“Tell me who in the world could ever come with more
I get raw” – Big Daddy Kane
I love and appreciate when people can, in the most positive way, disprove and dismantle stereotypes. Like the MC that can make fans out of people that dislike Hip Hop because of all of the negative connotations associated with it. Simply because they are able to reach them in a way that they were previously closed off to. Or the teacher that can make the student see how amazing math can be and how dope science is.
We recently spoke with a woman who is showing and proving to the world that a raw foodist can be more fun than you ever thought was possible for someone who eats…well, raw. It’s not boring. Going raw isn’t dull or lame or whatever other incorrect ideas might be chemtrailing it. She gets up to get down – parties with the best of them, isn’t veggies only – loves sweets and has a passion for the lifestyle she promotes. She’s got an infectious vibe and you need to meet her.
Kate Magic is today’s featured artist. Not an artist in the musical or classical sense, an artist in the rawest sense of the term. She’s all raw chocolate everything and feels some kinda way about spreading a positive message in everything she does. Hailing from a little island across the pond in a little city of nine million, this Londoner is living life to the fullest.
Follow along for some of our conversation with her. Then click the links below to check out her sites and see what she has to offer. She’s quite a talent and shares a passion for two of our favorite things…
“To me, music and food are two sides of the same coin. When you feel the music and when you feel the food, they take you to another level”
TKM: As far as eating raw, do you ever heat the food? Because I know – especially with Ayurveda and different doshas, a lot of raw food might not be good for certain constitutions.
KM: Yeah, I always tell people it’s actaully really important – I think it’s really unhealthy to eat cold food all the time. Especially in our climate, here, where it’s always damp in England. We have long winters. The winters can be like 9 months quite easily. The temperature where something stops being raw is 42 degrees – which is really quite warm. A jacuzzi, a hot tub, is set to 41 degrees. So, I think in the winters it’s a good idea to warm soups. Right now, I’m eating miso soup out of this J-Dilla mug that my friend gave me.
TKM: Talk to us about the interviews you’ve done with artists – I know you recently interviewed Homeboy Sandman.
KM: Yeah, you interviewed him too, right? He’s such a great guy. I’m in a fortunate position where I get to meet a lot of the people that have inspired me and that I look up to. I think it’s interesting that sometimes they can be the nicest people and other times they’re really not. And you never know if they’re going to be warm and genuine or really up on themselves and distant. Homeboy Sandman was someone of those people that I just loved – ever since he came out on Stones Throw, I hadn’t come across it before then. I was really into that album (First of a Living Breed). We had some mutual friends but I went to his first show in London and he said he was already into raw foods. So, I brought him some cake. That’s one of the things I do a lot as well, go to concerts and take raw chocolate or cake and stuff that I’ve made. I gave him some chocolate and he said he was into it so then we just carried, like, standing contact. He was just in London and made a video for his new single, Fat Belly. It’s all about vegan food. And there’s my chocolate in the video.
TKM: Yeah, raw chocolate is great!
KM: It’s one of the things we’re most known for. We started making raw chocolate bars in 2005. We were kind of one of the first companies to introduce it over here. I always say that chocolate is like a gateway drug. Lots of times when people aren’t that interested in being healthy or they’re not really thinking about it – when they eat raw chocolate…raw chocolate is so good, that then they start thinking that raw, healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. They think it’s just brown rice and lentils and bananas and lettuce, it’s really dull. And then you give them raw chocolate or raw cake and they’re “Oh, my God!” It’s a calling card in a way. You know, I’m not a nutritionist, I’m not a naturopath, I’m not an herbalist but I feel like a really big part of my work is just showing people that this is fun. A, it’s easy. People think it’s really hard. But B, it’s fun. Just trying to make people see that it’s not difficult to do this and actually it’s preferable. You get more energy and you feel more positive about your life on all levels – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Everything just shifts up a bit. The better you look after yourself, the more fun you have in life. I just feel like we need to have a bit more fun.
TKM: Right. It’s just a matter of getting the right information to the people.
KM: I was going to a party today on the train and there was an ad for diabetes – why they were advertising diabetes, I don’t know. But there wasn’t any kind of preventative stuff, like this is how you could help. It was saying, YOU are going to get diabetes, don’t think you’re immune, everybody gets diabetes. It said in the U.K. every ten minutes someone is diagnosed with diabetes. And then they said, once you have it, it can’t be reversed. Which we know is not true. Type two diabetes is quite easily reversed if you use the right methods. Also, cancer rates are like one in two or one in three. And I don’t call diabetes and cancer fun. It’s really not fun and it seems so obvious to me now with the way things are. It’s still surprising to me that people haven’t made that connection. There was a thing in the news here about five-a-day (fruit and veg) and they put it up to seven-a-day, which is brilliant. Then there were all these news articles going, “Oh, that’s too hard! We can’t do that.” I don’t see how people don’t put that together – people are really sick and that is not fun. And you can say that drinking alcohol is fun but it’s not when you’ve got diabetes when you’re in your twenties.
“I’m trying to do my bit to raise the vibration.”
TKM: There was this quote that I remember reading where you said – “The Universe loves me and it wants me to be happy.” I love it. Where do you get your inspiration? Who inspires you and what are you reading?
KM: Well, my favorite book is called Love Without End by Glenda Green. She’s an American artist, a classical painter. She decided that she was going to paint a portrait of Jesus and long story short, Jesus came and let him paint her and they had all these conversations. And to me it doesn’t matter whether you believe that Jesus was actually there or not because it is such a beautiful book. She wrote down the conversations they would have, she’d ask him questions and he’d talk about love – it’s just a beautiful book.
I think it’s just important to get space in our 21st century lives. Between Instagram and email and YouTube and…I just make a conscious effort to get myself into that space of gratitude. There’s so much to be grateful for. And I think we’re encouraged in our culture to always be seeking more and that we’re not good enough or need to have that new thing. If you can just get in that 10 or 15 minutes of meditation or Reiki and it just puts you into that space of feeling really positive. It’s always hard staying centered with so much going on…especially if you got kids.
TKM: You seem to be into the music just as much as we are. You recently got to check out Black Star, right?
KM: Yeah. Backstage. J-Rocc got me backstage.
TKM: Oh, you know J-Rocc from the Beat Junkies?
KM: Yeah. From going out. I’m a real night owl and I’m always one of the last ones out on the dance floor. That to me is the best bit, when you get to the end it’s like the hardcore people still there. We’ve got a really lovely scene here in London. It’s mostly come out of Benji B and Gilles Peterson. Benji got his own show and started this club called Deviation. And so much has come out of that in the last six years. It’s really interesting to see how people have converged there. It’s this nice little bubbling underground family kinda thing and because Benji has such a high profile because of Radio 1 he’s able to bring out J-Rocc or Dam Funk or – and they all love playing over here because we have really good parties. People love to dance in London and really go for it. I think London’s very special.
TKM: What are the big differences, musically or culturally, that you’ve noticed between London and cities here in the U.S.?
KM: In L.A. people are stoned. It’s so different because in London, alcohol is the drug of choice and it makes people quite aggressive and loud and it makes them move a lot. I went to a Dam Funk show in L.A. four years ago and I was all ready to dance but people just stood there and bobbed their heads.
TKM: And as far as food?
KM: L.A. is like the capital of the world of raw foods. It’s changing here. But even up til last year, if I went out and someone asked what I do, if I said healthy eating, that would be the end of the conversation. But when you go to L.A. they’re – “that’s awesome, that’s really cool!” It’s just that sense that people have more of an aspiration of wanting to be healthy. In California they have all the fresh produce and packaged produce and isles and isles of everything you can think of. I just think that in America everything is bigger and to an extreme. So with junk food there’s a lot more junk food. But then with the health food, there’s the best health food products in the United States. They’re the finest and well-crafted, with just so much choice. It all comes down to numbers. The population of the U.K. is so tiny compared to America so if you wanted to make a living just selling kombucha or something like that it’s so hard because you only have a limited number of people to sell to. But in the States, because there’s more of you, you’d be able to make a living doing that.
TKM: What’s your master plan?
KM: It’s expansion. I just feel like people live really shut down lives. I feel like human potential is so great and we could be doing so much more amazing things but people just accept limitations and accept restrictions. We only have to live that way if we believe we have to live that way. To me, music and food are two sides of the same coin. When you feel the music and when you feel the food, they take you to another level, don’t they. They expand you inside and it’s that expansion that inspires you to go and do something else. I always say that music feeds me. When I go to a really good night and I come home, it gives me so much gratitude and inspiration to go and make a new cake or something. It’s just that evolution and growth of the soul that get nourished from food and music. They’re both things that nourish me to then put my own nourishment into the world. It saddens me so much what people will accept. And it doesn’t have to be that way. I’m trying to do my bit to raise the vibration.
TKM: Where do you see the world in ten years?
KM: I’m such a positive person. There’s so many synchronisities in this world and there is a magic. The Universe does want us to be happy and we’ve just got to step into that and allow that. I’m really positive. It does look really awful but I just think we have to keep marching on – it is going in our direction. My friend just posted, “your passion and creativity will be the greatest rebellion. You don’t have to be angry but you must be fierce.”
TKM: Do you have a recipe that you could share with us? Something simple.
KM: The Chocolate Disco Smoothie
Takes 5 mins to make
You need a blender
Party in a glass! I’ve recently started a night here in London called The Chocolate Disco, which serves up some of London’s finest DJs alongside healthy treats such as this, our signature smoothie.
• 250 ml (1 cup) coconut water*
• 1 banana (pref frozen)**
• 1 date (pref fresh)***
• 1 tsp tahini
• 1 heaping tsp raw chocolate powder
Blend everything together until smooth. Be prepared for bliss.
*I like Vitacoco. Whichever you choose, make sure it’s not from concentrate.
**If you can freeze your bananas in advance, that will make your smoothie thicker. It’s a good idea to always have a stock of frozen bananas in the freezer; it’s a good way to use them up before they go black as well. Just peel them, break them into chunks, and pop them in the freezer in a sealy bag. They keep indefinitely.
***I try and always buy fresh dates e.g. Medjool dates, because they have a creamier, more toffee-like flavour than dried dates which don’t blend up as well and don’t have as much taste.
If you’re already into a raw lifestyle or just a little curious about it, be sure to check out Kate’s Magic Bubble. She’s got loads of great info – recipes, writing, interviews and more. And her newest project/site is Raw Magic Academy. It’s a great how and why to eat raw all-in-one resource. Plenty of resources to answer all your raw questions. Chocolate lovers…you’re not gonna wanna sleep on Kate’s Magic. Check her out and have some fun!