The Wild East / Exclusive
Rapper/Songwriter The Shaman, a.k.a Shaman Dragon, Sha Dra 玄武, ELAV8, has released a hot new self-produced single, PEACE UP. He took the time to grant this exclusive interview to The Wild East magazine.
The Wild East: Love the new video, PEACE UP!
Shaman: Glad you liked the video. : ) Also, thanks for checking out my conversation vidz! Got a lot more coming…
The Wild East: At the beginning of the PEACE UP MV there was a sign saying ‘Non-duality Gate’. What does ‘Non-duality Gate’ mean to you?
Shaman: Non-duality Gate is the place where one can realize that everything is ONE, everything is connected, everything is whole, everything is everything else, nothing is separate, etc. This is a concept that comes up in Buddhism and Physics, the idea of life as a paradoxical, for example free will vs. fate or wave/particle duality in quantum physics.
Wild East: What’s the motivation behind your latest single, PEACE UP?
Shaman: Peace. Right now in the media and in the world, there are many tragic situations happening. Disease, war, and oppression are just a few of the things plaguing humanity. There is a lot of fear and confusion. There is also a lot of anger and resentment. I just want to put something else out there for people to focus their energy on, such as the feeling of peace.
The Wild East: Also, what’s going on in your life’s trajectory at the moment, to inspire this song?
Shaman: As for the inspiration for the song…my goal in life is to help focus human consciousness on something positive and healing, such as peace. When people are watching violence, consuming it with their minds, I believe that helps to make it more of a reality. I wish to create a reality of harmony by getting people to think “PEACE”, to feel it, using words, music, and imagery.
“’Peace up’ is not a noun, it is a verb. It means to emit a strong peaceful vibration of total calm.”
The Wild East: Where was the video filmed (Bangcock?), and which temple?
Shaman: Actually, the video was shot in Taiwan, Ba Gua Mountain in Taichung city, and Fo Guang Monastery in Kaohsiung City. The latter is 36 meters high and the highest standing Buddha in Southeast Asia. It is also surrounded by 480 smaller Buddhas.
The Wild East: Since your days with THC (Taipei Hiphop Crew), how is your production organized?
Shaman: These days, I’m doing most everything by myself, with the help of a camera person. So, the music, vocals, video direction, and video editing are done by me.
The Wild East: You said you’d changed your point of view regarding being half-Taiwanese, half-American, since I published your piece ‘A tale of two cultures‘ on the Foreign Community Page of The China Post, in 2009. Care to elaborate?
Shaman: As far as race, my whole thing with that is we need to stop seeing people as crayons in the coloring box and realize we are all connected. We need each other, pure and simple. If you don’t see that, then karma will be b****!
Wild East: What are your future plans?
Shaman: Currently I’m in the process of launching a website soon which will feature my music, films, artwork, and spiritual discussions among other things, and I will be posting there on a daily basis. I wish to share more of my spiritual experiences and understanding through various media in order to help elevate humanity’s consciousness.
We are at a crunch time with humanity I feel, and there is a lot of truth out there, as well as a lot of lies. Trends, movements, protests etc are all becoming worldwide viral phenomenon, and I think some of the synchronicities and shamanistic happenings I have experienced can help give guidance to those who seek it.
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( Here’s a press release that was written about PEACE UP ! –> http://www.mondotunes.com/sha-dra-elav8-releases-new-single-
Link to Shaman’s ‘A Tale of Two Cultures’ in The China Post: http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign–community/2009/02/22/197199/A-Tale.htmby