When and how did you discover Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros?
“Late 2013. I was a big fan of Mumford & Sons at that time, and found out about ESMZ through a video in which they both performed together.”
How many times have you seen ESMZ live? Describe your experience
“Once so far. It was in May 2014. I was living in Boston at that time. In January that year, I discovered Man on Fire. A life-changing moment! I remember it was a Thursday morning when I discovered it. I listened to it every hour of the coming days: when I took a shower, ate, went outside, even to fall asleep. I was mesmerized and in trance. I danced freely to the rhythm and felt absolutely ALIVE. Man on Fire did something to me I can’t explain. I felt so full of energy that I called my friend Friday morning to ask her to come to Burlington, Vermont with me the same day. She said ‘yes,’ and by afternoon we sat in the Greyhound and were on our way to Burlington … while I was all the time listening to and singing Man on Fire. And so it began. In Vermont we visited frozen Lake Champlain, and sat in the middle of it, with zero people around. Just Alex’ voice singing ‘Come dance with me, over heartache and rage’ in my ears. I felt absolutely, totally, completely happy. Since that day, whenever I am in a beautiful place, I listen to Man on Fire, and become ALIVE. I’m an avid traveler, and after January that year I’ve traveled to a lot of breathtaking places.
Then May came around, and with it Boston Calling Festival, with ESMZ playing Friday night. I made it to the second row and was so, so happy and excited. When they opened their show with 40 Day Dream, I couldn’t believe how lucky I was. It was evening, and Boston shimmered beautifully in a pinkish dusk. And then they played Man on Fire. All those wonderful memories came rushing back to me, and together with the pure bliss of being at this concert, I almost couldn’t take it. The tears were welling up in my eyes, my chest was about to burst as I danced and jumped as much as I could. I didn’t believe it could get any better, but Alex actually came down from the stage, danced with the journalists, and then held my hand while singing. I felt like I was about to die. I actually remember thinking ‘I want to die now, life can’t get better than that.’ Alex held the microphone into the crowd, right in front of the girl next to me, and I sang along.
Afterwards I was highly energized and transported to another level of being? I was floating. I found my friend in the crowd (the same one I went to Burlington with, she knew my love for Man on Fire) and told her of my experience. My heart was still beating fast, and I asked her to come with me and check out the trailers, to see if there’s any chance to catch another glimpse of ESMZ. And surely, there they were. Crash, Seth, Nico and Josh all came up to say ‘hi,’ and I got my backpack signed (very fangirl-ish). Josh stayed and chatted for a while, and I told him how happy their concert made me. Couple of minutes later, Alex came outside. A quick chat and another signature later, and I was the happiest person on earth. I couldn’t find any sleep that night, nor the following night. Until this day, this has been the happiest night of my life. It was magic.”
Any additional comments?
“ESMZ has been my favorite band ever since. I still listen to Man of Fire every time I’m at a beautiful place … Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are always with me. I’ll see them at Zurich Open Air, Switzerland, and maybe in Cologne, Germany, this year, I am very excited. My ‘I want the whole damn world to come dance with me’ flag is ready!”
Favorite ESMZ song(s)?
“Uhm, Man on Fire … Up from Below, Give Me a Sign, Child, The Ballad of Yaya, No Love Like Yours, Alexander’s In The Twilight
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