We had the good fortune of connecting with Simply Vika and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Simply Vika, what matters most to you?
Honesty. Staying true to yourself. Especially now days, with the social media and all, we see a lot of “fake”. Many people are trying too hard to be something they are not. People are trying to be perfect and say the right thing. I am not going to lie, I fell for that myself. Especially as an artist, I was constantly trying too hard to post the right thing, say the right words, upload the best looking photo because “It has to be perfect, I have to be perfect” … It took me a while to remember that perfect does not exist, and I am not here to make EVERYONE happy, I am here to make a point – and it’s far from perfect. My whole career started as a protest to the continuing world issue of what is the “standard”, what we define as the “norm”, and the whole point of my music is to get people to understand how messed up some of our norms are.
People are often hiding behind those norms because they are afraid to look stupid, weird, different.
But my mission is to encourage people to be who they are, and not who society wants them to be. In order to do so – I need to be honest, of course to my audience, but first – to myself.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art comes in a form of a loving kick in the ass. I am a feminist and I fight for equal rights and social justice. But I am doing it in a very different way. I’m not the kind of motivational speaker that tells you that everything will be alright if only you believe in yourself. I am the one to say “move your ass and get shit done”. My music, my image and everything I do is based on the believe that everyone can do what they want to do and whatever feels right (of course as long as it doesn’t hurt other people). Based on my lifestyle and beliefs, I heard so much bullshit from other people that it makes me annoyed.
People have said to me that I shouldn’t rap because I’m white, people told me that I can’t be a warrior in the military because I have kids to give birth to, people told me I would never have a relationship because I believe men and women should do house chores equally
I’m happy to say that I am a former military sergeant who became a rapper and found the love of her life.
So I am here to prove one thing:
People are often have no fucking idea what they are talking about, and create their opinion of you based on their own failures.
Be kind enough to let them talk for how long they want, but be smart enough to only take with you what you actually believe in.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It’s a very complicated question to answer because I have no permanent place I currently live in. My life is in constant change and my suitcase is my best friend.
For the last year alone, I have moved back to Israel from Los Angeles, then flew to Germany, then came back to Israel for few months, then went to Russia for another month and now I am in Tbilisi, Georgia.
I can’t even cover here in one page where I was before I got to LA.

I’ll say one thing though…
TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL

The world is such a beautiful place, and there is not enough time to cover it all, SO start now and explore our crazy little planet. It’s absolutely amazing!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wow, that’s gotta be a big list of names. So many people have led me to where I am today.
But the two people I am thankful to the most are my Mom and my other mom. Yes, I am lucky to have not one – but two people in my life, who I get to call mom.
My mom is a single parent who raised me on her own since I was born. My dad wasn’t around much so it was me and her.
But not long ago, my mom met a wonderful women, (also a single mother) and they became best friends.
For 6 years now, they have a mutual business, mutual household and well, mutual family.
It was my mom friend’s idea to send me to a music school to study the thing I love – and that’s exactly what I did !
So yeah, a huge shoutout to my two amazing moms ❤️

Website: https://www.simplyvika.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/its_simply_vika/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/viktoriya-gurskaya/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SimplyVika

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/simplyvika

Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4B4Kfyn3F0uaJsLodoaRky?si=Z5e8wBXsQo-4wywfIUUIvQ&dl_branch=1

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