Ksienija, Arciom and their Belarusian band have stolen the hearts of many Europeans since their Eurovision 2017 participation. Now NAVIBAND is preparing their fifth album in Ukraine — but they don’t plan on bringing any of their news songs onto the Eurovision stage.
The Belarusian group has been very fruitful since ESC, releasing their fourth album “Adnoj Darohaj” and several singles — all the while touring throug most of Eastern Europe.
Despite their Eurovision success, the group says a Eurovision return is not on the horizon. In an interview with newspaper KP, the group revealed that they have no desire to go back to the Eurovision stage. They also revealed the dark side of a Eurovision participation. They said:
“All, that we wanted from it, we have received. Yes, we have notoriety, both in Kyiv and Warsaw, and even in Dresden they want to take pictures with us, European listeners buy our singles and support us.”
“But there is also a negative side of the contest – it might play with your head, especially with young artists. You are surrounded by such attention and interest, that your feeling of significance might go through the roof. You start to think: oh, what a great artist am I! And then you return home – and, if you don’t have your own material, nor an audience, it starts to break.”
“With us, fortunately, this didn’t happen. Concerts and especially our fans always save us from everything.”
Two years after their time in Kyiv, they feel it’s time to up their music game. NAVIBAND used to record their material locally, in a small studio in their hometown Minsk, but a desire to improve the quality of their work has brought them to Ukraine’s capital once again.
They’re currently working with some of the biggest producers in the Ukrainian music industry, including Vitaly Telezin, who has worked with the legendary Ukrainian group Okean Elzy. He famously wrote one of Zemfira’s first hits.
NAVIBAND’s Arciom revealed a bit about their upcoming fifth album to KP:
“There will be four songs in Belarusian and six to seven songs in Russian. We perform the songs in the language in which it was born. The songs that are especially received well are the ones that we created bit by bit.”
Of course, that sort of shift requires money — and the duo publishes all their material on their own without the support of a label. They revealed that they’ve sold their car to afford this next step. They need your support to make it happen too. We reported earlier about how NAVIBAND has started a crowdfunding campaign to collect the funds to complete their album.
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