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Jho Dwild Electic Violinist on Realising his Dream

25 Dec

What has brought you to Koh Phangan?
I discovered Koh Phangan from a friend in Paris who was doing some meditation and I was really interested in this so he said we could practice meditation together in Koh Phangan. So a few months later I joined him here in March/April.

After my meditation course I started to party a little bit and in my meditation I had asked to play on full moon in a nice place for nice people, in just one week I had a trial in Simiram and that’s the way I got to play full moon in April at Simiram.

This was also the way I met all the most popular djs here so I was happy to play with them and improvise on the sets. They suggested for me to come back to the island and spend more time to up my game, they told me this was the place where with a violin I could give something more to the parties so they invited me to come and stay longer.

When I went back to Europe in April I tried to work and continue what I was doing there but I was not feeling so good so I planned to travel but didn’t know where. My friends said ‘why don’t you come back to Phangan? It will be nice’.

I was checking all my plans and realised that it was best for me to come back to Koh Phangan because some people told me I could play in their establishment and more regularly.

I have been back for one month, I left just one week after the terrorist attack in paris, for one week I was not feeling good so it was a big breath of fresh air for me to arrive here.

When I arrived I was happy to leave all that and to start thinking about spiritually, health and sharing a good mood and happiness with the music.

There are many djs and venues who are contacting me as the season is starting and I am happy to continue to follow and realise a dream I had as a kid.

How did you get into music?

I was born and grew up in a musical atmosphere, my mum is a piano teacher and my dad used to play a few different instruments, violin as well. I wanted to do it ‘like daddy’ so aged three I asked for a violin but because I was young my parents thought it was just a ‘caprice’.

At four my grandmother offered me a small violin and that’s the way I started, playing in the conservatory where my mum was teaching in New Caledonia.

Has it always been the violin and what is special for you about this instrument?
I was impressed with the instrument as you don’t have a proper note. On guitar, piano and on all instruments, you touch and you have a sound. I remember as a kid it was a magical instrument as you never know where you would put the finger and you needed to be a magician to touch the neck and make the note, so I wanted to try because all the other instruments looked easy to learn and play.

What got you started playing alongside electronic music?

The thing is I actually stopped playing the violin for fifteen years when I was a teenager, after these years I realised I missed something in my life, even with a piano and guitar I realised the violin is something special in my life.

I decided to restart the violin but in my way, not the classical and traditional way that my teacher and academy used to say was a good way to play the violin. I wanted to make it fun and more actual, so after playing with pop bands, pop rock and reggae bands I started thinking about playing with electronic music and knew it could be a real challenge.

I saw a saxophonist playing with house music and I realised I could play on electronic music. That was the way I started practising with a new sound effects and discussion that weren’t too classical, too rock or jazz, I found a way for a new violin expression on electronic music.

What have been your best gigs?
I don’t have one especially but I have really good memories about touring in different countries with different bands.

For me all of my favourite gigs were when everyone is happy and there is a good mood.

The full moon at Simiram was one of the best I had, the condition, the feeling to play with the quality of the sound and light, playing in front of the sea with all the people smiling and happy, it was really nice to play in these conditions.

When you see that all the things are organised to make people happy and the people give you back all the energy you gave to them.

What are you hoping for your music on Koh Phangan?

I wish to play more often in different venues where I can play a different style of electronic music. Music that can promote the dj I play with because there are really good djs here and I wish to create something with them as well.

I wish to share this music and promote this collaboration all over the world and to let people know that it comes from Koh Phangan.

Where can we see you play at the moment?
I will try to organise shows and performances at places like Infinity, Merkaba, KU Club and Simiram for new year’s eve and the russian new year.

I also wish to play and give emotions at the main biggest parties here like Half Moon, Jungle Experience, Maya, Guy’s bar, Eden and Waterfall Party, but even in smaller clubs, restaurants or hostel like Anantara with a more chilled atmosphere.

And before leaving the island I wish to perform with Trance music as well.

What do you enjoy about Phangan in your free time?

I enjoy my house in the jungle ! I like to visit friends, go to parties at Ban Sabai, eating at the markets and having fun on the beach.
But I don’t have so much free time as practising violin is a real investment in my life.

Music is my passion, my first love!

What is your life philosophy?
Limits are creation of the mind so, impossible is nothing, Live the moment present, make your life a dream and this dream your reality.


 

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