On the eve of Serhiy Babkin’s concert in Green Theatre we asked this refreshingly down-to-earth star of Ukrainian showbiz about what’s cracking in his life and work, his 9th album he has dedicated to his daughter and some philosophical aspects of being a musician.
Tell us about both Sergeevna your album and your daughter you named it after.
This album is very special personally for me. First of all the songs you find there were written from the happiness I felt on the birth of my little princess Vaselina. Second of all it was the first album I made with a sound producer. That producer is Milosh Elich so the whole process was high level. But the most important for me is every song in this album is about love and nothing else.
Seems you have a mix between social topics and romance in your songs. Are you planning to carry on with this trend?
I would say the contrary. There aren’t many social and romantic threads in my works. Mostly it's about emotions and life seen through various levels of the human condition. I’d love to try to write songs for children or some classics, or launch an electronic project. Maybe shoot a movie and write a play in future.
Okay, but do you have your next album in mind already?
I think we’ll start working on it in November. We want to do something we’ve never done before. We’ll do 40 songs, choose the best 15 and then record those. It's hard to talk about the concept now as I want to do what my heart tells me and follow the direction of my soul. Open my mind and listen to where it takes me. I can’t ride on the same track for long – I turn sour, so I never wait until what I’m doing becomes routine or boring – this is a catastrophe for me.
Are your achievements what you dreamed of when you started out?
I just wanted to sing when I started and I was wondering whether I could do it. And of course I was trying to convey my idea and that’s what I’m still doing. In the beginning there was more sarcasm and self-irony in my works. The further I went the deeper I wanted to dive.
Interesting comparison...Have you ever thought what else you would do if not music?
I think I would be a good military man or a surgeon. Well, if I didn’t succeed in music I would be just an actor.
Many creative people dream about recognition and popularity what does it mean for you to be a star?
Music is the greatest creation on Earth. You can hurt with a word, but music doesn’t hurt anybody as it doesn’t have this function at its core. Music as it is, came before us, is with us and will remain long after us. That’s why it doesn’t mean anything for me to be a star.
Is there anything really important for you apart from music?
My family is the most beautiful, harmonic and solid unit on the whole planet. It seems we’ve known each other for ages. Maybe we knew each other before the creation of the world. We are friends, doctors and teachers to each other. And if I needed to sacrifice my life for their safety I’d do it without a second thought.
Touching words, but let’s return to your work, is there anything special in store for your upcoming gig?
There will be a few surprises for sure as I love surprises both making and getting. They only work if they are unexpected, so if I tell you it won’t be a surprise. Come and see for yourself.
Serhiy Babkin (UA, art rock)
27 September at 19.00
Tickets: 170 –190hrv
Green Theatre (Parkova Doroha 2)
by Vadym Mishkoriz