Tereza Balonová: I can be locked in a room for three days and then steamed for three days

You played with a looper, an instrument on which you can record music or a vocal line during the concert, which is part of the composition presented in real time. But the songs are not recorded on the disc. Why?

When I started recording the disc, I had the feeling that the group was going to enter my life. I started to open up to it. But I’m not looking for it this year, I would like to continue performing with a looper. However, I think that in the future I will be on stage with her. At the same time, I would like to have concerts where I will be alone on stage and accompanied only by a guitar and a looper.

In 2019, you made your debut on mini-album Zhasni den. What has changed since?

Many things have changed. I did a lot of concerts with different performers, be it Mirai, Divokej Bill, David Koller, Jelen or Ewa Farna. Each of them approaches music a little differently, and they’ve all been inspirations to me. I found with them things that corresponded to my nature.

Concerts with singer Pokáč were also interesting. Before that, I played with bands or singers who had a band behind them, and their sets included a visual spectacle. But if he doesn’t have a band, neither do I. We sat together in the van, then in the locker room, chatting quietly, then it was time to go on stage. I grabbed the tool and left. I enjoyed these concerts differently.

Do you prefer tranquility before the concert?

Both when. Sometimes I’m a big introvert, other times I’m an extrovert. It washes and mixes in me. After all, this theme also appears in some of my songs on the record. And the song I’m Just About It. I’m the type of person who can be locked in their room for three days and not come out, and mate with lots of people for the next three days. I like both.

Tereza Balonova

Photo: Lucie Leva

You have given concerts with many personalities. Did any of them tell you about your music?

David Koller took me to the locker room once, which was a powerful experience for me. Who wouldn’t want to be in the locker room with David Koller either. We talked about music and Adam Koller, his son and drummer, then wrote me that he was a fan of me because he liked what I was doing.

I had a similar experience with Ewa Farna. I was happy not only because she’s a big star and a true professional, but also because we have more in common than just being singers and songwriters. My father comes from Havířov and I have Polish roots.

My grandmother had Ewa Farne’s album at home. She said it was right to have songs at home from a singer who is from her area, from nearby Třinec. It was a live concert of his 18th birthday.

When I was a kid with my grandma one time I played the record really loud, I jumped on the couch, I had a remote instead of a microphone, I sang into it and I played Ewa Farna. And after years, she took me as a guest to her concerts and treated me like an equal.

She also introduced me to her mom, and then she wrote me a message saying she was a fan of me and loved what I was doing. These were and are great moments. I have a lot of doubts in me, like most people. But then similar moments happen and I always tell myself that what I’m doing makes sense.

Are the doubts still there?

Yes, and I think that’s so fair. If I didn’t doubt myself, I wouldn’t have the motivation to move and evolve. On the other hand, I know inside that what I do, I want to do, it’s my passion, and I’m going to work hard at it.

If not, would you play the volleyball you left years ago for music?

Maybe so, but more like beach volleyball.

Your generation communicates primarily through social media. Is that your style too?

I confess that I am a man from another era. I had to learn to communicate through social networks because personal contact with people suits me better. It took me a while to realize that it was a good way to keep in touch with the fans. This was actually the only contact at the time of covid.

Of course, I have already suffered various attacks against them, sometimes vulgar. But I learned not to admit them and not to succumb to them. Otherwise, I would probably go crazy.

Is Midnight your newspaper?

No one has named this yet, but you’re right, partly yes. The record is very personal, the lyrics either speak directly to me or someone close to me, or I processed the stories I saw around them. The inspiration is in real life.

At the same time, I originally focused mainly on music. I perceived it more than the words, I processed it a lot. Today, it’s still a bit in the foreground for me, but I also try to pay more attention to the texts.

Who is Sebastian, a character from the song of the same name?

Many people have a person in their life who, through their life experiences, can minimize certain things, transfer them onto them, or understand them. I have it too. He is older than me and he is very close to me. It helps me in difficult life situations, because that also has to be experienced and they look at them from a different angle than me.

Tereza Balonova

Photo: Lucie Leva

Which of the songs on the record are about your relationships?

The beginning of my first great love is You Don’t Listen. The daisies are about the same relationship, about its end. When we broke up with the boy, we had been good friends for a long time. We met, got back together and broke up again. We didn’t know why it was happening, but it was happening.

The daisies talk about how we probably still wanted to be together, but they couldn’t, because we knew it would be better that way. But in general, I like when everyone finds their meaning in the songs.

The theme of the album is also to find life. Do you think you are on the right track?

I think a person has searched for the right paths all his life. However, it’s a big deal for people my age, we make crucial decisions. We graduate and think about what to do next, we experience great love, we are looking for the right partners, friends. We are looking for a place in life. I opted for music and at the same time I started studying pedagogy in Ústí nad Labem.

Why here?

Because I wanted to teach from an early age. In elementary school, I had an excellent teacher who influenced me by embarking on a musical journey. He told me to sign up for the Porto show, which I did. And because of that, my life changed. I had other good teachers and professors, but I also had bad ones.

I realized that it is a very important job. These people can transmit not only information to young people, but also the passion for things, support their talent or direct them towards critical thinking. That’s my desire too, and I’d like to be good at it.

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