, songwriting challenges, being a vocal mentor, and much more.
1. Your musical inspirations include Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Camila Cabello. Can you tell us a favourite song from each artist and why?
One of my greatest musical influences has always been Nina Simone. Her voice, style of music, and work ethic have all inspired me to be the greatest musician I can be. One of her most successful songs, “Feeling Good” was the first song I performed in front of large live audiences. The more I sang it, the more I began to discover my true abilities as a vocalist. In fact, the profound response from the audience motivated me to think of my art as a career and hone my craft even further.
I absolutely love her track “Delicate”. The captivating harmonies and VOX make it such an irresistible tune! I think her narrative songwriting is what draws me in the most. “Delicate” truly captures Taylor’s modern style while staying true to her original roots.
Bon Jovi’s music is truly timeless but his signature song “Livin’ on a Prayer” is one of my favorites. My dad would always play their music around the house, and I’ve even been to two Bon Jovi concerts, which was a surreal experience! I think Jon carries so much emotion in his voice which is super inspiring. The band in general always plays their music with a ton of passion, which I believe is key to attaining loyal fans!
Her vocal range and passionate style as well as strong work ethic have all inspired me during my musical journey. Her music is very creative and symbolic, which I find truly inspiring. My all-time favorite Gaga song is “Born This Way”, because of the powerful message it portrays. This song encourages me to unapologetically be my most authentic self at all times!
Camilla’s vocals, just Yesss!! I am obsessed with her song “Crying in The Club” because it makes me feel so many different things at once! The graceful harmonies and captivating vocals make me feel so powerful and emotional. Camilla’s Latin/pop music greatly inspires my songwriting style, and you can especially hear this in my track “Just Wanna”.
2. You write and compose your own music. How do you typically come up with your ideas?
It’s like magic! Whenever I get into the studio, I always feel a rush of adrenaline that I think is personal to every artist. Being able to express all of my ideas, let my creativity flow, and bring those ideas to life, is a feeling and experience I am so grateful for.
For my recent single “LEGO”, I had the melody of the hook resonating in my head for the longest time. I think that is the whole beauty of it – starting with something so raw and exploring the different directions you could take the song to, is my favorite part of the creative process.
My music has been greatly inspired by real-life experiences and is a blend of reality and my vivid imagination. When it comes to my original music, I always try to ensure that the instrumental music and song melody alone, are powerful enough to tell a story. Writing a song truly does feel like some kind of alternate universe that I never get used to, no matter how many times I’ve composed a song.
My writing style is vivid and direct to my listeners. It is such an intimate process and takes you on a journey of self-discovery. Sincere and entirely relatable, my music communicates feelings of truth, freedom, and empowerment driven by captivating vocals. It encourages people to live their life to their fullest potential by singing along and express themselves through dance.
3. Do you have any tips for new songwriters or musical artists?
I always try to encourage artists to be their most authentic self always! Yes, for sure, be inspired by successful artists around, but share your own light with the world and own what makes you unique.
Being a vocal mentor, I am dedicated to helping youth amplify their voice in society, as well as on the stage.
Always remember to take care of yourself as an individual first, then as an artist. What’s important is to never give up no matter how challenging things can be, and stay focused. Never let anyone stop you from doing what you love. Stay hungry for your dreams, and make it happen! If something doesn’t work, you just move on and try something else.
In a nutshell, keep the Faith, work hard, and stay humble!
4. Have you ever had any challenges when writing?
Personally, the main challenge I experience while writing is learning to deal with my vivid imagination, which opens up the floodgates to many ideas all at once. When I’m writing a song, sometimes I would think of many great ideas for lyrics, and would just love to share them all. That’s when I try to prioritize the lyrics that I think would connect with my listeners the most. Dealing with so many ideas at the same time can be overwhelming at first, but once I organize my thoughts and emotions, everything is put into perspective and the feeling is absolutely rewarding.
5. Can you describe the different genres that you can perform?
While the genre of my music stems from pop, the uniqueness of my sound is created by fusing other sub-genres into my songs, such as pop/afrobeat/trap like my most recent release “Just Wanna”, or soulful R&B like “You don’t know”, my previous release. I like to give every song a different vibe with its own identity through my voice and songwriting style. By many, my voice has been defined as a cross-over between Toni Braxton and Dua Lipa. My music is contemporary pop with a refreshing blend of conventional sounds and futuristic vibes. My upcoming singles from my pop/rock album which will be released by early 2021, explore the themes of self-empowerment and love, rendering a positive message of self-confidence and healing, which is needed now more than ever.
6. You play keyboard/piano, guitar, and the ukulele. Can you tell us when you first started learning these instruments?
I believe my passion for singing and performing was innate and manifested itself when I was very little with me performing to a ‘pretend’ audience at the age of 5. By the age of 10, I taught myself how to play the guitar and piano, and I had written and composed my very first original song. The lyrics were very raw, pure, and straight from the heart, which laid the very foundation of my debut album titled “Destiny’s Calling”. My elementary school years were a difficult time for me, being bullied. When enough was enough, music became my sole companion and opened up a plethora of avenues and so I grabbed my acoustic guitar and dived deep into songwriting. Later on, I decided to teach myself how to play the ukulele one summer and started posting a whole bunch of covers with it!
7. Describe what it is like being a vocal mentor.
Music education has provided me with a strong and valuable foundation and enhanced my personal growth and social cohesion. It has not only shaped me as an artist but also as an individual.
Being a youth mentor of the arts is a surreal experience. I believe the younger generation today are so intelligent, knowledgeable, and curious. They’re little Mozarts with a growing desire to know more! With technological advancements and affordances and the world moving towards digitization, I think they’re better equipped today to absorb even more. I totally relate with those who are interested in the creative arts wanting to pursue their passion. I want to be able to encourage, motivate, and support them through their creative journey and provide them with a stronger foundation to hone their craft. Music empowers you to grow and what better gift to give yourself than music education.
8. You can sing in different languages. Can you tell us more about that?
I can sing in Italian, German, French, Spanish, Chinese and of course English. Being a musician, I feel it is important to explore different styles, genres, and languages. As English is my first and only language, studying and performing different vocal pieces in various languages has not only enhanced my abilities as a musician but has also educated me and expanded my horizons on diverse cultures. Vocally, classical studies have strengthened my technique and shaped my soulful and powerful voice. Music history and theory have enriched me as I am able to use this knowledge when it comes to my songwriting and composing. While I would like my music to be fun and enjoyable, I also want it to be musically respected and appreciated.
Cmagic5 Ready to Run track listing
- You got a Problem
- Rising Up
- Ready to Run
- Outta My Head
- Just Wanna
- You Don’t Know
- The One
- Love Me If You Can
- Lego (Bonus Version)