Marija Khrushchinska


I am a vocalist for Mars For You, a Ukrainian alternative rock band formed in 2013 by me (vocalist/songwriter) and a drummer/guitarist/bassist/sound engineer. We have decided to express ourselves through music and lyrics. When we had enough songs to play, we found a guitarist and then a bassist. Mars Foir You had some lives in 2015/2016 and 2017 has been quite calm, 'cos we are finishing their first EP and looking for another bassist and a second guitarist.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is a way of expressing my feelings. Some people write books, paint or dance to relieve tension. I write lyrics, music and sing.

What is your music dream?

I just want to bring to life all my ideas. Keeping them inside is quite hard.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I would start with supporting musicians and other artists no matter how famous they are. I think people must easily travel the world, spread their ideas and learn from other cultures.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Nowadays, I prefer Navier Gene, Letlive. and Konny Craig. My playlist is really long.

What inspires you to make music?

In my music and lyrics I usually express my own feelings. I've experienced a lot, and that made me the one I am now. So, I just speak to different people and react to various situations in my life through my lyrics.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I just want to tell my story through it.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

It depends on the audience, club or festival and, of course, the sound. Almost after every performance I can't remember the details of it, 'cos I get vanished into my music, if I can say so.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

In my reality musicians have to work hard both to earn money for the living, and improve themselves as musicians. Sometimes it's hard to combine. Getting popular is a long way, and some people stop playing, singing or writing music because of different issues.

What do you think of Drooble?

Drooble seems to be really interesting idea for me and, I hope, it will help to promote my music.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

A disability of band members to work as much as I do.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes, I often go to local gigs and festivals. Being a musician sometimes gives you an opportunity to enter free, but I always pay money, 'cos I know that it's important for musicians who are on stage.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Every musician must be hardworking. You can't become a professional singer just because you have a pleasant voice and an ear for music. You also must learn new technologies, be ready to work in a team and not afraid to rewrite your music or lyrics 200 times before you understand it's done. Music must be more important than anything else if you want to reach your goal.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

I think, Navier Gene is awesome, but you may have heard him. Check also Onuka, a Ukrainian electronic folk artist.