Chatterbox: Magdalena Bay

Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi! We’re a pop duo originally from Miami. Matthew and I met back in 2011 when we were in high school. We started out as a prog rock band that broke up in 2014 when all the members had to move away for college. Matt and I met up again in 2016 and sort of joked around about making pop music– then a month later we were doing exactly that!

We knew literally nothing about pop when we started Magdalena Bay– it was basically Grimes’ Art Angels album that made us think “wow, we want to be making smart and creative pop.” It’s so fun and challenging to try and make pop that breaks the mold and takes the genre to new and exciting places– I personally like writing it much more than rock and I know its made Matt grow so much as a producer. Right now we mostly write and record long distance, since Matt is based in Boston and I’m in London at the moment.

Where did the new single come from?

Our last song Neon was very chill and vibey so we wanted to tap into our pop wild side for Set Me Off. Some blogs have described Set Me Off as a sugar rush, and it’s exactly that! We’re tired of all the low energy and overall “dark” pop that’s on the radio so we wanted to make a fun yet intricate jam. As far as the lyrics go, the song’s about the inescapable reminiscing that happens after every breakup. Certain music, movies, or places can come to completely represent and remind you of an ex and Set Me Off pokes fun at this sort masochistic reminiscing.

Is there more content in the pipeline?

Yes! We have two singles in the works that’ll be coming out in the next few months.

What’s on the horizon for you?

New songs and we’ll playing some gigs in New York in New York over the summer!!

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