1. Cru cru Avatari, super nice to have the chance to chat with you. First and foremost what got you into music?
Nice chatting with you as well. I’d say I was born into it. For one, I grew up in a very musical family. My dad is a guitarist and there was music all around me from very early on. I also got to see a lot of the greats (The Stones, Prince, Bowie etc) when I was little, and it left and indelible impression of “that’s what I want to do.” And then as far back as I remember I loved music and performing. When I saw guys like Michael Jackson and Little Richard I wanted to learning their songs and their moves and then I’d want to reproduce them. I sang Tutti Frutti at my first grade talent show.
2. What is "Holidaze" and why does it sound so epic?
Thank you for the kind words. Holidaze came out of a challenge from a friend to write a holiday song. I wasn’t sure I had one in me, but when I actually went into the writing room I heard a little voice that said “just write your holiday song.” And what came out was Holidaze. Which I think is not your typical holiday song. It’s sort of about the other side of the Holidaze. The part that is really hard - the suffering, the sadness, the pain - although the core message is one of hope that there’s always the chance to come home for the holidays.
3. What's your top 3 indie rock albums of all time?
Fun question. Ok, in no specific order: 1) Arcade Fire - Funeral 2) The Strokes - Is This It? 3) St. Vincent - St. Vincent
4. What’s the best advice you ever gave?
I try not to give too much advice. Just share my experience of things I’ve been through and what’s worked for me. But I’d say my favorite pieces of advice (or experience) as it pertains to my career in music are 1) never give up on your dream 2) you don’t have to do it alone (find your people) 3) focus on giving love and value and let everything else sort itself out
5. How is your experience as an indie artist going?
Amazing. Hard. Challenging. But over, amazing. I thank my stars every day that I get to do this.
6. Who was playing on your headphones when you were growing up?
I grew up on classic rock - Led Zepplin, The Doors, The Stones. But I also loved West Coast Rap - Dr. Dre, Snoop, Tupac. And I also loved the grunge era. Nirvana, Pumpkins, Radiohead. All of it.
7. Who's your favorite artist from the indie pop scene?
I love Haim, Finneas, Maggie Rogers, Bleachers. Many more.
8. Do you consider yourself a music - nerd?
Yes and no. I’m a nerd because I love it. Deeply. I might now be so much of a nerd because it’s really a pure heart thing for me. Less about my brain. So I just try to listen to my heart in terms of what I’m interested in, what songs I like, what’s driving me as an artist. If that makes sense.
9. Could you recommend me your favorite indie movie?
Ooh tough one. There are so man. Maybe Trainspotting?
10. Do you agree with the Pigeon?
In "Holidaze" the guitar lines fly into the sky and turn into snowflakes. Avatari is not just a guy with a guitar on a Christmas Eve, as this inspiring song has its dark side. Unfortunately, Avatari firmly states that it's the poison of the people he loves, a rather relatable sentiment. However, this song with its sometimes icy lyrics warms your heart with its overcoming attitude and reinforces the idea that a home is not a place but the people who are closest to you. As well as being overwhelmingly emotional, "Holidaze" is also an epic and super catchy single! The track couldn't be more heartwarming and encourages us to apologize and make amends with others as soon as possible.
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