10 Questions With Pops Magellan

The Brazilian bass phenom on how less can be more, her ideal gig, and developing her voice on bass

10 Questions With Pops Magellan

The Brazilian bass phenom on how less can be more, her ideal gig, and developing her voice on bass

Born and raised in Brazil, Poliana Magalhães, better known as “Pops Magellan,” gravitated toward the bass at a young age. By the time she first started playing at age nine, she was deeply immersed in the rich music of Brazil, later developing an infatuation with rock, funk, and grunge. When she turned 12, she joined her family’s event band and became well versed in all genres of music, given their long sets and extensive songbooks. She went on to land the bass chair for the Brazilian late-night TV show Adnight, and worked with many famous artists of the region like Anitta, Ivete Sangalo, Daniella Mercury, Ludmilla, Luiza Possi, and Emicida. After making the move to Portugal to further her playing, Pops decided to head out to Los Angeles in 2019, where she was met with an immediate demand. In a short span, she landed work with Adam Lambert, Willow, Avril Lavigne, Travis Barker, Larry Braggs (Tower Of Power and The Temptations), Beverley Knight, Naia Izumi, Nik West
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Jon D'Auria   By: Jon D'Auria

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