Today we’re joined by Sturm. Sturm is a wonderful musician from Germany. He plays with a band that sounds as though they play quite an eclectic assortment of music (a mix of Rock, Punk, Metal, and Core). He’s an incredibly passionate musician, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
Currently my art is the music I put out with my band. I write all lyrics, as well as the music. Our style is hard to grasp, even for us. We describe it usually as “music with distorted guitars” therefore something between Rock, Punk, Metal and Core. Since my band mates are apparently not really interested in the topics of the lyrics, I’m free to write whatever I like to. Therefore many of the songs are LGBTQ-related or in one case explicitly ace-related.
What inspires you?
Basically everything. I believe that not the topic, but the situation makes the inspiration. If something touches me on “that certain level” it might be a piece of inspiration for me. Social, politics, personal, it’s all more or less a part of the life you live, and a part of your art.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I started playing guitar after a friend introduced me to the metal scene, as well as the guitar as an instrument. While staying in the metal community, different styles of guitar music influenced me and formed my musical progress. After many years also Jazz and Prog-music got me.
Since I started early to dream the dream of being a musician, the idea behind it is just as old. I mean “Playing music and make money” is just THE dream. Being an artist is better than sitting in a regular company all day.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Not really. I try to keep the songs groovy and catchy. Even though we do not play a very hard style, we use 7-string guitars to have a heavy sound for the guitars. Maybe that is a signature move.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Never give up. There are bands being successful with more or less bullshit. Whatever your style is people will listen to it, and like it. The first step is always to bring your music out.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Asexual, but with the possibilities of being gray- and /or demisexual
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Unfortunately way too often. It’s usually the old stereotypes. I can laugh them off, mostly because the people, who make those jokes don’t know one thing about asexuality or the LGBTQ community
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Basically the general stereotypes. “You hate sex” “You have to find the right partner” “You seem like a lost child.” Stuff like that. And of course that I’m “faking it’.’ Why would I do that?
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
First of all. RELAX
And then, take your time to be, to discover, and to realise yourself.
Yes this might take some time, but it’s your time, and therefore, so important.
You and yourself are more important than any ideology, i.g. religion.
So: Be always sure that millions of people stand with you, and know exactly what you feel right now
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Currently not at all, but soon our FB page will be active
Thank you, Sturm, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.