A vocal who knows no boundaries and a talent that is understandable in all languages of the world? Yes, this is the secret art of Marija Serifovic, but also the essence of what she considers to be the most valuable thing in music. With the obligation to be her own and to create from the heart.
Marija Serifovic is easy-going, frank and direct. In music – consistent and authentic. With all these features, it is clear she chose the harder path, but only in this way one gains fame that does not fade. Lasting fame. Calculation, playing it safe and compromise may perhaps bring instant popularity but will not leave a trace in the years to come.
What do you think of contemporary music in Serbia?
There is something for everyone. There are too many performers who do not deserve the attention they get but I don’t mind, because quality must prevail in the sea of bad taste. And the only quality lasts, which has been proven so many times now.
Are vocal skills still the basis of the success of the future music star?
If you ask me, yes! I think that talent combined with valuable work is the only way to stand out and build a worthy career. In this business, the most important thing is to leave a mark.
How much do you take into account trends when choosing a song?
I’ve never done it. I am singing the songs I feel and for which I will not be ashamed to say that they are mine ten, twenty years from now.
As a mentor, what is the first lesson to teach those who are striving for the stage?
That they have to believe in themselves, this is the key to success.
In every sense, you have been and remain your own, from the beginning of your career until now – what is the price of it?
I neither could nor knew how to be different than to be my own. Through my career, I’ve met many challenges, I thought that maybe I was not cut out for this because I did not like the people I was often surrounded with in this business, but I decided to keep moving on.
You were young when you began singing and immediately you were noticed. How much show business changed you? What’s the hardest thing for you to accept?
I learned a number of important lessons, I grew up and matured in this work. The bad people I met with were the most difficult thing, but I am also proud that there are many more good people and those who have understood me the right way.
Where, in your opinion, is the mistake we’re making for years now regarding with the selection of representatives for Eurosong?
It would be presumptuous of me to speak of this because Eurosong today is not even close to the one I participated in. I can only say I see a lack of commitment and ambition, a lack of creativity and effort. If it was up to me I would organize the contest differently.
When do you really want to enjoy Belgrade, where do you go? What do you love most in this city?
I live in New Belgrade and I Sava bank, but I rarely go out when I’m in Belgrade because I can never get some peace and quiet there.