An Interview With Avatari
We just had a chat with Avatari about what roles music plays in culture, what he's most proud of, and more. Check it out!
TSWS: Hi AVATARI! Thanks for being here!
Hey thanks for having me!
TSWS: If you won the lottery, would you keep working in your current profession?
Avatari: I'd absolutely keep working in my current profession. I love music. It's in my heart, my bones, and my soul. I'm fortunate that a lot of the time, work doesn't feel like work for me. So no amount of money could make me want to stop playing. That being said, if I won the lottery, I'd probably hire someone (or a bunch of someones) to do the dirty work.
TSWS: How often do you set goals for yourself?
Avatari: Every day. Sometimes multiple times a day. Daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, yearly goals, and five-yearly goals. It's important for me to stay on track. And if I'm not super clear and current with my goals, I get distracted and lose my way. I had an acting teacher tell me once - "if you can't see your target, you'll never hit it." That stuck with me.
TSWS: What is something you think everyone should experience in their lifetime?
Avatari: Falling in love is the first thing that comes to mind. Finding someone that you can share everything with. The highs, the lows, the middles. I'm fortunate that I've found a life partner in my wife who's been through it all with me. Also, finding peace within yourself. It's a lifelong pursuit, and it's imperfect, but having those moments of true OK-ness with yourself - who you are, what you're doing, and where you're going. Music does that for me. When I'm playing music I feel completely at peace - tapped into something greater than just me. I wish for everyone to find their version of that.
TSWS: If you could live anywhere for a year, where would it be?
Avatari: Hmmm, there are a lot of places. Italy, Spain, Tahiti, Montana, Big Sur, Mexico, New Orleans, New York, Japan, Australia. Ok, I'm cheating. Maybe I just need to go on tour. But to answer your question, I've lived in cities my whole life. And I love city life. But I think I'd love to spend a year kind of off the grid. Somewhere I could disconnect from telephones, computers, and televisions for a little bit. Just connect with nature, and be quiet. And see what that would do to my mind and my vibration. I think it would be very cleansing.
TSWS: What role does music play in culture?
Avatari: Ideally - I think art and music in particular serve as a reflection back to society. Musicians say the things that aren't being said (or if they are, they say them in a way that can't be verbalized otherwise). Music is a particularly emotional art form I think. So music has the ability to project pure feelings. I think music has the potential to allow real catharsis. To relieve pain - to help grieve - to embody joy. Mostly, I think music is there to help bring people together. Past our perceived differences and limitations. That's why I miss live music so much. For me, my greatest communal experiences have been live concerts. Nothing has brought me closer to a large group of humans, than sharing amazing live music with them at a concert. I think the live concert industry is gonna boom once the vaccine is fully distributed.
TSWS: What have you been most proud of learning lately?
Avatari: I've been really proud of some of the experiences I've been having livestreaming with my fans. I have a private fan community called The Avatars, and I do a livestream for them every Sunday on Facebook. And although there's absolutely nothing that will ever replace live music - for me, live streaming has made the pandemic bearable. Being able to reach out and connect, hear their comments and what they're going through in life (their joys, their pains, their struggles), and then to be able to share back to them with what I'm going through. It's been a huge blessing. In some ways, having live music taken off the table has forced me (and a lot of artists) to find new ways to engage with my fans, and bring value to their lives. Kind of crazy, I never would've expected it.
TSWS: Please tell our readers where they can follow you!
Avatari: I'm active on most social media platforms:
But if you really want to connect a bit deeper, then follow this link to join my private fan community The Avatars:
TSWS: Thank you for your time!
Avatari: My pleasure! Thank you for supporting up and coming artists!
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