LONDON (AP) — “The sirens interrupted our slumber, grabbed everything in the past from two suitcases, then left!” sings Taras Topolia, leader of Antytila, on the Ukrainian group’s new collaboration with Ed Sheeran.
This is a reworked version of Sheeran’s single “2step”. Topolia added a new verse and created a video to promote the remix. The version was released on Monday.
“I decided to explain in the lyrics how it was the first day of the war for me and for millions of Ukrainians,” the singer-songwriter – and now a soldier – told AFP on Tuesday. Associated Press, speaking from Ukraine, on the front line. of the war against the Russian invasion.
In the clip, Topolia leans against the side of a military vehicle while on patrol with his battalion, the reality of life right now for this recording artist-turned-soldier.
“We were doing our job. And like driving and between the positions of our battle in the Ukrainian army and just stopping on the road and taking the GoPro camera and shooting this video. It took maybe 10 or 15 minutes.
Watch the “2 Steps” video below.
He says that although it was dangerous, it created a dramatic scene.
As a father of three, Topolia wanted the video – which shows a young family fleeing war by car – to tell the story of the “painful and difficult situation” of Ukrainian children.
“Ukraine is not just destruction and horrible war. Ukraine is also talented and talented people. And those children who no longer have the opportunity to dance, to sing, to improve their skills, to play in the playgrounds.
Another part of the video shows young Ukrainian dancer Oleksii Sokolov performing in a theater. He later dances in the rubble of a destroyed building.
“He came back to Kyiv from Mariupol just to film this video,” Topolia explains. “His parents say it’s very important for him and for them to participate in this.”
Antytila befriended Sheeran via social media, after he tweeted the British singer-songwriter ahead of his headlining performance at ‘Concert for Ukraine’ in the UK in April.
While the Ukrainian band couldn’t perform at the event remotely, Sheeran invited Antytila to team up with him on “2step.”
Topolia explains that continuing with music while fighting in the war is “very difficult”.
“I push myself to do something creative because the situation isn’t that creative. The situation is terrible. But I believe, I know, what I’m doing now is just collecting the emotions inside. interior,” he said.
“When we have the victory, all these emotions will be released through the songs, through the lyrics. And I will share it with the whole world,” says Topolia.
“Emotions of happiness, of new beginnings. Emotions of a new country, of a new future that we will build together united.
Over the next 12 months, stream royalties from the “2step” remix video will be donated to Music Saves UA.