Alseyda the Crimean entrant for the Turkvision Song Contest 2016 has spoken about her hopes for the contest and career so far.

Alseyda who will be representing Crimea at the Turkvision Song Contest 2016 has given her first televised interview since winning the regions selection process. In an interview with TRK Millet the singer has spoken about her career, musical influences and hopes for the contest in Turkey. Alseyda explained that her biggest influence has her mother who is a musician and began to sing at the age of six. At the age of 18 she began writing songs for herself at which point she decided to study music in London for three years.

With regards to her interest in Crimean Tatars, Alseyda explained that from an early age her mother would play Crimean Tatar music. In London, her master’s work was called “The Great Silk Road”. Focusing on the vocal techniques from a variety of Turkic languages. During her time in the United Kingdom she also became a member of a group which toured around a number of cities.

When asked why she decided to take part in the Turkvision Song Contest, Alseyda stated that:

I looked a few years ago and realized that it was a grand format, perfect competition. And then I said to myself that would like to participate in it. For the creative unit it is a very interesting stage in life. The selection was quite hard. There were many talented guys who sang folk songs, and ethnic and contemporary music. At the very end was even Battle, as the jury chose very carefully.I am very proud and grateful that I offer this capability. And for me it’s a huge honor to go to Turkvizyon and present the Crimean Tatar people.

During the interview it was also revealed that she will be performing “Felegimsin”, adding that:

I have changed a little bit the harmony of the song, but the words left. It will be a modern, dance songs treatment. Of course, I’ll dance. First of all – it’s energy, which you send to the auditorium. folk instruments, which will feature in the composition will be used.

Many thanks to Zilya Lira for translating the interview for us. You can watch the interview with TRK Millet in full below:

The Turkvision Song Contest was first held in 2013 in the Turkish city of Eskisehir. The contest which is open to Turkic nations and regions such as Turkey, Kazakhstan and Yakutia. The contest follows a similar format to the Eurovision Song Contest, with songs limited to being 4 minutes long. To date Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have won the contest.