How often do you catch yourself focusing on the moment like that… And how often are you on auto-pilot?
“My overall message is to pay attention to what surrounds you. People, buildings, nature, the sky...
I play music on the streets and it's interesting to observe people and notice how they look around: the stressed ones look at the pavement, others look at the sky and take it all in... In fact, when you look at the sky, your problems are nothing. Even if you think your problems are covering you, the sky covers your problems!
When I play, I focus on those who stare at me to connect over my music rather than just see me, because they are in the present.
I reached a turning point two years ago after quitting my studies in Italy to come here, focus on music and discover my artistic self.
After having had a rough patch, I started to see life as a roller coaster. Imagine you run in a field and fall in a black hole: you have to discover what's around you in the dark and find the tools to climb back up.
It doesn't mean you can never fall in another hole again, it's a continuum, but at least you have the tools.
Since happiness is beautiful but not constant, you need those flows to appreciate it through contrasts, and for me as a writer, to have something to write about.
I want my music to reflect that. I also see it as a sort of meditation because when I play, I tend to be elsewhere, in another state of mind, focused on the performance, attuned.
I originally challenged myself to perform on the streets because I was afraid of people’s opinions, so I decided to play every day until I’d stop caring. I noticed that the more confident I was playing the exact same songs, the more successful I would be. That’s why I think looking inward is so important for an artist.