"If you dare to make, this can release a lot that is beautiful. Don't be afraid to make something ugly."
- Quartus Vlak
Dare to make
Quartus: ‘Daring, that means trusting in something. In yourself, that you can do it and that you’re allowed to try it. Do you think your idea makes no sense? It does make sense. If you dare to make, this can release a lot that is beautiful. Don’t be afraid to make something ugly. Just try making, without judging. I’m now in the third year of Musician 3.0, where we have to make something each week. Creating for the sake of creating. It makes me very happy.’
Stefan: ‘Dare to make, for me that means making sure you’re not constrained by boundaries and style. I don’t see myself as a jazz, rock or hip-hop drummer. The conservatory teaches in different styles. Here, I’ve played in an opera, a classical orchestra and a jazz ensemble. Now I'm working on my own band project, where I try to combine everything I love in terms of music – without the style or band members being fixed. If I want to add a poet or an artist, we ask them. Be limitless! Don’t think in styles and boxes.’
Dare to surprise
Quartus: ‘In Musician 3.0 we do a lot of improvisation. We learn to come up with things ourselves in the moment and to work with sound. That can produce some surprising music – especially if you work with other people who have a different view of music. For example, I can play very unorthodox parts. That individuality and authenticity is highly valued within the programme. You can be yourself here and look for your own voice.’
Stefan: ‘There’s been a lot of experimentation in the history of drumming. I try to be myself, and to look for new style influences, such as suddenly throwing a huge swing solo into a rock song. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But it’s a way of surprising my audience. Like Quartus. Do I ever surprise myself? Absolutely! The other day, I was a percussionist at a piano concert by a friend of mine. He’s a classical pianist. I never thought we’d be together on the same stage.’