The interview, called
"Everything is because of girls" was published in "Go" Magazine [source]
in 2002, and Justyna translated it for me in August 2003. Just as a reminder: neither Justyna nor I wrote the following article. Justyna just translated it for me, out of the goodness of her heart and for the
good of English-speaking Myslovitz fans everywhere.
„Go” Magazine (October 2002)
An interview with Artur Rojek, Przemek Myszor, Wojtek Powaga (that makes
three-fifths of the band Myslovitz) by Monika Brzywczy.
What do you remember best from Lisbon?
Przemek: Glasses sellers. They were everywhere,
selling glasses which they had attached to
the strings hung on their forearms. And when you showed any interest in what
they were selling, from under their jackets they would take out those huge bags
with millions of surprises.
Wojtek: Trams, driving through steep and narrow
streets. There were only about 30 cm left
for sidewalks and people were walking so close to the trams, that when you were
going by one, you could touch the eyelashes of the pedestrians.
Being a musician is a bit like selling glasses. A musician is a kind of mage,
who can discover and show others a different world. I put glasses on and I can
either see more clearly, or I practically can’t see a thing. I guess you can
listen to music in a similar way…?
Przemek: You could probably compare these things,
but we are not trying to change anyone’s
world. We’re simply writing about ours. We describe what we see with our own
eyes. I mean, I’m not saying that we go through our autobiographies and take out
the more interesting scraps. We avoid confiding, but anyway everything that we
write is permeated with our perception of reality. We show it to others, we let
them judge it, but we’re not saying that they should see it the way we do.
What is the meaning of life?
Wojtek: Ordinariness. Every day worries, emotions,
suffering, problems. Everything that
makes you more experienced.
Przemek: It’s that you do something in life, that
you keep being active. You don’t give up
standing up because you had to stand up, eating because there was some food on
the table. You don’t live like a sheep, thoughtlessly just because life happens
to you. The meaning of life is the aim.
How does Tunisia sound to you?
Wojtek: Hot and sticky.
Przemek: The clatter of the trams.
Artur: We were there too short to be able to
describe it with a sound. Throughout few hours
you can’t really feel the atmosphere of the city.
What are Mysłowice like?
Artur: There is nothing uncommon about them.
Especially for us, since we were all born and
brought up there. And we live there till now. It is a common Silesian town with
gray houses and two mines. There is also a park there and it’s pretty green. We
probably see more and feel better in Mysłowice than someone, who arrives there
from the outside. But then, it also happens, that some of our friends who come
to visit us are fascinated by Mysłowice, like for example Maciek Cieślak from
Ścianka (another Polish band). When I showed him my primary school in the
miners’ area Piasek near to the “familoki” (few-families houses of the miners)
and mines, he was delighted. He explored all the backyards, climbed the fences
and behaved like a small boy playing truant.
Now a question especially for Artur. Few years ago, you worked as a lifeguard
at the swimming pool in Zawoja. You studied at AWF (Akademia Wychowania
Fizycznego – Physical Education Academy?), you taught in a school. Do you miss
Artur: I decided to take up these studies only in
order to work later as a swimming coach. I
wanted to teach children in a sport club and landed in a school only because
there was a possibility there to take extra (unpaid) holidays. Kids in the sport
clubs have to practice regularly – it wouldn’t be possible for me to simply
leave them for some time to give a concert with the band. I don’t miss school,
but I do miss swimming sometimes. I have too little time. I run more often…
Is it easy to learn [teach] someone to swim?
Artur: I’ve never taught adults to swim. Only kids.
First you have to let them get used to the
water. You teach them how to breathe, then you help them to lay on the water and
float. It’s all about making them feel safe all the time. If you manage that,
then there are no problems really. You teach them the swimming technique, the
way to work with their arms and legs, swimming on back and on front.
Wojtek: These are some strange theories. When I was
taught to swim in my primary school,
our teacher threw me into the water and kept pushing me away with this long rod.
She kept yelling “Swim, swim!”.
Artur: Maybe she was teaching you how to dive?
Przemek: I was taught to swim in the same way.
Artur: Well, there are different techniques…
Is it pleasant to teach children?
Przemek: It depends on how many…
Artur: In my case it was very pleasant. It gives a
great satisfaction, when after the fifteenth
lesson you see a kid who two weeks ago could not swim and now he does and not
bad as well.
Przemek: Teaching to swim is about teaching to
overcome your fear of water.
Can you teach somebody love for music? Or do you have to be born with it?
Wojtek: I think that you can. And it seems to me
the later the worse. The older people get, the
less flexible they become. They don’t want to open to some things.
What does your car look like?
Artur: Normal, with comfortable seats, pretty big.
Przemek: Volkswagen. We have a TV in it.
What do you do in this car? Talk? Sleep?
Wojtek: It is best to sleep. Sometimes we watch
films and the person who chooses the
most ambitious film for us to watch, is always the first to fall asleep.
Artur: I am always the first who falls asleep.
Przemek: Yeah, but you’re also always the one to
yell, that we’re not to show the films in
which there’s a lot of shooting.
Artur: It is hard to watch films in a car. One
moment and I’m asleep.
What is your daily routine?
Artur: It doesn’t really differ from the routine of
any other person who lives from music.
When we get back from a tour I have some free time, so I make up arrears, I meet
with friends, go shopping, take a dog for a walk, sometimes run in the forest,
eat breakfast… Nothing special really, I spend my time commonly.
I’ve heard that you get up at six in the morning…
Artur: Not always.
Przemek: Sometimes he goes to bed at six in the
Artur: I got up at 10 today.
Wojtek: When we’re sleeping in a hotel, I hate
sleeping with Artur, cause he gets up at 6.
Przemek: He stamps.
Wojtek: Then he comes back from a jogging. He takes
a shower and that’s again some
more noise. I like sleeping with Przemek best. I always have to wake him up.
You can run to run away, to change yourself, to unite with nature. Which kind
of running do you prefer?
Przemek: Wojtek is on whole a part of the nature.
He doesn’t have to run. He goes to the
forest. He talks to the trees. And then these conversations he puts into songs.
We’re not making fun now or anything.
Artur: Once, during a walk, Wojtek said that some
bird was singing like a command in a
computer, or in a school. As for running – it depends a lot on where you run.
Usually I run in a forest. I regain energy there. For example I see trees all in
snow. Tiredness and nature go with each other really well.
When did you first start to play?
Przemek: I had a piano and a violin at home. They
say when I was little, I would sit at the
piano and play, and to the music I used to make up some stories about kittens
which went to the forest.
Wojtek: At my home we had a guitar. Dad used to
play it during various parties. And an
accordion, which my grandpa played.
Artur: When I was little, my grandma taught me to
play harmonica. She played harmonica
and flute. She taught me this religious song “Boże coś Polskę”.
She could play the harmonica, your grandma?
Artur: She played carols for Christmas.
Wojtek: She had to look really cool.
First song that you sang…?
Artur: “Mamo moja ty”. I learned it in kindergarten
when Mother’s Day was coming. I remember, that I sang it during one of the
family parties. My uncle made me stand on the chair and told me to sing and
since he was already somewhat drunk by then, during the second verse he started
crying. I was four or five then.
If you were a thing, what would it be?
Artur: A record player. Music always accompanies
me, in fact it is there in every moment of my life, so to become a record
player… that would not be a bad… thing.
Grandma and harmonica, grandpa and accordion, dad with a guitar, a piano in
the room. Are Mysłowice a special, musical town?
Przemek: Pure accident. Every musician gets in
touch with music pretty early in life. Anyway
everywhere there are people who make music. Boys have guitars and play by
Wojtek: That was cool. You’d go to the camps at the
sea with a guitar. And you’d learn to
play the guitar to impress the girls.
Przemek: Everything because of the girls.
You mean it?
Wojtek: What do you think, why Artur plays the
guitar. In high school…
Artur: In high school I couldn’t play. I’ve learned
during the studies.
Wojtek: That song you played then was amazing –
You sing quite a lot of songs in English. It seems like Artur has known
English forever. How come that you sing without the Polish accent?
Artur: Do I? I don’t know. Perhaps it’s because
while in kindergarten I liked to pretend that I
sing in English.
Your next album will be called “Skalary, mieczyki i neonki” (these are names
of different species of aquarium fish). Does it mean that you like fish?
Przemek: You mean to eat them?
Artur: Wojtek used to collect aquarium fish.
Wojtek: And I will have an aquarium.
Artur: Once he’s retired.
Przemek: Wojtek is already making holes in the
walls, cause he wants to have an aquarium
that would take up two rooms.
I divide music into music which cries and the one which laughs. Which variant
would you prefer?
Artur: Both kinds are beautiful, if they originate
from the real feelings. You can
laugh through tears.
Wojtek: If they are not exaggerated in one way or
I guess everything is relative, regarding Artur's "lack" of Polish accent! I am fond of it, though. Thanks again to Justyna for the translation!