Five Questions With ROGOV

Canadian artist ROGOV and former frontman of 80s-era rockers, ARKITEX has released his new single, “Mistakes Are Beautiful”.

“Looking back at 36 years of living in California, where the ceaseless sun blurs the seasons and melts the years into long view, a question of mistakes swept over me,” ROGOV — nee Vladymir Rogov — considers. “I mused on the things that had become of me and wondered: what if my entire life is made out of mistakes?”

Serving as a collaboration with former Bowie lead guitarist, Stacy Heydon, the song lands ahead of his forthcoming EP, Tourist.

The video, helmed by Canadian photographic artist Deborah Samual, showcases the journey and insight ROGOV gleaned upon his return to Prince Edward County, Ontario after living for years in San Diego, California.

Check out the video below and find out more about ROGOV via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Rogov, Vladymir Rogov. Looking back at 36 years of life in California, where the ceaseless sun blurs the seasons and melts the years into a long view, a question of mistakes swept over me. I mused on the things that I had become, and wondered, what if my entire life is made out of mistakes? …The years living in Germany, England, Canada, and now the time in California was more than all the previous countries put together.

One sunny California morning I picked up my guitar and while strumming in C Major, out came this whole phrase: “Mistakes are beautiful, mistakes are fun, I’m counting the good times by everyone.” Over time, this developed into a full song.

Fate had me getting together with long time friend, Gold and Platinum award-winning producer (Teenage Head, Sheriff, Long John Baldry and former Bowie lead guitarist, Canadian Stacy Heydon, we have come up with something special.

“Mistakes are Beautiful,” has turned out to kicks off the roaring ’ 2020s with an upcoming Extended Play recording, ’Tourist’, and showcases my return to Prince Edward County in Canada, after living for years in San Diego in Southern California.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style. 

What is important to me is that one can say things in music that cannot be said in any other medium. My favorite songs are ones that have a great groove and deliver a valuable message in subject matters that are often overlooked.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

Considering the lock-down times, we must adapt, until things are relaxed, video is turning out to be the most practical way to reach people.

I’m a solo artist. I like to stand at the mic with my acoustic guitar and have a kick-ass band behind playing the songs.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

I believe that when you change the way you look at something, the thing changes. ’Mistakes are Beautiful’ is very likely my most important song to date, because it is a catalyst to another way of looking at my own life.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favorite Canadian bands/ artists?

Probably most favorite artists of all are more about their songs. How could one ever deny Gordon Lightfoot? Leonard Cohen, Burton Cummings, Brian Adams, Andy Kim, Paul Anka…Drake.

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