RUSSIA 2014: ILYA GUROV’S INTERVIEW
MOSCOW, RUSSIA – The team of oikotimes.com is keep bringing you more exclusive interviews. This time we had a talk with young and perspective artist from Russia – Ilya Gurov. Ilya submitted two songs for Russian national final this year. He was born on 24th July in 1989 and you will read more about him in the following text.
First Ilya, can you tell us and our readers something about you.
Hello! My name is Ilya Gurov. I’m a singer, writer and performer of my own songs. I started to sing from my childhood and although I have no musical education to this day I always knew that I would be an artist. My whole life is inseparably connected with music! I really love it! I like the process of writing compositions. Unfortunately, I have no parents and all my life I have to make my own way by myself! Thanks to my friends and their support, I was able to believe in myself. And I hope that my childhood dream to become a professional artist and to represent our country at the Eurovision Song Contest, will become a reality. I grew up in an ordinary family. Just like any other I went to school, and then I graduated college. After it I went into the army. I was born in the town which is called Ryazan, which is situated 200 kilometers from Moscow. When I was 16 I tried to conquer the capital of Russia the first time, and I moved to Moscow when I was 20.
How and when did your career start? Who are your role models?
The first success came in my hometown few years after I moved to Moscow, when my song “Pussy Cats and Cats” played on the radio the first time. I am very impressed by Western artists like – Patricia Kaas, Shirley Bassey, Pink, Madoona, Lady Gaga, Ella Fitzherald, Danny Saucedo and many others. From Russian artists I prefer listen to Ani Lorak, Sergey Lazarev, Alla Pugacheva, and many others, because everyone is worthy of attention, and first of all, respect!
Why did you apply for Russian national selection for Eurovision?
As I said before – Eurovision is my child’s dream! It is so fantastic to take your chance and to represent the country by your own song. Millions of people will see and feel your energy, your sincerity. It is a huge experience and a great opportunity for a young artist to declare about himself, and for experienced artist it is luck to prove his place in a musical industry!
Can you tell us something about the songs that you applied with, like the genre, composers, who wrote the lyrics, name of the songs.
Certainly! I am very thankful you for such interesting questions This year I sent two compositions – one of them is dance song called “Lose Control” and another is a ballad called “Beautiful”. Some of the words in the refrain of the first track are:
Lose control now and forever!
I give you wings – dance in the clouds.
Please do not lose them ever!
My feelengs under your clothers!
This song is about senses, about mutual relations and, certainly, about love! Refrain, and the main idea of the second track is much deeper!
You are beautiful!
I am beautiful!
They are beautiful!
With the help of this song I want to underline the idea that we should be natural and let us be what we are, no matter what color of skin, eyes, orientation or social status we have! A fragment of composition “Lose Control” is already available. People write their opinions, which are rather positive, and it gives forces to move farther!
What is your favorite Eurovision nation and favourite Eurovision song?
I do not like to divide people into cities, nations and et cetera! We all live on one planet and we are one big family! Certainly, I have the favorites, many of them are popular in Russia – Ani Lorak, Tina Karol, Dima Koldun, Dima Bilan, Natalia Podolskaya, Julia Savicheva, Serebro, Abba, Serduchka, Eric Saade, Loreen…. Enumerating is possible for ever and ever, because everyone is talented on his or her own way! I value the songs of the Russian performers and it would be dishonest to mark them out. And from our colleagues, perhaps, I will mark the songs of “Popular” Eric Saade and “What if we” by Ciara.
From the few already selected songs, which do you like the best, also, for whom will you cheer this May?
I will pull for Maria Yaremchuk, representative of the Ukraine, and her song of “Tick-tock”. I like the fact, that this girl is the author of the song; it gives more sincerity for the audience and some kind of confidence to the artist. I will also keep my fingers crossed for Conchita Wurst. It is very hard to plunge into that entire negative, that knocked down on this artist and not everyone will be able to sustain it. And humanly, I want that eccentric fellow to take one of the three prizes! I am convinced that time will show how things should be.
In the end, do you have any last message for Eurovision fans that have read this interview?
I would like to thank you for your interesting and sincere questions. It was very pleasant to communicate with you and share with the piece of my heart before main musical competition in the world. I hope, the Russian judge will mark my compositions that I wrote by myself, and we will meet with you in National Selection of Eurovision 2014. Love and be loved!
INFORMATION ABOUT ILYA GUROV
Ilya was born July 24, 1989 in Ryazan. The story of his emergence as a performer begins standard because, like many other children , Elijah sought to sing from an early age. When the boy asked who he wants to be when he grows up, he replied that he wanted to ” sing like people on TV.”So he showed his vocal wherever it was possible. Looking at Ilya, there may be a misconception that he – the minion of fortune, luck which all presented on a silver platter. However, this is not so. For tender and sensual way the singer hides enormous will , talent and enormous work . Ilya took early youth pink glasses – his childhood ended with the loss of parents. Became the sole support of the boy ‘s aunt, who supported and guided him nephew.
For example, she insisted on not to Ilya stargaze and got a serious education. So Gurov graduated from Ryazan branch of the Moscow State University of Railways with honors. Behind the singer also served in the army. But despite my aunt’s arguments and lack of musical education, Ilya never once renounced his desire to sing. So in 2006 he decided to take part in the casting for the project “STS lights superstar”. Become a winner of this show was not meant to Gurov as victory went Nyusha , but accidentally he witnessed arguments jury about yourself. Philip Kirkorov, Yana Rydkovskaya and Lina Arifulina talked about him as a future star with huge potential. Elijah did not have to have prizes – he returned to Ryazan winner.
On the advice of her friend , singer Venus, he dared to show his track record one of the leading musicians of Ryazan – Eduardo Kal’chenko . Get advice from the pros , Ilya began recording their first album “The Works of Love”. A graduate department service BT Ilya had firsthand experience with contemporary promotion projects in the network, so he found a way most democratic and objective way to express yourself. In 2010 – 2011 years. his work is beginning to spread with great speed in the network : video typed views, songs were downloaded every minute, – Ilya talking about, and its popularity has leaked from the Internet – space. In 2013 his song “Build Love” won first place in the “Municipal promotion” on MUZ TV, and his song “Cats , Cats” won the People’s Hit Parade on RU.FM.
Currently Ilya has already recorded 4 albums. His compositions often called sensual and tender. The singer did not quite agree with this definition. He claims that his work – it’s life story, and maybe that’s why they are sincere and truthful. After all, he puts them in his soul. Since it is hard to disagree. For example, the song “Mama” is riddled with such love and sincerity that a text can subscribe everyone. Ilya involved in charity work. The singer admits that he can not help people in need of assistance to such an extent as he would like, but he hopes that with time, is bound to be capable of it . Generally , Ilya Gurov, prefers not to talk about their good works or personal life.
Ilya says he has no idols, but there are artists whose work he can not help admiring. So , he wants to sing with Patricia Kaas, Sergey Lazarev, Angelica Varum and Ani Lorak. Currently the singer has filed two applications for national selection “Eurovision 2014” from Russia, as well as released a few singles, “Everything will be OK!” and “hear”, which is already mounted videos!