Magda is an artist who can never be pinned down, no matter the timeframe or time signature. Any one of the Detroit-raised/Berlin-based artist’s DJ sets or productions breeds a rare feel of mystique and discovery. “I’m really obsessed with finding a line between things - between sounds and between genres. My influences come from a life spent in very different environments, which plays a huge role in the way I connect with music.”
Dramatic sounds and eccentric basslines carry her multilayered sound, which veers everywhere from funked-out space disco to the intricately-programmed, metallic feel of Detroit to stripped down techno, all the way to Italian horror film soundtracks. The only thing that remains consistent is the element of surprise.
These days, though living in Berlin, Magda isn’t home very often. In-between touring, she’s fully focused on her recently resurrected label ‘Items & Things.’ The label’s vision always pinpoints the off-kilter and the uncommon, seeking out new artists and sounds that push boundaries. Add to this: a top secret edits moniker she's been keeping under wraps - coming soon, alongside her Items partners Marc Houle and Troy Pierce - on a white label, in a record shop near you.
“Items and things are bits and pieces of uniqueness we come across. The label is a platform to launch the music that we love. There are no rules, just sounds we like and artists we believe in.”
Her accidental entry into Detroit’s underground party scene as a teenager was the kick-start she needed for a lifelong love affair. Soon all became a blur of “cities, record stores, and parties.” In 1998, she joined Minus and began touring the world as Richie Hawtin’s sole opener. From there, her distinctive sound began to develop and the rest is history.
Stylistically, Magda grooves through opposition - creating sets that are emotion-led
yet clinical, having profound expertise with analog and digital technology.
Her sound is otherworldly but visceral; dark with a warm sense of beauty and grace; sparse yet wondrously full-bodied with density and bass-swathed extremes. Magda’s DJing style has been encapsulated on her mixed CDs ‘She’s A Dancing Machine,’ and her mix for London club Fabric ‘Fabric 49’ (a mix CD with as much artistry and vision as an original album).
In the fall of 2010, Magda revealed her debut,‘From The Fallen Page,’ a darkly-tinged, transportive album that curiously combines natural, organic sounds, and modern electronic grace. Similar to her unpredictable DJ sets, ‘From The Fallen Page’ took listeners from one end of the spectrum to the other, treading the fine lines of extremities along the way.
The future months see her continuing to expand her sound, genre-blending and bending, as she takes root in her Berlin studio, to work on her forthcoming 2012 album project. More details soon to come.
Artist: Magda Tittle: Trax Magazine Mix # 149 Rls date: 01-10-2011 Genre: Minimal Source: WEB Type: Set