Magenta are a Welsh progressive rock band formed in 1999 by ex-Cyan member Rob Reed. Although heavily influenced by progressive rock, Reed is a professional songwriter and has done many other projects for both film and television. His influences include artists such as Renaissance, Genesis, Yes, The Eurythmics, Mike Oldfield, and Bjork.
In late 1999, Reed started writing for what would become Magenta's 2001 debut, Revolutions. Reed wanted to do something new, bigger and more conceptual. "Current prog bands are always scared and shy about admitting the influences of the great bands of the 70's, and I wanted to come clean and admit and celebrate those influences, and hopefully create something as worthwhile as those classic bands" said Reed. "To do this, all I had to do was to give priority to melody rather than technical showmanship, something I have always tried to do with all my work."
Between 2001 and 2020, Magenta have been incredibly prolific and award-winning. They have released 13 studio albums, 6 EPs, 7 live albums, and 6 DVDs. Critical acclaim has come on numerous occasions from Classic Rock Society, Metal Hammer, Hungarian Prog Society, and Italian Prog Awards.
On Progarchives.com, Iván Melgar-Morey described Magenta as “a new alternative for those of us who want to listen a good progressive band that is not afraid to create wonderful music using the influence from the musical heroes of our youth with great class and a great production… the true colour of progressive rock."
Current band members are:
- Christina Booth (Lead Vocals)
- Rob Reed (Keyboards & Backing Vocals)
- Chris Fry (Guitars & Backing Vocals)
- Dan Nelson (Bass)
- 'Jiffy' Griffiths (Drums)