Before falling in love with electronic styles after moving to Detroit, Magda's fascination with music grew firstly through hip-hop, post-punk and new wave. Her Influences podcast for XLR8R reveals this very different side of Magda’s taste. It features tracks from the likes of The Pharcyde, Slum Village, Sonic Youth, and Throbbing Gristle; an enthralling listen that shines a light on some fine records, past and present—all of which have shaped Magda into the artist she is today.
"When I started to think about this mix, I thought, "How do I sum up my life into a few tracks that paint the right picture?" As I started the trip down memory lane, I rediscovered many bands I hadn’t thought of in years and decided to focus on a few genres that have shaped me the most. Growing up in Detroit, I listened to a lot of hip-hop in the late '80s and early '90s, as well as indie rock. One of the tracks I chose for the mix is by a Detroit hip-hop group called Slum Village whom I used to often see at the Shelter (the first club I ever went to). It’s also the place where I saw many indie shows in high school and one of the first “official” places to play techno. I chose not to go too deep into electronic music and rather focus on the foundations which led to the electronic music I like. A huge influence has been Krautrock, with bands like Can and Harmonia, as well as a lot of post-punk which I have included in the mix. There is something so incredible in the stripped-down grooves bands like ESG, Bush Tetras, and The Flying Lizards were able to create, and to this day all of that is deeply ingrained in me. Overall, I aimed to create a story and atmosphere that really shows who I am. I have to say this was truly a fun project. Thank you." — Magda