He’s been attracting attention with plans to perform au naturel and accompanied by real-life wolves on the Eurovision stage.
And last Saturday, during a friendly chat with wiwiblogger Padraig, Belarus’ IVAN not only confirmed his plans but also shared the meaning behind the controversial choices.
Contrary to speculation, IVAN does not seem to be joking at all, answering the questions in a totally serious and professional manner.
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In fact, he fondly credits his producer Viktor Drobysh for the idea and explains: “We want to show how a wild animal that’s uncontrollable becomes kind and light and how humans communicate with nature”.
Confident that “Help You Fly” will be performed tastefully, he also clarifies his intentions to “elevate music, art and nature over vulgarity” and insists that “it will not be something sexualised or vulgar, we understand families and children watch Eurovision.”
INTERVIEW: IVAN AT THE EUROVISION PRE-PARTY RIGA 2016
IVAN, who won Belarus’ National Final by a huge margin, speaks calmly about the wolf named Shakira — the one from the online rehearsal footage that almost bit him!
But he’s less nervous about her nipping at his bits than he is about qualifying for the final, which is country failed to do last year.
He’s hoping his unique sound can pull him through.
“It will be more of a rock-y feeling” than the typical Eurovision song, he says. “Rock is what I’ve always done and always will do.”
Amongst his musical influences are Three Days Grace, Akt, Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, John Mayer and Eric Clapton.
IVAN performed “Help You Fly”and another soft rock number of his called “Diamond” at the Eurovision Pre-Party Riga.
He remained fully clothed and the only animal on stage was the one he released from within.
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