Irina Reims and the effect of her songs: “It happened to me that women came to me and told me that the song “You Don’t Know How to Be a Man” opened their eyes and they divorced their husbands.​

In an interview with, Irina Reims talked about her life as an artist in Romania, from related sensitivity to compromises, relationship to money, and the values ​​she wants to keep in the entertainment industry.

Irina RimesPhoto: personal archive

Irina Rhimes is the star of a documentary series on HBO Max, an original production in association with Global Records. “On My Way with Irina Reims” contains seven episodes in which we can watch the artist on an adventure on the country’s roads, in order to complete her album “Home”.

The journey is introductory and gives you the opportunity to observe the singer in all her moments, from the moment of creation to frustration, sadness or joy. The circle closes in the Republic of Moldova, in Chisinau and Izvoire, where Irina comes.

The purpose of the documentary (released on June 3) was in person, to find herself as an artist, after two years of chaotic activity, but also to present to family, friends and the public what it means to be an artist’s life, good and bad. The Call.

She spoke to Irina about her career in music, the impact her songs have had on people, but also about the compromises she’s made, her desires, as well as her ability to stay grounded, with regard to her success.

With the series “On My Way”, the singer chooses to reveal herself in public, although, in privacy, away from the cameras and the eyes of the public, Irina considers herself “like everyone else”.

“I like to sit idly by when I have time, I like to play with my niece Anastasia, I like to hang out with friends on stories, read great books or learn history, physics and astronomy.” At the end of his trip across the country, Reims admits he feels released as he released the album, and the documentary beautifully covers the musical material he worked so hard on and waited for two years.

“We simply learned about it at the time. I am ready, after a short break, to start another one,” she adds.

“What I live for is no stranger to other artists.”

Irina, tell me when you got the idea for this documentary, when you started working on it and when it was finished.

Irina Reims: We started shooting at the end of last summer and it ended a few weeks before its release. The idea came from the desire to show people what is going on behind the scenes, behind the cameras, from a slight frustration caused by all sorts of comments: “But why are they complaining?!” , “Artists make a lot of money!”, “Why so much money for 45 minutes of singing?”.

First of all, I think sometimes we have to explain to people why. Then, for those who want to start a career in music, know what to expect. Last but not least, the “beating pressure”, the new pressure nowadays, when music is consumed very quickly and you have to hit it or else you risk becoming irrelevant.

It is, in fact, the story of an artist who wants to settle down and has come to the moment when everything is simmering even stronger. It’s about contracts, naming, industry, art, sacrifice, motivation, and finally rediscovery. The soundtrack for this movie – the “Home” album – became the main inspiration for the script and things unfold.

Vulnerability is part of your being, both in terms of the songs and the way you choose to reveal yourself to fans, in the launched series. What do you really want people to understand about you, and how does that help once they do?

I don’t want people to understand anything about me, that’s not the point. It might also bother me to become the main point of interest, other than the artist’s perspective that appears in the documentary. There could have been someone else in my place, the story would have been a little different, which is true, but many of the common points would have remained. What I live for is not alien to other artists, to a greater or lesser degree.

“I accepted the pain with open arms”

Pictures from the documentary “On My Way”. Photo: Irina Reims’ personal archive

In one episode, you said you went through a bad depression after a relationship. Do you think that the role of the artist is to talk to fans about such facts in his life?

It’s not, but I didn’t really know anything else to talk about. I think that’s the first and only place in the documentary when I talk about depression because, in fact, I just couldn’t get around it. It’s part of the art of my music, and I’ve written about it a lot to make it something new.

How would you describe the period of depression you went through and when you got out of it?

I don’t know how to explain and I wouldn’t dare talk much, because I didn’t suffer from clinically diagnosed depression. Just to answer the question, I went through hard times because my love for life and music was greater than the desire to suffer. At one point, I was in the habit of accepting that maybe it should be part of the creative process, but I also accepted the pain with open arms. Then it started to hurt less and less.

“I’ve gotten to where I want to be and I want more”

You have success, successes and fans who love you. How do you see yourself as an artist, have you got to where you want to be or do you want more?

I got to where I wanted to be and I want more. I want the project to succeed, because this is the only way I can invest in my plans. I want a happy team, I want the people around me to be happy and I want to be able to catch any crazy idea that comes to my mind or comes to mind.

On the other hand, I want to contribute as a citizen and as my land to society and the planet on which I live. I want to develop projects and for this we need budgets.

Do you consider yourself an outstanding artist? Is it easy to work with you?

no Yes. It’s easy for me to work with, but I don’t feel like I have an easier path than I should, or if we have to connect with others. I think everyone has gotten as much tolerance as possible so I can’t say how lucky I am in life. It is such an honor to be an artist, yes! You have a chance to try incredible things, but I don’t feel like I’ll be so lucky among the artists. Everyone has his own path, which differs from his colleagues.

Songs usually begin with one state.

Irina Reims, David Goldscher, Alex Efimov. Photo: Irina Reims’ personal archive

The sincerity of the words has made many of them follow you and even look at you as an example, not to mention those who claim to have changed their lives. Have you ever thought about these things, how they are transformed into your soul?

Yes and no, that’s too much for me – the responsibility to heal or change people’s lives. It occurred to me that women came to me and told me that the song “You Don’t Know How to Be a Man” opened their eyes and shot their husbands. The burden of these stories is too great for me. I try to return to my life, to my own pain and happiness, to my own doubts, as if nothing had happened.

By the way, how do you spell the lyrics?

In general, words start with a case. If I don’t have this condition, I try to get into it, and remember how it felt when everything was arranged differently in my life. Sometimes I try to imagine how I would feel if…or get inspired by nature. Sometimes I don’t feel anything and write about it like I did in the song “Gone” from the album “Home”.

“When you get off the stage, you face the same problems as any man on this planet.”

Once mainstream, the pressure to create and release good songs seems to be constant. Have you ever felt like giving up in order to succeed?

I felt. She did it once, when she released the song “Beau”. I knew she was going to add numbers and she did, but I didn’t feel comfortable with her. Otherwise, we have not compromised or compromised on quality.

What is the most protective thing about your values?

Truth – It’s even more important when you’re in the fog. I don’t believe in a black or white truth, but you can come close to this value when you analyze all the situations and accept the other facts in your life, without being upset or proud. The truth is that everyone comes up with their truth, and if they get into your value system, that’s where love and respect are born.

What is your anchor in showbiz, what keeps you grounded?

This fact that I’m talking about above and the idea that we remain the same in any context, no matter how famous and successful we are. When you get off the stage you will face the same problems as anyone on this planet. In the documentary, she jokes, “I’m an artist and I don’t have an opinion.”

Do you monitor yourself on important topics in our society, such as sex education in schools, misogyny, and violence against women? Why not be more candid on topics like this?

For the same reason that I believe truth is grey, sometimes dark grey; or open. Each with his truth and I respect it as long as it does not harm or violate certain rights. In any case, I like to keep my opinions at home. I do not want to impose my truth on anyone, if someone is interested they will ask me and I will answer.

“For such a big dream you have to sacrifice something”

Irina Reims, Radu Taka, Andre Comarone, Cristo Comarone, Todor Amarandi. Photo: Irina Reims’ personal archive

Have you ever thought about a time when you are in a recession and not making money from your art – how do you see yourself in such a situation?

I was there and didn’t lose my temper. I heard somewhere that a little money is hard, and big money is easy. It took me a while to figure out what that phrase was, and then it didn’t work. I think that for such a big dream you have to sacrifice something, more often than not, there can be financial stability.

How do you see money in relation to art?

Unfortunately, you can not do without money when you have to maintain an already built image, but it is quite possible to start without it. Whoever complains that he cannot work in music because he does not have money means that he is not motivated enough or that he is not talented.

“It’s hard to build your identity”

It wasn’t easy for you early in your career in the industry – what did you think was important when you got to where you are?

The people I met along the way and the love for the music I make. My pieces are my children, I will try to dress them as elegantly as possible and give them every possible opportunity to get as far as possible in the world.

You have tried many musical genres and you are a cut chameleon. What style of glove suits you?

Think rock and electric people. For example, the song “Ielele”, which you did on Soundclash with David Ciente, Damian Drăghici and the Osoianu Sisters.

Is it important to have a good and flexible attitude so that you like the stickers?

no. It is important to be flexible and fair with changes in your life. You don’t have to be flexible with the label to like it and want to invest in you. You just have to be more discerning with the help you give to others.

A talented artist, at the beginning of the road, is very talented – what do you think of his need to attract the attention of the audience?

identification. It’s hard to build your identity. Sometimes you are born with it, other times you have to fail to find it, as was my case.

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