“Art is the greatest gift of mankind apart from love.”
Austrian artist Marcus Rieder alias AVAKADAVA‘s debut single „Schwarze Wände” is about the end of a love and that with all the pain you feel at the time, you can be sure that the wound will heal and that there will be a moment to reconcile with the past and just let go. Letting go is also one of the main themes of the follow up single “Zitroneneis”, which he just released along with a beautiful Super 8mm film video. An ode to the lightness of being, appreciation of the present moment and the beauty of life. In our interview he gives us an insight about the video shoot, how he developed passion for art and how to live in the moment and stop worrying.
Your new single ” Zitroneneis” is about letting go, and the beautiful feeling of living in the moment. It’s one of our favorite topics, so to speak, because even though it sounds so easy, it’s often difficult. Or is it not so difficult at all? How can one live in the moment and stop worrying?
It took me ages and I needed to experience a lot of dead ends, before I realized that the only way of living life to its fullest is by letting go of all expectations others project in you, coming clean with the past and merely just doing what you love. I managed to work all the stuff up and became overwhelmingly beautiful. I live happily in the moment because I take every step at a time, I believe in life, humanity and that everything will turn out the way it’s supposed to be. Everything happens for a reason, the key is to trust yourself, your guts and your heart.
I also think that the older you get, the harder it becomes to “let go.” The pile of responsibility gets bigger, etc. Is this “living in the here and now” perhaps simply a privilege of youth?
Living in the here and now is for sure one privilege of youth, but not exclusively and not to all of its extent. It’s quite easy to run around lightheadedly, obliviously, when you haven’t yet stood at one of the precipices of life staring into the abyss. The more experience one’s to gain in their life, the more you struggle, the more you love, and the more you loose, the more you learn that your only true choice is to let things go. Thus, I’d rather say letting go and appreciating what you have right here and right now, is a hard lesson hard achieved only after a considerable lifetime.
“The more experience one’s to gain in their life, the more you struggle, the more you love, and the more you loose, the more you learn that your only true choice is to let things go.”
Freedom is also an important issue for us. Somehow one has the feeling that in favor of security, freedoms are reduced over the years. Or is my train of thought a wrong approach and freedom is relative?
I had a lot of freedom in my early twenties but after graduating, trying to fit into the system, I lost all of that freedom, because I tried to fit in. The perceived security of some kind of soothing routines and relative wealth felt good for a while. But something inside me wanted a radical change back to the feeling of freedom and breaking out of my comfort zone.
Freedom is a relative concept which everybody perceives differently. For me freedom is about letting go of conventions, of fear and doubts and leaving the comfort zone whenever you can.
The video is beautiful, where exactly in Italy was it filmed?
Some scenes were filmed on a wild beach next to Bibione, others at the beach and in the city of Lignano.
Have you ever thought of singing in English?
Actually I used to write and sing my songs in English for 15 years. In 2020, the pandemic crisis caused somehow a change of my mind and I ended up writing and singing in German. AVAKADAVA is my first music project fully performed in German.
“For me freedom is about letting go of conventions, of fear and doubts and leaving the comfort zone whenever you can.”
One can see in all your works the love for art. And that you see art as something deeper to express. What sparked your love for art?
For me, art is the greatest gift of mankind apart from love. Art lets you express your soul, connects you to the world on a deeper level and grants you access to your deepest emotions. My love for art got sparked when I obtained my first guitar – from that moment on I fell in love with music and poetry, what developed further into a passion for photography, design, and painting. Art is for me the most important thing in life.
You were born and raised in Salzburg, where do you currently live? I could not figure that out ☺
I was born in Salzburg, raised in different places and ended up in London. Four years ago I spent a summer back in Austria. That was when something caught me and made me stay. Currently I play between Vienna and Salzburg.
What is something that you really miss from your childhood?
I miss the feeling that days are endless, time is limitless and not knowing how rough life can get.
How perfectionistic are you?
Uhh, now you caught me. I’m super perfectionistic, like, I’m the one to always walk the extra mile, to constantly put the extra 10% in everything I do.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years – or are you really just living in the moment ☺ ?
I see myself in 10 years still living in the moment, preferably in a house on a beach somewhere warm and far away.