Sonntag, 25. November 2018

Strength and Creativity




Creating art is an intense process. No matter what your medium of your intent may be, you always come to a certain point when doubt tires to get the best of you. When fear temporarily obscures the core of your work. This fear is a beast with many heads, and it is all to easy to give in to its temptations.

Its most common form seems to be the fear of being judged. While creating something, you are in a safe area. It is just between you and your creation. But once you give that creation to the world, a lot of pressure arises. You begin to question the very creation that is so close to your heart, due to every minor thing someone has said, might say or will never say somewhere on the internet. 

And at this point you have to make a decision: do you want to give the opinions of others power over you? Do you want to spend your time feeling butthurt because someone has hurt your ego?
Or are you up to the challenge to rise above your insecurities and create art that truly comes from the heart? Are you going to be loyal to your ideals when facing Nigredo?

It most certainly takes commitment and self-discipline, even more so when facing adversity. It is my conviction that when you know deep down inside why you are doing what you are doing, no enemy can stop you. The biggest enemy one has to face lies within.
 Make him your friend, and your vision shall prosper.

Sonntag, 11. November 2018

11/11/11

The Thousandfold Epicentre by The Devil‘s Blood was unleashed upon the world exactly 7 years ago. Being a juxtaposition of love and death, the music takes you to orgasmic extasy in one moment and in its grim conclusion throws you into a deep abyss filled with the serpents of chaos.
Once the grandiose music has lured you in, there is no way of escaping the existential terror that lies beneath its surface.

It is a very dangerous album. Not for the obvious reasons, but because it actually tells you something.


Montag, 8. Oktober 2018

Gazing



March 2018, taken by the remarkably talented eon.noir during the photoshoot for "Feel the Fire".

Montag, 3. September 2018

Inside


September 2009, taken during the very first Path of Samsara live performance.


At this place in time, I was in a state of emotional turmoil. Not too long ago, my mother had died of cancer after eight years of struggle. It hit me hard, with a storm of emotions all around me. The only way for me to find relief was to channel them into music.

Creating art is a painful, yet ultimately liberating process. You have to go to the deepest depths of your being and look at the parts of the self that you normally hide from the world. Deep down, where demons and angels alike reside. You journey to your own private underworld, looking straight into an endless abyss. Once you have returned, the task is to forge something solid out of the subconscious fragments you have collected. 
There is nothing glamorous about creating art. If you wish to conquer pain, you need to have the willingness to look it straight in the eye. You make yourself quite vulnerable when you share your innermost feelings with the world. Some people may be genuinely moved by your work, while others  spare no effort to put it down. 
Only you can know why you‘re doing what you‘re doing. That seems to be the hardest part of being creative for many people, and yet the answer is with you all along. Be honest with yourself.
 It is all inside.

Back in September 2009 I promised myself to always create art that is a honest reflection of who I am. There where phases in my life where this promise has led to some difficult decisions. 
Honesty isn‘t glamorous. Risk all to gain nothing, and in return lose everything.
And when everything seems to be lost, a long lost sense of freedom kicks in.

I want to thank you, dear reader, for taking the time to read through this rather personal Blog entry.
It means more to me than I can tell you.




Freitag, 31. August 2018

Strength and Creativity

Creating art is an intense process. No matter what your medium of your intent may be, you always come to a certain point when doubt ti...