We had the good fortune of connecting with Petar Zorkic – Petarz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Petar, why did you pursue a creative career?
I grew up in a surrounding full of music, paintings and books, so I gues I just continued nurturing all of that. Human feelings and expression are the main things that make this wolrd go round. Spoken word, the sound itself and images are all the conductors of our reality. Every single person has something to say, write, paint or record. So, in my early age I decided to communicate with the environment througgh all of this, as much as I can. Unfortunately, a lot of talented people don’t take risks or are afraid to express their thoughts with others, mostly because they think no one would listen or they can’t cope with the criticism that they could be exposed to. And we all have limited time here. The art itself feeds the soul of everyday life and I chose to interact with others through my artistic approach. I feel fulfilled, at ease, optimistic and happy when I release my thoughts and urges through words, a song or a painting. That’s my driving force no matter what. Although I didn’t go to any of the art/music schools, I always felt the urge to create and to share my creations with others.
I must admit that it can be very hard and uncertain to live a life as an artist, but as long as you are true to yourself and as long as you have that driving force, the life of an artist can be pretty much joyful and adventurous.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Although I’ve graduated sociology from the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade (Serbia, Europe), from my early age I started discovering different types of musical instruments and decided that music will be my thing. I was also painting a lot since I was a kid but always felt that piainting was the secondary thing. Over the years I’ve participated in various tracks/albums as the instrumentalist, arranger, composer and lyricist with some of the prominent musicians from the Balkan region. I have an experience performing at various stages (from the smallest to the biggest) at concerts and festivals, in studio work, I did an anthem for the “Exit” music festival as well as for other music shows or individuals/bands, did music and arrangements for theater shows and a lot of music workshops for kids.
Personally, one of my biggest achievments is my first solo album called “Riddlephore”, which I’ve released in 2019. with Mascom records (Warner bros affiliate from Belgrade, Serbia). I’m very proud of my band mates and associates who recognized my determination concerning my own music style. I’m more into live, organic music, rather than electro machines etc. so my music expression goes from funk, soul, blues, reggae style, up to disco and latin.
My second album will be out in 25th of november 2022. The album title is “Tête-à-tête” and among couple of collabs I will also have an amazing percussionist from Morocco, Mr. Rhani Krija who has been Sting’s percussionist for almost two decades. I did an opening act for pioneers of British acid-jazz/funk band “The brand new heavies”.
In last couple of years I started doing digital painting in a mobile (smart)phone. I call it a “fingerstyle painting in phone” since I use only my index finger to draw. I don’t use any special apps, electronic pens or other computer programs whatsoever.
I only draw in a simple system “notes” app in my i-phone and later on I print my works to a thick graphic paper or on canvas. I find it very satisfying and crazy, since it’s very difficult to do it in order to look like a proper drawing and not only a caricature. I’ve had six exhibitions so far and I plan to continue doing it. It became a serious hobby now, and I laso plan to start my own fashion line of products with my authentic drawings.
I have an experience as a high school sociology teacher. Talking with teenagers about everyday life, social, political, cultural and other topics, can be very challenging. Helping them to prepare for the tomorrow and understanding their visions, thoughts and aspirations is a very responsible task and a great way to learn a lot of things too, from one of the youngest in our society. And in the end, everything finishes with music, lyrics and trynig to understand the world that we are living in.
The road to becoming an artist is very bumpy as we all know it. So it’s never easy, on the contrary. You need to push the boundaries all the time, to invent different forms and be creative. Inspiration is the main thing, it can reward you, or disarm you but you have to be always in the search for new and to know when to finish the work, which is the most difficult thing.
I personally think that the pursue of success (whatever it means) is the wrong way of doing it in arts. Hard work and endless ideas are waiting around the corner, so one needs to grab the ideas and follow the instinct, as well as to have some kind of a plan and I think eventually the particular art can find the way to an audience who can identify themselves with it. And to stay true to yourself, because playing rolls or faking it can lead to a boomerang effect.
Challenges that I have, I overcome with a smile, always positive. Like Miles `Davis once said that you can always convert a wrong note into a right thing.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I got a lot of support from many people, but the biggest support for my artistic path came from my family. My late father, George who was a journalist, my mother Katica, who is a painter and my sister Katarina, a filologist and of course my wife Tijana. My brother-in-law, Urosh, an excellent musician got me into music and he had introduced me to it, mostly.
The biggest music influence to me was a British musician – Sting, a very rare down to earth, inspirational figure in music industry.

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Image Credits
Dragan Jereminov Igor Vodenicar Ivan Miladinovic Milan Bojanic Aleksandra Ignjatovic Sax player, trombone player, uprightbass player, piano player and blue nude woman are all my artwork (fingerstyle drawing in phone).

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