We had the good fortune of connecting with Drasko V and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Drasko, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Without risk, I would not have had the journey that shaped me into the person I am today. Not taking a risk might sound safer and more comfortable, but there is no growth and experience in comfort. Taking a risk can come with pain, but it will for sure have the reward of growth, courage, experience. Inspiring stories almost always involve risks and overcoming difficulties. Comfort zones are killers of creative spirit. The artistic process is a reflective and expressive journey, and learning to face fears and jump into unknowns in life is going to expand and evolve your artistic spirit too. “Where your fear is, there your task is.” – Carl Jung

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.
My creative work is usually an intersection of sound, visuals, generative art, data, and when possible, utilizing public environments and real-time interaction. My work ranges from personal art, to creative direction and music production for film studios, brands and agencies.

I have some projects launching soon that I am very excited about. I am creating an interactive art projection for the city of Santa Monica which will use data in real-time to shape the textures, colors, movement, sound and other generative aspects of the projection. The data used will come from the environment, human activity and the digital space. I’ll be developing this with a Touchdesigner genius Bileam Tschepe and plan on creating a unique system that will allow for collaboration with other artists in this semi-generative audio-visual projection.
I am also very excited about the NFT art space. I believe the technology will give birth to many new creative initiatives and technologies. It will open up more opportunity for not just artists, but art collectors, compannies, creative minds and fans in general – where everyone will have the capability to participate on an equal level with no limitations.
I’m working on some exciting projects and collaborations with incredible artists in this space too.
I recently did a collaboration with Michael McAfee ( http://instagram.com/mcafee.design ) on an audio-visual art project Polymorphic. We created a series of audio-visual scenes, a 12” limited edition vinyl with music only existing on this single edition, and a single edition physical sculpture. You can check out the SuperRare editorial here: https://editorial.superrare.co/2021/03/31/polymorphic/
I’ve been collaborating with my good friend and mortal enemy Fake-Up http://instagram.com/fakeup on a series of audio-visual art packages that we will also be connecting to the NFT space. We are creating a new IP and series of digital content, physical trading cards, and other art in the digital + physical package.
Along with other collaborations I am honored to be a part of, and could talk about forever. Please check out these amazing artists below!
As for what sets someone apart, the answer is (sounds) simple – be your authentic self. This version of you will fuel the highest artistic expression. “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” – Carl Jung
This can be hard work, because authenticity only gets stronger when fears and insecurities get weaker. Artistic expression is directly connected to your greatest depths of who you are. And if you are free, art will be freely expressed. That’s the greatest feeling in the world worth fighting for.
People seem to spend a lot of time and effort trying really hard to be something they think they are supposed to be. What they were shown they are supposed to be by others, by media, culture. Going through a painful process of trying to be different and forcing it is self sabotage in the end. Trying to be someone takes effort, but being the real you is effortless – and abundance of creativity comes from that place that will feel real and full of life and substance.

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?
The itinerary would be laying on the beach as many hours as possible. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
While I’ve endured many challenges in my life, I’ve been incredibly lucky with truly great friendships and small but amazing family. In dark times, simply knowing that there is someone who can provide support can be enough of a light to fight off a lot of the darkness. As we all get older and endure difficulty, we start to realize how hard it could be to put on a smile, to be kind, to be motivated, to fight. And how much this should be respected in people who are giving it all to be the light for others, against all odds. My mom was a big inspiration for me, because she stayed strong and motivated and with a smile even when that was really difficult to do. I realized the value and respect for this more and more as I got older. I’m very grateful for my family and friends and even those that created challenges for me, everything added fuel to the fire. This reminds me of another great quote by Bukowski: “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire”.

Website: www.drasko-v.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/drasko_V

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/draskov/

Twitter: twitter.com/drasko_v

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drasko_v

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