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hand that is presented to you because you don’t want to fall. Scott Kid was a sort of protective suit that I found on the base of the jungle floor, where no tiger or snake or spider could touch me, because this suit made me invisible. I feel I have finally reached the end of the jungle, and I was finally able to take off that suit. But what do I see lying ahead just beyond this beautiful meadow of paradise? Another jungle. This time I have the confidence and faith and patience to know how to get to the other side. As someone who’s been both in the spotlight and behind it in the shadows, what are the best and worst of each?  Would you change either experience in any way? It’s great that you use the word Shadows, because in order to make shadows, we need both the light and the dark. There is no other way. As a young artist you don’t know what you want. You know you want to create and that you love to create, as a constant. At first, you think that in order to be validated as an artist, that you need to be in the spotlight, which is completely natural. You feel that your success relies upon how many people know your work and who you are. These days we can say how many “YouTube hits” or “magazine covers” etc ,etc. You feel that if not many people know about you, or you’re not “famous”, then you’re not a very good artist. I guarantee you that every single day, one or more artists stop creating because they feel as if they are wasting their time, or they feel as if they have not “made it” yet. This is the problem with how things are today. I don’t want to be a cynic and say “problems problems with society today, and the recession and blah.” Not what I am getting at. I am saying that it is a tragedy that young artists are giving up so early and feel like they have to just get a stable job and go with the system. We would be graced with millions and millions more beautiful songs and paintings and words if people had the faith to endure. To me there is not much good about being in the spotlight. I battle with it every day. The very things that I love to do and make a living doing, are forced to be in the spotlight. Now some people crave it, and I am sure will condemn me for saying these things. But I love what I do. At the moment, I will not sacrifice what I do in order to stay in the shadows. I do not like the spotlight. I never have. That is my nature. But you see, my nature is also to express. With expression there comes a responsibility. It would be entirely self-indulgent to write poems and keep them in your drawer. I feel like it is our duty to share the things we express. To complete your question, I could be entirely happy working on a farm as an unknown 84 www.fourculture.com || ISSUE ISSUENINE SEVEN

being; just so long as I can read my poetry to my family at the dinner table at the end of the day. In this day and age when music is so closely tied to image, do you think the world places too much of the focus on the image part? How do you go about showing the image without losing the music?   What is image? What does it mean? What significance does it have? People tell me time and time again, so called professional people, that image is everything. That is the trouble with how it is right now. People think more about how they are going to present themselves and their image, most of the time this is before they have even written a note of music. This is not everyone. I am just saying as to what I observe on an average, which I don’t observe too much at all. Again, I don’t want to sound like that guy, because I am not. But as a whole, we really need to start putting the emphasis back on the quality of the art and what is being said. I fear that the young generation is only being exposed to what is currently going on right now, and unless we keep the artists and poets from the past relevant, we are going to start to see a slow change in the quality of the work, which I think is the quiet elephant in the room that everybody sees the silhouette of but nobody wants to address. I think that there are people creating brilliant and influential work today, don’t get me wrong. But if we look at the whole, at planet earth from space, we will see on overall average of what our generation values today. I don’t believe I have an image. There are things that I see and colors and impressions that I see and hear within and around the music and what I want to express. I try to convey that feeling in the little artwork and pictures that I have (which is a very new thing). But it’s always and only trying to convey the feeling of the music, not an image. I have only done one photo shoot, and it may be the only one I ever do. The only reason I did it is because I felt it was kismet. A brilliant photographer by the name of Doug Seymour contacted me because the music spoke to him in a pure way. It wasn’t about him wanting to work with me. It was because the music spoke to him. We developed a friendship because of that, and over six months later, it just felt right that we do a shoot together to be able to have for certain features (like this one) that present themselves. He is the only one I have ever trusted in that he gets why I am doing this and he gets the feeling of what the project is about, which I feel like he captured beautifully. You see the pictures here. Doug is a true artist and if you haven’t checked out his work, you need to. I have no doubt he will be one of our generations

Fourculture issue 9  
Fourculture issue 9  

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