Grigory Leps, “Mom said, “what are you screaming at a concert, it’s dangerous!”

Alla Pugacheva, Laima Vaikule and Maxim Galkin were not in the summer on the 55‑year anniversary of Grigory Leps, because they were in Jurmala, but still gave the loudest, with hundreds of thousands of likes congratulation hero of the day — round excellence, clinking glasses Instagram glasses for his health, and speaking different pleasant words. When Alla said, looking up from mortal Affairs, came down, drew the attention and feel the need… Not on everyone it live, you know…

To my great and utter surprise, “provocative” question about the best gift (with a secret idea to hear Hallelujah alle) Gregory V. said something that surprised me.

— The most pleasant gift? — asked again. Very warm words from the wife on my evening and at the end of his speech just took a bow to me personally. It was so nice! When we are together and are about to speak is one thing. But when it says “thank you” to each other in public, people, it takes on a different weight and a very significant meaning!

Hard, brutal legend — suddenly such a delicate sentiment. Suddenly, a though burst. And it’s really a great happiness, when the closeness of two people can become a gift even after years of marriage…

On the creative fronts of the anniversary, two of the five, the year also corresponded to the status of the round honors. Eighth statue music awards “MK” ZD AWARDS — this time in the nomination “Artist of the year” in March marked the beginning of another string of prizes and awards, for many years accompanying the singer. But here the master is not so sentimental and even critical:

— I know a lot of artists, says — who receive music awards and can’t even sell a hundred tickets to his concerts. Prize does not figure. An indicator of your popularity only people, and full houses. And these plates, cups, forks, and the samovar was never for me something so… Nice? Yes. Thank you. Hope it’s deserved… On one of the ceremonies recently, I received nothing. We sat and just enjoyed. A lot of young guys I heard, really interesting. Perhaps, after all, it is their time. More than my own. I still in a sense an anachronism…

Attempts to correct an “anachronism” by “mastodon” was foiled by the sentence: “Want tea?”. In addition to the pleasant ceremonies and awards the year was full of interesting and important things: recitals at several major festivals, new songs, duets paradoxical, deli business projects, the long-awaited album “Chicagocelebritiy”, where is the promised “completely unexpected” musical corners…

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– Year milestone…

– Yes, productive…

– We noted in “ZD” and your 45th anniversary, and the 50th anniversary… What an anniversary in the life of a creative person? The heavy burden of memories or the joy of overcoming a new hurdle?

And then, and more. If we talk about the holiday when I invite their loved ones, family, friends, colleagues and so on, this story is rather not for himself but for people. A lot of trouble — to sit, to feed that everyone was comfortable and well. In this respect, heavy. And if you talk in life, then Yes, we age. Or grow.

– The more and better the number of the anniversary — two fives — the better, perhaps, to understand that many tasks and dreams realized, isn’t it?

– Certain stage, of course, crossed, but I’m not yet stopped. The following album, for example, will be as traditional works, to which people are accustomed to, and music I never sang before. It is very different from what I was doing. People will hear it, as it is fashionable now to digital media. Platelets-that we have now, few are buying.

– Yes, now the Internet taxis… Going to promote yourself as a fashion blogger?

– The music should convey. However, with Etubom can be a problem because, as you well know, I’m under us sanctions. Simply can not afford it.

– Today I just seen you in YouTube just for the year ahead…

Recording what is there, but there is no official for which something is paid. Many artists have with this some work already. For a certain amount of hits — a certain amount of money.

– How’s that affects you the sanctions! Have free music to give away no hitting anyone, right?

– Well, not everything is free… But in this segment this is the case. Money is a lot never.

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With new music you once famously jumped on the money issue. Unheard of it are going to shake? Don’t even know which of the conceivable styles and ranges you have not covered in his work…

You can say that about music? Here it is necessary to hear…

– Try words, this is an interview. Rap? Although you have already seen it…

– Including rap… To some extent it’s not something I’ve done before. Before was just a song, and will now be a larger shape. A little — two or three. And a few pieces that I don’t like, although my spirit and my style. I such a music never sung, and even did not pay to this attention. But I was curious. This is not my work, not the Russian composers. Very large things that suddenly fell off my eyes. Now trying to buy the rights, because everything must be fair and official. And then to process and sing them in their own way, with the Russian text, etc.

– Learned! (Gregory was brought into the Studio and played the demo. — “ZD”) is really Powerful and covers more than the author’s interpretation.

To know them would be extremely difficult if to compare with the original. My performance of a work is very different from the original in that it is a bold arrangement, a bold execution and so on and so forth. I heard it, I liked it, and I decided to splash out on paper, so to speak, all the emotions.

– Interpretation of the great musicians of the works of each other is always interesting. Something even becomes a new revelation. When will publish the authors and titles?

– When they come. The result is a fusion of the traditional and modern rock music combined with rap artists. For me it’s interesting. Will the small batik with a young singer, Ramadi that works for me at the production centre. Very interesting girl, in my opinion, charismatic, talented. I hope she will be the future.


Leps and Rotaru came together in their love of music Meladze. Photo: social networks

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– The coveted duet with lady Gaga! You can consider the fate of your Romadi managed…

– Well the effort. The young, especially talented, you have to help. In this way, also the value of the result, which accumulates with each new anniversary, what were you asked at the beginning. First you store up something yourself, then it comes time to give. And this is a very interesting exercise, revealing new meanings and new courage.

– What criteria do you have for young artists?

The voice is not everything. Must be hard working, zeal to work. Not all survived, by the way, under my command. Don’t want to say lazy, but with someone of my guys had to leave. The biggest problem is people don’t understand where they are and what they should do. Trying to explain and they were in his dimension there. Say you have a good example I have done so many mistakes when I was in the process of becoming, and I ask you not to step on my rake. Learn to behave correctly. There are times when even I’m wrong. And himself blamed for it later. But people don’t hear, step on the proverbial rake. And I don’t want to be a parrot that says the same thing.

– Always confused this craze of the stars — someone to grow in any PC, the creative labs? That’s who you were raised?

– A lot of people helped me. And Eugene B. kobylanski, and Vitaly Manshin, God rest his soul! A number of people who in the days of my musical formation was always there, helping. Whatever they could: money, a warm word, music, poetry. Never, nowhere have I said that I and only I made it myself.

– Is another. Now it has become some kind of industrial technology…

– I understand that. I, of course, in the literal sense, not the producer. I just remember when I had nowhere to go, so I still want to help people who, in my opinion, deserve to be helped. Because, except me, as I understand them, no one would have helped. Still need to help talented children who because of incompetence, as a rule, strike themselves.

– A cliche.

But you know, he justified.

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– One of those “worthy of support” — Alexander Panayotov — you some time ago said that now know who is going to provide for you in retirement. The joke, of course, appreciated. It is an hour not got now the list of candidates for a departure from your center?

– What are you! This man is the candidate number one on the flight. And to fly everywhere. I know this guy very long, you know his voice. But now, in my opinion, he started to sing significantly better. Can also be a truism to say, but the man grew a full head.

And I have a feeling that after his spectacular performance on “the Voice” went for some trampling…

– No beating around the Bush. He’s busy. He works a lot, writes music. We are looking for and the loop and hooks to and it was interesting, and people. Because many artists there is a view how to sing for here Ah: for art, for yourself, for I do not understand why more…

– Firmly kinks…

– While the artist begins to work for the people, it will not happen.

– Panayotov cranky in this sense, the guy, isn’t it?

We are all Moody in this sense, the people. And I was including cranky when I brought the work, said: I have to do it. And it seemed to me that this is nonsense. It is very good that in the end, I realized that some of the works that I have suggested, you need to still do for people. We work for people. There is music for the music, but then you’ll sing for yourself. And if we pursue certain goals — earnings, touring, popularity, and other things, such an artist must stop the narcissism, start to sweat and above all, to sing and to work not for himself. And people will understand it. Maybe not right away. They are very sensitive in this sense. Even at the concert, although I always wearing sunglasses, I can see it in eyes when people are interested in what I do, and when some or not.

Important in this case, apparently, the Golden mean, when the artist is creative and in harmony with themselves and are not mired in the musical prostitution, right?

– . I think that in music schools in the future will study the works of such musicians and composers as Max Fadeev, Konstantin Meladze, that’s for sure…

– Tsoi song, too, remained, though like simple these are…

Is a cult figure. Sometimes I still listen to these works and I wonder what he did with the people he has touched. It was some other story, it is neither the charisma, nor the aura. It’s something that cannot be explained. For example, I don’t understand how people from doing such a great artist.

But understand Yuri Aizenshpis, the first post-perestroika and powerful producer of our show business, took possession of and Tsoi in both tragic climax of the decline of his fate…

– It was a great man. He was one of the giants of our musical world who really knew what and how to do it.

– You have to be an artist, and producer. If still on two chairs?

– I’m hardly going to call himself a producer. I am a person who: a) can pick up the repertoire; b) pay arrangement; and b) to suggest somehow the actor or actress, young, promising, gifted, as you need to do it. Again, in my view. And of all the intricacies of production work, as they knew the same Aizenshpis, of course, I don’t know. If they can hear me, then, I hope, the desired result will occur. And if not, if the person can’t hear me, just walk the other way.

– Involved the threat of…

– Is! Just have it your way. Maybe I am wrong — the person left, took him, untied his hands and he suddenly becomes a great artist. This also happens. I he took it. Was Eugene B. kobylanski, we worked a lot of years, about eight or nine. But when I left him, I have, in a sense, untied his hands, I began to do what I saw fit and it happened.

– How much is still Panayotov live up to your expectations as a mentor?

– I am very happy with them.

– Become a supporter in the days of your retirement?

Ha ha. Well, let him first will earn.

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You’re not always probably to sing? Although Kobzon here…

Like Kobzon, five people in the world if there is, it’s good. And that five will not… And with panajotovym everything that we do is very good, I think. And it would be nice if it counted people. Prior to that, I think we still need to grow up. But from the point of view of its vocal and emotional data I have for him no questions, and he perfectly conveys the work to the human ears. Maybe he’ll Wake up tomorrow already so popular artist that people on the chandeliers will hang in the halls. But I would not want to he quickly became a great artist.

– Do not fast? He is fifteen years old gets them…

Twelve… in order to be popular a number of years, it is necessary to work all the time. What I’m doing. Constantly. Inventing, twisting.

– During this unexpected poniatowskiego explosion on “the Voice,” where did you start your creative Union, all suddenly saw the light: behold, they say, our candidate for Eurovision. I regret that his hire in the end with this idea?

– Unfortunately, this was not in our power. But my personal attitude: I would be against it.

Yes you are the Satrap!

– Just a very few people in the world that after “Eurovision” someone began.

– And there is not worth this task.

– Yes, it is not necessary and did not stand. But there was too much negativity in the recent “Eurovision” Russia does not want to let the competition…

– Would Panayotov may have wanted…

– I don’t think. Although he is a citizen of Ukraine, and, in this sense, indeed it would be easier. But I was in a sense scary, if he went. The situation is not easy there are many detractors. Who knows what would have happened. But in General, I think if he went, his equal would not be.

– If to abstract from the specific circumstances of this year, in principle, is there a Sasha a reason to storm aureolin?

– Many people forget that Eurovision is not a singing competition, it is a song contest. You can be absolutely voiceless person and whisper, to present the work so that it will be the winner. However, what concerns the last few years, Eurovision win most people vocal. There is also the political context which is also not so simple. But I think Alexander is still going. I hope so. Because he’s the reason I came. Therefore, if a country decides that a person deserves and go, I’ll be alone. And if you can not decide, then decide. Equal, again, to him, of course not. Brilliant looks, brilliant performance. There is a young beautiful God! When he sings, I can’t understand how he does it.

– Come on! You can not understand?!

– Even me. Nature! Since it is difficult to argue, she knows what to do.

– And many can’t understand how it’s done, when you listen to it you…

– Yes, and for me it is also a tricky question, ha ha ha… When my mom comes to my concerts, all the time said to me: why are you yelling? Why cry? This is dangerous!


photo: Lily Sharlovskoe
Pugacheva for the Leps is still inaccessible.

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– Here and I about the same. There are artists, who, as you rightly said, whispering. And can, in principle, safely tosatti until his death. You chose a slightly different path — tear of the aorta, so to speak. To 80 years it may not last?

– Of course not.

Who you become over time? In the Russian Leonard Cohen?

– God knows. I was talking about new music… But the manner of execution and there has not changed. While the machine is in varying degrees, works, ourselves tear apart. First, people expect it from you, they used to, and I they are accustomed to. Although it is quite possible that in vain. The artist still needs to sing. The Creek, which I imagine is really not very healthy, as my mom says. Course, so long can not continue. No one has deceived the biological clock. However, while you have the chance, I’ll do it. And then? Well, retirement will…

And then just lured Panayotov will find its role…

Ha ha. This person will work for, I believe four more years on our contract, then go their own way. We — me, wife, my team — I think it will do in five years or seven, when most likely what you say will happen… I Think. All the same, and now I live, not working in vain, not in vain I write. If I’m in varying degrees reach out to people that knowingly trample the land, deservedly earn. Yes, money is not everything, but no matter what anyone said, it is an important substance that helps us to work, educate their children, provide for their families. A man should provide for his family… Will God willing, I five, and seven, and ten years later still be able to take some notes.

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– The festival at limes we discussed all lined up to sing duets with you…

– It continues.

But I noticed a certain new quality. If you all pulled up under a rock sound, but now he adjust to the pop Canon. In this sense, the pinnacle of revelation was your duet with Sofia Rotaru “well I loved you”. The wonders of plasticity…

– So I do not ever come out of this stage! I have still not rock music in its purest form, and the symbiosis of the alloy is.

Your live solo with the band — an absolute, powerful and the absolute rock frenzy…

– Depends on what you call rock music. Heart-we all still fatal, even if pop music, the grid is fatal.

– Remember how the same Sonia in the mid-80s, and was replaced by former Patriotic party and Komsomol pathos and folklore to heavy metal in the arrangements thanks to the Beatles fan, the song arrangements were done by…

– Sofia M. — a brilliant woman, a great and very honored singer. Many years on stage.

The 70th anniversary of the celebrated…

Is it really does not spoil. People love her very much. It was her evening at a great festival in Baku. It is brilliantly worked. And I was very pleased to sing with her.

– How did the idea of a duet?

– Spontaneously. There were two jubilee evening — my evening and Rotaru. Sofia Mikhailovna picked singers that were interesting to her. She was offered and she refused. And I think it is a great honor to work with her on the same stage.

– And the song choice?

– I like all the works of Bones Meladze, and it was one of his old songs. Great work.

– You perfectly put it into two parts…

– Well it seems quite interesting.

But for Rotaru in any case, it was a bold move. You’re in the list of enemies of Ukraine… because She’s not going then in Baku to remain forever…

– Well, now everything — the enemies…

Therefore, it is discussed?

– No, not discussed. After all we are musicians, more than politicians. And I would like that as musicians we were doing just music. What I’m doing. As one politician on one television show with political overtones: here Gregory V. — he needs to make music. And he was absolutely right.

But on this show “with political overtones” you’re not under escort delivered?

– I was invited. Don’t know why. And I don’t know why I went… Well, went. To some extent I was interested, but then I realized that probably wasn’t worth it.

– Because we have no political programs, some propaganda show…

– There was a dispute. I was told that the conversation will be about, and in fact, the conversation hardly touched… And I to this transfer in some sense prepared. In the end, said there are several replicas. More from me there, heard nothing. And Rotaru… let’s Start with the fact that it is not only the glory of Ukraine, but also the glory of the whole Soviet Union. Actually! And politics, Yes, unfortunately, has divided our country. And we are now living in circumstances that often dictate against our will, a very sad dilemma: either you do politics or politics will sooner or later dealing with you that much worse. We are somewhat popular, famous, favorite people, we sing songs, we hear millions and so on and so forth… And if the musician is asked about some political differences with one or another country, he has to speak quite correctly, that I’m trying to do. But it is, in my opinion, wrong. But to any normal person, including me, any war alien. What here to speak.

– And you do not know, your duet with rotary in Ukraine are cut, if there was a stream? For example, from Jurmala at limes you allowed advertising, although Lolita is still broken in the Ukrainian air…

– Honestly, I don’t know. To argue with Ukrainian politicians will not. And Lolita is also a brilliant singer, great artist. Artistry there is more than enough, well done!

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– Returning to the perversion of genres. This year you have the lime and panajotovym was absolutely amazing trio “Invisible Love”…

It is the work of Andrew misina. Great song. So many years have lain on the shelf I have. Still really don’t know how to present it. Here presented at limes at the festival. I think it was pretty good. We even would like to remove it for any movie. Just begs. But while I think trying to understand how after all we all three are organic in this incarnation.

In my view, more than!

– Lime, of course, the master can give the master class is not something that Panajotova, and and I even. She just whisper and whisper to convey that all that is necessary, to the ears of any person, even deaf… And this song is about love, about the rivalry of two men over a woman. Don’t even know how to explain it… But lime is so expensive porcelain that in this context the role does not correspond to, I think, its scale and level, and together with panajotovym against this background, can look quite silly…

– How consistent! Puberty not for the harlot you and panajotovym in this clip to butt. Imagine also the price need to know…

– This is not the first trio I have with lime. We even sang with the Intars Busulis “a fragile World”, also very nice work. And I am now torn desires. But you heard. You may be right. You have to understand that she is very Lyme literate and intelligent people. You have to be sure that this idea she will also be interesting. To sing at the festival is one thing, but to participate in the video — is quite another.

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– Main question: why, with Pugacheva you have the duet still there?

All my life, and dreamed about it. Don’t know why until now. Spoke with Alla Borisovna on the topic. But I had to bring then some work that I did.

And from her repertoire? It’s what rock-verse is!

– Brilliant is works. From “they beat Us, we fly” I was just in shock. Great song… her recital I sang “encore”, which is loved by several generations of listeners that she and Alla played brilliantly, as, in General, and everything she sang. I specifically listened to and watched a few recordings of her performances of “encore” when preparing to perform the piece. There was some inexplicable things, space, which I never figured out for yourself. I tried to sing in her tessitura, a little high for me. At the Studio we of course did it, but if you sing in live concerts, I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to do it as it should and as we would like. Tried in the same room “the Construction” at a solo concert, which was attended by Raimonds Pauls with his wife, singing “encore”. Then it happened. But I will tell you, to echo something after Alla a thankless task…

– Well, there’s your mandate from “Audio track” — to provide a duet with Alla Pugacheva! The last line, which you have not taken…

 

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