It would be easy to dismiss the talkative host of music channel M1’s Guten Morgen breakfast show as one of those aspiring singers who turned to TV to earn some extra cash; the reverse is true of Dasha Kolomiets.
In 2007, the former Kyiv Institute of Cinema and Television student got her first break on M1 as a journalist. It was later she would audition for the first series of Ukrainian Fabryka Zirok (Star Factory) a singing reality show. She did it for research purposes, just to get a better understanding of how showbiz works. When the hype died away she simply returned to her day job – presenting.
Kolomiets started on a TV show for teenagers on Noviy Channel, naturally called Teen Time. As her experience grew, her audience became more mature. She switched to the daily Hello Show on M1, before becoming a host of Guten Morgen. To get to know her a little better, What’s On went to M1’s studio for a coffee and a chat with the charming blond.
What is it that attracts you to your work?
People! Growing up in Cherkasy I always had an interest in people. It’s fascinating to find out how to approach different people, dig up information about them and see their faces when you ask questions they don’t expect. And when my guests do something totally unexpected – like when Serhiy Lazarev (Russian pop star) did push-ups in the studio or David Brown from Brazzaville ate herring on set, I feel as though I’ve achieved my goal. It takes tremendous effort – that’s what attracts me to my profession.
Is there anyone you dream about interviewing?
Definitely Zemfira (Russian rock star), I’m a big fan of hers and she is notoriously hard to get an interview with.
What would you ask her if you had the chance?
Oh, so many trivial questions come to mind. I guess ideally I’d really want to observe her. I just want to see what her ordinary day looks like. Let me tell you a secret – when I do interviews with musicians whose work I really like my knees tremble! I once had Serhiy Babkin as a guest on the Hello Show and I couldn’t sleep for a week before meeting him! He is just one of those musicians whose songs make me cry. I was afraid to ask him some hackneyed question.
Was it hard to stay professional at that interview? Did you become star-struck?
So hard! Although I wanted to scream ‘I know all your songs’, I stayed calm. And, I don’t think I would want to befriend those stars I admire, because as a fan you have them on a pedestal. I would be afraid of spoiling the impression I have of them and their music by allowing them to become ordinary.
What of your own singing career?
Even when I was taking part in Fabryka Zirok I didn’t consider myself a singer. I don’t have a unique voice. I like music, but music that somehow moves you. Recently, I met a participant from the Holos Krainy (Voice of the Country) TV show – Katya Hracheva. She produces some really good music and so I sent her some of my lyrics which she wrote a song to! We even shot a video, but it’s very personal so I’m not sure I’ll show it to anyone apart from close friends and family. We called it Sny-Povtory (Dreams-Repeat). But it’s definitely a non-commercial song.
What do you think of modern pop stars?
There are so many talented musicians in Ukraine and there’s also the opportunity to make money in the music industry in Russia, there’s no good music there. That’s why so many Russian stars are of Ukrainian origin.
If we were out star searching one night in one of our local clubs, would we find you there?
You know, journalism is a profession known for hard living, but I got so sick and tired of the club scene early on and now I prefer a quieter life. One of my friends and I have a tradition of giving each other tickets to concerts and plays abroad spurring us to travel. For my birthday on 9 August he gave me a ticket to an Al Pacino play in New York that I’m really looking forward to.
Guten Morgen featuring Dasha Kolomiets on M1
Monday – Friday
from 7.00 to 9.00