March 29, 2018

Šmits is a DJ and an event production manager. If you need a stage, sound, lights and anything else that goes in to making an event, he is a person who knows how to plan everything out, but also physically put it together if need be. He was the one that built the back bar at Kaņepes Kultūras centrs. Even now he is ready to help out if someone from KKc calls him and asks: “Hey, Šmits, could you build us this thing?” Even though he now spends most of his time at the Opera, where he is responsible for the educational program, he still puts on music for us here at least a couple of times a year. Including tomorrow night, March 30, when Šmits will be playing “whatever [he feels] like playing – and usually that’s a little bit of everything.”

– Do you remember how ended up at KKc, the very first time?
– The first time I came here… hmmm… if I’m not mistaken, then my sister dragged me here. She’s an old friend of Davis and Liene’s. That’s also how I met Davis and Liene.

– Do you remember the event?
– Oh… I think it wasn’t anything special, just a regular Friday night. About 5 years ago I had just returned to Latvija – from 2009 to 2013 I lived in Toronto and in August of that year I came back. Yeah, so it was either September or October the first time I came here.

– How do you perceive this place, how do you feel it?
– Like home. I’ve been fairly deeply involved here, built one of the bars downstairs and have done many other jobs here. And so I’ve gotten to know a lot of people here. I can come in to the bar at almost any time and it’s pretty guaranteed that I’ll see some familiar faces. It’s a feeling of family.

– What drives you to get out of bed in the morning and go somewhere?
– Well, usually it’s because I have to pee – that’s usually the first thing on my mind in the morning.

– But in a wider context?
– I can’t say that it’s one thing that gets me out of bed in the morning. It’s all the little things that I experience every day, which we regularly take for granted – those are often the main reasons to get out of bed. It’s sunny outside – who knows how long the sun will be shining, let’s go for a walk! Kinda like that.

– What would you like for people to write in your obituary?
– (Sighs deeply, then chuckles) I’ve never really thought about that… maybe a kind word, something about how if influenced or touched their lives in some way. Good or bad. Usually obituaries are rather dry: “So and so passed away…”

– But you could “choose” now.
– “He enjoyed living.” Yeah, something like that.

– If your life was a movie, what would its title be?
– “Careful, don’t step in that!”

Written by Sanita Rībena. Translated by Martin Smits. #kkchumans


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