Nasir Atweh has written songs for some of the best in the biz, from Justin Bieber to David Guetta and Christina Aguilera – but that’s not to say he isn’t a star recording artist in his own right. His band Magic! is responsible for “Rude”, the hit tune that now plays in the minds of all young men as they to ask their future father-in-law’s for their daughter’s hands in marriage. The brand’s second studio album, Primary Colors, debuts today. We chatted with Nasri recently about his most memorable collaboration to date, his point of view on streaming services such as Spotify, and whether he had any advice for other aspiring artists.
What would be your ideal food day?
For breakfast, three eggs over easy, sliced cucumbers, turkey bacon and some fruit. For lunch, a salad with chicken on it. Dinner is the fun part of the food day for me, usually eating out. Maybe some Thai BBQ or Chicken Stroganoff.
Can you tell us a little bit about your new album, Primary Colors?
I’m very excited about the album coming out. We’ve written a lot of songs to narrow down to these ten. After playing live for three years, we developed a whole new chemistry as a band. We can feel it in the parts and arrangements and in the general approach we took with this album.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received from another musician?
Take your time.
Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?
Take your time.
What’s the song you can’t stop listening to right now?
Elton John’s “Rocket Man”
Do you have any pre-show or post-show rituals?
After warming up, we all get naked and hold hands…Just kidding. Mainly just goofing around and keeping vibe loose – like our music.
What are your go-to snacks while on tour?
Chips. I know I shouldn’t, but they’re very hard to resist.
What’s been your most memorable collaboration so far?
Definitely working with Sean Paul on “Lay You Down Easy”.
When you make stops in NYC and LA, what are your favorite restaurants? What do you order at each?
New York has a lot of great food. I actually love to go to the Halal Guys food trucks. I get the mixed meat combo.
In Los Angeles, my favorite place is called Genwa Korean BBQ. I get the Prime Galbi and Japchae.
The app you can’t live without…
FaceTime or Skype, to see my kids – and right now a game called Super Sharp.
Your feelings about streaming music apps like Spotify and Pandora…
The same feeling cassette makers had about CDs – hard to swallow but progression is inevitable. It’s cool; we love them both.
Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?
That’s a tough question; it’s a beautiful world. In this moment right now, I’d like to be in Jamaica eating some jerk chicken.
In the same vein as what’s the new black in fashion, what’s the new potato for you right now?
Living in LA, I can’t have a meal without avocado in it.
*Nasri Atweh, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann