EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ERIC SAADE: «I wanna be the biggest pop star in Russia!»
We managed to organize the meeting with Eric before his concert in Skara, Sweden, on the 13th of August. We gave him some little presents, recorded a welcoming video and then talked to Eric a bit. The whole interview with the artist is published below, and you can read this right now.
CIS & REST: Eric, congratulations with a great release of «Hearts In The Air»!
Why did you choose this song for your promotion worldwide? Eric: Actually I don’t know. When I wrote this song, I just thought that it’s great and it sounds international. It’s kinda beginning of what I want to do. I met J-Son (co-author of «Hearts In The Air» - Note), and we are best friends now. It’s a really cool song.
C&R.: Do you remember the reaction of the audience on your first performance? Did you think then that you would be a singer? E.: Hm… My first performance was when I was six years old, I sand at my mother’s wedding. I performed in front of my relatives and family. They liked how I sing, and since that moment I sand at all our family’s holidays. And I decided to become a singer when I was 13.
C&R.: When did you write your first song and who was the first person listening to this? Can you sing it right now? E.: No, I can’t, I just don’t remember it. I started to write songs when I was about 12, and I don’t think that anybody actually listened to this (laughing). It was a secret song.
C&R.: Imagine that you’re talking to yourself, but 5 years younger than you now. Which piece of advice would you give to 15-year-old Eric Saade? E.: I would just say: «Be yourself». Because I always do that. I’m always myself and I don’t care what people think. That’s what I should do.
C&R.: You are very artistic. Would you like to take part in a movie? E.: Maybe, in the future. Many people asked me about that, and I always say that I wanna make my music, it’s the most important thing for me. Maybe, in the future, in 10 years, I’ll appear in some movie, but I’ll make my music as long as I can.
C&R.: Have you ever studied in the music school? What do you think if it’s necessary to get a special education or not? E.: No, I’ve studied by myself. I don’t think it’s necessary. I did everything by myself, and I managed to get a success.
C&R.: Does your career prevent you from your private life and friendship? E.: No, I don’t behave like a celebrity. I just do what I love doing, that’s all.
C&R.: Which Swedish and foreign singers do you like? Do you know any Russian artists? E.: Yes, I like some Swedish artists. For example, Robin. Do you know her? She’s great. As for Russian singers… Of course, I know Dima Bilan. And… (thinking of) I know Philipp Kirkorov. And… I don’t think I know any more actually.
C&R.: And what about Alla Pugachyova? E.: Yes, of course! I just forgot. I know her and her daughter.
C&R.: And with whom would you like to make a duet? E.: I would do with Justin Timberlake.
C&R.: Good choice! And what can you say about Russia? Do you know any our traditions? E.: Traditions… I know that vodka is kinda popular in Russia (laughing). Because when I was there, Philipp gave me vodka, and I was like shit, I got crazy (laughing). But I like Moscow. (asking his manager Tomas Lingman) Did you like Moscow? Tomas: Yes. E.: I think it’s a good place.
C&R.: And the last question - are you going to visit Russia and countries of CIS? When will it happen? E.: I don’t have Russia in my schedule now, but we’re going to come there because I wanna spread my music everywhere. As I said before, I wanna be the biggest pop star in Russia, and I’m coming back, of course! Now I’m on tour in Sweden, we have a lot of concerts here, but after the summer we’ll start working with the international part, in other countries.