Dr. Draw is a Russian-Canadian musician who is known for rocking out on his electric violin. He has performed all over the world and has opened for celebrities such as Seal, Bette Midler, and Cyndi Lauper. He has even toured with Cirque du Soleil.
My absolutely two favourite scenarios are when I go into a concert hall full of hardcore fans who are ready to go bonkers, or playing to a room full of people that have never seen me perform before and don’t know at all what to expect. Watching shows for me has become a bit of an ordeal, as I watch bands to be inspired, and I’m rarely inspired by other artists these days. Last show that really served a much needed punch was Fink at the Garrison. I discovered that neo-folk band in a Ninja Tune Solid Steel Podcast. When I was a teen, I used to go to pretty much every all ages concert no matter what the music genre was. I wanted to be up there with the artists and feel what they feel. That feeling stayed, but now I just want to have my world rocked every time.
How did you develop your special point of reference and your trademark sound?
I just pick it up and see what happens, as there is no usual approach to innovation. I let the music write itself and pretty much do what I want to do. Some people go to school to adopt a style or technique. I already have it all inside, and it is manifested every time I play.
The balance is something that came with time, and the strength is in retaining your focus, no matter how good or bad the times are. In good times, you sometimes become over confident and let certain creative or business aspects slide. In bad times, I usually overexert myself to rise above all the nonsense, and quickly get on top of the game. The key is not to take everything personally, which is hard to do, because art is personal no matter how far you distance yourself. I love the chaos, and it’s a lot more organized than we usually think.
You’ve already done it all. What do you hope to achieve as an overall artist and person in general?
My goal is to tour, tour, and tour…to have all my favourite compositions orchestrated, and to play alongside orchestras worldwide.
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