“Instead of pretending to be someone I’m not, I chose to play my own character, as boring or annoying as I might have been at times.”
A public figure, whose debut in the showbiz industry and the number of successful projects he has been involved in, very few of us remember, the lead singer for Vita de Vie Band is addressing important matters with the same blunt and straightforward attitude that we have always appreciated about him.
Special Interview by Cristian Iacobescu
First of all, as a social activist, what projects are you involved in and what are your goals related to them?
None. I don’t like politics and politicians, they have a negative effect on me and somehow they poison my soul with anger, so the further we are, the better. I don’t like anger, it’s destructive for me. It works for others, though…
You have been looked upon until now as a straight forward person, with strong principles. How do you think this affected your image and career?
Instead of pretending to be someone I’m not, I chose to play my own character, as boring or annoying as I might have been at times. It’s a killer on short terms, as most people fake it and don’t feel secure around non-fakers, but I’ve succeeded to walk my way through them. I had (and still have) great friends who stood by my side at times and never questioned my behavior. And on the long term, personality, attitude and stubbornness seem to be the right potion.
Regarding music, in your opinion, how can a band provide commercial, though still good quality music? Is the Romanian music industry making this approach harder, or is it only about the artists’ lack of potential?
The lack of potential is not an issue here, there’s huge talent and potential, the lack of self trust is. For artists, music is not the place you can pretend 100% of something you’ve only invested 20%. It’s the other way around. Invest 100% and hope for 20%.
You’ve opened for Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. Which other artist/band would you choose to open the concert for and why?
I’d rather meet the artists during their studio and writing sessions… that would interest me way more than performing on the same stage. There’s not much talking you can do while performing, you know?
What is missing from our music industry in 2016, in your opinion?
Some precious guiding. There seems to be a lack of talent and soul from today’s music, but that’s false. There are plenty of artists who create great music, it’s just you don’t get to hear them on the radio or see them on TV. Great music no longer gets to you, you have to search for it and some guidance would help, as the internet may be an infinite ocean. But some golden fishes still swim in it.
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