We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam & Karolina Wallace and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam & Karolina, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Adam: Taking risks have always gotten me to where I need to be and at times to where I don’t need to be. They propel life in a direction one way or another and if I’m taking the risk, that’s what I am looking for. Change Change Change…that’s where the growth happens.
Karolina: Risk has always played a big role in my life and career. My passions and talents have always driven me to make more of say “risky” choices in the common sense. As nothing is guaranteed in the arts and music fields, to be an artist is risky in itself. It is the path less traveled. Risk taking has given me great success and has at times broken me down. But ultimately I believe playing it secure is just an illusion. So chances are, if you take risks, you gain more,learn more, live more. I believe risk makes you go further & deeper then you yourself have ever thought. And so when I look back at my life and see where I am at now, I would not be here without all the risks that have added up to bring me where I am today, in the world and in my career.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Karolina: My/our music is our art. From the creation of the lyrics to the sound and now visual art for the music, we are fully emerged in the creation. For me, my poetry has propelled me into music making. Once I picked up the guitar I found that communicating my visions and feelings through the music was the way to go. Overcoming my shyness, which still likes to kick in very much, was one of the biggest hurdles. I remember playing the first shows with my eyes closed. Now I feel really good playing live on stage & am embracing the butterflies that come with it. Overall it has been a hard path but also so rewarding. When I have people come to me after a show asking me if I have read their diary because the song touched them so much and was exactly what they felt, that is the biggest compliment and always keeps me going. I like the world to know that my Band is made out of the heart and soul space that connects us all. We are a conscious band that makes music for everyone, all ages & all races. Drawing from the well of life and merging it with rocking sound that sure will touch a bit of your heart and expand your mind.
Adam: Right now I’m most excited about Radiant Reveries and releasing our current album. We recently dropped the first single/video called “Missing”. The song itself took years of rewrites, rehearsals, live shows and demos to get to its present form. The video that was directed/edited by Alexander Evan Morales was meant to be released before the pandemic and we all know how things got during the last year. I’ve learned that you have to be pliable, maintain your belief in the project at hand, and have faith in yourself and in each other. The Great Mystery reveals the rest.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Karolina: When my friends or family come to visit the start is a great hike up the many paths leading to Griffith observatory, with a refill stop at “Trails” cafe. Their coffee and chai teas plus fresh baked treats are the best. The afternoon is great to chill in the backyard and then take another stroll through Franklin village. Stopping into the Rock’N’Roll and witchy wonder store of “our daily planet” is wickedly fun. On another day going to Malibu is a must, the beaches around Zuma and El Matador are a favorite with whale and dolphin sightings. And going up the hills for some sunset hikes are just stunningly gorgeous. On other days going to Huntington Gardens is a must(excited for the museums to open soon again). And then Going to Silverlake and Echo park for some strolls and peek into whatever is back open, make sure to stop into Cosmic Vinyl. Grabbing dinner in Thai town is a must, we recommend Pailin! On the weekend we love to explore different hikes, maybe taking it to Franklin Canyon Reservoir or Topanga and then a stroll on the Santa Monica / Palisades Park. When Sunday comes around we drop off our compost at LA Compost & do a few errands. We are excited for more things to be open again as we are just exploring LA as new transplants from NYC.
Adam: What she said…
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Karolina: Big shoutout to the producer we worked with on this new record, Don DiLego at Velvet Elk Studios. As well as all the band members current, all time Radiant Reverie Adam Wallace & our drummer Christopher Heinz, and past. Especially early in my music journey, they have seen me, heard me and believed in me. Without them I would not have grown so much and so fast in my music creating.
Adam: It takes a village as they say and I’ve been extremely fortunate to be connected and surrounded by a creative and inspiring community who follow their hearts and live unique live’s. I need to shoutout Karolina, my Queen, my right hand in life and in art. With her by my side I have been able to dig deeper and reach higher. She has shined a light on my darkness time and time again. Holding me accountable to share my gifts. Lastly the love and support from my Mom, Dad and family have been fuel since the beginning. 100% grateful!
Other: Spotify: http://bit.ly/RADIANTREVERIES