I’m my own artist, and I see artists as movies. No one should try to change them for anything. If you don’t like it, you just don’t follow it. And if you don’t like a movie you don’t watch it. Watch another movie. (Zedd)
A few weeks ago, somehow, I got the chance to be part of the organization team at Electric Castle. Incredibly enthusiastic, I circled the artists I wanted to see perform live on my festival skedule. Somehow, I made a mark around Anton Zaslavski’s stage name, Zedd. And in that moment, when he jumped on the stage, something made a click inside me.
I never ever had a celebrity crush and I won’t ever have. I see it as a hopeless desire, an obsession that just consumes your time. It makes you get absorbed into somebody else’s life, instead of focusing on your own developing process as a human being. You get sucked into the image they created or in the frame created by somebody else’s personal filters and own perceptions. You don’t really know that person, never forget that. And the chances to actually meet them is incredibly small.
The reason I am writing this is that I want to express my appreciation for people like Zedd. I haven’t seen in a while a person who has such a radiant energy, who glows when he’s doing his job. I haven’t been inspired by someone in such a long time, but seeing him, his dedication and passion, made distant pieces inside me connect. I have never seen in my life an artist who responds just as excited as he probably was for the first time when he gets asked the same questions; someone who knows what his goal is and works his ass off every day, staying hours in his studio or making unbelievable tours just to perform for his fans. Someone who didn’t get absorbed into the fame he has, who still puts his music and the process of creating a song above everything.
I would love to see more people like him, who put effort into their own person, success, who never settle for less than they deserve. People who don’t give up until the entire world hears their songs, watch their works of art or read their articles. I don’t know. Think about how many things you could do day by day instead of staying in the same place, with the same people. You could get on a train, in a car, or anything that will take you to somewhere new. Maybe you’ll meet someone who will tell you another side of the story you thought you knew all these years. I see my friends freaking out by the fact that they will be moving alone, in foreign places, during university, but that is the entire point of it. To get out there. To give something to other people, something they will remember years from now.
I would love to have the strength he made me think he has, in a few years: to still be able to work from passion, not for money or fame. It is currently 4:21 am in Romania. I finished this work of art. I have never tried painting like this, in a surreal manner.
Even though I felt quite weird writing this post, because I never write about celebrities that I have never spoken or interact directly to, I got a bit inspired by this musician and wanted to share my appreciation for people like him. I had my moment of clarity, now it’s your time.