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Interview with Andrius Mamontovas

Posted May 22, 2012 in Articles

Andrius Mamontovas ( Lukšys) Source:

In UK people  know playing Shakespeare’s  Hamlet such Top stars as Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Nicol Williamson, now David Tennant. You will be playing Hamlet at the closure of the  Globe to Globe Festival in London’s Globe Theatre, William Shakespeare’s country. It is an icing on the cake for Lithuania! This should be a really big milestone in your personal life. What is going through your emotions?

It is an honour to perform at Globe theatre. I’m a bit worried, as we gonna perform the shorter version of Nekrosius “Hamletas”. Globe is an old historic building, so they can’t let us use all the fire, water and other special effects, that we usually do. But the excitement takes over it 🙂

You are a rock musician. What brought you to the theatre?
I was invited by Eimuntas Nekrošius in 1996. So, not “what”, but “who” would be a correct question 🙂

Foje was one of the most successful Lithuanian rock band  since 1988/89. What was the role of the  Lithuanian Rock music  at the dawn of restoration of independence?

It was called “The singing revolution” back then. Music and especial the popular one, brought people together and gave them courage to fit for the independence of Lithuania.

Any thoughts or  plans in future to resurrect a new  Foje?

There will be no “new Foje”. This band was tightly connected with the times of change. You’d have to bring the whole era back, to bring that band back. Me, personally, I’d like to move on to the new territories.

Could you give your views  about emigration?  50 years Lithuanian people in various ways and forms of  resistance were fighting against the soviet occupation,  but now-  when country became an independent, joined  in 2004 EU  –  such a massive wave of emigration, especially young generation. Is this a reversible? What could be done to change this situation? Or maybe you think this is normal?

I guess, that’s a natural thing. We were isolated from the world for so long. Sure, we want to explore its possibilities. We were failing to have a choice. Now we can choose. It’s a good thing.

Would you agree with Malcolm McLaren’s opinion who was a leader of Sex Pistols, that we’re living in a karaoke culture, with false promises of instant success, and that messiness and failure are the key to true learning  (TED)?

Good old Malcolm is absolutely right. “Fail, fail again, fail even better”.

What’s on your iPod?

Leonard Cohen, E.L.O., Marc Almond, Imogen Heap, drum’n’bass, dub step, Brian eno, etc…

Who would you prefer better to sing duet –  together with Mick Jagger, or with Lady Gaga or Madonna?

Why such a poor choice?

You trying to convince young generation that life in Lithuania could be as good as in any other western country. What is nationality for you? What impact the geographical location does to your national identity?

Nationality is remembering and respecting traditions of the ancients. As about geographical location – we are forest people.

What do you want to be remembered for- acting or being a musician? Please, don’t say “both”.


What are your future plans on the Stage?

I’d love to bring on something really dark and depressive 🙂

If you were stranded on a desert island, what in particular three items would you take with you?

Why always those three items? I’d prefer fully equipped house, a jet and my family…

What do you think about your fans?

I exist only because they are always there.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Not enough words.

What’s your greatest album of the 20th century?

Electric Light Orchestra “Time”. It’s absolutely perfect to me. Even the bonus tracks.

What is the most embarrassing situation you have had?

If I tell you, that wouldn’t be the most embarrassing one 🙂


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