Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Joe Horsham Of Magnolia Park

By Nicholas Jason Lopez 

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Park FL Facebook page.

Orlando, Florida-based quintet Magnolia Park have released a new single called “Sick Of It All.”

The band is known for their unique blend of hip-hop, pop-punk and emo, with production help from Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, Neck Deep, Wage War, Real Friends) at The Audio Compound.

Over time, they’ve shared stages with the likes of Belmont, Like Pacific, Can’t Swim and Capstan. Their singles “Outside” and “October” were featured on Spotify Editorial “The Scene” and “New Punk Tracks” playlists, while their debut EP ‘Vacant’ received critical acclaim.

The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with drummer Joe Horsham about “Sick Of It All” and more.

Music Bugle – How did you guys get the name Magnolia Park?

Joe Horsham – We got our name from a local skate park where Freddy broke his leg.  


Music Bugle – What are some challenges of being a quintet that some people might not see upon the surface?

Joe Horsham – Definitely managing all the different personalities. We all have unique traits that differ. For instance, Josh is the more calm and cool type, while Tristan usually bursts into a room with a bad joke and puts everyone on edge like a young Tom Delonge.  


Music Bugle – What would you say excites you the most about your genre of music?

Joe Horsham – Pop-punk has such a welcoming sense of community that it really makes me want to be a better person to others and overall.


Music Bugle – How would you describe Orlando to someone who has never been there before? What’s the “scene” like?

Joe Horsham – Orlando is like a Disney movie made by Quentin Tarantino, but the scene is so diverse and welcoming. We have a great metalcore scene with bands like Grieve and Deadland, a bubbling hip-hop world and the pop-punk community is just one big group of friends always welcoming new people to the family. 


Music Bugle – What has been your favorite moment while onstage or something you’ll never forget?

Joe Horsham – The first show we played after our EP ‘Vacant’ came out, we were in a small, sweaty room with about 25 people all scrunched together. The whole show, the audience was singing every word to all our songs. My favorite moment of the band to this day. 


Music Bugle – How would you describe your latest single?

Joe Horsham – “Sick Of It All” is a song about being tired of the world around you and the way you are being treated.


Music Bugle – What was it like making your debut EP ‘Vacant’?

Joe Horsham – It was amazing. We got to work with these great producers, Andy Karpovck and Andrew Wade. The latter has worked with our favorite bands, A Day To Remember and Neck Deep.


Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Joe Horsham – We actually had to push back some studio time because of the pandemic, which cancelled one of our upcoming EPs.


Music Bugle – If you had the chance to chat one-on-one with one of your musical influences, who would you choose?

Joe Horsham – Kendrick Lamar for sure! He is so important to me and the way we write music. 


Music Bugle – What do you hope to accomplish within the next year?

Joe Horsham – We hope to gain enough of a following to influence positive change in today’s world. 

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