The driving force behind the creative spirit of artist/musician Ruddha is a deeply-sincere vision, a heart-felt desire to help humankind awaken to its true spiritual nature.
This, he says, is the calling of every sentient being on Earth: the realization that we are here, in the physical realm, to rediscover our spiritual origins and, indeed, our Awakening to them.
“It is my mission,” he says, “to facilitate Spiritual Awakening by means of my art and music.”
He explains that his visual art is often inspired by his music and vice versa: When he receives the inspiration to write music, for instance, he often reacts to this inspiration with a work of visual art – “an extension, in this physical realm, of the process of inspiration,” he says. A Veritable interaction with the higher realm portrayed in the media of both art and music.
“I am a shaman communing and healing through Music and Art”
My inspiration and Teachers include, Salvador Dali, Yello, Dominique Appia, Pink Floyd, Alex Grey, Depeche Mode, Henry Mancini, Yazoo, Erasure & Queen, to mention a few.
Although of German descent, artist/musician Ruddha grew up in the Limpopo Province of northern South Africa. Here, in the shadow of the pristine Soutpansberg, he was exposed to the large cultural and religious diversity of the local people.
Living in South Africa allows one to explore a very wide range of cultures and belief systems. Also, music genres.
I was surrounded by the stuff American be-bop and rock and country on the radio, the Beatles and Abba and all that overwhelming melodrama of Queen, back in the seventies and eighties. Not to mention the Kwaito of the streetwise and almost-always African Johannesburg city slicker; the pennywhistle hybrid sounds and beats of local bands like Mango Groove and the Afro-New-Agey melodies of QcumbaZoo. They were all there, they and the usual crooning of Leonard Cohen and the Moody Blues and the rock ballads of Led Zeppelin a great melting pot of genres and sounds and beats.
He has always felt “passionate” about music, he says, but never underwent formal training. In stead, he obtained a Master’s degree in Marketing – a field of study he regards as a form of communication.
“An integral part of my life’s mission and vision is to reach out to other people,” he says. “Pivotal to this is the ability to communicate.”
After completing his studies, he further honed his talent as a communicator by lecturing at the Technikon Pretoria.
Ruddha also spent “the better part of 33+ years” working as a freelance DJ at venues throughout South Africa. This, he says, brought him a deeper understanding of music and, particularly, of the influence it had on his audiences: “Certain types of music,” he says, “have an uplifting effect on people. While working as a DJ, I realized that, as the musician encodes into their music aspects such as state of mind and even their level of spiritual vibration, the audiences recognize them – they ‘decode’ them and ‘make them their own’.”
His music falls in the genre electronica with elements of trance, tribal, fusion and world.
“Having lived in South Africa all my life has brought to my music strong elements of world, much like the Buddha Bar Collections and Cafe del Mar – those or Deep Forest or even Enigma”
A new avenue of exploration has been creating trance music, its a great journey of self discovery and my insights are reflected in my music! Combining Dance, Music, Meditation and Binaural beats also opened new worlds for me, that I would like to share…