Vlad Krutskikh – Exclusive Interview

I am holding the first single CD of Vlad Krutskikh. It’s entitled “Hello Hello Dance Mix” and has five energetic songs which can be played at every party.

The lyrics of the English version of the song “Allo”  are written by American poets James Koch and Jason A. Phelps for the original music by Vitaliy Ososhnik. Vlad has achieved worldwide popularity as a  lead singer/dancer with the Russian pop group Street Magic (also known as Volshebniki Dvora). Street Magic was  formed in 1989 by its artistic director, Vitaly Ososhnik, and has since become well known on the music scene. In 2007, they received an award for Outstanding Young International Variety Group at the 28th Annual Young Artist Awards in Hollywood, California.

I am glad to present to you an exclusive interview which Vlad gave for theskykid.com only a few weeks after the release of his new album and the big concert of Street Magic at Novosibirsk, Russia.

theskykid.com :

[EN] What do you find most exciting and/or difficult about being an internationally recognized star?

[RU] Что тебе нравится и какие трудности испытываешь, будучи узнаваемым артистом в многих странах ?

Vlad Krutskikh :

[EN] I am pleased when people recognize me, but I do not have a star complex, I respect the fans because they are people just like me.  As to your question about the life of a star- some people think that is  is simple  , but  its gets much more complicated with all the tasks that have to be done in a day.  I go to school six days a week, I have daily music and singing lessons (solfège), dance rehearsals, I announce on radio and tv. Time for fun is therefore short, so I make the most of my fun-time.

[RU] Мне приятно, когда меня узнают, но у меня нет звёздной болезни. А что касается вашего вопроса – кому то может показаться, что жизнь звезды – это просто. Это миф. Я учусь в школе, у меня ежедневные занятия музыкой, сольфеджио,  репетиции по хореографии,  записи на телевидении и радио, гастроли. Времени на развлечения не хватает.

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theskykid.com :

[EN] Where do you like to spend your holidays?

[RU] Где ты любишь проводить своё свободное время (выходные например)?

Vlad Krutskikh :

[EN] Russia is famous for its festivities.  The Russian people have always celebrated these holidays with great fun.  I like to celebrate holidays with my family and friends.  For me, being on holiday is when I feel an explosion of positive emotions.  My favorite holiday is New Year’s Day.  It has almost been two weeks since this New Year’s, but great memories still remain. . .  I love to go to the dog exhibitions, together with my dog Cleopatra (Kleopa).  In the summer I also love to roller skate.  On weekends, I am most happy.

[RU]Россия славится своими праздниками. И русский народ всегда отмечает эти праздники с размахом. Я очень люблю отмечать праздники в кругу семьи и друзей. Для меня праздник – это всегда взрыв положительных эмоций. Любимый праздник –  Новый Год.  Прошло уже почти 2 недели, а впечатления ещё остались.… Очень люблю всякие выставки для собак, и часто хожу на них вместе, со своей собакой Клёпой. Летом очень люблю  кататься на роликах.  В свои выходные  я не скучаю.

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theskykid.com :

[EN] There are a variety of resources on the Internet where one can read about Street Magic and you in particular? Do you stumble on these blogs and have you ever left a comment in any one of them ?

[RU] В интернете много ресурсов где можно прочитать о группе Волшебники Двора и о тебе в частности.Какие сайты или блоги ты посещаешь, оставляешь ли свои комментарии в них?

Vlad Krutskikh :

[EN] Yes, you know, in the Russian language the Internet has several resources – sites that have information about the group “Street Magic”, and about me.  Our fans have made them. There are only two official sites – volshebnikidvora.ru and vladkrutskikh.com.  On the Russian site, we make on-line conferences.  They are held regularly, we will respond to visitors’ questions.  By the way, if you think that it is always delight and praise – then you are wrong … have to read about the criticism sometimes … as for Twitter – this is probably the only site where I often find myself.  Many thanks to all who wrote on my page.

[RU]  Да, вы знаете, в русскоязычном интернете есть множество сайтов, на которых есть информация про группу «Волшебники двора», и про меня. Делают их в основном наши поклонники. Официальных же сайтов всего два. Это сайт volshebnikidvora.ru, и vladkrutskikh.com. На этих сайтах  мы устраиваем он-лайн конференции. Они проходят регулярно, мы отвечаем на вопросы посетителей. Кстати, если вы думаете, что это всегда восторг и похвалы – то вы ошибаетесь.. Иногда приходится и критику про себя читать… Что же касается Твиттера – это наверное единственный сайт, куда я очень часто захожу. Большое спасибо всем кто пишет на моей страничке.

theskykid.com :

[EN] How do you feel singing in English?

[RU] Есть ли какие-то особые чувства когда ты поешь на английском языке?

Vlad Krutskikh :

[EN]  To sing in all the world languages is impossible.  When I recorded songs in Japanese, a Japanese producer helped me with the speech.  When I work in the studio with the English text, there is always the producer who helps me.  I received very much help from producer Simon Barron and musical director Vitaly Ososhnik.  When I sing in any language – Russian, Japanese or English, I try to convey to all audiences all my warmth and my feelings, my love.  I live with those songs that I sing on stage.

[RU]  Знать все языки невозможно. Когда я делал записи на японском, мне помогал продюсер по японскому языку. Когда я работаю в студии с английским текстом всегда присутствует продюсер по английскому языку. Мне очень помогают продюсер Саймон Бэрон и  музыкальный руководитель Виталий Осошник.  Когда я пою на любом языке – русском, японском или английском, я пытаюсь донести до слушателей всё своё душевное тепло,  свою любовь… Я живу теми песнями, которые пою на сцене…

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theskykid.com :

[EN] How you see yourself 10 years from now?

[RU] Каким вы себя видите через 10 лет?


Vlad Krutskikh :

[EN]  I really wish my life will be always connected with entertainment.  I love to sing.  In the world there are many interesting things and I want to try myself yet, maybe the role of radio and television presenter.  Perhaps it would be correct to say that I want to connect my life with creativity.  I will do everything possible.

[RU] Я очень хочу, просто мечтаю, о том, что моя жизнь будет связана со сценой. Обожаю петь. Интересного на свете много и немного хочется попробовать себя еще и в роли радио и телеведущего. Наверное, будет правильно сказать, что я хочу связать свою жизнь с творчеством. И я сделаю для этого все возможное…

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theskykid.com :

[EN]  How old were you when you first started to dance/sing?

[RU] Сколько вам было лет, когда вы начали петь/танцевать?


Vlad Krutskikh :

[EN] I was interested in music since early childhood.  When I heard music on the TV, I immediately stopped playing and ran to look. I sang the TV songs that I knew. Fortunately, my parents noticed this and took me to the casting session for the group Street Magic.  I have been singing there for 9 years.  I am now 14 and most of my life has been in Street Magic.  All the guys from our group – are my friends.  We are always together.  We have common interests.

[RU] К музыке меня тянуло с раннего детства. Если на экране кто-то пел, то я бросал все и сидел у телевизора. Я показывал пальцем на телевизор и говорил маме, что хочу туда. Потом пел те песни, которые запомнил. К счастью, родители заметили это и отвели меня  на кастинг в группу «Волшебники двора» . Я пою там уже 9 лет. Мне сейчас 14 и большая часть моей жизни прошла в «Волшебниках Двора». Все ребята из нашей группы – мои друзья. Мы всегда вместе. У нас общие интересы, переживания…

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theskykid.com :

[EN] What western influences or talent inspires your work?

[RU] Какие западные влияния или талант вдохновляет вас в работе?


Vlad Krutskikh :

[EN] I am not a fan of any group.  I believe in making good songs that inspire your life and personal behavior.  My goal is not to create myself as an idol, but to be a good musician.

[RU] Я не являюсь фанатом каких либо групп. Воодушевляет меня в работе, наверное, просто хорошее настроение, и отличные песни некоторых взятых исполнителей. Считаю, что вдохновлять должна собственная жизнь и личные поступки. Не создай себе кумира…  А учиться надо на классике.

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theskykid.com :

[EN] Who are your idols in Music and Dance?

[RU] Кто ваши кумиры в музыке или в танце?


Vlad Krutskikh :

[EN] I love to listen to music of different artists and different genres of music. But to identify anyone specifically, I cannot.  I listen to what is playing in the car when I go to school or music lessons.

[RU] Слушать люблю разных исполнителей. Но кого-то конкретно выделить очень сложно. Слушаю то, что играет в  машине, когда я еду в школу или на занятия.

theskykid.com :

[EN] What did you think of Hollywood and America? Any plans to tour Europe? US?
How has your association with the Young Artist Awards benefited Street Magic in their quest for recognition?
Would you like to make another journey to the United States and what would you look forward to seeing again?

[RU] Что вы думаете о Голливуде и Америке? Есть какие-нибудь планы насчет тура по Европе? По США?

Дала ли связь «Волшебников двора» с Young Artist Awards преимущества в достижении популярности?

Вы бы хотели совершить еще одно путешествие в США и что вам не терпится увидеть снова?

Vlad Krutskikh :

[EN] I have been in America more than once, to receive awards given to Street Magic, and you know, I still have great memories of that wonderful country.  It is a very beautiful country.  I especially liked the extreme amusement park “Six Flags”.  I even was upset the day when we had to leave.  Because I was very fond of America and I want to return, not for a few days, but longer.  I want to walk in Los Angeles at night … the Young Artists Awards may bestow more awards upon us, I hope that happens, it will realize my dream of coming back.  But of course the most vivid and unforgettable experience, which probably I will remember all my life – this is the red carpet, which – when I was on it – sent shivers through my body.  I privately threw a Russian coin on it, which would make me come back again.  And you know, actually I have always been lucky.  I think this superstition will not prove to be simply just words –  that coin will make me go back to that wonderful country.

[RU] Мы были в Америке, на вручении нам премий, и вы знаете, у меня до сих пор сохранились отличные воспоминания о вашей замечательной стране. Очень красивая страна. Особенно мне понравился парк аттракционов «Шесть флагов». Я даже расстроился в день, когда надо было уезжать. Потому, что я очень полюбил Америку. И хочу чаще приезжать, и не на несколько дней, а дольше. Хочу погулять по ночному Лос-Анджелесу…  Так же очень хочется ещё не раз побывать на вручении премии Young Artist Awards, я надеюсь, что хотя бы эти мои мечты осуществятся. Но конечно самое яркое, и незабываемое впечатление, которое, наверное, буду помнить всю жизнь – это красная ковровая дорожка, по которой когда идёшь – мурашки бегают по телу. Я когда по ней шёл, украдкой от всех кинул на неё монетку, нашу российскую, что бы вернуться сюда вновь. И вы знаете, на самом деле мне всегда везет.  Думаю, что это суеверие не окажется просто словами. А эта монетка – заставит меня вернуться в вашу замечательную и страну.

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I would like  to thank Vlad for agreeing to be interviewed and everyone who made this the interview possible – helping on the various stages of its preparation (the formulation of the questions, the translations , media selection…etc) . Thank you !

Feedback and comments are appreciated . In any language (-:

17 COMMENTS

  1. Vlad, I watch you and your group on Youtube and I rarely write a comment. I am an old man of (79), but you and your friends truly make me feel youn again. There is real magic in Street Magic. May God bless you and protect you.

  2. A truly great Talent. I would like to see an integration of international talents for a single show. Perhaps for a charity or disaster relief. I think it would be awesome. Perhaps Vlad from Russia, Justin Beiber from Canada Jordan Jansen from Australia, Grant Austin Taylor from the US. I'll bet Skykid could put together a list.

    A wonderful talent Vlad. I can't wait for you to tour the US. I think the US market will love you and the fresh high energy talent that you bring.

    Thanks skykid for a great eye opening interview.

  3. It was so fortunate that Vlad's parent's realized what wonderful potential lay in their son and immediately did all they could to support and nurture it. I enjoyed this interview with him very much, and was also very impressed with Vlad's purpose for his art: to inspire good behaviour and to be creative… best wished to him as he develops in the future

  4. Love it. What an interesting and inspiring artist, and I am quite impressed with his vocal talents, especially when it comes to speaking in something other than his native tongue. He is clearly confident even in the face of criticism. Kudos to him.

  5. Vladislav Krutskikh is a most remarkable young fellow. I admire his singing and his love of music; that comes out in his performances. This interview confirmed what I have believed of
    Vlad…he is a 'real talent' in these times…dedicated, hard working and appreciative of all his opportunities; and he seems
    to be making the most of that. I wish only the best for Vlad and for Street Magic in the future. I look forward to more interviews with Vlad and Street Magic…they all are a bunch of great guys.

  6. It has been our pleasure on two different occasions to have Vlad and Street Magic perform at our annual YAA event. We are doing all we can to introduce these very talented performers to audiences in the States. We thank Skykid for his help in promoting Vlad and Street Magic. We intend on having Street Magic perform at another of our events in the near future.

  7. Skykid,
    I believe this to be one of your very best articles / interviews. Vlad is exceptional not only in music but in character. There are many talented young treble singers, and over the years many boy groups, but few last as long as these boys have already accomplished. I'm sure one day Vlad will be going solo as most young lead singers for boy bands end up doing and it will be very interesting to see how this all works out! His voice is amazing and his charm even more amazing! I think I could take lessons from him as a radio voice announcer! I love his ad clips and intro's. He is a professional already and will succeed in any venture that he sets his mind to. The most interesting thing for me in this article is the fact that he does not have any special musical icons or heroes. This must be what makes him so interesting, is that he is setting his own destiny and paving his own road. So many of the kids today seem to think they must carbon copy whoever is on top at the time. This boy is going places and as far as the group is concerned I would make every effort to see them if they come back to the states and appear at a major city near me. Great article! Keep them coming!

  8. Wow, very nice interview. I have met Vlad and his sweet personality comes out in this interview. He's one of the hardest working kids in the business. There are 3-4 hours of rehearsal and music lessons after school everyday and on the weekends. Before going to concerts monthly or doing TV shows, Vlad and the boys must complete all their school work for the time they are away. This includes coming to America. They had to complete 10-days of school work for the time they were away in the states. His US management tells me that Vlad and Street Magic have just completed recording a new CD that will be available soon. And Vlad is working on two new English songs along with Misha. So when Vlad says he doesn't have much free time he means it. Thanks for the interview.

  9. I must agree as well. I listen to music on various languages – Dutch , German , French and even if not every time I am able to understated the lyrics the music just moves me. That`s what sets the good musician from the rest.

  10. Exactly! Thats what i like about his music aswell, even if i dont know that much russian i do enjoy the music and his singing anyway.

  11. Great interview! It's interesting that Vlad says “When I sing in any language — Russian, Japanese or English, I try to convey to all audiences all my warmth and my feelings, my love.” What attracted me to his singing was his passion and sense of fun.I didn't need to understand the lyrics to enjoy the music.

    Vlad enjoys himself when he performs and we pick this up – even from videos – and get pulled into the music. We never know what Vlad and Street Magic will do next but we know it will be fun. That's one of the reasons I'm a fan.

  12. This is really an interesting interview, it was fun to “get to know” Vlad a bit more. I will surely follow his career the next 10 years to see what becomes of him.

    I wish him all the luck he might need to become even more successful.

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