Yoko Ono

What’s the most personal part your work?
They are all personal.

What is the significance of “Talking to the Universe” to you?
Just opening ourselves up to talking to the Universe in fun.

Speaking of The universe, what does that Word mean to you?
A space bigger than all of us we are part of.

You’ve always been connected with Music, Art and Activism…this is your 8th #1 single. What’s next?
Another song is being mixed right now. I hope you’d like it.

What makes you the most vulnerable with your work?
The fact that I like to do several projects at the same time. I love doing that, But some people don’t listen to my music because they say that I am an artist. And some don’t want to go to my gallery shows, because they say I am a musician.  

How do you dance/create with your pain?
What all of us artists are doing is using our pain as material to create our work.

Is it passion, pain or some other source that you pull from when you create?
Pain, passion and love of life.

What’s one of the most interesting aspects about creating with DJ’s. (Our music editor, DJ Spooky collaborated on your YES album.)
DJ Spooky cannot be called just a DJ. He is a very accomplished composer. But these days, DJ’s are the ones who are bringing fresh sounds to the music world. In fact, they are creating a new spatial music. They are the space transformers of the universe.  

What does it mean to be an activist today? What are some of the biggest challenges?
How to communicate the idea without getting repetitive, so it will still turn on people.

You are one of the biggest advocates of peace. What makes you angry?
Anger is an emotion that is very energetic. It is an ideal emotion to turn it around to make it work as a positive force. 

Is your art/music art a form of activism and if so, how?
Long, long time ago, I declared that all my works are a form of a prayer/a wish.

Name a few books everyone should have read.
There are too many books in my head to choose one. Sorry.

What the cause currently closest to your heart?
Of course, I am still working on World Peace. Aren’t you?

What humanitarian issues/organizations do you support the most?
What all of us people do. We don’t have a particular organization, but we all want to make a world in which justice is given to each one of us.

I loved witnessing your passion at SXSW this year in Austin, What keeps that kind of fire alive for you?
You’re filled with so much life. Is there any reason why all of us are not full of life? 

What does the success of your #1 Talking to the Universe symbolize/mean to you single mean to you?
I wanted to splash a a little humour. I felt we needed it.  

What’s your idea of real success?
Doing things right every day by not forgetting to express love to your friends.

Do you feel dance music a good way to influence consciousness and impact listeners with your message?
Definitely. Dance music makes us dance. Let us get off our couch and spin around! 

What do you think is the most powerful medium right now for communicating your message?

All Media. 

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