Mama's Mini-Interview with Sebastian Villmark

This artist forever changed the meaning of “cello solo” for me.

His cello has many voices and emotions, but just one mighty master—the cellist himself.

Let me introduce you to Sebastian Villmark.

1. When did you start making music?

I started playing the cello when I was 9 years old, back in 1996. Ever since my first day of having the instrument at home, I had a curiosity of knowing what it can do and I remember sitting for hours just having fun with it before I even knew how to play. Then I went through some intensive academic music learning processes and after some years growing up and acquiring more knowledge I started to "organize" what I always did in my spare time when I practiced the cello, which was to sit for hours and just improvise on random chords which sounded good to me from all the music I heard up until then.

2. What inspires you to make music?

I could give a long, profound, and philosophical answer but I think what in essence drives me to create is just a pure celebration of life itself with me being the intermediate through what Nature has built in itself already and the steps I take with my music into exploring the unknown.

3. Can you tell me a little bit about your process?

For me to be able to make my music such as I do at the present time, many circumstances had to come in place. The ups and downs of the inevitable journey, such as a turbulent adolescence and simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time which made me feel stuck in my life left their mark. I refer to these moments as the Italian prison, for having spent 13 years in Italy including all high school period and studying music at the Conservatory in Milan.

But now I have finally understood that no place is like home, the land I was born in, the mighty home of Dracula himself and the wild Carpathian forests of Romania. They have contributed a great deal in inspiring me from all folklore history to the themes I choose when I play my music. They are present in my blood and I can only learn how to speak the language of my music from this peculiar combination of experiences whether it's from an ancient folk tune or a Norwegian fiddle sound, which has also been of great inspiration to me, to classical music or modern metal and even techno music. All this with an incurable sense of nostalgia made me Sebastian Villmark.

Hear the many voices of Sebastian Villmark’s cello here:

And be sure to check out the short film he submitted to the White Art Collective "Spooky Shorts" Contest (this is my favorite Sebastian Villmark work of art!) Grav (a blood story on cello) - Sebastian Villmark



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