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Austin Bisnow (born June 9, 1987), sometimes referred to as Austin Bis, is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and lead singer of the band Magic Giant. He has written and produced songs for artists such as David Guetta ("Listen"), Big Time Rush (“Like Nobody’s Around”), Jon Batiste & Stay Human (“Express Yourself”), Steve Aoki & Moxie Raia ("I Love It When You Cry"), and Paul Oakenfold (“Who Do You Love”), where he was also the featured artist.[1] In addition, Bisnow has collaborated with John Legend, Akon, Aloe Blacc, Diplo,, Cody Simpson, Adam Levine, Gym Class Heroes, Benny Blanco, Mike Posner, Claude Kelly, Beast, Sammy Adams, and Cisco Adler.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

Austin Bisnow
Austin Bis at the Troubadour.jpg
Bisnow performing with MAGIC GIANT at the Troubadour in 2014
Background information
Also known asAustin Bis
Born(1987-06-09)June 9, 1987
Washington D.C., United States
GenresPop, indie folk, house, dance-pop, jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
Associated actsMagic Giant, David Guetta, John Legend, Jon Batiste

Early lifeEdit

Bisnow grew up in Washington, D.C. and is the brother of Elliott Bisnow, best known for being the founder and CEO of Summit.[9] Summit helped Austin co-found the organization Get Well Soon Tour.[10] Austin is the son of Mark Bisnow, Harvard Law School graduate and media entrepreneur.[11][12]


Bisnow is a writer, producer and pianist on the title track of David Guetta’s 2014 album Listen. The album went No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Electronic Chart the day it was released, reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 making it Guetta's highest charting album in the US, and has gone No. 1 in over 50 countries worldwide.[13][14][15]

Bisnow with Akon in the studio

Bisnow has two additional #1s on the Billboard charts for his work as a writer and producer on the Jon Batiste & Stay Human single, “Express Yourself”[16] and on the Nickelodeon Boy Band, Big Time Rush single, “Like Nobody’s Around", which saw its music video premiere on Vevo during the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards.[17] According to Vanity Fair, Batiste & Stay Human's "stirring" performance of "Express Yourself" on The Colbert Report in 2014[18] must be connected with Colbert's decision to name Batiste as the bandleader on his new iteration of The Late Show.[19] In June 2015, Bisnow's work with K-pop group, Beast achieved 1st place on the daily Oricon Singles Chart (Japan's equivalent to US Billboard Hot 100).[20] Bisnow also co-wrote the lead single "I Love It When You Cry (Moxoki)" off Steve Aoki's 2015 release, Neon Future II.

As a solo artist, Bisnow was featured on electronic music DJ Paul Oakenfold’s 2013 single, “Who Do You Love” which Bisnow also penned and performed on stage with Oakenfold in both Hollywood and Vancouver.

As a musician, Bisnow played Fender Rhodes on the Billboard No. 1 (US Mainstream Top 40) Gym Class Heroes’ “Stereo Hearts" feat. Adam Levine[6][21] and organ on Cisco Adler’s “Classic” as well as the remix featuring Sammy Adams.[21][22]


Magic Giant performing in Tampa Bay, Florida in December 2017

In early 2014, Bisnow formed the Indie folk band MAGIC GIANT. Its singles "Set On Fire" charted top 30 on Billboard's Alternative chart,[23] #1 on KROQ's Locals Only and #4 on Spotify's US Viral 50[24][25][26] while its single, "Window" has charted top 40 on Billboard's Hot AC and Adult Pop charts.[27][28]

The band appeared on NBC's Today show with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month, where they performed live their hit "Set on Fire". The group was chosen as ALT 98.7's Artist in Residence and named by Rolling Stone as one of 10 New Artists You Need to Know.

The group has played festivals such as Firefly,[29] Electric Forest,[30] and Lightning in a Bottle[31] and toured with artists such as Mike Posner, The Revivalists, Beats Antique, Eric Hutchinson, and Atlas Genius. It was announced the band would be performing at Coachella and BottleRock in 2018.[32][33]

Get Well Soon TourEdit

In 2011, Bisnow teamed up with Grammy Award-winning producer Benny Blanco to create the non-profit Get Well Soon Tour, which aims to bring joy to children in hospitals through surprise visits from superstar musicians around the US.[10] Since their first visit with Justin Bieber on Valentine's Day, 2011,[34] the “tour” has brought artists like Bruno Mars, Pitbull, Britney Spears, John Legend, Selena Gomez, Diplo, Robin Thicke, FUN., and Maroon 5.[35][36][37][38][39] In 2013, Get Well Soon Tour got several patients backstage access at The Grammys to meet The Black Keys, B.O.B. and Miranda Lambert.[5]

Pitbull joins Get Well Soon Tour


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  2. ^ "IN-Q brings poetry to pop culture with concert also featuring Mike Posner, Magic Giant". Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  3. ^ "Poet IN-Q Headlines The Mark Taper Forum With Special Guest Mike Posner". The Source. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
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  7. ^ "An Exclusive Interview with Magic Giant". east of 8th. December 4, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
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  14. ^ "David Guetta". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  15. ^ Gus. "David Guetta "Dangerous" Pt 2 ft. Trey Songz, Chris Brown & Sam Martin - QUEER ME UP". QUEER ME UP. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  16. ^ "Social Music - Jon Batiste,Jon Batiste & Stay Human - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  17. ^ "24/Seven - Big Time Rush - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  18. ^ "The Colbert Report". Comedy Central. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  19. ^ Locker, Melissa. "Meet __Stephen Colbert's__ New *Late Show* Bandleader, __Jon Batiste__". HWD. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  20. ^ "BEAST Dominates Japan Oricon Chart for Third Time in a Row with New Single". Soompi. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  21. ^ a b "Austin Bisnow - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  22. ^ "Paul Oakenfold & Helen Hayes!". Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  23. ^ "Alternative Songs: Top Alternative Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  24. ^ "The World Famous KROQ". The World Famous KROQ. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  25. ^ Premiere, Exclusive. "Magic Giant's "Set on Fire" Video Takes You to the Desert: Exclusive". Fuse. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  26. ^ "Interview with Magic Giant". Black on the Canvas -Indie Music Blog. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  27. ^ "Songs By The Script, Clean Bandit, Magic Giant, Post Malone Enter Top 40 At Hot AC Radio". Headline Planet. December 10, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  28. ^ "Magic Giant". Billboard. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  29. ^ "Interview: Magic Giant embrace nature, recording in a Tree and going naked for a good cause". AXS. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  30. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 26, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  31. ^ "THE NEW ALT 105.3". THE NEW ALT 105.3. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  32. ^ "Beyond the Headliners: Here Are 10 Awesome Bands Playing Coachella 2018". Billboard. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  33. ^ "BottleRock Napa lineup announced: It's epic and you'll want to be there". The Mercury News. January 8, 2018. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  34. ^ "Riot.House » Production, Creative Marketing, and Experiencial Design » Get Well Soon Tour – Justin Bieber". Riot.House. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  35. ^ "About CHLA Blog". CHLA. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  36. ^ "Caroline's Success Story". Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  37. ^ "Diplo and Selena Gomez Hustling Kindness as Shoe Fairies". Hustle Kindness Shop. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  38. ^ "A Legendary Visit". Archived from the original on February 9, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  39. ^ Alexandra Capotorto. "Fun. Visit Children's Hospital". PopCrush. Retrieved March 3, 2019.

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