I’m sitting in Dublin’s posh “Four Seasons” hotel and am about to conduct an interview with a man who is a bit of a mystery to me. “Composer, multi-instrumentalist, thinker, personality” is what I’ve been told about this person with an interesting musical career, which brought him to Ireland and whose debut album as a solo artist “Songs of Love and Hate” is generating a great response even before its release. Still, Ezekiel manages to be virtually unknown.

 Now, I would love to put his “titles” to the test with probing questions and this will not be your average interview. With him being fifteen minutes late, I started to have doubts if this was happening at all…

 

Soon, I see a slim figure of medium height in the entrance – youthful looking, around the mid thirties mark with pleasant-featured open face, confidently approaching me whilst maintaining eye-contact. Apologizing for being late due to ever-increasing traffic problems, Ezekiel expresses slight irritation at his delay and after ordering coffee we start to go through the set of questions I prepared the night before.

 

Leaving out, as I expected, all the “too personal” questions, we begin…

Question: So, tell me what’s all this taboo about personal details?

Answer: Well, I think people have quite an unhealthy interest in the personal stuff of artists and ultimately an artist should be judged by his work and for people who ask what you eat, what you drive or which designer labels you prefer, I really have no time. I’ve been sent quite a few interviews online, where more than half of the questions in each of them were of this nature, so in the end I thought to myself “I’m done with interviews”. But here, since we’re all going to be working together I thought this one was inevitable, so there you go. (smile)

Q: Ok, I get it now, so it is for these reasons that you are not very eagerly promoting your new album – (anyone in your position would be doing exactly the opposite) – or is it an intentional “two fingers up” to the music industry?

A: Well, you could say that. I think the music industry has “shot itself in the foot”; they’re not interested in cultivating and maintaining artists anymore. It’s all about “here today, gone tomorrow” and “let’s sell it while it’s hot” sort of thing and this doesn’t do justice to anyone, especially kids, who now just “pick and choose” which songs they like from albums, resulting in overall sales being down big time. Not many people realize but it’s real chaos what’s going on at the moment… This casual attitude to music is just the same as going to the bookshop, picking a book and telling the assistant “I like Chapter 1, 7 and 11, can you please remove the rest, it’s of no interest to me” – how ridiculous is this?  But what is even more ridiculous is that many artists try to cater for this kind of mentality (maybe partially because they’ve no choice knowing that their albums will be “dissected” anyway). Nobody cares what the artist is trying to say by the whole album – what the message is, if there is one; it’s all about “singles” now. “Yeah, let’s sell this thing now, tomorrow it might be gone off”…
That’s why many artists are doing it for themselves these days and rightly so, – can you trust the industry “mavericks” who have become predators in panic?
So, at the moment, I’m doing things at my own pace and on my own terms, I like it that way for now. Sure, maybe I’m not actively promoting it yet but I’m not avoiding exposure either (after all I’m out there on all the usual networks), I just like to have an overall say in what I’m doing, if you know what I mean.

Q: You’re very shy about your past work and you are virtually unknown. I wonder why that is.

A: No, I’m not shy at all, I just think at this stage it’s irrelevant. Since I decided to go solo, I think there’s no need to “cash in” on what I’ve done. To me now, the present is more important than ever but funny that you ask because people in general take me for a real “classical head” just on the basis of one album, not realizing that there were many diverse projects of different styles.

Q: Ok, tell me about “Songs of Love and Hate”. I think this one will be one of my all-time favourites. So, how did it come about?

A: Thank you. Well, it came as a bit of a surprise to myself to come up with a “classical” album. In some of my previous projects and collaborations there was light dabbling into string arrangements but it was mostly guitar/keyboard-driven music.
Well, I was classically trained from the age of six and at the end of my education I was looking for something more, something outside the classical domain and guitar just made sense to me. So, since then I kind of forgot about this whole “classical area” but then again I always liked the idea of “The Prodigal Son” and it’s nice to do full-circle and come back and re-evaluate. With the “Songs of Love and Hate” it was nice to return to where it all began but this time with my own say rather than repeating someone else’s work.

Q: Why did you call the album “Songs” of Love and Hate, when there is no singing?

A: Well you see, typically, say in a concerto there would be four movements each about 15-20 minutes long but here I came up with short pieces and funnily enough they are all about 3-3.5 minutes long (apart from one or two), just like you would expect in a song. Each has a very definitive structure to it almost like containing verse and chorus and also, they are all linked to one another, being variations on this theme of “Love and Hate”. I think the title sits nicely as well, so in the end I called them “Songs”!

Q: How would you define the style of this album? Is it “Classical” or “Contemporary”?

A: One classical expert actually defined it as “Neo-Classical” (which is a bit clinical to me) but there you go. I would call it “feel music”, loosely based on the Romantic period.

Q: Interesting, not many people are writing in this style nowadays, I wonder why.

A: A good question. The trend seems to be towards “atonal” contemporary classical music, which I do respect but I feel there is a definite lack of works being written in the style of “Songs of Love and Hate” these days. Of course there’s always “soundtrack” music, but I don’t think it relates to my stuff.

Q: I’d like now to go through some of the tracks with you and their meaning…
“The Sea”: personally, I love this track, it’s very powerful and passionate. What’s behind it?

A: Actually it was inspired by the sea (laughs) but the meaning goes far beyond that. I remember once spending the whole day on the cliffs watching the sea and at some point the weather turned nasty – the waves became huge, the sea was “raging”… I was stung with the needles of the rain on my face but I still remained there in complete surrender, mesmerized. And in that moment, millions of thoughts rushed through my head about our existence – our joys and pains, our struggles and victories, “Love” and “Hate” and ultimately the “Passion”, which drives it all. It’s very important in life to be passionate in everything you do. So I think this piece captures that moment of me standing on the cliffs and staring into the face of this “monster”, The Sea.

Q: The track “Loss”: I know the title says it all. This one spoke particularly to me (I don’t know why) and evoked memories of my father, who passed away a few years ago. I must admit that by the fourth track “My Heart” I was in tears. Did you too experience any personal loss that is reflected in this track?

A: I’m sorry about your father. From a personal point of view, I think this whole album was about me tapping into something from “above”, that communicated to me. I was kind of “possessed”, if you like, during that period. I think all of us experienced loss in some form or another, whether it was a loved one or the loss of innocence… It’s a heavy track alright, just as the title conveys – Loss is a horrible feeling that no one deserves to experience.

Q: Next one, “My Heart” is very emotional and poignant. Tell me about it.

A: Do you think it’s poignant? I’d say it’s more lyrical. “My Heart” is about reacting to injustice and at times feeling vulnerable. When I see blatant disregard for any life – be it human, animal or insect- my heart “bleeds”. I suppose I captured the reaction to heartless actions in this track.

Q: “Deranged”, I love this track.

A: Strangely, many people do. In this one I went deep into the “Hate” area, as “Hate” (being opposite to “Love”) is an unbalanced manifestation of the Extreme. What we don’t understand, we tend to be afraid of and fear leads to Hatred. The trick is to stay in the middle, being balanced and not to sway towards either extremity, though I must admit sometimes I suffer from same.

Q: Now, “The End Is The Beginning”…, a fabulous piece, tell me what that is about.

A: I like this one too. I suppose I envisaged someone who is lying on their death-bed, looking back at their life, feeling Death creeping near but at the same time regretting nothing. Well, it’s about my grandmother who lived a long and rich life – she was a strong woman. We were very close and I am very grateful to her for shaping me. (Q: In what way?)  By instilling in me the feeling that you are loved. This whole album is dedicated to her.

Q: “Quan Yin”, I like this one, it’s very uplifting, in fact it could be a song. Where did the name originate from?

A: Yes, I suppose it could be a song, it has this structure of verse and chorus. Quan Yin is the Chinese goddess of Wisdom and Compassion. I have a little statue of her, which was given to me and for a while it just disappeared. I even forgot about it.  But then I was moving some cabinet while working on this track and there She was – fallen behind and forgotten. So, I gave the track this title because after all it has this Eastern flavour.

Q: You have an interesting track on the album: “Making A Wish”, I wonder where that emerged from?

A: Interesting piece, agree. It depicts personal contact with the powers above, a sort of moment of prayer and if you really want something, the wishes do come true.

Q: That is exactly what I drew from it. It’s a very strange but at the same time calming composition. So, it’s your contact with the Divine then – do you believe in God?

A: I think the question of God is the most overly-speculated topic. In general, people refer to it as “He” but then you get the New Age label of “Supreme Mother” with various sects steering in other directions too but I think the topic is much more complex than that. I don’t like to speculate on this theme, so ultimately I refer to God as “IT”, which from the ancient school of thought encompasses all and at the same time nothing of the aforesaid. The labels are not important here, it’s the knowledge that you are part of IT, which is paramount.

Q: Do you have any particular favourite yourself on this album?

A: I like them all, more or less but interestingly you didn’t ask about “Raining”. (Q: I was just about to…). I think it’s a very honest track. It’s about going through bad times and still having Hope, it’s about being stripped naked and still keeping your Dignity, it’s about “facing the music”, if you know what I mean.
As a child, I was fascinated by the story of Jeanne d’Arc, a little girl with a great spirit. She was approached many times to repent while being imprisoned and could have “bailed out” and been saved but didn’t betray her beliefs, for which ultimately she sacrificed her life.
“Raining” is about awakening the Power of Spirit, which we all have within.
The monotonous rhythm on the piano captures the raindrops, which were drumming on my window that evening, as I was composing it.

Q: Tell me a bit about yourself in particular the name Ezekiel – that’s not your real name, is it?

A: No, it’s not. I especially took it as an artistic title, as my real name is a real boring one!

Q: Were you inspired by the Biblical prophet, Ezekiel?

A: There were many Ezekiels you know, including one who was a “fallen angel”.

Q: So OK, which one are you close to, a “Prophet” or a “fallen Angel”?

A: In a way, we are all fallen angels, trying to get back home… But no, the name is based on neither. I just had a dream, in which I was called Ezekiel and the name just stuck with me. Anyway, it’s a nice-sounding name, so I chose it.

Q: Do you have a religion?

A: I think it’s more important to be spiritual and emotionally intelligent. I have no time for institutions that are all about control and exclusion. Religions are a great example of setting and keeping boundaries and as long as there are boundaries there will always be schism. So, religious, no I’m not, I’m more interested in the Esoteric.

Q: But what do you say to people who see religion as the path to the Truth?

A: There’s no need to search for the Truth, just stop having opinions!

Q: Is there any particular school of thought or teaching that you’re close to?

A: Well, there are many ancient philosophies that have much in common – Zen in particular appeals to me. It always makes me laugh. (Q: Laugh?)  Yeah, it’s so simple and brilliant, it’s just Wisdom itself and for a change they don’t go into this speculation about “Heaven” and “Hell” and the “Devil”.

Q: The Devil?

A: Yes, “The Devil”. Look, I really feel sorry for all those people who see the Devil everywhere. I think the Devil is a very misunderstood being to be honest, as most bad human actions have been attributed to him – we just love scapegoats. I think there are more “devils” living among us in human form…

Q: Are you thinking of anyone in particular?

A: Take certain politicians, for example! (both laughing)

Q: Can you give us an example of Zen wisdom?

A: Well, for instance, today I read this one:

Student asks: “What is the path to liberation?”
“Who binds you?”- Master replies,
Student: “No one binds me.”
Master: “Why then do you want to be liberated?”…

Q: Yeah, it’s a good one. So, you don’t believe in Heaven or Hell?

A: That’s not a question of belief. I just don’t like to speculate and to be honest, all this “Hell” thing … Put it this way, “Fear” is a commodity that sells really well and I’m sorry but I’m not buying it. (Q: But fear can be very real). Yes, I agree, a very real handicap!

Q: What music do you like/currently listen to?

A: I listen to all music regardless of the style (apart from the dodgy numbers!) but in general I try not to listen too much; I’m all the time “decluttering” myself. (Q: “Decluttering?”)  Being original is very difficult with so much music being produced these days, so my task is to constantly catch myself if I’m drifting away onto somebody else’s shores. Not being influenced is a real tall order.

Q: Do you value any particular artists for their originality?

A: Too many to mention but the one that always springs out is the Motown “gang”. Everything that those guys produced is just magic.

Q: Do you like poetry and art in general?

A: I see art in everything really…

Q: Do you like animals, do you have any pets?

A: Here we go again!

Q: I know, I just thought I might chance it… (smile)

A: Well OK, now that you ask. Yes, I have a few – (Q: I, myself have a cat). Well, I have fish, two small cats (both of them are jet-black) and a very big parrot (he’s my real pet).

Q: Cats and a parrot, that’s an unusual combination, how do they get on? Do the cats not get jealous?

A: Quite the opposite – it’s the parrot that doesn’t let me to do anything, he’s watching me all the time. See, I kind of over-cuddled him from a young age.

Q: Cuddling a parrot?!

A: Yeah, I mean people in general think the parrot’s place is in the cage, as if they just sit there and look at you. But you’d be surprised what miracles human touch can do. Don’t get me wrong, both of us drive each other crazy at times – (he loves to “sing along” you know, especially during my music time!)… But I must say handling and living with a pet bird is really an unusual experience.

Q: Now, tell me, what is your working method and also, are you a “night owl” or more “9 to 5” when you do music?

A: I’m a bit of both. I spent all my youth and teenage years, being a night owl. I was allowed to do that as music was taking me places and I became independent at a young age. I always liked that – not to be accountable to anyone (to a degree). But now it’s all about the right moment and that can be anytime. Since I went solo and started to do my own thing for the first time, I approached music from a new perspective. What I mean is that in previous projects and collaborations there would almost always be some sort of deadlines involved – mostly there would be already some sort of ideas put down and sometimes no ideas but anyway the whole process would be trying to “chase the rest” and most of the time forcing the creativity to come out. You had to deliver… But now, as there are no deadlines, I am interested in the total freedom of the composing process, whilst observing where it takes me. By which I mean involving alot of improvisation, sort of “jamming on your own”, if you like. So, if there are no ideas emerging, I just leave it… I would rather do laundry, hang around the house talking on the phone or go to the supermarket than try to squeeze out the tune.
But then, suddenly you get into this lucky streak where everything seems to “click”. The world is talking to the answer-machine and everything becomes irrelevant, including my own needs. I just totally immerse myself in music. So basically, put it another way I’ve been composing for my second album and half way through I’ve kind of lost the plot… The communication got disrupted – “someone turned off the tap on me”, so now I’m just hanging around and doing this interview. (laughs)

Q: What makes you happy?

A: It doesn’t take much to make me happy; I suppose being in harmony with surroundings, being connected to Nature makes me happy.

Q: Do you believe in love?

A: There are many aspects of love, it’s a very complex subject; I can answer it by quoting the phrase, which is on my main website on the albums’ page:

“Invoke me under the stars! Love is the law, Love under will.
Nor let the fools mistake love; for there are Love and love.
There is the Dove, and there is the Serpent. Choose ye well!”

Q: What can you not stand?

A: Consumer mentality.

Q: What or who inspires you?

A: All the great people. They are all inspirational.

Q: Define “Greatness”.

A: Greatness – is following your own ideals.

Q: Do you have any regrets in life?

A: Not really regrets as such but I wish that I would have known earlier what I know now.

Q: What is your biggest achievement to date?

A: I don’t believe in achievement, I consider it to be a limitation rather than a milestone. After all, we are all always at the beginning…

Q: Do you mean that we’re constantly learning?

A: Exactly.

Q: In your opinion what is the best thing in life?

A: Having choice.

Q: And the worst?

A: Corruption of spirit.

Q: What trait do you value most in people?

A: Compassion.

Q: Do you think having an “Ego” is a healthy thing?

A:  Having a “healthy” Ego is a healthy thing. Well, I know what I’m worth and I don’t sell myself short but having worked with so many ego-maniacs, I’m sure some of it has rubbed off on me.

Q: What is the key to success in life?

A: Focus, which leads you on the path to Wisdom.

Q: Do you consider yourself to be wise?

A: I leave that up to you to decide. (smile)

Q: Are you energetic or reflective?

A: A bit of both really.

Q: These days there is an obsession about energy. How do you maintain your energy and focus?

A: With multivitamins and a healthy attitude to life. (laugh)

Q: Which is…?

A: Life is manageable!

Q: You strike me as a confident person, do you have any weaknesses?

A: Driving myself really hard and expecting 200 percent from everybody else; not being casual enough in the right circumstances and sometimes saying something wrong that would cause real negative reaction. I’m sure there are more…
As I said before, the trick is accepting yourself and not going to extremes, which means knowing your weaknesses and appreciating your strengths and trying to balance yourself by focus and intent. I mean, you have to like yourself to begin with, otherwise you’re one of those people who really hate some aspects about themselves and spend their whole lives trying to work them out. But this never pays off, as in the end they spend a lifetime of non-acceptance, living with a person that they really don’t like.

Q: In your world, does perfection exist?

A: No, but I still have a hard time coming to terms with that…

Q: Do you think celebrity status is a curse or a blessing?

A: Well, it depends. Personally, I really wouldn’t like to become a celebrity. I think there is a great freedom in being anonymous.

Q: A bit of psychology now: What do you make of people in general?

A: Sometimes people really surprise me…

Q: In a positive or negative way?

A: Both. On the positive side, in time of need you’d be surprised at the warmth and responsiveness of people, which shows again and again that we are all linked together unconsciously.

Q: And on the negative side?

A: On the negative side, sometimes I am amazed at the refusal to recognize their true potential and true powers.

Q: And what is “True power” to you?

A: The ability to let go…

Q: And the last personal one: (A: Great) is there anything that makes you really mad?

A: Ignorance. All the injustice and imbalance in the world stem from it.

Q: So, do you expect the world to be ideal?

A: Not ideal but “Just” and when I see simple inequality – that makes me mad.

Q: On paper this all sounds fine of course but in reality as you know, we have many issues regarding equality and the like. I’m going to provoke you here: do you think it’s possible to attain it in a male-driven world?

A: Yes, if we shift our consciousness beyond that of the “Neanderthal” way of thinking, which manifests as chauvinism.

Q: Oh so, you’re pro-woman then?

A: Absolutely!.. You could call me a “male-feminist”. (laughing)
Obviously, some men are better at particular tasks than women and vice versa but in general, we all have equal value and rights and I think it’s appalling that there are still rules being dictated from one sex to another about what they should or shouldn’t do.

Q: OK, what about pro-woman’s choice?

A: Put it this way, I’m pro-individual’s choice regardless of the sex. To be honest, I find it ridiculous that there is still a need to debate this topic. Look, the way I see it, men are just a “half” (a complete “half” but nevertheless still a half) and women as well are a complete “half” but a half as well and it is within a union of joining these both “halves” (Yin/Yang, if you like) that we truly become “One”. It is out of this union of “One-ness” that life is spawned; “The Grand Design” intended it that way, we just need to realize this and stop this stupid competitiveness.
But personally, I suspect that women are more clever than men!..

Q: Thank you! And why do you think that?

A: I know you’re really trying to provoke me now (laughing). Look, take for instance all the discoveries or inventions that have been made. Most of them have been and still are being made by men and why? Because men have alot to “prove” to themselves and to “society”, while carrying on just like children would in a way. I mean we’re climbing Everest (just to show that “we can do it!”), diving into the seas looking for molluscs (“wow!”) and are now eagerly looking into monopolizing other planets (oh, that would be “really something”), and all of this because we, men, simply are not grounded. We’re not in touch with the basics – Nature; we are not rooted or connected with the Earth and we’re not even comfortable with most of the emotions! These are the reasons our environment is in such trouble now… It is that we just don’t understand women and what you don’t understand you start to fear. So no wonder, men took control… (Q: And are still keeping it…)
Yes, but I find women in general, do not need to prove themselves; they have already sorted everything out for themselves and know what it’s all about. That’s why I find them very practical and intelligent really.

Q: So, you think we know “what it’s all about”? Do you know “what it’s all about”?

A: It’s all about “going home”…

Q: Hmm, very interesting indeed. What is “intelligence” to you?

A: To know how to be happy…

Q: And “happiness” is…?

A: Happiness is when you truly know that you’re “occupying your seat”.

Q: So now, please tell me about your current project, “The Phoenix Rising”.

A: Well, the “Phoenix” had a peculiar start. The artist Zoofine contacted me with a view to arranging some of his tracks. I liked his electronic approach to music and soon after we were talking about doing something together from scratch rather. But you know, I was working on my second album “The Tree of Life” (in which I departed from the classic style and ventured into electronic), so the prospect of collaboration appealed to me as a kind of break from my own thing. We agreed to a 3-track project and then began endless conversations about the concept of it…
You see, the concept of “Songs of Love and Hate” was about the extreme sides of “One”. It’s about “both sides” of the same “coin”, if you know what I mean. And having done that, I really wouldn’t like to have regressed now with a joint project to this “Baby, Baby, please come back” thing, so at this point only relevant stuff was of interest to me.
The whole thing came together and “clicked” when we teamed up with Pashtet who made the video. So, we came up with this instrumental track which we called “Swings” and then Zoofine and I started to work on the video aspect of it with Pashtet. We were just throwing the ideas at each other and became really engrossed in it – it was great.
To be honest, none of us anticipated such a result – the video turned out really well and the message is very strong… Soon after, “The Phoenix Rising” had a political underlining and now, a month later, it has taken a shape of its own. We’ve got a “petition” going, we’ve started a “political movement”, we have a “voting” counter… What it’s all about is explained in the “Wake-Up” campaign blog, so yeah, I’m very pleased with it. We’re getting a great response and we are learning alot too.

Q: What in particular?

A: Well, personally I learned how difficult it is to motivate people to open them up, so they can express their views but once you explain what you’re all about and show that you’re genuine, you’d be surprised with the response. I think you just have to appeal to people and ignite their spirit… After all, we’re all in the same boat.

Q: I must congratulate you on the video. I have to admit to watch it (as a parent) was quite upsetting. What was it like for you being involved working in a different medium?

A: Thank you. Yeah, the video medium is a totally “different beast” altogether. I realized what a dilettante I was in this area. My contribution was mainly in the “ideas department”.

Q: I must say it’s quite a bold step to get involved in politics as a musician, a move that’s generally avoided by musicians.

A: Well, the way I see it is you can’t please everyone, so you might as well do what you feel is right.

Q: Is this the philosophy you live by or do you have one?

A: Well to summarize, my “philosophy” is: “The most important commitment you can ever make is to remain true to yourself in every single moment”.

Q: Looking at your various profiles, in particular on MySpace, I’m struck by the level of respect and admiration expressed in the comments. I honestly didn’t think Classical Music would be of such interest.

A: Yeah, I’m surprised myself as are my friends but then again you know it’s not a question of classical or some other style. I think what people feel here is that I’m genuine in what I’m doing and if the music has a philosophy behind it, then people really respond to it.

Q: Do you find this album attracts a more “mature” audience or is it a mixture?

A: No, it’s all sorts really.

Q: Do you find communicating with the younger generation is different?

A: Not really, you just have to know how.

Q: Which is…?

A: By saying something like: “Hey man, dig this… Ezekiel is happening, like right now!” (laughing)

 Q: So, what’s next for Ezekiel?

A: I don’t know but I know this much, I’m going to be very busy with many things for a while, that’s for sure. There are tracks to be written, there are tracks to be arranged… “The Tree of Life” is currently on hold, (as I’m busy with “The Phoenix Rising” at the moment doing the tunes) but then again I might just pick up on that as well and then there’s “Songs of Love and Hate”… I will be “shopping around” for a real orchestra for that album, that’s the reason why I haven’t released it yet. See, the whole album is done with MIDI and although it’s all samples of the real orchestra, to me it’s still a sonic injustice to the real thing. It’s like seeing a poster of a Van Gogh painting and being happy with it. In reality the original is just mind-blowing but all those strokes, (which make sense when you look at it from a distance) lose their majesty in the print.
So, at the moment, it’s all down to trying to find and book a free orchestra and negotiating with them to do the “Songs” but if it doesn’t happen, then eventually I will release it anyway. Most people are surprised it’s not released in its current version already and in fact, I’m getting rave reviews of the album, as it is. Well, I put alot of time and technical wizardry to masquerading the MIDI element of it and that’s the very thing which gets me down about music sometimes – that you have to be a “technical wizard” these days as well as being an artist and music shouldn’t be about this. When I’m composing I’m really in my element – the rest is just “chasing”, you know.

Q: You must be very proud of this work.

A: Not really… I think “pride” is often misused…

Q: So, you’re not proud of this work?

A: I think there’s something cheap about pride. It’s kind of like boasting.

Q: So, you think there’s nothing worth being proud of?

A: Well, maybe one thing: when your children are “proud” of you, that is really something to boast about…

Q: Well, Ezekiel, thank you and I wish you every luck with all your projects. It’s been a real pleasure talking to you and I hope you didn’t mind me prying too much with so many personal questions.

A: Thank you. The pleasure is mine. No, I didn’t mind the personal stuff – it had to be done. (smile)

Q: Just a last thing: what do you say to a sceptic, who after reading the philosophy behind “Songs of Love and Hate” is still unconvinced, thinking this is all just about the “emotional” aspect of the music.

A: All I can say is that the “Songs of Love and Hate” is just the tip of the iceberg but the intent is under the water, – probe it with the only trusted tool that you have got – Wisdom – and the rigidity of intellect (that requires answers to everything) – I suggest to disregard completely.

At the end of my interview with Ezekiel, I must admit I was impressed by this individual. Well-balanced and paced, Ezekiel didn’t search deep in his pockets for the answers to my thought-provoking questions. In fact I was hard-pressed to think if I’ve met anyone like this before and although some questions remained unanswered, I was really uplifted and energized and the positive energy stayed with me for the rest of the evening… Yes, I can say now that Ezekiel has definitely “happened” for me.

You can listen to the album “Songs of Love and Hate” by clicking these links:

http://myspace.com/ezekielofficial

www.artist-ezekiel.com/about.htm

http://myspace.com/thephoenixrisingofficial

Interview was conducted by Jill Madsen
Copyright 2008