Curator: Nina De Koning
“I wish people would read more. Reading and writing are basically things I’ve done ever since I was old enough to do them. They have always helped me to understand things more, to understand life more. An author I have always been highly interested in is Sylvia Plath. She was a poet and writer that committed suicide after enduring years and years of extreme depression.
I read all of her poems (even used one of them in a track that is yet to be released) and now I am re-reading her novel ‘The Bell Jar’, which mainly focuses on the topic of depression. What I am gaining from re-reading her book is a sense of peace and support. I have been struggling with depression myself for quite some years now and because of the book I don’t feel alone in my battle anymore.
And yes, of course I can also watch a movie, tv series or documentary- I can even listen to a song to feel understood or educated. But it is in reading that I feel is the only way I can truly lose myself and let my imagination run it’s course. In my own way, I can identify myself with a character and find answers to questions I’m actually dealing with in my own life. It’s just a pity that every year there is a reduction in the amount of reading done by people my own age. Do we really find the Kardashians more interesting than Charles Bukowski or Nick Hornby?
Now you might think: what has this rant about reading and novels have to do with the music? Well, that’s an easy one for me to answer. To me podcasts are also like personal stories. So whenever I create a podcast, every song to me is like a chapter. It is always about trying to recreate that feeling I get when I am reading a good novel or play. I want my listener to lose themselves in the podcasts that I create, or in the music that I play at clubs.
So there you go: enjoy this “story”. And please don’t forget to occasionally open up a book. ”