Article published in paper issue of “Hufvudstadsbladet” on 01.02. 2014
Author: FNB-SPT/HEIDI HAKALA
Provided by Senni MM. English translation by Tessa Lande. English revising by Anni Jowett.
YOU HAVE TO DARE TO TAKE A CHANCE: If you want to succeed in music it is important to dare to try new ways,- says Alexander Rybak.
Picture by LEHTIKUVA/Ves Moilanen
Rybak cracked the music code.
Just in time for the Finnish Eurovision finals the 2009 Norwegian Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak will visit Finland. For next year’s race, he would like to write a song for a Finnish artist.
Many will recall Alexander Rybak, 27, as the guy who along with his violin took Europe by storm with the song Fairytale at Eurovision in Moscow in 2009. Rybak is happy about the lift that Eurovision gave his career, with more than over half a million fans today following on Facebook. “But the Eurovision victory is not a wave you can ride on forever”,- he says.
– You cannot live on a name, but must constantly continue to make good music.
In the years after the Eurovision victory, he had up to 400 concerts a year, something that was about to suck the marrow out of him. The schedule made him feel inadequate, and nowadays he is satisfied with around one hundred concerts a year, which is not actually modest either.
– I had to learn to say no to some concerts to make the other better and full hearted.
Likes the Finnish audience
On Saturday Rybak will perform in Ingå together with the singer Susann Sonntag, who is celebrating fifty years of life and thirty years on stage. Rybak is writing a family musical and is not touring at the moment, but said yes to take part in the show. Because he is very fond of the Finnish audience.
After Eurovision, he toured in Finland and also visited various music classes and worked with students. He was pleasantly surprised by the high musical level.
– In Russia they build school education on a lot of discipline and only a little love, in Norway on a lot of love and a little discipline. In Finland you have found a happy balance,- said Rybak, who was born in Belarus and moved to Norway when he was five years old.
Rybak has not familiarised himself with the Finnish contributions in tonight’s UMK-finals, but says that he would like to write a song for a Finnish artist next year. What kind of song or artist he would like to work with he will not reveal now. The Finnish music’s strength is the melancholic and melodic,- he thinks.
– Many remember Lordi because of the shock factor, but I and many musicians with me, see the perfectly composed song. In the end, music is maths. Those who manage to crack the music code win Eurovision.
Alexander Rybak performing with, among others, Susann Sonntag in the Happy Birthday Show 2014 in Aktia Arena in Ingå today at 1600.