They cast a spell on Eurovision during Eurovision 2021, rising all the way to second place in the public vote thanks to front woman Kateryna’s stellar voice and the group’s unique blend of folk and EDM.

And now Ukraine’s Go_A can celebrate another achievement: Their iconic performance of “SHUM” at the Wiwi Jam at Home has now topped one million views. Filmed in Kateryna’s kitchen, it captures the group’s musical abilities, but also their quirkiness and sense of fun as Kate simultaneously sings while making traditional cherry-filled dumplings. As an added bonus, they repurpose their now iconic hazmat suits from their first “SHUM” music video.

To mark the occasion we had a quick chat with  group’s founder and frequent translator Taras Shevchenko, who discussed their at-home performance, their reaction to their amazing Eurovision result and their plans for performing abroad.

Go_A’s Wiwi Jam video of “SHUM” tops one million views

 

WIWIBLOGGS: First of all, thank you again for filming this iconic video for our online concert. It was really generous and kind of you. You are known for mixing EDM and folk music. But the Wiwi Jam video is something entirely different. Could you tell us about the style and genre you are doing?

TARAS: All of us can play several musical instruments, especially Ihor, so it’s not a problem if we need a double bass or a cajón on the song. We also like to experiment with different music genres. Metal version? Sure! Acoustic gypsy-jazzy style? Why not? So we just did what felt right at the moment.

Your video is so creative. Why did you choose this setting and what is Kate cooking? Is she a good cook? Did you eat everything?

Thanks! As a matter of fact, we remembered your comment on social media about varenyky and were thinking like, “challenge accepted,” haha. Actually Kate is a very good cook. You should try her lentil soup sometime! And of course we and our filming crew ate everything — it was very tasty.

We love the appearance of Kate’s cat at the end of the video. Was she waiting to eat? Does she always sit so patiently?

Kate’s cat is always waiting to eat as any other cat. And she never sits patiently, so it took about 10 minutes for Kate talking to the cat and convincing her to sit quietly and wait for her moment.

 

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Your song came second in the public vote and Kate looked emotional and almost shocked at that moment. What were you all feeling?

It’s almost impossible to describe it in words. We do what we do for the people and the fact that they liked our song and stage performance so much meant the world to us. And we’re talking about a song that’s not in English!
When we were standing behind the stage during the final and waiting for our turn to come up and play, we saw a girl in a green fur coat in the audience as well as many Ukrainian flags! All this is very inspiring and motivating. We feel great appreciation to all people that believed in us and voted for us and we just want to write more songs and tour all over the world for them.

Finally, your international fans are in love with your unique style and music. Do you have plans to perform some concerts and festivals abroad in the next year?

We have already played several shows in Ukraine and we were shocked by how great the people reacted to our performance. In Lviv, we hardly managed to get out of our dressing room and into our bus because there were people everywhere singing our songs to us. This year we’ll have concerts in Lithuania, Estonia, and the Netherlands so far and we hope there will be more. We want to play live everywhere it’s possible to show the people how much we love them and how beautiful Ukrainian music is. Of course, right now everything still depends on Covid restrictions, so touring everywhere is technically not quite possible. But you never know what comes next.

Read more of our Go_A news here.

 

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Vsl
Vsl
2 months ago

now, after a few post-ESC2021 live concerts, the cult status of Go_A is undeniable…

Elizabeth
2 months ago

I loved the song, video, live performance, just everything so much! The sounds moved my slavic dna. Definitely my number one choice for eurovision win. Best, most original and exciting performance. Come to Australia one day.. make sure you include Melbourne!

Last edited 2 months ago by Elizabeth
Alex
Alex
2 months ago

I hope they perform in more countries. It would be great if San Remo invites them to perform since they received the highest number of points in televoting.

Sot
Sot
2 months ago

Day 1 after Vidbir 2020: Eww Solovey is irritating and Kateryna is ugly
Day 4: OMG YES MY VIBE SOLOVEY YOU GO KATERYNA

Day 1 after Shum came out: Ew that’s so depressing, Go_A you disappointed me
Day 8: OH YES GO_A FTW 2021

Day 1 after Shum revamp: Ewww they changed the whole song I’m so underwhelmed
Day 6: *clap* VESNYANOCHKO VESNYANOCHKO DE TY ZYMUVALA

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago

With everything that’s happening to Maneskin, some maybe ignored how well Go_A did in the viral charts also, which is also impressive considering their music would normally be seen as too niche to succeed with them. They were able to be a televote magnet like KEiiNO and acheive cult status between Eurovision fans at the same time. The amount of fan art of Kateryna’s iconic moment I’ve seen online is very impressive.

Berta
Berta
2 months ago

They also curently preparing colab with their favorite artist Gjon’s Tears
Kateryna’ sweetheart 😉

Nick
Nick
2 months ago
Reply to  Berta

Gjon is damn lucky one cos they love him so much, especially Kate lol
Damiano will be devastated after he declared his undying love for Go_A, haha!

Alice
Alice
2 months ago
Reply to  Berta

Whaaaat??? What is your source, that would be so dope!

Berta
Berta
2 months ago
Reply to  Alice

well, if you follow them you would know they were planning colab for ages as they’re communicate/friendship with each other almost 1,5 year already but couldn’t because of covid, Kateryna been saying about colab with Gjon almost in every local interview and after Eurovision Gjon posted on his Insta that he can’t wait to see Kate again and looking for their colab, Taras also confirmed it in his replay saying we have to be patient 😉

their friendship is adorable 🙂

Last edited 2 months ago by Berta
BoyWithEmotions
BoyWithEmotions
2 months ago
Reply to  Berta

oh now I understand why Kate gave her exclusive bracelet to Gjon as a gift and called him “my little one” this is so precious aww
I would die for that kinda love queen Kateryna giving to Gjon , Haha

Ashton
Ashton
2 months ago
Reply to  Berta

apparently we may be getting a montaigne and go_a collab as well

Sven
Sven
2 months ago

Go_A will perform in Amsterdam in December 9 along with the Roop, Destiny, Verka, Netta, Loreen and others

I alredy bought tickets 😀
can’t wait!

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Sven

Same acts again. Why can’t they bring new Eurovision artists?

Una
Una
2 months ago

Go_A = legends and gods of Eurovision. Talented and intelligent with huge hearts full of love.

This was a very nice read.