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MARIE JOSEE LAVIOLETTE "MOJO"
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Background as an artist
I am a self-taught musician.
How did you end up choosing your media?
I chose music because is it food to my soul!
I’ve been a performer and a singer-songwriter since 2009. I have performed with various ensembles, from folk, pop-folk, blues, swing jazz and jug band music ensembles. I have been a member of the Muddy Basin Ramblers for 3 years now. I am one of the vocalist, the clarinetist and the bass clarinetist.
This coming year, I am taking part in the recording of my 3rd album with the Ramblers. Working with the jug band is a sacred soul-filling thing! We sell medicine at our shows to cure all ailments. It’s called Music! Music is medicine for the soul!
I chose to shift from acoustic singer-songwriting to electronic music production because I like the versatility of the medium. I became more interested in music production after attending music festivals, and meeting inspiring producers. I love to feel the power of music and to dance, sway, move to the vibrations.
What do you find as the best and worst sides of being an artist?
The best side of being an artist is having the freedom of expression. I enjoy being independent in my work. I learn what I need to learn when I want. Another great side of being an artist is the traveling and meeting interesting people. Collaborations can also be lots of fun.
One downside of being an artist is the infamous doubt. I can speak for many: I walk a less beaten path and it can be difficult sometimes. I stumble, I fall, I lose faith. I start to wonder whether I still have the energy and the love to push my vision. I also fall into the mindset of ‘seeing results’, especially ‘seeing satisfying results’ that are worthy to my peers.
But… Downsides are also part of it all. I keep learning more about living happily with the unknown.
The worst moments are thankfully only written in the fine print. I create music and art because I enjoy the process. I learn a lot about myself, learn a lot from others, and from the world around me.
Is this your first time in Finland? What kind of expectations did you have about Finland/ Joutsa?
Yes, it is my first time in Finland. I came here fully open to what the adventure would bring and I am delighted with what has taken place. Haihatus has fulfilled my needs!
What are the best sides / opportunities in having an art residency?
The best sides of being at an art residency are meeting fun and interesting people, working with others on projects, and focusing on my art. A residency also allows me time for perspective… on my music, on myself, and on the human condition.
Lastly, another great side of doing an art residency is to travel and discover a new culture and new environments.
What are your plans after Haihatus?
After Haihatus, I want to continue honing my skills. I also want to keep creating and following my vision. I’d like to continue receiving feedback that can help me improve.
Once I am back in Asia, I will also continue performing with the Ramblers and other fellow musicians on the beautiful island of Formosa.
How does Haihatus meet your expectations?
Haihatus has met my expectations by being in the countryside and close to nature. Haihatus has allowed me to meet and connect with awesome people, and has allowed me the space (a cozy bedroom, a big kitchen and common space, a sauna, a work-inducing studio, galleries and art to see, a lovely locality called Joutsa,…!) to live comfortably and to be inspired.
Haihatus is also managed by wonderfully generous, helpful and friendly people. I am grateful, Haihatus, for your welcome and love. Thank you!