It has been a while since Petr Elfimov took the stage of Moscow to represent Belarus. However, just a few days back he participated in the CUBOmeters festival, which is organised several times a year by musecube.org, a Russian community of independent journalists writing about music. The objective is for the event to provide a space for young bands and performers and give them a chance to get a big break and make a name for themselves in the industry.
Petr took this opportunity, as he is trying to create a name for himself in the broader European space. He fondly remembers his Eurovision experience, and has said that:
I have nothing but good and bright memories of Eurovision. Even though not everything went well then, without doubt, it’s one of the major milestones of my career. That is why I do not rule out the possibility to take part in it again. Not necessarily as an artist: maybe as a composer or a producer I will manage to win the hearts of the fans. The competition has obviously changed in the past few years. They now have a professional jury. Not just the song or the vocal skills are evaluated, but the image as well.
Since Elfimov represente Belarus in Moscow he has been quite busy. He released an album called “Book of Revelation” and participated in the Russian version of “The Voice”, where one of the judges was Eurovision winner Dima Bilan. Elfimov has said that
I was lucky enough to work in the team of Leonid Agutin, a singer bearing the title of the People’s Artist of Russia”. “The Voice” gave me a lot. One of the great thinkers once said “You can’t lead anyone further than you’ve gone yourself”. I am a vocal coach. Taking part in contests of such level gives me experience which I can use both as a teacher and as a performer. Also, the project made me more popular outside Belarus.”
Petr sang “Eyes That Never Lie” in Moscow, but failed to qualify for the final. Here is his performance: