Article published in a paper issue of “Zhensky journal” (Women’s magazine), June 2013 edition.
Found by Sonya Luzina. Provided by Tania Kuzmina. English translation by Zhanna Sergueeva & Julia B. English revision by Katie Anderson.
Alexander Rybak: “It’s very nice – to make people happy!”
Interviewer: Daria Egorchenko
We happened to meet Alexander Rybak at the Award Ceremony “Top 50 successful and beautiful people of the city of Minsk,” where he performed as the guest of honor. Prior to that, I only heard from my colleagues and others about what a sociable and pleasant person Alexander is. Here he is smiling on the photo with a daughter of my friend, here he is signing her exercise books, here he is holding her in his arms at his concert … It seems none of our stars can manage to become an idol that quickly or easily. And all of that because Alexander is very sincere. And absolutely not “star-like”. However, judge for yourself.
J: This question you’re probably asked at every interview. And still, how has your life changed since you won “Eurovision-2009”?
AR: Yes, you’re absolutely right, this question I hear quite often (smiles). I have received more work, and my time for sleeping, meeting with my friends and my loved ones, not to mention my private life, has really reduced. But I don’t complain. I sought it myself. Every time I enter the stage and see the happy and glowing eyes of my audience, I realize that spending so much time on my work is not for nothing . This is a very pleasant feeling – to make people happy!
J: You are originally from Vitebsk. Do you communicate with your relatives, and how do you generally perceive the city where you were born?
AR: Yes, I am constantly in touch with everybody, at least by phone. My grandmas come to Oslo to visit me every year. I had been in Vitebsk in the spring, and will be happy to come back again to the “Slavic Bazaar”, invite me! It is a pity that I can’t see my cousin and my niece more often. It would be very nice to come to my motherland and to see my loved ones more often. Yes, and to meet the Belarusian audience in different cities at my concerts.
J: What was your childhood in Belarus like?
AR: I really do not remember that time as we moved to Norway when I was only 4 years old. I remember how my grandma taught me Belarusian folk songs, how we were walking through the park with my parents. Well, I come to Minsk, go along the streets, and the memories are born in my head. Even recently I have been to our apartment where I lived when I was little – it’s so unusual, so many thoughts flooded …
J: Many Belarusians only manage to glorify their country abroad. How do you feel about this trend? Why can we value our heroes in the field of show business only from a distance?
AR: Probably because in Europe show business is better developed than in Belarus, no matter how much it hurts to admit. But the main thing is that the Belarusians glorify their country! It’s good when the recognition comes on time. And I am sure that everything is still going to come to Belarus!
J: What inspired and motivates you in music, and in life in general?
AR: As for my creativity, I am inspired by my audience, for whom I would like to work and to give the best of everything. And in my life in general – traveling, nature, life stories and meeting people inspire me. Sometimes, after staying in one country or another, such a big number of emotions appear that it charges me for a long time.
J: When do you plan to come to Belarus with solo concerts?
AR: I am ready, with pleasure (laughs). In fact, I am ready to come to every town where I am waited for! I also have an idea to do concerts with children’s orchestras to support talented young people and children.
J: Your parents are musicians, and classical ones. Did they always accept your creativity seriously? How do you assess their role in making you into a musician?
AR: My parents always supported me and helped me with their advice, and I’ve gotten a good musical education. In addition, I consider myself a musician first and foremost, and then a singer. Because I always play both classical and popular music – and my audience likes that. Sometimes I have fully classical concerts.
The sun – it’s good, but the rain is also necessary, because of it everything new is born. The feeling does not vary from woman to woman, it changes with age.
AR: I like to communicate with people, so I could be a psychologist. I even tried to pursue an education in that. And also I could be a lawyer. For some reason, from childhood I was drawn to this sphere. But being a member of a family of musicians I was obliged to become a musician!
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