EXCLUSIVE. Interview with Gold (RDGLDGRN): “Romania offered me culture and, most of all, a beautiful language” – part I
On our National Day, virtual-team.is-great.net brings you another EXCLUSIVE interview with a Romanian that was raised in America since he was 5, and now he is part of a big band!
We discovered him through Twitter, talking about football and not about music. It was even more interested that besides his passion for football he is part of one of the most promising bands in America. He is a Romanian, but he left our country in 1989, when he was only 5. He came back only once in Romania, two years later, but his soul remained open for a country that he consider being unique and wonderful.
If you will step by his Twitter account, you will notice a background with Madalina Ghenea and a lot of messages towards Romanians, supporting them no matter their activities. He also writes in Romanian and we can say his grammar is much better than many Romanians that are in the country. This fact tells a lot!
Until this interview virtual-team.is-great.net got, no other Romanian news agency presented his story. Maybe you listened his songs, but nobody truly know that among the band members there is a Romanian. A guitarist, a writer, a main key when we speak about RDGLDGRN (pronounced Red Gold Green).
He is Andrei Busuioceanu or Gold as his stage name. He is the Romanian that we present you as an example on our National Day, 1st of December. He is the “American Romanian” from which we can all learn and find out what means the respect for the country you were born into, for your first and unique love, no matter how many miles away you are.
In the first part of the interview we talked about him and Romania. It will be continued tomorrow with the 2nd part in which you will have the chance to read more about his band. Until then, read it and Happy Birthday, Romania!
Dorin Tismanariu: At the moment, most probably, there are a lot of Romanians that don’t know who is Gold or Andrei Busuioceanu…
Gold: Thank you very much for helping me reach them. Hopefully I’ll be able to inspire them the same way other Romanian artists and athletes inspired me throughout my life.
D.T.: You are in America since you were 5 and your band was formed 3 years ago. How your life changed after this and what was your main occupation before the RDGLDGRN?
G.: I have played music with Red and Green since 2005, and was in another band previously, since the year 2000. For basically an entire decade, I was growing musically and performing. The year 2011 was when everything changed for me. RDGLDGRN were given an opportunity to do music for a living. It has been an incredible experience, and I feel very lucky that I am doing exactly what I want to do with my life, at the moment! My parents brought me to America because they wanted my sister and I to have more opportunities than they did growing up. If they didn’t make this incredible sacrifice, I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today. For me, this epitomizes Romanians: wanting what’s best for your family!
D.T.: You never miss the opportunity to express your love for Romania, in any possible ways, a fact that only a few Romanians do. What Romania offered you to deserve all your love?
G.: What has it offered me? Culture! Most of all, a beautiful language. It is nice that we have a language that is in the same family as Italian, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, no? We are quite unique in that sense, since none of our neighbors carry a native, romantic tongue! I really appreciate athletes who have inspired me since I was a kid. Nadia, Hagi, Nastase, the list goes on. Musically, I love Romanian folk music. I played the violin when I was young, and my main influence was the Romanian folk material I grew up listening to, such as Zamfir, Maria Tanase, and Paul Stîngă. My favorite Romanian rock band is Phoenix. I met Nicu Covaci in Maryland when they performed in the USA on the 18th of June, 2005. He was really kind, gave me free cd’s after I gave him my band’s cd. He told me, “We are artists and we must support one other!” I also love Enescu and Porumbescu’s classical work. My mother has made me cry many times whenever she plays Porumbescu’s ‘Ballad for Violin and Orchestra’ on the violin. At Christmas parties, I DJ and we sing and dance to Maria Tanase, Cristian Vasile, and more.
D.T.: I noticed in a photo of one of your concerts that you tied the Romania’s flag on one of your speakers and stayed there for the rest of the show. You do this often?
G.: All the time! One of my favorite bands growing up was a group called At the Drive-In. Their guitarist, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez used to have a flag by his amplifier, and I always thought it was beautiful. I did this about 10 years ago in my first band, as well. I’m proud to represent my heritage. It reminds me of any football match the Romanian national team plays, when kids hold the flag beside the team. Maybe one day I can have some kids hold each corner as well 🙂
D.T.: Should we call you the most patriotic guy from the crew?
G.: I am patriotic, but I am not in a competition with my band mates in this department. I think I’ve just spent so much time away from Romania since leaving, that it has made me love it more and more each day. I am lucky to be in a band with two Americans who are extremely interested in culture, and taking it in! As a child, Green lived in France while I lived in Romania. His family is Haitian, so he grew up with that culture, the same way I grew up in a household with Romanian culture. Red was born in the states in an American family, but he spent time in Bolivia and Ghana, learning multiple languages, which is commendable.
D.T.: Have you been visited Romania lately?
G.: Last time I visited was at age 7. I am waiting for RDGLDGRN to be booked for a concert, I would be so happy to perform in Bucharest.
D.T.: In all your 29 years, when did you felt the most proud of Romania?
G.: Probably the USA World Cup in 1994. Beyond our performance in the competition, I was so happy to be with family and friends, smiling and celebrating, eating good food and embracing our good fortune!
D.T.: You need to know that I also noticed you are a football fan, specially a fan of Steaua Bucuresti. Do you have any other favorite, where you are a fan of a Romanian player?
G.: Love Vlad Chiriches. He has the potential to be a legend. Bourceanu is excellent. I think he could play for any team in the world. I miss Rusescu, it’s a shame he went to Spain to sit on the bench, when just a year ago, he managed to score over 20 goals in a remarkable season. I love Stanciu and Iancu, they are our future and I am excited to see them grow. One of my favorite players in Romanian football has to be Alexandru Maxim. His performance in the Bundesliga speaks for itself. We need midfielders like him to be able to go anywhere in the major competitions. I keep in touch with Vlad Marin, currently playing for Juventus, my favorite club in Italy. I hope he can make noise for our national team one day.
D.T.: What do you think about Romania’s music industry?
G.: I am a fan of the alternative music, especially what the Okapi label releases. I am in touch with Vlad Lucan, one of the founders. I appreciate their story and how hard work has paid off. I told him they need to release a documentary, so the people can witness how a hip-hop song reached #1 in Romania!
D.T.: Are any Romanian artists that you like or appreciate from a certain reason?
G.: Bean, of Subcarpați and Suie Paparude. I am a huge fan of Subcarpați, I think Bean is a genius, whom I love to share music with. Anybody that combines Romanian folk music with anything modern is a hero in my book. “Abia La Inceput,” is an incredible song, for anybody that wants to hear some of my favorite Romanian Hip-Hop. Skizzo Skillz is someone I have been in touch with for a long time, it has been absolutely incredible watching him progress into being a star in Romania. It inspires me!
D.T.: Do you remember what was the first song you heard in America of a Romanian artist?
G.: Absolutely. O-Zone’s Dragostea Din Tei 🙂
D.T.: When, where and what was your reaction?
G.: I remember hearing this at parties and I felt so proud, I had no idea what to do with myself or how to explain it to my American friends. On our recent tour in Europe, we went to a place to eat in Berlin. Toward the end of the night, girls started dancing on the tables and they were playing German dance music. There was only one song that they played that wasn’t German: O-Zone’s Dragostea Din Tei. This isn’t a song I listen to, but I was extremely happy to be able to sing Romanian verses in a German pub. Bravo, O-Zone!
D.T.: OK, I am taking advantage that we are on 1st of December and, as a last question on this first part of the interview, I want to ask you what would you bring from America to make a Romania a better place?
G.: Romania is a great place that most people don’t know about, or have a skewed judgment of. There is something wrong with every country in the world, and I think Romania could learn from America the same way that America could learn from Romania. The only thing that I can think of that truly comes to mind is equality. If you look at black Americans and how far they’ve come in the states, you realize that anything is possible. It was inspiring to watch Obama win the presidency and shake the world! I would love to see Romanians support the gypsy community and embrace equality. I realize that integrating isn’t the easiest thing in the world and that gypsies have certain aspects of their culture that is complicated to comprehend, but there is no justification or reason that we should ever be racist or prejudice towards them in any way. Following typical European footsteps in closing doors and treating them like a lower class is absolutely wrong and should be punished by law. The only reason why I have this opinion is because I grew up in America. Anybody that doesn’t see eye to eye with me on this subject should come to America to truly understand the perspective.
This interview is done by Dorin Tismanariu, © Virtual-Team – December, 2013. Copy of the entire interview or parts of it requires credits, a link directly to our website. Here is the romanian version!
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