Hello, how are you?
Fine, can’t complain! I am privileged to feel healthy.
Where are you right now?
I’m sitting on a black sofa in my room in Vienna.
Which sounds surround you?
I hear the the curtain blowing in the wind. It’s quite quiet and calm in Vienna; these days even more so.
Have you been productive so far? What are you working on?
I tried to redefine the meaning of being productive. The lockdown was a good time to reflect on my life. Now, being productive is associated more with self-care and caring for others rather than getting things done.
Music-wise, I’m working on some new productions, a new music video, 2 albums that are almost finished, and 2 new partnerships with artists whom I admire but never had the time to collaborate.
What inspires you right now?
My senses, daydreaming, talking with friends and biking.
Reading material you can recommend?
“The Cost of Living” by Deborah Levy
“Kunst und Antikunst, 24 literarische Analysen” by Susan Sontag
KAMILHAN, il y a péril en la demeure by Grischa Lichtenberger
Chemical Flowers by Helm
Realejo by Manuel Pessoa de Lima
Simulacrum by Aho Ssan
Parallel Persia Remixes by Sote, Mark Fell and Rashad Becker
EP0001 by Seven Orbits Persian Side of Jazz by Mahan Mirarab
Pend by Temp-Illusion
Simian Angel by Oren Ambarchi
Girl With Basket of Fruit by Xiu Xiu
Nocebo by 9T Antiope
My favourite movies made between 2010-2018:
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2018)
Sie ist der andere Blick (2018)
Sleep has her house (2017)
Florida Project (2017)
Slack bay (2016)
The death of Louis XIV (2016)
The Assassin (2015)
Das merkwürdige Kätzchen (2013)
Stranger by the lake (2013)
Fish and cat (2013)
Holy Motors (2012)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
The loneliest Planet (2011)
The Turin Horse (2011)
Film Socialisme (2010)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
Series: Twin Peaks, P’tit Quinquin, Borgen, Top of the lake
“especially during this collective, global trauma, solo projects don’t fulfill my creative outlet”
What’s your opinion on live-streams? You see any alternative ways to support the music community?
We need to find sustainable and long term approaches to support our music ecosystem and to prepare ourselves for situations like now; live-streams are just a short-term bandage. We should strengthen the network among musicians working in different styles while connecting them to industry professionals and educators (Journalists, festival and concert organizers, labels and agencies, music educators, etc.). I believe we should create a platform where we can openly discuss political and cultural discourses related to our music industry and academia in Austria. To help the music community become more prepared for situations like now, we need to raise awareness on diversity and working conditions, encourage critical thinking, and search for practical solutions to existing problems. Right now is a great time to support collaborations between artists from different disciplines and create multidisciplinary platforms. Personally, I become more creative when I work with other artists; especially during this collective, global trauma, solo projects don’t fulfill my creative outlet.
What are you missing most? What are you afraid of?
I truly miss my family, traveling, festivals and dancing.
I’m afraid that I’m losing quality time with my beloved people who don’t live in the same city. I miss their energies, their laughter, and their smells. It annoys me that I can’t be there to support them in person.
What will change you think?
I think everything and nothing! I find it hopeful that people are becoming more politically active and reflect and write more about social issues. This is the best outcome from the current situation and I truly hope this awareness lasts beyond the pandemic.
Brian Eno in conversation with Yanis Varoufakis: Reflecting on our Post-Virus World | DiEM25 TV
What is the gig or occasion you were most looking for, that was cancelled in this period?
-Borderline Festival at Onassis Stegi in Athens
-Space 21 Residency, performance and sound installation at Hammam Mofti in Kurdistan
-Shape Showcase at Urvakan Festival in Yerevan
Are you still able to pay your rent?
I’m lucky that I have composition commissions and postproduction projects. Thanks to these opportunities, I can still pay my rent.