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Clara Venice: Profile + Interview

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Clara Venice: Interview

 

The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Innovation

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

I am a pop singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and style chameleon. I love music I love reading and talking about ideas. I love video games and technology. I love makeup and fashion, and every day I dress up as the different characters who live inside me. I love change – after all, change is the only constant in life, so I say embrace it and have fun.

Why do you do what you do?

I live the most creative life possible, in every way possible. I do what I do because from a young age I was encouraged to express myself, to explore and to experiment with everything from ideas to books to musical genres to fashion. I think being open to different possibilities is what makes life interesting, and I try to represent that on a daily basis, whether it’s performing, making dinner, or getting dressed.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

From the time I was 4 I wanted to be a performer, and that’s when I started making up my own songs and taking violin lessons. I always knew that I wanted to do something new and different, but I also love pop music. Everything came together for me when I discovered the theremin, one of the earliest electronic musical instruments and the only instrument that you play without touching it (in order to control it you wave your hands around its two antennas!) The theremin is known mostly as a sound effect and rarely heard in pop music, so when I combined my love of pop with these more obscure but supercool sounds it created something completely unique – and my current project was born!

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

As a musician and artist, I think the hardest challenge has always been to create something new in a world where it often feels like everything has been done. But this is a challenge worth pursuing because it’s the only way to push things forward. As my violin teacher always told me: to break the rules, first you have to learn them. And learning new things takes time and patience – especially the theremin, which they say is the hardest instrument in the world to play. Like most people I know, I’m very impatient, so that is huge challenge as well!

 

The thing is, even once you manage to overcome this first challenge and come up with something new, because you end up creating something people haven’t seen, it’s hard for the mainstream to accept what you are doing right away. So you need patience again, because in time it is artists who manage to stay true to their authentic course who are the ones who have the most profound impact.

 

I am so thankful for my family, friends, and fans who believed in me, who got my message from the beginning, and who have encouraged me work hard and focus on the one thing that is truly important: to make great art.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

I grew up – and still am - surrounded by people who do amazing things and follow their dreams.

 

In terms of inspiring others, the best part of my day is when people of all ages, from all over the world, reach out and tell me that they are inspired by me and my work. I’m also super happy to have a ton of young fans and followers, boys and girls, who love what I do and immediately sense that my project is real, authentic, and not something some marketing person has come up with to just sell more stuff. It’s actually been so wonderful to tour from city to city and meet these kids who are so smart, so interested, so open minded, and so excited by what I’m doing because it’s different but still fun. I’m convinced that they sense hype better than most grownups and really resent being bullshitted. Kids know when something is actually good.

 

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

I think the biggest mistake anyone can make is relying on other people to make their dreams happen. The fact is that no one, no matter what they say, is as concerned about you future as you are. So the only true mistake, I think, is sitting back and feeling entitled, believing that the world owes you something. Because it doesn’t! The most successful people I have ever met are still hustling every day, still working really hard to make things happen. Of course this means that you will inevitably try many things that don’t work out the way you want them to at the time, and I’ve certainly been there. But as long as I was taking action I don’t have any regrets because everything I’ve done has led me to where I am today, and those “mistakes” were really entry-points for learning.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

My first EP, “Love Riddle,” came out in October and now I’m working on a full-length album which I’m really excited about. I have some exciting shows coming up as well, including the Internet Cat Video Festival (!) and a very exciting project in Calgary in September. And my dream project, a web series based on my music and other adventures, is finally coming together and we start shooting later this summer! After that, my goal will be to do another tour and just keep collaborating with amazing artists and making more things!

 

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Stay weird.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Action makes the impossible possible.

 

Clara Venice: Profile

 

Full name

Clara Venice

Age

20-something

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Toronto, Canada

Where you live now? (city, country)

Downtown Toronto

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Mom is Russian born in Winnipeg; Dad is Scottish born in Victoria

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

One-girl electropop band

How long have you been doing it?

I’ve been making music my whole life

Fav Song

Life On Mars

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Bjork, Kanye West, Sia Furler, Beethoven, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Bat For Lashes, Drake

Fav Movie

The Science of Sleep

Fav Actor/Actress

Marilyn Monroe; Ryan Gosling

Fav Clothing brand

American Apparel

Fav Visual artist/photographer/videographer/Dancer/choreographer

Too many to mention, most are friends and collaborators

Fav Sport to watch

Pro Tennis

Fav Sport to play

Does Twister count?

 

 

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