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Alexander Rybak: I’m very happy that I have the strength to accomplish many different projects.

Yesterday, the National Culture Palace,“Ukraine”, held a huge Christmas/New Year show with the participation of many of the best stage stars. During the show, Alexander Rybak gave us an exclusive interview.

– Everyone is waiting for the new year now. Many are summing up this year’s experiences,remembering important events that filled up this year. Tell us, what do you remember the most? 
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Article and video: Alexander Rybak at the charity presentation of his new video in Vitebsk, Belarus

The article published on 11.07.2014 on gorodvitebsk.by

Author: Karina Shlapakova. 

Found by Ulli Cologne. Translation by Zhanna Sergueeva. English revision by Anni Jowett.

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Alexander Rybak at the presentation of his new video in Vitebsk

On July 11 a charity presentation of the animated movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2” attached to the release of the new video of Alexander Rybak took place in Vitebsk .

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Interview with Alexander in the Russian weekly magazine “OK!”, 03.07.2014

 

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A Stranger

Moscow. The end of June. It is + 10 C on the street. Alexander Rybak came to the meeting in a thin T-shirt. “We had snow in Norway two weeks ago, so I am used to the cold”. He has also got used to the constant attention which falls on him after winning the Eurovision Song Contest. Since then five years have passed and Alexander has written a lot of songs and travelled to almost 70 countries. And now he is reaping the benefits of his success – Rybak is the composer of a soundtrack on the popular Hollywood cartoon “How to Train Dragon 2”, and can be proud of it!

Source:  OK! Published  03.07.2014 in the issue No. 27 (395)Author: Vadim Vernik. Photo: Vanja Berezkin.

Translation by Valeriya Platonova, Zhanna Sergueeva and Maria Solntseva. English revision by Anni Jowett.

Sasha, how did it happen that you entered into Hollywood so elegantly? Did the producers invite you?
Nobody invited me. I just wrote a song and realised that it is perfect for the animation. I’ve worked on the first and second parts of the animation for Norway (main hero Hiccup speaks with voice of Alexander). At my own expense I rented a studio, recorded the melody and sent it to the company “DreamWorks” although only 2.5 months remained prior to the international release of the animation. I knew that I had little chance, they may not even want to hear my song. Especially the Americans, it means nothing to them. And suddenly the answer is: “Of course, Alexander, we know who you are”. I was delighted, although they also wrote that everything was ready, and there was no need for the song, but they certainly will listen my melody. I decided not to wait for the outcome, I was just happy and considered it like a personal victory – the main thing I took a chance. However, after a week and a half they called me and said that the composition is very nice, and in spite of the late terms, they want to use the song. In the end I felt happy, and my song plays in the final credits of the animation. In some countries it is released on the soundtrack disc. The compositions of John Powell are gathered there, and my song is the last track. Continue reading Interview with Alexander in the Russian weekly magazine “OK!”, 03.07.2014

Article: Interview with Alexander Rybak about his music video Into A Fantasy on Russian website, 24.06.2014

Article published on RIA.RU on 24.06.2014

Author: Anna Gorbashova. Photo: Michael Fomichev

Translation by Zhanna Sergueeva. English Revision by Anni Jowett.


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Alexander Rybak: Music video “Into a Fantasy” is about friendship and mutual understanding

The correspondent of “RIA Novosti” Anna Gorbashova spoke with the musician, who visited the capital during the promo tour of the video for the song “Into a Fantasy”, about music, “New Maidan”, politics and Conchita Wurst.

The winner of “Eurovision-2009″, violinist, composer and singer Alexander Rybak is the author of the soundtrack “Into a Fantasy” for the second part of the popular animated film “How to Train Your Dragon”, released in cinemas in Russia on 12thJune . The correspondent of “RIA Novosti” Anna Gorbashova spoke with the musician, who visited the capital during the promo tour of the video for the song “Into a Fantasy”, about music, “New Maidan”, politics and Conchita Wurst. Continue reading Article: Interview with Alexander Rybak about his music video Into A Fantasy on Russian website, 24.06.2014

Article about the shooting of Alexander Rybak’s new music video

Article was published on  www.smp.no  20.05 2014

Author:  Marius Rosbach. Photograph: Kristian Skeide

Translation by Tessa Lande. Revision by Anni Jowett. 

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Alexander Rybak in the middle of local musicians at Stadt

 Shooting scenes for “How to Train Your Dragon 2”

Local young musicians were invited on Friday noon to be extras in Alexander Rybak’s latest music video, which is now being filmed  at Vestkapp.

There are nine young string players from Herøy and three from Ørsta. All are students at Herøy kulturskule.

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Alexander Rybak gives voice to the Norwegian version of “How To Train Your Dragon 2” and contributes with a song. Watch the trailers.

Article was published on VG on 20.05.2014.

Found by Ulli Cologne. Translation by Tessa Lande. Revision by Anni Jowett.

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Make success: Alexander Rybak

Rybak with new overseas success

Alexander Rybak (28) is once again  a voice actor in the second film about the Viking boy “Hiccup” in “How To Train Your Dragon 2”. This time, Rybak also has a song in the movie.

While the credits of “How to Train Your Dragon 2” run, you will in Scandinavia, Russia and several other European countries hear Rybak’s latest single “Into a Fantasy”.  Continue reading Alexander Rybak gives voice to the Norwegian version of “How To Train Your Dragon 2” and contributes with a song. Watch the trailers.

Alexander in TOPP, a Norwegian monthly magazine. March 25th, 2010

Big thanks to Elin Mangseth for translation from Norwegian to English.
Article Revision by Anni Jowett

Link to blog of AIR and translation of the interview:

http://airfriendsforever.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/translation-of-the-interview-in-topp/

Translation of the interview in TOPP

March 25, 2010

Dragonkiller & Heartbreaker

Are you a versatile person with a feeling for cute movies, Asian food and the metal band Keep of Kalessin? Then Alexander Rybak would love to take you on a date.

“I haven’t been exercising for a year or something,” says a stiff Rybak when we meet him. Yesterday’s workout demanded a lot of the former strength trainer, and he can barely lift his arms during the photoshoot with Topp. A hectic year with countless concerts both home and abroad has led to that Rybak uses all his energy on stage and gets little left for the workouts he did earlier today.

But what keeps you in shape then?
“I stress a lot. To yell at my managers from time to time takes a lot of my energy too, hehe.”

DREAMS OF MAKING MOVIES
To become a teenage idol was something Alexander Rybak hadn’t imagined. Kids chasing for autographs and screaming teenagers weren’t something he had worked intensely to achieve.
“People must not think that I have worked with becoming a teenage idol for 2-3 years. I want to end this at the top.”

And you feel that you have reached that now?
“I was more at the top last year, actually. Now it’s more like a downhill.” But Alexander is soon about to climb up again. Rybak is dubbing the main character, Hiccup, in the animation movie How To Train Your Dragon. He is a young viking boy who stands out from the rest of the gang. All his life he has been taught to kill dragons, but one day when he gets the chance to kill a dragon, he becomes a friend with it instead. Rybak sees several equalities between himself and his character.

“I don’t care about what people think about what I do, just like Hiccup. I just do it. Before Grand Prix all my friends told me not to enter it in fear that it would ruin my career. Anyway I went against the flow and did things on my own,” says Rybak, who suddenly gets distracted by the room we are sitting in.
“I really don’t like this room. It’s so hot in here and it smells a bit weird. I almost feel like an autist now.”

Hehe, okay. Shall we change rooms maybe?
“Oh no! It’s fine,” says Alexander and laughs a little to himself.

Okay… But how do you think it was to dub How To Train Your Dragon?
“You know what, my dream is to work with movies. Not as an actor, but to hire people. I haven’t had a vacation in a year, but working with this movie five hours a day was like a vacation for me. I really feel that this is something I really want to do.”

FLIRTING AROUND
But the dream of the artist career hasn’t been put on ice yet, even though he is dreaming of a movie career. Alexander is now doing different music projects and has exchanged the group Frikar with three girls from the celebrity-factory Barratt Due.

Who are these girls?
“I have been flirting with all three. Hehe, no. They are the three cutest girls at the school that I have a history with. Therefore I have chosen to write a love song to each of them. The first is Kathrine who I have been constantly trying to get on a date since I was 17 to 20 years old.”
Hehe, what was the tactic to ask her out?
“Oh dear, I used the typical “boy way” to do it. I sent her three different sms’s. One day I told her how gorgeous she was, in the next I reacted with anger because she didn’t answer, and in the last I apologised for my behaviour.”
What about the other girl?
“Maria was actually my first kiss.”

Wow, how did that happen?
“There was some alcohol in the picture, to put it that way, hehe. But I sing to her in a way that I know that I am going to cry when she marries the man of her dreams. But she should know one thing; even though there are a bunch of cool, hot and funny men out there, I was the one who stole your first kiss.”
And your last flirt?
“Well, Moa is Moa. She is that type of girl that makes me want to quit being a pop star and move to the country instead. There is a pop song about not knowing… Are you in love or are you not…”
Are you in love at the moment?
Alexander smiles, laughs a little, before he answers. “Yeah, yes, no, or, we try to keep it in a professional level.”
So you are flirting?
“Let’s just see in a year from now!”

WANTS A VERSATILE GIRL
This summer Rybak was dating many fans, and he thinks that a trip to the movies is the perfect date.
But what type of movies would you bring your date to?
“A horror if I want to get close to the girl.”
If you’re not at the cinema with a girl, what would you like to do?
“Eehh.. can I say that in Topp?”
Hehe…
“If you like a person then it’s only natural that you want to be alone with that person on a Saturday night…”
What type of girls do you like?
“They must be versatile. I often feel that I match a girl in every situation, but suddenly it shows that they don’t agree to some things. I think there is a curse over me. I am too versatile.”
Like how?
“If we see Moulin Rouge together we are both agree that it’s a very good movie. Or when we eat Asian food, we agree that it’s delicious. But when I see the metal band Keep of Kalessin, and the girl says: “Huh, do you like that kind of music?” that’s so stupid. Hello! It has to be possible to like different things! That’s why it’s better when a girl matches wide than really good on one thing.”

– AIR – elin