Ruslana talks about her life after Eurovision
LUXEMBOURG – During Luxembourg Eurovision extravaganza on October 31st, OGAE Ukraine was lucky enough to have a long interview with one of the key artists of the night, Eurovision 2004 winner, the one and only Ruslana. The singer has focused on how Eurovision had changed her life, the political situation of her beloved country, her projects… amongst other topics.
Her Eurovision experience:
“If I regret anything about it, no one will ever know. It was a huge and exhausting moment, which always happens to normal people when they feel a critical burden. But I never keep this idea in my head longer than a few seconds. Eurovision altered the whole course, not only of my life, but also of the development of modern Ukrainian music. We musicians started to demonstrate and develop our own authentic and exotic music. That’s now being implemented in modern music trends globally. It was a breakthrough for everyone.”
“People are always happy when they’ve opened new doors. You understand that “You can do it” and that is probably the most important thing that Eurovision did for me. It’s then that Ukraine said, “We can now do more than we could do before.” Every victory brings such feelings. But you know: victory is very difficult to fight for. And it’s not just that you want to stay at the top. We have never run just for success — even at Eurovision. Our most important goal was to protect ourselves, to remain ourselves, and in today’s world it is very difficult. There are always so many temptations, especially when producers tell you that you should do a song just primarily so you can get in the charts. We said no, we want to make music. We want to be true to ourselves, we want to do as we feel. We do not want to lie to the audience. We want people to feel our true energy — the energy that we store in ourselves, born in Ukraine, in the Carpathians.”
“I am very glad that we took part in the Eurovision Song Contest, won and created a good image for Ukraine, and made it possible for social processes in Ukraine to develop when Ukraine experienced its independence. Rising cultural projects motivate the country. Sometimes it opens up many prospects.”
“We want to give it to the world, because Carpathian culture is one of the oldest in the world. No one has studied it thoroughly, but I am sure that UNESCO would have great interest if it would search in more depth what is preserved in the Carpathians. The secret rhythms, the secret tunes, the unique dances…these wild dances actually come from the Carpathian Mountains. These are people who simply were not afraid at all — they have this positive energy in their hearts. In today’s world it’s so hard — people want to have things through artificial simulation, while we like it naturally. We still think people carry natural, real positivity. This appeal to “go wild” does not mean that you should just be crazy. “Be wild” means to stay true to you. It was most important to us!”
Ukraine’s political situation:
“For Ukraine, integration means saving the values that we already know. In each of the events that happened during Maidan [on Independence Square] and elsewhere, Ukraine has defended its own independence. This is the only thing that was important: to preserve the country. We didn’t want to stretch our borders, even with the tragedies that happened for us in the Crimea and Donbass. I remember the concerts I gave in Crimea and in Donetsk. Their black technology did not work in Ukraine. All people have the power, through culture and music, through simple things. It is stronger than money, stronger than political manipulation. People have proved that we are stronger than corruption.”
Back to Eurovision?
“You know, I’ve often thought that I miss the energy and atmosphere of Eurovision. If fate put before me the choice, and I could see the opportunity to take part and take me and my country to a new level, then I would do it! I do not want to try to win again. I do not want to just try for such a success — it is not a motivation I have. We must understand that with our actions we are pushing for a better world in the future. If I feel that it would make a new push for Ukraine to contemporary music….then yes, I would do it!”
Another key information Ruslana gave during her interview, is her harsh work on recording her next album. It should be released by March 2016, so stay tuned.