By Tyler Cianciulli
The Magic City Hippies are a Miami-based indie-funk band that has experienced a well deserved recent surge in popularity.
The band has been steadily gaining notoriety for a few years, and now it seems like the opportunities are rolling in.
Robby Hunter, Pat Howard, and John Coughlin are the three men behind the band.
They credit the Miami music scene for their development over time.
Since the Magic City Hippies’ epicenter is right here in our backyard, they are looking forward to branching out and incorporating some of the wild and interesting elements of South Florida culture.
I spoke to the band, and asked them a few questions about what we can expect to see from them in the future.
WATCH: Magic City Hippies’ “Bull Ride
RISE NEWS: Are you working on anything right now?
Magic City Hippies: “Right now, we’re focused on working on our new album. It is going to be a mix of new songs and old songs. I think I speak for all of us when I say that we are really excited about what is to come. We’ve been working on incorporating a more distinct salsa vibe, with an emphasis on high energy funk. Before our album drops, we plan on releasing two singles.”
RISE NEWS: Tell me about your last performance.
Hippies: “We actually played the Heat game recently. We were on the court, and on national television. They had us play before Game 1 of the Playoffs – and at halftime.”
RISE: How did the Miami music scene influence your music?
Hippies: “Performing in Miami has provided so many opportunities. There really aren’t too many spots better for emerging talent. We’ve tried to embrace our environment by incorporating a more tropical, Spanish vibe. We want to make music people want to dance to.”
RISE: What do you do when you’re not on stage?
Hippies: “Well, right now we are in the process of organizing our band as a business. This is often tough for indie artists because we aren’t connected to a major label. This means that we have to provide the money and the resources that a record agency would provide. We actually have a bunch of people on our payroll now. We are teachers, graphic designers, capitalists, and most importantly, musicians.”
RISE: Tell me a funny story from your recent tour.
Hippies: “We were about two hours outside of Flagler, Colorado, when we got stuck in a huge blizzard. We were on the way back home from a string of concerts and the last thing we wanted was a delay. The roads were so bad we were actually stranded for a while. It was actually John’s first time ever seeing snow.”
RISE: Do you have any advice for hopeful musicians?
Hippies: “Fake it till you make it.”
WATCH: Magic City Hippies’ “Hush”:
I actually saw the Magic City Hippies at the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance.
Their live performances are unrivaled, their music is trendy, and their image of a Florida born-and-raised band resonates with their listeners.
It seems as if the Magic City Hippies are starting to corner a genre that they are simultaneously pioneering.
I am excited to hear the band’s planned singles and working album.
The Magic City Hippies are currently on a tour of South Miami. You can learn more by visiting their website: magiccityhippies.com
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Cover Photo Credit: Magic City Hippies/Youtube