Ukrainian rock band describes difficulties in working on collaboration with Ed Sheeran

The lead singer of a Ukrainian band has described the difficulties the group faced writing the lyrics for a collaboration with Ed Sheeran.

he band Antytila ​​​​have teamed up with 31-year-old Sheeran to create a remix of his track 2step, which will raise money for Ukraine.

Speaking to BBC News, Antytila ​​lead singer Taras Topolia said: “It wasn’t so easy to record the vocals because our studio was busy while we were writing the lyrics for the song.

“So our studio was busy, but we found a way to record the voice.”

A new video was released to accompany the remix, which Topolia, 34, called “heartbreaking” but encouraged people to check out.

“The video is also very heartbreaking,” he told BBC News.

“You should watch it, I beg you, please watch the video, because the video conveys the message of the song.”

The remix was released to raise money for Music Saves UA, a non-profit fundraising project providing humanitarian aid to people in Ukraine.

For the next 12 months, Sheeran and Antytila’s worldwide record royalties from YouTube streams of the Official Video and Warner Music’s earnings from such streams will be donated to Music Saves UA.

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Explaining the meaning of the remix, Topolia, who currently works as a war medic, said: “It’s a simple but very dramatic story. It’s not just my story, it’s the story of millions of Ukrainians whose peaceful lives have been disrupted by war.


Royalties from the track will be donated to those in need in Ukraine (Ian West/PA)

“So I tried to buy them creative tools to describe this drama, this war drama in our country.”

Sheeran’s official video for the original recording of 2step with rapper Lil Baby, which was unveiled last month, was filmed in Kyiv last year.

In a statement, Sheeran said: “I shot the video for 2step in the city of Kyiv, Ukraine, before the devastating violence began.

“It was my first time visiting the country and I felt so welcome during my stay there – everyone from the production crew to the many people I met on my days off.

“Ukraine is a proud and resilient country and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to shoot my video there.

“I stand by Ukraine and will donate my record royalties from YouTube streams of the video to the DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.”

Topolia thanked Sheeran for the opportunity to collaborate, citing the important message it is sending to the rest of the world.

He said: “Thanks to Ed Sheeran and Ed’s team for letting me do this. It’s very important for us to send messages like this to everyone in the UK and people around the world through the song.”

Topolia also expressed his hope for a positive result for his country, saying: “Every day we have hope that one day we will get the victory and we will gather in a new stadium in Ukraine and also invite many people from Ukraine all over the world to unbeaten happiness.”

He added: “The main thing is that Ukraine is united, that Ukraine believes in victory and every day makes small victories towards the big victory.” Ukrainian rock band describes difficulties in working on collaboration with Ed Sheeran

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