“In those short moments when I’m creating, performing or even just improvising with music I feel like I can stop time and be where I belong for a while. It’s where I know I can get the most out of my imagination.”
„For me, music is a way of living, expressing and reflecting. It’s a way of coping as well. It’s not a once a day thing, so it’s present all day all night… And how it started? I have visions of my early childhood begging my uncle to give me his Çifteli (traditional Albanian instrument). And then I remember my father gifting me a piano. I also sang a lot at my cousins studio in Kosovo.”
„I started playing the piano when I was six and I haven’t really stopped since. It was always something that felt mine and made me happy. I could’ve studied anything or been anyone now that I think about it, I was always very good at school. So people often ask me why music? Why the piano? And I don’t really have an answer to be honest. If I could give you a reason, if I could tell you exactly why… Well, it wouldn’t really be love, now would it?”
“When I started playing the guitar in primary school, it was like discovering a whole new universe. It was a world where I learnt how to express my deepest emotions and to understand who I really am. I can’t imagine life without music because, as once Albert Einstein said: ‘I often think in music, I live my daydreams in music, I see my life in terms of music.'”
“It reshapes, purifies, restores and flows. It makes me more than I make it. It allows me to be a temporary vessel that passes through its various hues.
It doesn’t really begin at a sharply outlined point. If you are a well functioning wire, electricity will pass through. We can realise we are the wire and decorate the conscious realisation as much as we want but it’s as simple as – you either got it or you don’t.”
“It’s a soundtrack that backbeats the repetitive dullness of everyday life. I love movies that incorporate music to turn a mild scene into a nonforfeitable music video-esque piece of audio-visual art. The music I listen to and the music I play contrasts everything I do on a daily basis, whether it’s cleaning the dishes, going to the gym, solving physics problems or just chilling with my girlfriend on a damp rainy day. It just sets the mood for everything.
Like with everyone, it started in early childhood. My dad used to play music on the radio for me and my brother every morning before school. Mondays to Fridays was rock, pop. disco, funk, soul; Saturdays was jazz and Sundays was classical music. This way I got a big whiff of all kinds of music that would inspire me and guide my musical tastes in adulthood.”
“(Rock) music is probably the greatest passion in my life and my primary hobby, ever since I was 6-7 years old. Somewhere in the late 80’s of the past century, my father bought me a small children’s piano. My grandmother then used to sing to me and as she did, I immediately was able to play the melody on the little piano – that is how it all began.
Later, in my early teens I discovered The Beatles, switched to electric guitar and haven’t touched the piano ever since.
In short, music has been acting as the main exhaust valve for all frustrations, stress and anxieties I may have had in my life, being converted into creative energy.”