Zandari Festa Interview: We meet Swedish/Hungarian singer-songwriter Antonia Vai

Nearly 110 bands from 17 countries are making their way to Seoul, South Korea this week for the seventh annual Zandari Festa. The event runs from October 4 – 7 and will features concerts, conferences, parties and networking events at venues across Seoul’s famed Hongdae district.

Zandari Festa is South Korea’s premier music showcase festival and in addition to attracting music fans from around the world, this year’s edition will also be attended by music industry professionals from 22 different countries including staff from Sounds Australia and folks from other renowned music outings such as Spain’s Primavera Sound, England’s Glastonbury, Slovakia’s Pohoda Fest, Serbia’s Exit, Thailand’s Big Mountain Festival, Hong Kong’s Clockenflap, China’s Midi and more.

We spoke with some of the Asian and European bands that will be playing at Zandari Festa 2018. In our final interview, we sit down with Swedish/Hungarian singer-songwriter Antonia Vai, who will play at Zandari Festa on October 5 at Rolling Hall. We learn more about her and find out why she’s excited to play the event.

Why are you excited to play at Zandari Festa?

This is the first time we’ll be playing in Asia and the thrill of reaching outside our comfort zone is super exciting. We mostly play in Hungary and around Central Europe, and of course, every concert has its excitement and challenges – but there is always a special feeling when you play somewhere for the absolute first time. We are honoured that we got chosen to be here.

What’s something interesting that all music fans at Zandari Festa should know about you?

I moved from Sweden to Hungary to get over a heartbreak. Once in Budapest, I started playing my songs in random little bars and luckily word spread and I ended up on the big festival stages just a year later. I am a nomad at heart, still and always looking for a home, although I’ve found a few. Most of my songs were written on the road and recorded wherever I got a chance. In tiny hotel rooms or my own bedroom. My songs are like diary notes. Anything significant I go through in this life will definitely become melodies and poetry.

What do you have planned for your Zandari Festa showcase?

I’d like to introduce the audience at Zandari Festa to all dimensions of my songs. From the crazy passionate rhythms to the most stripped-down songs. I want to show that we can create a wild show but still stay personal and intimate through the storytelling. I’d like to prove that mainstream happy music isn’t the only thing that can make people dance.

Learn more about Zandari Festa at their official website HERE. And learn more about the band at their official website HERE.