Jinjer starts their European Summer Tour at Greenfield Festival in Interlaken, Switzerland as I mentioned above, ending in Hamburg at Elbriot Festival together with Slipknot. In fact, the young Ukrainian band has a history with Slipknot which Eugene remembers as “we tend to joke about this” and continues;
“The first time we talked about touring with Slipknot was in 2019, and then in the winter of 2020, but never happened for reasons like the Pandemic. The last time we even announced a tour with Slipknot in March in the US, then the war started. I am afraid these are facts, but we stay positive about everything while wondering what else can go wrong right now in our first tour with Slipknot. Apart from that, it’s surely a milestone for Jinjer, cause only a few European metal bands got the chance to tour with a legendary band such as Slipknot which we truly appreciate.”
Some of us might not that that Jinjer has always been a band that is mainly appreciated internationally. “Americans, especially” Eugene commented and continued, “they never stopped coming to Jinjer with more tour requests just like their Summer 2022 tour with Slipknot. Their support meant the world to us, which I believe we are going to be grateful for forever.”
When I asked Eugene his honest opinion about the best thing people can do to help, his answer was clear; “not forgetting about the war in Ukraine is the best way to help.”
“The first week of the war I was getting a lot of messages,” he says and continues, “already did ten interviews for the international media. But then I started to see people continue their normal lives posting cats on social media, which scared me a lot cause I don’t want Ukrainian people to be forgotten in this awful situation. After certain point in the war, I started to call it an apocalypse. It is terrifying to see the way things proceed, so the best thing people can do to help is not to forget about Ukraine.”
“The amount of money people donated to help was incredible. In fact, after seeing some of the numbers being donated I had to warn some of them, asking them to think about the future of their families.” Eugene also underlined that he was genuinely moved by their answer; “we are doing OK, there are people in Ukraine who really need this.”
This was my first interviewing experience, and luckily it was someone as friendly as Eugene Abdukhanov. He finished his words with; “Jinjer appreciates everybody who supported, donated, or helped in other ways. In the end, I believe spreading the word, would be the best thing we can do.”
It was fantastic watching Jinjer playing live at Greenfield Festival, wishing the Jinjer team all the best on their European Summer Tour 2022. Thank you for reading and sharing this story to spread the word.