Issue 105

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Describe yourself using 3 words. Never give up. Where are you based right now? I was based in Germany for the past 4-5 years, but originally I am from California. The weather is absolutely great there and Germany was contradicting that quality of life for me, therefore I am relocating back to LA - which fits better with my next projects. You've done fashion, you've done art, you've done charity work. So why music? And why now? Because music is the dream that has been haunting me... but I always dismissed it until now because everyone wants to be a rock star. Why now? It's more like, it's been a long way home... What do you bring that's special? I have been on my own since age 16 when I was forced to raise myself, and that is when I discovered what is special about me. I can turn things around, just when it seems like there is no turning point anymore, by being deadly serious about completing my task - because otherwise I have nothing to fall back on. Let's talk about your latest single, 'Scars' - does the song depict a specific time in your life? Yes, it depicts my journey in breaking through all the resistance that I faced in coming to develop my artist self and creative expression - with my childhood at the heart of it. We all know it's a challenge to make a living from being an artist in this world- and the challenge of breaking into the industry is even greater. To add to all those challenges, my dad had to be one of those people who thinks that every artist is broke and starving, and so he fought my artistic side as much as possible - to a point where I was drawing underneath my bed - because I just couldn't stop drawing... but to some extent he managed to get me away from art for a while... Tell us about the inspiration behind the gnarly music video for 'Scars'? I usually look for the right alchemy in anything I am doing. I know once I have the right alchemy, it is just a matter of creating the atmosphere for this alchemy to take form and be able to capture it as it is unfolding. Therefore in my cast, I don't look for an act, I look for the real emotion behind the person. I am almost able to sense what is hidden behind their character, and that which has not been brought out yet. I have almost mastered directing without having a set direction, but instead of having a set intention and a vision to bring to life. This video is raw - an explosion of emotions. Because when we believe in pain, we end up empowering our weakness and fears. Part of my journey to break out of pain was to face the ugly and dark and uncontrollable aspect of pain, when it gets hold of an individual. You have a new form of vocal instrumentation called 'Alien-Rap'. How did you first discover that you could do it?! I was born weird. I remember speaking an alien language from when I was a child - and drawing worlds that were never seen before. My father found this alarming rather than creative. He found it really scary and felt like he needed to save me from my art, therefore I suppressed it for a long time - and rediscovered it on my travels, through hanging out with different cultures, tribes, and musicians, and developing my vocal talents. So what is your least and most favourite thing about the music industry? I feel like it's an industry after all... art is the packaging and the rest is like the rest - finances are the bottom line - therefore you end up robbing the soul from the main support of the soul in our society, which is music. So what ideas changed your life? That everyone around me is a reflection of myself and that money is an idea. What would you do to make the world a better place? Continue on the journey of living my truth, no matter what, and hoping to inspire others to do so 1as well. If we managed to get 5% of the world to do that, I believe the world would transform the next day. What would you fill a swimming pool with, if it could be anything? Currently my pool is filled with salt water, and I like it this way but if I could fill it with anything, that would be peace, love and eternal youth. Is there anything weird and wonderful that you can tell us about yourself that might surprise our readers? I sometimes get up in the middle of the night and start walking the city when everyone is asleep, finally crashing on the beach for sunrise - or frequently ending up in my neighbour's house. So if you ever run into me sleep walking, you know I am just dreaming the next idea... What can we expect from Dardelica in 2018? What will the live show be like? The show is going to take people back to church. It's going to be the first musical performed by everyone attending the show. No one should feel left out or too far away from stage... 2017 / ISSUE 105 47 Johny Dar may not be a household name in the world of music quite yet, but with 2018 set to be the year of Dardelica, his upcoming album, there's a powerful force coming to the music scene, and it is one to be reckoned with. Dar's work in art and fashion has been featured on the glossy pages of Vogue and strutted on the NYC catwalk. But Dar has more to give and with his debut LP Dardelica coming out next year we chat with the man behind all the hype. follow @JohnyDar INDIE Serena Bhardwaj | Guestlist " PART OF MY JOURNEY TO BREAK OUT OF PAIN WAS TO FACE THE UGLY AND DARK AND UNCONTROLLABLE ASPECT OF PAIN. "

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