Alexei Zabugin from Novy Urengoy is 13 years old. This gifted finalist has already participated in many creative competitions and festivals in his native city and region (2007-2014), in all-Russia events (Tomsk, Khanty-Mansiysk, Moscow), in the international contest (Sochi), etc. In 2015, he was a finalist in the ‘Voice Kids -2’ TV project, participated in the international ‘Journey to Success’ meeting staged by the Academy of PopularMusic of Igor Krutoy.
In parallel with his study at secondary school No. 4 and music school № 2, he studies vocal at the Gazodobytchik Cultural and Sports Centre. His least favorite subject is Mathematics, he says, ‘This subject requires focus and concentration! The Russian language lessons for me are much more interesting.’
He has very little free time, and in the harsh local climate he does not always have the opportunity to spend time outdoors with his friends. (But when there is a chance, Alex happily rides his skateboard and bike, and in winter is fond of tubing. He likes to go to the sea and spend holidays at his grandparents’ in Krasnodarskiy kray. He tells, ‘Every year we visit them, my Grandpa and I go hiking in the mountains and to the Malaya Laba river, we cook kebabs, sunbathe and swim a lot.’
His favorite sport is football. In the morning, he makes exercises works out on a daily basis with weights and dumbbells. He would like to sing together with Lara Fabian, ‘She’s a very flamboyant singer, with a shrilling and melodious voice, each of her songs is a story, which she seems to have lived in real life.’ His dream is to get a private music recording studio. He appreciates nice sincere, punctual and neat people. In a toy shop he would choose for a gift some character from the ‘Dead Pool’ movie.
His music idols are M. Jackson, W. Houston and D. Bilan. His favorite cartoon characters are Prince Vladimir, Alyosha Popovich, Ratatouille. The fiction character, which, according to Alexeii, in many ways is similar to his, is Hal Jordan from ‘Green Lantern’, ‘While overcoming one’s fear, a person can grow stronger! This is the message which I share a lot.’ His good luck token is a figurine of a guardian angel, with whom he has never parted. Alexei is learning to play the piano.
In literature he preferrs adventure books, detectives, science fiction. Recently he read a particularly memorable science fiction novel ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth” by J. Verne. If Alexei won a prize from a travel company, he would choose to travel to the United States, ‘I am especially interesting in visitting New York, to see the statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building Tower.’ And yet, given a chance to time travel, Alex would visit the 1960-80-ies. , ‘Back then, there were so many musical directions! That was the peak of J. Lennon, M. Jackson, F. Mercury, ‘Nazareth’, ‘Europe’ ‘Eagles’, ‘Scorpions’, and others.’
His favorite holiday is his own birthday, ‘I like to receive gifts, and also to have fun with friends in some cafes.’ Alex sing since he was four years old. The boy’s vocal talent was first recognized by his pre-school teacher-Galina Anatolyevna Khudyakova.
When choosing songs for the ‘New Wave Junior’, Alex asked the opinion of his vocal teacher Ludmila Yakovlevna Ushanly. She, as well as the ‘Alphabet’ musical band, inspires Zabugin to be creative. He confesses, ‘ I write poems, have two recent unfinished ones, but I would like to develop them to songs. I will call my future album ‘Sing Along with Me!’. I am glad that my friends always support me and encourage my vocal success. Each and every next contest is my new stage of development, which allows me to gain decent results, new friends, knowledge, experience. And the ‘New Wave Junior’ is no exception! I have followed it for a long time, and of all the finalists of the previous contests I remember Andrey Boyko, as we seem to share the same music style, similar manner of singing. I wish all the contestants of this year persistence, self-control and brilliant performances.’