Brainstorm (or Prāta Vētra in
is probably the most popular band from Latvia.
They took part in
Eurovision 2000 and won the 3rd place with the song "My star". And
taking part in this song contest,
Brainstorm became popular in many countries.
band has been around 18 years and has recently released their 7thalbum
“Four shores”. They won in November the "Best
Baltic Act" at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Copenhagen.
of Brainstorm are:
To read the latest
interview with Brainstorm's bass guitar player Ingars Vilums,
Interview with Brainstorm :
nice to meet you . As we are now in Saint-Petersburg and I’m
isn’t your first time here. Tell me, what do you think about
this city, maybe
you have some favorite places here?
Last time I visited the Hermitage and I really liked that place. But
my last impression. In general I think that it’s a very
beautiful city and you
must just come here and see everything. And
positive energetics from this city you should take with you.(laughs)
But what will be here, if you take all positive energetics with you?
People. They are good! (smiles)
The more I come to this city , the more I like it.
And we’re glad, that during Second World War everything
wasn’t destroyed, because
we wouldn’t be able to see such beauty now.
I agree with Maris and Janis.
Ok and the next question… Oh, sorry everybody answered
What? Well, I don’t talk much. I don’t go out of
the hotel often, just sit
But I guess, it’s time for next question! As I understand,
most of the time
Renars writes lyrics for your songs…
So it must be difficult to write lyrics in 3 languages at the same
time(Latvian, English, Russian)?
R: But I
never write in 3 languages at the same
time. From recent time the first version of the song is in English.
write in Latvian. And now in Russian as well. But people help me to
Russian very much!
Btw, you know Russian so well from school?
There are lots of Russian people in Latvia and we have good
practice. But actually we learnt Russian at school as well. And I even
first word which I learnt. It was “puppy”.
Oh I don’t remember my first word in Russian…
I see. When you write a song, you think about how popular it will be?
don’t make prognosis?
Janis feels exactly if a song is going to be a hit or not!
But I mean I feel, if it’s going to be a hit in Latvia or in
I guessed it with the
song “Veter”(Wind in English).
You visit many countries with concerts. Do you think that your fans are
in different countries and cities or you feel the difference?
In Russia public is more
emotional. In Germany or Scandinavia for example less.
Do you specially like any song from your last album "Four Shores" ?
Kaspars has just done the video of song “Tin
Drums”. And I like this song!
Ok. How do you spend your free time? Do
you have some business except music?
Janis receives all the time different driving
he even does not have more place in his purse to put all his
Does anyone else drive a car?
Yes, I drive. And you can’t even imagine, how I drive!(Smiles)and by the way
I also have driving license for boat
like Janis has. I can even show you.
(He showed his licenses)
Look, he is handsome :)
(smiles) Are you
Well, I think, if a person is venturesome, he is venturesome in
everything ( in
sport , in casino and so on). But if you are shy, then you sit home and
go out much. I would say, yes, we are venturesome.
I can say that Janis is not shy for sure.
Well, I would like to be such person at least for 10 years and then we
Where do you like to relax, to spend your vacations?
We fly to Yurmala (town
on the sea shore in Latvia). I mean we
don’t go to Africa and other exotic
countries like some famous people do.
But it’s concerning in summer. In winter we go skiing in
Italy and have fun there.
The air is clean there . You can drink much and you will not have
No, sometimes you have…(laughs)
there any things, which you are afraid
of? Do you have any fears?
I’m afraid to get an electricity strike from guitar on my
lips. I can’t wear a
helmet, because it seems to me that I’m suffocating!
Wow. Every time you find out something new about your friends
I can say that I’m not afraid of flying on the plane.
It’s even funny
sometimes. Our friend, who is absent right now(they are talking about
is afraid of planes. And sometimes we even
fly to some place because of his fear.
We had one unpleasant flight to Greece. It was that time, when
there was a snow in Greece!! Our faces were
What happened with the plane?
Hopefully nothing. It was a storm . and we were flying through storm.
Oh, I see. How many gigs approximately do you give during the year ?
Do you have sometimes such feeling as you don’t want to sing
at all, you feel
bad? And how do you cope with it?
It never happens now. But it happened before, the feeling that you
to sing. It was 13-16 years ago.
But maybe it was because of Brainstorm was not popular and not so many
visited your gigs?
Yes, because of that. We were not famous. We played in some club, first
it was disco there. And then it was announced that a band would play
disco. And everybody was not very happy to hear that and it became less
because many people went away after disco.
And if you feel bad?
Then we go and play anyway. Because when you give concert, you begin to
You can even forget about your pain.
But do you remember one time we postponed a gig? Because Renars was at
But it was serious. I could not even stand up from my bed.
And I have a special question to Maris.
How many musical instruments can you play?
mmm… I did not count. During our gigs I played bas guitar,
drums even, piano,
accordion . Besides it I sing!
And by the way, you graduated from musical school , right?
Yes. But I did not like it!
Who is knocking the door now?
decided to open the door).
Oh, Kaspars, hello!!!
They rang me from Riga and said I have some
problems with business. But I will be in Riga tomorrow and will find
out what happened.
So, you depart tomorrow to Riga.
No, they don’t. They fly to Copenhagen. It’s only me,
We were discussing here if anybody of you has any fears?
Fears? Well I’m not afraid of people. I’m afraid of
And somebody said just few minutes ago, that you are afraid of planes..
Yeah? Really? I’m afraid of planes?(Kaspars
is looking at his friends)Of course, I’m
afraid of planes!!!(laughs)
And I also asked , while you were absent, about hobbies? Do you have
What did they say about me ?
nothing, that’s why I ask you.
Hobby, hobby.. Well, you see, it’s business.
Let’s return to your musical business. After which song you
became popular in Latvia, in other countries and in
We became popular in Latvia after 1994 year with the
song “planes”. Children liked this song,
adults as well. In Europe we became popular after
200 and song “My star”. And in other countries
after the song “maybe”. And in Russia I guess after our duet
with Russian band Bi-2! Once
we had problems with technical service of Bi-2, when they took away our
instruments from scene. But that time we did not even talk to members
of the band.
But when we met in 2 years, we decided to sing a song with this band.
guess after it we became popular in Russia.
And now, when almost all of you are 32, can you say that you achieved
purposes which you wanted in love.
Well, I build house, grow tree… Though
don’t have a son yet!
And Maris, did not plan to ask this question. But I’m afraid,
girls will not
forgive me, if I don’t ask. Have you found real love?
So you are not going to marry...
Oh, time is running! And I would like to ask you the last question. Now
be a tour in Russia.
And after then? What
are your plans for the nearest future?
We are working now in our new studio with our first song for sound
track in one
Russian film. This film will be divided in two parts. And for one part
writing sound track. And
after that we will begin to work with our new album.
I think, that people will be only happy if we release a new album next
Latvian public asks already all the time: “When a new album
will be released?”
Ok, wish you success with it. And thanks for the interview.
December Brainstorm gave a great
concert in Saint-Petersburg. The
concert lasted about 1 hour and 40 minutes. But everybody wished, it
could last some
more time, because it’s a pleasure to listen to their music,
played not only their new songs from album “ FourShores”,
but old hits as well:
“Online”, “Passion” and others.
Brainstorm sang 2 songs of Victor Tsoy(who was
the famous rock musician). As
we found out, not only Renars Kaupers (Band’s lead singer)
can sing perfect.
But also Janis Jubalts (guitar player) sang song “
Spoguliits” in Latvian
language (English version of the song “ hide on
moon”) . Fans liked his
singing very much. Maris Mihelsons (keyboard instruments) is a perfect
concert Renars Kaupers talked and joked with audience almost after
every song .
Many fans brought roses for him.
the concert we had an opportunity to talk with bass guitar player, who
actually not a member of the band. His name isIngars Vilums:
come that you began playing with Brainstorm?
Actually it’s a sad story. Their bas player, who played with
tragically died in May 2004. And after his death they had a break,
the band had another bas player, but already 2 years I play with them.
But did you know Brainstorm personally before?
Yes, I knew them, though not so well. I
played in other bands, which are pretty famous in Latvia.
Are you professional musician?
Well, I graduated from musical school. (But I did not like it, my
me study there. But now I’m happy that I finished it) . If to
talk about high
education, I graduated from Riga Technical University. I’m an
What are you hobby except music?
Well, I like music very much, but it’s more like profession
now. I don’t have
much time for other hobbies.
How do you spend your free time?
I like to spend it with family.
Don’t you feel any offencebecause of you are not
the member of the band?
Many bands from all over the world use session musicians, such as
Stones for example. So it’s ok I guess.
have a daughter, right?
Not only a daughter. I have son as well. He is 2,5 years old and she is
Do you want your children to become musicians like you?
My daughter is more interested in stuff like math I must say. But son
young to say about it. Though I suspected that he is already interested
you Ingars for the answering questions!
you as well!!!
thanks to Brainstorm for the interview.
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