An Interview With Avatari
We had the pleasure of speaking with Avatari once more and we learned quite a bit.
TSWS: Hi Avatari! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us!
Avatari: My pleasure thanks for having me!
TSWS: How do you feel the internet has impacted the music business?
Avatari: That's a big question. It's impacted everything. It's given every musician the opportunity to release music into the universe. And it's given indie musicians a chance to reach and connect with fans all across the world, that they never would've reached otherwise. It's also created a massive web of saturation. It can feel really chaotic and hard to pierce at times. Like how do you decipher what's good and what isn't? Which platforms do you use? Which blogs do you read? That being said, if you're willing to put in the time and do the work, as a musician, the internet is a revolutionary tool to reach potential fans, find community, and learn from the journeys of others.
TSWS: What made you want to become a musician?
Avatari: Since I was tiny, I've always loved music and I've wanted to get on stage and play it for others. I just love connecting with people in that way. I grew up around the music business so I got to go to a lot of concerts as a kid (The Rolling Stones, U2, Prince, Madonna, etc). When I saw Mick Jagger on stage for the first time, I said to myself "I want to do that." And when I heard Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, I said to myself "I want to do that." So anytime there was a chance to jump on stage as a kid - whether it was singing Tutti Frutti or performing my own version of Thriller - I did it.
TSWS: What do you like most about playing and creating music?
Avatari: I like the way it makes me feel. I like how it makes me feel connected to something greater. The barriers between me and other human beings evaporate. My mind gets quiet and extremely focused. And I feel like I'm living in my heart and my soul instead of in my head. That's the best feeling ever. I get a present. I'm not in the future or in the past. I'm right here right now. I'm not separate, I'm connected. At one.
TSWS: Tell us about your favorite performance in your career thus far!
Avatari: I'd say it was probably when I got to play the Outside Lands festival with my old band. It's an amazing festival which happens to take place in my home town - San Francisco - in Golden Gate Park. So lots of my friends and family showed up to support and celebrate, And we played the same day that Muse and the Black Keys played (two of my idols) and it felt great to essentially open up for those mega bands. There was definitely something special in the air about that day and that festival. It was a moment in time I'll never forget.
TSWS: What sets your music apart from others? What makes it unique?
Avatari: I think the message and the feeling it conveys. When I'm writing/playing my music, I'm attempting to share my deepest feelings. Feelings that are too deep and passionate and fiery and vulnerable and embarrassing to convey in any other medium but through a song. And the messages behind my music are about the things I value the most: finding inner peace and freedom, experiencing and giving complete and utter unconditional love, finding power and mastering your fears, smashing the walls of disconnection and loneliness in a world and society where it is so easy to feel isolated and disconnected and alone. That kind of stuff. These are universal topics, but I think I have my own take in the style that I write. Melody is the most important thing to me, so that's generally where I start. I tend to write anthems - shoot for the stars - because again, I'm trying to convey large feelings. I like listening to a song and thinking "yeah, I really poured my voice into that. That song came straight from my heart."
TSWS: What is the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you?
Avatari: "You've gotta follow your heart, and do what you love." I'd say it goes beyond music to life in general. This has been my path to happiness. The only way I can live without regrets is by constantly asking myself "Is this the right choice, deep down inside my heart." If I can look into the mirror and answer "yes" then I can sleep at night. For me, following my dream as a musician is a no brainer. It's what I love more than anything in the world (outside of my family and friends). And it feeds every aspect of who I am. If anyone is reading this, and music (or whatever you are passionate about) does the same thing for you, I suggest following the same piece of advice that was given to me - "follow your heart, and do what you love."
TSWS: Please tell our readers how they can stay up to date with you in 2021!
Avatari: The best way is to follow me on IG - https://www.instagram.com/
Follow me on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/
Subscribe on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/
And most importantly, join my mailing list - https://go.avatari.world/
TSWS: Thank you for your time!
Avatari: Thank you!
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