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Rising Music Star Vaclav Polansky, DAVA On The Five Things You Need To Shine In The Music Industry

An Interview With Ming Zhao

Be inspired by the opinions of others but never let them determine your self-worth. I used to be very attached to other people’s opinions and every criticism hurt me a lot. The craziest thing is, these opinions were often just thoughts in my head. I was just imagining what others would say, so I was literally just hurting myself. My head still tends to say things like that, but I’m getting better at being aware of it.

As a part of our interview series with leaders, stars, and rising stars in the music industry, we had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Vaclav Polansky aka DAVA.

A unique music project inspired by spirituality, conscious lifestyle, sustainability, and nature, DAVA details the unfolding musical journey of Czech singer-songwriter Vaclav Polansky. After delivering his stellar debut album in March of 2021, Vaclav has continued to explore the healing powers of music, creating moving indie releases that speak straight to the heart and soul of every listener.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive in, our readers would love to learn a bit about your “origin story”. Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?

I was born in the late seventies in communist Czechoslovakia. I would say that I was a child with pretty typical childhood interests, except for music, which was an important part of my life from an early age. I played several instruments such as the flute, trumpet, guitar and mainly the drums, which became my passion and even my livelihood for many years. However my personal life was always full of insecurities. I struggled with anxiety, panic attacks and depression and I tried to suppress my feelings by drinking alcohol and by smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. Due to constant suppression of emotions and a self-harming lifestyle, I hit rock bottom back in 2016. In retrospect, I am very grateful for that because it was actually the beginning of my spiritual awakening.

Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?

As I said I was surrounded by music since childhood, especially my father was a big music enthusiast. Thanks to all the events in my life, I got on the path of spirituality and self-discovery and I found a deeper meaning in making music.

Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?

For me the most interesting is the change that I experienced. The fact that I embarked on a path of self-healing from which there is no return. From a very insecure and desperate boy who blames his “unhappiness” on the circumstances of his life, I became a man who listens to and follows his heart. Even though the boy is still with me and often very loudly demands attention, I am learning to accept and love him as he is.

It has been said that our mistakes can be our greatest teachers. Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

The funniest mistake might be that I thought I couldn’t make any mistakes. I didn’t accept myself and judged myself for every little mistake. That´s a really horrible way to live. It is very interesting that we actually experience all this suffering only in the form of thoughts in our mind. So the lesson here is that it’s better to keep my distance from whatever my mind is saying about me. Sometimes it is very challenging though. :)

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

My new single called “Be Still” and also the music video is coming out now in August. I wrote the song with an intention of providing a healing effect to the listener. I’m glad I decided to cooperate with Ben Wilson — UK record producer from Acre Base studios, who helped me shape it to perfection. I hope the song will touch the hearts of many listeners.

We are very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in music, film, and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?

As I see it, diversity naturally comes from the essence of all creation. All humans and everything on earth is created by the same intelligence, you can call it god, universe, life force or whatever you want. Although we came from the same source, our human forms are very unique. The consciousness of each of us is at a slightly different stage of awareness and needs different experiences in order to recognize itself. So it is not even a question whether diversity is important, because this is how our reality is created. Diversity creates contrast that is necessary for self-knowledge and evolution, but in my opinion there is no particular need to focus on it, because it naturally forms itself. The question is probably directed more towards the regulation of diversity in public space and culture, but that is related. From my perspective no amount of regulation can affect this in the long run, and diversity will always find its way due to its nature. Our culture is just a collective expression of our natural diversity. So it also applies here, if we want to influence our culture, we must start focusing on ourselves.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why? Please share a story or example for each.

1. I´m not the voice in my head (my mind) and I´m not my body.

This is something I realized during my spiritual awakening and it is the very basis for creating an important distance from all my suffering.

2. Be inspired by the opinions of others but never let them determine your self-worth

I used to be very attached to other people’s opinions and every criticism hurt me a lot. The craziest thing is, these opinions were often just thoughts in my head. I was just imagining what others would say, so I was literally just hurting myself. My head still tends to say things like that, but I’m getting better at being aware of it.

3. Find balance in doing and being and enjoy each step on your journey.

One of my recurring patterns was running to work from the pain and fear I felt. It is very important to do things joyfully for ourselves and also because our energy is imprinted in everything we do. There is no way how to fake it and even if you achieve temporary success, over time it will still backfire on you.

4. Listen more to your heart and keep it open

Our heart holds the answers to all our questions, but it speaks very softly. We need to quiet our mind and become still to hear it. Keeping our hearts open isn’t easy because we tend to close ourselves off to avoid pain, but that’s what causes us more pain as a result, because we then store and lock everything inside.

5. Be grateful.

Gratitude has the magic power to get you out from victimhood and turn everything within and around us in abundance.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

I think all the answers to the previous question also fit perfectly here as well.

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)

Each and everyone of us has more influence than we realize. I believe that we all have at least a lot of potential to influence our own lives. After all, it’s the best we can do for ourselves and others as well. In my point of view, all important change comes from within, so this would be a movement that would inspire us to become more aware of who we really are in order to live more consciously. Conscious people do not need hard rules because they are naturally sensitive to life and act in the higher interest of all. I can actually see everywhere around me that this movement is happening already.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

I´m grateful for each and every person that I’ve met in my life. From higher perspective there is no good and bad and all experiences works for us. All people I’ve met are my teachers. Of course there are people who have always been supportive that I can mention such as my lovely partner Martina. She was the one who helped me realize, at a time of my awakening when I felt lost and confused, that I have something valuable to offer to the world through my music. Above that she also — like a mirror — reflects all my emotional wounds and areas that require my attention. Sometimes it takes a lot of courage to look at them.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

If as many wise deeds were done as wise words were spoken, we would long ago have lived in paradise. :)We actually live in paradise, but our unconsciousness has a great ability to turn it into hell. :) There are indeed many very wise quotes and it is very difficult to pick one. What comes to my mind right now is this very famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change that you want to see in the world” It resonates deeply with me. The pain of our world has always been that we have allowed to be led by people who cannot even manage themselves. However, I do believe that from a higher perspective it has a purpose.

Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. :-)

I usually prefer to be alone or only with my partner, but it would be a shame not to take advantage of such a great opportunity. :) There are definitely a lot of people I would love to spend some time with. For example Eckhart Tolle, Michael Singer, Sadhguru, Mooji, Deva Premal and Miten, Sam Garrett…… and the list could go on and on.

How can our readers follow you online?

They can find everything important like my official website, all the social media, music streaming platforms or even ways to join my community and support me, at this link: https://withkoji.com/@DAVAmusic .

This was very meaningful, thank you so much! We wish you continued success!

The pleasure was all mine! Thank you very much for having me!

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Ming S. Zhao

Ming S. Zhao

Co-founder and CEO of PROVEN Skincare. Ming is an entrepreneur, business strategist, investor and podcast host.