David Brown Gave Press-Conference in Vladivostok
The singer was interviewed about his Russian roots and his song "Girl from Vladivostok".
VLADIVOSTOK. March 9. VOSTOK-MEDIA – David Brown, the frontman of indie pop band Brazzaville who had arrived in Vladivostok to give a concert, held a press-conference at which he was interviewed about his Russian roots and many other things.
The first thing David spoke about at the press-conference was his last visit to Vladivostok. Then he was performing in a small rock club “BSB”, while this year’s concert took place in Arena. The singer said he likes perform both on large venues and in little clubs.
David Brown also highlighted his repertoire. Among his songs there are two cover versions of Russian hits: Kino’s “Star Called Sun” and “Green-eyed Taxi” by Oleg Kvasha. However, there is yet another Russian song which David rendered into English.
“This is a Russian shanson with a number of obscene words. The song is about prostitution in saunas,” said David Brown. “But I made the English text of the song more decent. I just thought it would be better to rewrite the song so that it would be about my life in Los Angeles, and leave the tune and the music intact.”
His love to Russian songs the singer attributed to his roots: his grandmother comes from Belarus, his grandfather – from Ukraine. The grandmother played balalaika. “The Russians look very much like Europeans, but inside of them they are Asians. They possess a remarkable serenity of mind,” said David. He also said he likes Russian cuisine adding that he wished there were less dill in dishes, something that he definitely doesn’t like.
At the press-conference David Brown was asked about his song “Girl from Vladivostok”, which he wrote after his first visit to Primorsky Krai. When asked whether the song was dedicated to any particular girl or to all women, the singer did not disclose the secret.
“The last time we were in Vladivostok we stayed in Renaissance Hotel and the receptionist treated me badly, said rude things and neglected my requests. So I gave her my CD and when I returned at night to the hotel I noticed that she was listening to my songs and crying.”
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