ראיון חדש איתו מדבר על האלבום ועל הבעיות שהיו לו עם המוצא שלו
It’s been a long time coming. I thought there was a story to be told. As I mentioned, this is an album I never thought I would make. For many years, I ran from my identity. It wasn’t cool to be Eastern European where I grew up. Even in elementary school here in the US, saying where I was from would immediately create tension with certain kids. They would be like, “Ew, you’re Russian?” That’s difficult when you’re an immigrant trying to fit in. All that stuff has long-lasting damaging effects on the psyche. I thought something was wrong with me because of who I am, something I had no control over. Later on in my teens, I subconsciously felt like I had to try to become someone else in order to be accepted, and survive. It took many years to overcome that. I’ve grown to love and embrace who I am and I wish I’d done it much sooner in life.