Music Monday: Behind The Scenes With Magic Man

For this week’s Music Monday, we bring you the infectious pop stylings of Boston natives, Magic Man. Perhaps you’ve heard their most recent single titled Paris, a dreamy pop-dance opus that shows off the five piece outfit in a weird world where body parts go missing but everyone keeps dancing anyway. Or maybe you’ve had the privilege of catching them perform live at one of the various festivals they’ve been slotted to play. Either way, get hip to the magic right here, right now. Be warned though, you’ll be walking away with a song stuck in your head.

Music Monday: Magic Man

Check out behind the scenes photos of Magic Man.

Check out our Q & A with founding members, Alex & Sam

AEO:  Hey, guys! How are you?

Magic Man:  Great. We’re on our way back from Canada. We just played Toronto last night.

AEO:  Oh, very cool! Toronto is such a cool city.

MM:  Yeah, we were only there for 24 hours. But it was a lot of fun.

AEO:  So, your first release, “Real Life Color,” was sort of inspired by your experience moving around France and working on organic farms. Can you tell me a little bit about that whole experience?

MM:  It was the summer after our first year of college. We decided to take this trip after I had taken some French classes in Paris. And we were just trying to find a way to travel around the country and we found this program where you can trade labor on organic farms for room and board so that seemed like a great way to do that. We got to meet a lot of interesting people, had a lot of cool experiences. Then during our down time – it was the middle of August so it was super hot – most people would take a long siesta in the middle of the day, we just started writing some songs.

AEO:  That’s interesting that you started out just writing on your laptop because that’s what was available to you. I’m really curious what your music writing process was like and how it’s grown since then.

Music Monday: Magic Man

Image Source: Gavin Thomas

MM:  It’s almost exactly the same as it was in the beginning where one of us would come up with a little idea, whether it’s a cord progression or a melody. Then we’d just work on it for awhile then pass it on to the other one who would then take it a little bit further. We’d just go back and forth and it would basically be a 50/50 collaboration.

We started off just with Garage Band and a built-in microphone on the laptop so we were definitely limited. But even with those basic programs, if you spend enough time tweaking things you can come up with some cool sounding electronic music.

AEO:  How has adding more members changed the way you make music or changed your sound?

MM:  Once we started playing with a full band and really enjoying the energy that that brought to the live show, we kind of started writing with the band in mind; live drums, bass, guitar, keys and kind of started shifting our writing from being what we had available when we were traveling, which was just a computer, to kind of thinking a little bit larger scale in terms of sounds.

Be sure to check out their most recent release of synth laden power pop, “Out of Mind,” out now on Columbia Records. Stream the single below!

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DIY: Personalized Camera Strap

DIY: Personalized Camera Strap

Do you have your eye on the prize – a new Sony DSC RX100 II Cybershot Digital Camera – this week in Project Live Your Life? Whether you’re a seasoned photographer like Bailey or just learning the ropes, you can still snap in style with a personalized camera strap made from your favorite American Eagle Outfitters belt.

What you’ll need:

• Belt (preferably with pre-punched holes, we used our Leather Belt)

• A pair of 2 inch D-rings, to fit the width of belt

• 2 spring snap hooks (all cameras are different, make sure they fit the camera clasp)

• Rivet snaps with anvil and setter (found at any local craft store)

• Pencil

• Ruler

• Scissors

• Needle nose pliers

• Rubber or wooden mallet

• Leather cord

Step One: Gather your supplies.

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Supplies for DIY Personalized Camera Strap

Step Two: 

Fold the two ends of the belt so you have a minimum of four holes to rivet together. Based on the thickness of the belt, you may need to dip the edges in water for a few minutes to ensure a tight bend. Press hard on the fold and let dry.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Prepare your belt for rivets.

Steph Three: Line the ruler up to the edge of the belt and draw a straight line in the area where you want to remove the excess belt. Repeat on the other side of belt.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Prepare to remove the excess from the belt.

Step Four: Cut each edge along the line.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Cut your belt

Step Five: Using the needle nose pliers, open each D-ring. Slip a single spring snap hook on each ring. Close the D-ring.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Attach hooks

Step Six: Slide each D-ring with the clip onto the two ends of the belt and place at the crease. Using your set of rivets, take the anvil (round metal piece) and place under the belt. Put the base rivet (with point) through the hole. Place the rivet cap on top. Using a rubber mallet, hammer the setter and close the rivet. Repeat until you have 4 rivets on each end.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Rivet the belt together

Step Seven: Add a unique element with leather cord on each end of the camera strap. Loop through the holes in your desired pattern and knot at both ends.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Personalize your strap with your own pattern

Step Eight: Hook onto camera and enjoy capturing some great moments with your custom AEO leather belt camera strap!

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

The finished product.

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Jacob’s Legendary Gift

Jacob’s Legendary Gift

There’s nothing better than giving someone a gift you KNOW they’ll love. We captured our awesome holiday cast exchanging gifts on their most recent shoot in Juneau, Alaska. Check out Jacob’s gift and text LEGENDARY to 32453 (EAGLE) or visit ae.com/legendary to sign up for daily emails and text messages for the chance to win your own 12 legendary prizes from December 3-14, 2013.

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Something Legendary Is Coming…

Something Legendary Is Coming…

The holiday countdown is on with 12 days of special gifts just for you! Text LEGENDARY to 32453 (EAGLE) or visit ae.com/legendary to sign up for daily emails and text messages about our 12 legendary prizes from December 3-14, 2013.

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Live Your Life: October

Live Your Life: October

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This month, we’ve been loving vintage-inspired flannels that can easily transition your favorite dress or jeans and tee into a fall look. Around the office, the new album by The Naked and Famous, In Rolling Waves, has been on repeat. Warm up with our favorite homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe and curl up with your iPad to flip through Oh, Pioneer!, a really awesome Tumblr we’ve been digging lately. Not feeling enough like autumn for you? Head out to the park in your favorite cozy sweater and jeans and watch the leaves fall.

Pin this to your Fall Inspiration board on Pinterest.

What’s inspiring you this month?

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Behind the Scenes: AEO Holiday 2013 Alaska Photo Diary

Behind the Scenes: AEO Holiday 2013 Alaska Photo Diary

We took 14 individuals into the wilds of Alaska for an adventure shared with a group of friends, new and old. They experienced everything the North had to offer – a journey of epic proportions, all documented by us.

 

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Want more? Meet the cast.

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