Alexander Rybak is tired of being a star
Translation by Zhanna Sergueeva
Interview by Anna Shestak
– Recently I lived in a tense mode: each month I went to Kiev because of working in the project “Star + Star” which I have recently left. Only after recording four programmes I’ve understood what the judges and the producers want from me: the main thing is not how do people sing but emotions, a show.
In the early days I became totally lost: those who sang badly but in funny costumes and wigs – they received twice as many points than those who tried so hard and were dressed in normal clothes. But I decided that I would nevertheless perform in normal clothes. People should understand: all right I love your culture and what you call a creative but I also love the Scandinavian culture.
Ukrainian fans will upload a video on the Internet and Norwegians will laugh at me after looking that. How could I – a musician – start to jump around in underpants on stage? It’s not accepted for us to shock the audience like that. Not to upset the producers I’ve put on a pair of wigs and tried on a fisherman costume but then I said: “Here on the change in my image ends “.
You know I’m bored that I’m a pop star and that people inviting me to the show or corporate party want to hear the same five songs. And they forget that in fact I am not a showman but a classical violinist. All of these trips, meetings with Will Smith, Barack Obama, another iconic personalities are just an experiment. I always wondered: how does one welcome a star? What does one talk to a star about? And I’m lucky, I became a little star after “Eurovision”. And now I want to be just a musician.
Recently I released a Russian-language album “Europe Skies” and I am often asked whether I am afraid to turn into the artist singing at parties for wealthy Russians. No, I’m not. I visit Russia not so often as it seems. Germans whom I visited two or three times a month think I perform only in Germany, French – in France, Ukrainians – here in Kiev. And I like it, it means everywhere I am their man.
I fell in love with Ukraine thanks to the talented children which I performed with – I love children. I visit orphanages, hospitals, I communicate with them, I cheer up them, and it’s not PR, I am sure that all my life, regardless whether I’ll be popular or not, I’ll do it. But unfortunately I can’t become a father for each of these children. Although paternity is in my plans, and I’ll have a family for sure. I hope I’ve found the girl already. Norwegian. If relationship will develop we’ll see.
And if you talk about creativity I really want to become a TV host to host a programme about travel, different cultures and musical genres. To make the world feel: it’s united through a music and art. Maybe I can surprise people once again appearing in a new role.