Magnets is the musical brain-child of Melbourne based musician, scientist and M4H (Musicians 4 Hearing) founder Siobhan McGinnity. On vocals, guitar, keyboard and synth,Siobhan says that the EP “is my exploration of mental health and resilience. I wrote a lot of these songs in a time of pain, and they each explore a different facet of it.” Drawing influence from vocal percussion, 80s pop, Hip Hop and a whole lot of 90s Chorus pedal, Magnets has been the culmination of years of exploring. Trained as a classical pianist from the age of 7, Magnets started experimenting with guitar recently for a new challenge, which led to a shift in direction of music stylings.
Coming from a background in classical piano and theatre performance, Siobhan found her way through many creative pursuits and ended up on backing vocals and keys in prog-rock band, Sons of Rico, as well as finding touring and session work with Ali Barter and Henry Wagons. Currently in the last year of her PhD studying the prevention of hearing injury in the music industry, Siobhan has also established Musicians 4 Hearing, a not for profit that uses musical events and activities to fund hearing care projects in the developing world. She lectures in tinnitus and musicians hearing care at the University of Melbourne, supervises clinical masters of audiology students and recently won ‘Most Outstanding Presentation’ at the National Hearing Conservation Association (US) for her work. She has also been nominated for the Anti-Poverty Award of Australia for M4H.