Interview: Schultz & Forever
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Jonathan Schultz, the artist also known as Schultz & Forever, has an interesting background. He grew up in Denmark as part of the Free Church, a Christian denomination that sits completely independent of the state. This means that they do not accept theology or policy from the government. It also means that Schultz, educated in Christian schools, was protected from theories such as the big bang, which he didn't even hear about until he hit adulthood and ventured to college. But "It wasn’t strict at all, quite the opposite" he says on his upbringing. "My parents are very warm and loveable people, and I’ve always gotten the attention, love and comfort that everyone needs." "The only negative thing I can put on it was the fact that I was told that there is a God. Because when I felt my faith starting to crumble, that’s when life's pointlessness struck me and that kind of created shades of anxiety and depression." Schultz doesn't hold any grudges and embraces his childhood, understanding why his parents brought him up in this way, because of their belief that God is the only option. "I won't raise my kids that way" he says, but his unconditional love and respect for his parents causes little spite. "I would identify myself as an atheist, but I would love to experience a spiritual or even religious encounter. I think it’s important to have something to fall back on in life, it could be falling in love and raising kids. I think it’s important to find something that makes you happy and gives meaning to the world around you." Schultz & Forever's upcoming debut album, Grand Guignol, explores his newfound atheism and how he comes to term with every belief he was brought up on crashing down around him which resulted in an existential crisis.
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