During a recent interview, Jinjer singer Tatiana Shmayluk spoke to what it has been like for her to be touring again. Back in June, the band received special support from the Ukrainian Ministry Of Culture to embark on a tour where they would help raise funds and awareness regarding the war in Ukraine. A few months before that news came out, the band had cancelled several of their North American shows in order to return home and do what they could to help their country.
In the latest issue of Metal Hammer, among the topics discussed, the Jinjer singer also spoke to how the Russian invasion has impacted her life. Speaking to being back out on the road and performing again, Shmayluk shared the following:
“We are very thankful to our Ministry of Culture for the Ukraine who gave us this opportunity to do what we love to do and play all the festivals we have announced. We’re using every festival to raise funds and spread awareness about the real war that is happening in the 21st century, which is crazy.
“It’s hard to believe, but this is the harsh reality. It’s heart-breaking, but at the same time we are also full of hope that soon it is all going be over. We are spreading positivity and hope, and we are dreaming about peace. I hope that no other European or world country ever experiences the same as the Ukraine.”
That said, Tatiana also spoke to how the Russian invasion of Ukraine had, at one point, got her to question the importance of a musical career in her life.
“You know what, I’m losing my faith in music. I don’t feel like I can express myself enough to say what I really feel because there are no words to explain. So, I feel like I should give up… but then something makes me go further.”
We are very thankful for the music of Jinjer and we’re glad to hear that Tatiana has found a drive to move forward in her art. We wish Jinjer, and all the people of Ukraine, peace and safety during these difficult times.