SPB: Do you get nervous before you play a show?
Magana: Yep! There are 2 distinct phase of nervousness. The first one is my self-manager side. Did I do a good enough job with promotion? Should I be outside handing out flyers to the people passing by? Will anybody show up, or will I be playing to the person doing sound? And then immediately following is the performance anxiety. Did I practice enough? Am I going to mess up the solo in the third song? Are the people that are here going to get bored and leave in the middle of the set? And then I get onstage and drink wine and it's usually totally fine.
I get more nervous playing solo than when I play with a band. I feel more exposed and it's something that I'm less used to. And I get more nervous in front of tiny crowds than big crowds because it seems so much more personal. Like if I don't put on a perfect show, I'm going to deeply offend the people that are listening.