Innocent Words Presents IW10 with Magana


TEN: Starting in 2013, each Friday, Innocent Words started shining the spotlight directly on up and coming artists/bands with 10 questions we like to call IW10.

Bakersfield, CA

Members and Instruments:
Just me on, Jeni Magana on electric guitar and vocals! Although, I have been known to play with other humans. I enjoy having the freedom to get to collaborate with different people and my favorite line up so far had bass, drums, bari sax and alto sax along with my guitar.

Short Bio (in your own words):
Magana is my alter ego. She lives in the world of late nights, loves Tim Burton and thinks everyone should just start saying how they feel to each other. She makes emotive music that can roughly be described as “rock music for quiet people.”

What was the first live concert you ever went to?
I’m pretty sure I saw Sheryl Crow and Weird Al Yankovic at the county fair when I was a kid. I was way more excited to see Weird Al haha. For a while, I thought most concerts happened at fairs.

What is your funniest or worst tour experience?jenimagana
There was one time I was playing a gig with my friend in Provincetown and we stayed with this lady that turned out to be sort of like Miss Havisham. I didn’t know the history of the place; all I knew is there were only three other people on this large property and they all looked dazed and sad and maybe like they wanted to escape. There were all sorts of random things around that kind of looked like traps or something…and these little wooden huts where the windows were covered and the doors were padlocked. We stayed in a tiny shack in the middle of the woods that was empty except a red child-size rocking chair and an inscription that said “Build by Henry Age 11” on the window. It looked like a scene from a horror movie. The shutters made loud noises against the window all the time and the door wouldn’t close so we completely freaked out in the middle of the night when a cat strolled in. There was no cell service on the property. She wasn’t super warm to us in the beginning and I kind of thought I might die there in the hut surrounded by rusted bikes and art-pieces.

Of course, turns out she was awesome (if maybe a little odd) and several months later I found out that one of my friends not only knew her, but had lived with this woman for an entire summer.

What THREE things are a must have when you go on tour or play a show?
Not counting gear, the three things I need for touring are:
1. Car charger for my cell phone. I NEED the phone because I am terrible with directions and if it dies it’s no good to me.
2. Aux cable. The radio will only get you so far.
3. Chocolate. Turns out most problems can be solved with chocolate. It soothes people.

What was the first record you ever purchased?
My parents bought me ‘Stunt’ by Barenaked Ladies one year for Christmas. Sometime after that, my grandma heard “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack on the radio and she bought me the CD. Not understanding what CDs were, she thought it was just going to be that one song and was super confused when she heard all of the tracks.

If you had to record an EP of covers, which FIVE songs/artist would make the cut?
I would pick these songs because I love them, and make them sound like Halloween.

1. “I Want You To Want Me” – Cheap Trick
2. “I Believe In You” – Don Williams
3. “I Love You Baby” – Frankie Vallie
4. “My Girl” – The Temptations
5. “You Make My Dreams Come True” – Hall & Oats

What’s your preferred music format – vinyl, CD, digital, cassette – and why?
Vinyl! Because it’s big so the art is really showcased. Because people get to buy something tangible and take it home and because listening to vinyl records is a real activity.

What is your website and do you have a music video to share?
You can go to OR you can go to and like the page to keep updated on all of the stuff. I do have a music video! It’s for the song “Golden Tongue.” You can find it here:

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