Alexander Rybak talks about the insults to Belarus, “Milki” and the gadget iPhone 6s
Source: vgr.by. Text: ЭВИКА ОТТО. Published 9.11.2015
Photo from the personal archive of Alexander Rybak
Translation to English by TessaLa. Revised by Sonya Luzina and Katie Anderson
Found by Ulli C.
After an unsuccessful attempt to send the Belarusian girls from the group “Milki” to “Eurovision-2015” the Norwegian singer Alexander Rybak did not appear in Belarus for a while. The artist emotionally reacted to the “loss”, expressing resentment in a video on his Facebook page. However, a year later Rybak has cooled down and decided to return – this time with a tour. One of the first concerts will be held in the concert hall of the Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno on November 12.
Alexander Rybak will perform with his group “Milki” where, by the way, Victoria Nazarko from Grodno is one of the participants.
On the eve of the concert we talked to the singer. The musician told us how he feels when he is in Belarus and how he spends the fees.
Grodno is one of the first cities in our country where you give a solo concert. Why haven’t you performed in Belarus before?
– I rarely do concerts because it is important to me to do everything qualitatively. I have fans all over the world, and I need to manage to visit a lot of countries. Now there will be two concerts in Belarus, and they are important to me. I will share the classical music and my virtuosity, everything I worked on in recent years. When I perform, it is important to me that the audience experiences vivid emotions.
We haven’t heard anything about “Milki” for almost a year. What is going on with this project now? Why haven’t you worked with it for so long?
– This project was created to show the Belarusian culture in Europe. When we were not given the opportunity to represent Belarus at “Eurovision”, I needed to cool down – it took half a year. I always wanted to continue to work with the girls, and now we are back to that: they are already performing, and we have signed a contract for a year. Now I and Slava Rakitin are writing two new songs for them. The members of the group have remained the same: every girl has her unique talent.
How do you feel about the fact that “Milki” didn’t pass on to “Eurovision”?
– It was a defeat for the national selection, but not for the group “Milki”.
I think you have a gentle nature. How is it to be in the world of show business?
– Of course, I’m pleased that people like my smile, but it is even nicer when they like my soul. I’m a very grateful artist, but I know that in show business you have to be strict and fair.
How did you spend your first fee? And if you have some weaknesses, what do you spend your money on?
– When I was a kid, Dad and I went around Europe and played in the streets. In those days, we lived in the most luxurious hotels for fees we got, but now I spend all the money on the songs and videos. I really spent a lot on my first musical and the creation of the audiobook “Trolle” in Scandinavia.
A year ago, when you were in Grodno, we noticed that you had an iPhone 4 with a broken screen. You haven’t bought the just released iPhone 6s yet? And what do you think about the really high interest the youth have with trendy Apple products?
– Before iPhone 6s was released, I bought iPhone 6. I don’t need to buy new phones every year. Why I should spend money on an iPhone 6s, and then waste my time on the transfer of files and contacts? I’d rather buy a new game for Xbox 360 or invite friends to an expensive restaurant. (smiling)
You travel a lot and you live in one of the most comfortable countries in the world. In that context, what do you think about Belarus?
– When I arrived to Russia, I felt Slavic, but when I finally visited Minsk, I realized that I’m home. After so many years of living in Norway it was very nice. Now I try to come here more often and delight my countrymen with new songs.
A fan from Israel has driven you up the wall so much that you dedicated a song to her, “Leave Me Alone”. I know that she followed you in tours, called you 60 times a day, and even got to know your parents. Is this story over now?
– It is over. (Sighs and laughing.) It was the most negative experience in my life. Now I try to live on the positive and gratitude. I develop these qualities thanks to my “Norwegian” nature. I have excellent relationships with other fans. We communicate through Facebook and Instagram: I share my joys, problems and projects. And I am pleased if a girl I date already knows a lot about me from the Internet. This means that she is interested in my career and I am not not indifferent to her.
Alexander Rybak was born in Minsk in 1986, and was five years old when he moved with his parents to Norway. The winner of the song contest “Eurovision-2009” in Moscow – the singer who has the contest record of 387 points. In 2014 Alexander Rybak created the group Milki, selected five women from Belarus, including a vocalist from Grodno, to participate in the Belarus national selection for the “Eurovision-2015”. According to the results of audience voting “Milky” took second place.