This is my inner struggle that is also reflected outside myself. What I can change is my behavior and my inner being. This is the only change that are can make. Everybody with his own. Not with somebody else’s.
And when it comes to poetics, your creative thought, can one speak about the need of not only an artistic, but also a social and political engagement?
TRAJKOSKI: I had such moves with my previous projects, for example, with “Circus Europia” or in MIZAR’s album “Kobna ubavina” and on many other occasions with theatre music and theatre plays. I could not call them social engagement because I have no intentions to socially participate in some sort of social, or, if you want, political organizations or actions. This is a personal and subjective image. An inner thought and an inner scream to the things that happen around me. They affect and enrage the people around me, including myself. And I wanted to be honest, say what has preoccupied me in the past period.
To be political, strong enough, for your words to have an influence on somebody or…
TRAJKOSKI: Political in the sense that I have a standpoint, and not that I want to be present in some sort of a political scene. Having a view does not mean having a pretension, but only seeing the reality and feeling things. I have my own opinion and I am not part of a crowd that is manipulated by others.
The title page of the cover of “Teskiot glas na novite himni” brings to light the “bloody Macedonian sun”, where six people stab each other in the back. The author of the design is Todor Gjoreski, but the story goes down to your cooperation with his father Vlado Gjoreski-Rafik.
TRAJKOSKI: As a symbol, the application was first used in 2005 in the theatre play “Danton’s Death” that we worked on with the director Dejan Projkovski in the National Theatre of Strumica, where the scenographer and designer was Vlado Gjoreski – Rafik. Todor is Vlado’s son and actually Todor is a big fan of my work and I simply wanted him to have the honor to make the design for the album. Therefore, it is understandable that he used the symbol that his father had made for the play “Danton’s Death”, because for me this symbol represents the real spiritual and soul state of our man – everybody stabs everybody in the back. This is the real Macedonian sun, which, regretfully, is very ironic and cynical, but it is real. That is why I have taken this symbol to be the image of the music in “Teskiot glas na novite himni”.
Can music, rock-and-roll, and eventually beauty… change the world? To open, initiate some esthetic, spiritual ideas, human questions, and even real social dilemmas about the time in which we live?
TRAJKOSKI: It can not. This is my inner struggle that is also reflected outside myself. What I can change is my behavior and my inner being. This is the only change that are can make. Everybody with his own. Not with somebody else’s.