Magnuss grew up in Koknese, a historic town about hundred kilometers East of Riga. After elementary school he went to a music school to study saxophone, and later to the English Secondary School in Riga. Besides his native tongue, he speaks English, Russian and German, and he wants to learn Swedish next, as he has Swedish roots on his father’s side!
While at a musical college in Riga, he realised that he wanted to become a presenter and explainer of music, rather than a musician. He perfected his DJ-ing skills at Riga’s supercool school for DJs, Ritma Instituts.
At Pieci.lv (Radio Five), the national broadcaster’s radio channel for young people, Magnuss is now programme director but he also still hosts several shows, amongst them “Pieci Brauc” (Five Travels), where he interviewed Luna and Achilleas.
Magnus is also a narrator for the popular TV programme “Ķepa uz sirds” (Paw on the Heart), about all things to do with pets, and this year, for the first time, he co-presented the Eurovision Song Contest final for Latvian Television!
Like most Latvians, Magnuss is a huge ice-hockey fan (the national team finished 8th in this year’s World Championships) and has recently developed an interest in politics, going on the record describing himself as a “liberal conservative hippie”, adding, on a more serious note: “people like me who were born in free Latvia in the 1990’s think differently than the current political elite. But our time has not come yet”.
Magnuss can be found on Instagram – but to get a taste of the music he likes best, check out his mixcloud page!
Joaquim Alves Gaspar is a retired Navy Captain, and a specialist in Navigation, Hydrographic Surveying and Mathematical Cartography, now a researcher at the Centre for the History of Science and Technology, University of Lisbon.