How much do you think your environment has shaped you as an artist?
Wilf: I grew up in a village in Wales and lived there for 19 years, and to me it’s the place I will always call home and that gives me the most peace and serenity out of anywhere I can be. I think that comfortability and freedom definitely allowed me to express myself as much as possible when creating – I often find the times I can’t make music are when I am in a place and situation which isn’t relaxing for me. On top of that my parents played the music I still love to this day from when I was tiny – load of hip hop, jazz, soul – and my family are all musical, so that definitely shaped my ear and my love for music from a young age.
Filmadelyx: Hugely. I even think I have 2 versions of my self – the one that grew up in a decaying Eastern European country and a westernised one.
Growing up in one of the most depopulated towns (Vidin) in a country with a bad economic state and almost zero interest into the arts sector created a never leaving melancholy and suffocation inside of me. But I think it also taught me to be kind to other people because the world already looked so fucked up out there, why make it even worse. That’s why the work I do rarely focuses on the negative issues but tries to add something nice out there.
Aesthetically, living in a country full of old collapsing buildings and soviet blocks, I was forced to find some kind of beauty in it. Romanticising about the past is probably the easiest thing one can do in a city like Sofia for example, full of history but holding an unclear future.
Later in my life, when I moved to Western Europe, this feeling of suffocation disappeared – everything seemed easier to achieve than ever. Also I realised what I was doing had much bigger value and felt more appreciated. For the last 2 years I’ve been basically living in a suitcase and I feel like it’s just the beginning. It could be exhausting to lack the comfort and security of home but also it’s quite exciting to not settle down and keep collecting memories and ideas that later you can explore more deeply.
What do you think that an art form has to possess in order for it to be memorable and make people come back to it?
Wilf: A feeling. I think it’s as simple as that. That’s why art is so beautiful because it births a completely individual reaction to everyone who sees or hears it. It could be a feeling from the artist themselves too, if you can connect with who they are and the emotions they are conveying then you’ll wanna go back and understand that even more.
Filmadelyx: Recently, I found an interview between River Phoenix and Flea, the bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and one of Flea’s lines stuck in my mind:
‘You can never play a single note that it’s good if you don’t have lots of love in your heart for things that are pure and beautiful.’
And I think this is correct for any other artform. This kind of love for your craft, for the world, is most essential.
Then of course things like honesty, hard work and research would make the picture complete.
And the last thing would be teaming up – bringing lots of other people like you, madly in love with what they do to work on the same idea. This creates a beautiful environment where everyone stimulates each other. The final result will be remarkable.