I was interviewed for the Inspire-view Series by Cherrise Boucher, which was a really fun session and also made me think about my on own journey from different angles. It made me cut through my experience as an artist. Hardships, cycles, what has helped me when I needed inspiration. And also what I've learned.
By this link you can sign up for the whole series but I thought to share you the video in Youtube so you can follow ahead.
I am talking also a bit about what I consider to be free voice and what are it's main principles. And this is just what I have come to notice by my own experience and insight. Really my view of technique is very simplified yet complex in the context of presence. I feel that everything revolves around two things: Grounding and Letting Go. Those are the big themes that then expand to living universums of life and body experience.
I played my very first "real" solo concert in 2010, which was a release concert for From the Shelf-album, which was a first today, if not counting the demo-experimentals I've done before that (playing our de-tuned piano in my room and burning CD's with the computer - actually my first "CD" was made when I was about 15 and it was kinda a final work we did in school, where you could decide what you wanted to create. It had 5 songs and one of them was my own. The deck was handmade. RARE). And I was really really really inspired and passionate about the songs I did. I was crazy about hammering the piano and singing. It was like the coolest shit ever.
So I guess you could say I was really grounded in what I was doing. It's not like my voice hasn't developed through the years or my view of "technique", but the expression grounded me, it grounded the songs. The songs were very familiar to me but I was able to "live" inside of them. There's breath and there's playfulness and there's improvisation and there's conversation. Those things are dear value to me.
What inspired me was other artists rocking their organs (You know, organs like….kidneys and organs like…organs?!?!). It's like - your light inspires other's light. The art is a gift to the world, zapping around people with the electric forces and making them inspired to create. Inspiration is like karma - it goes revolving around!
It's kind of really important to be interested in what you're doing. If there's no heart connection to your work so it might be harder to really rock it on stage or studio. I am not really interested does it go right or if I play every right note or if I sing flawlessly. To make any kind of an impact as an artist in the world there kinda needs to be an inspiration to the work.
That's why I wanted to share the live recording of that concert in 2010. It's not like I can say it inspires you, it might make you wanna throw up. It's not like red wine is for everyone. But it's free for you to download, listen, what ever you feel like. Be my guest.