Interview: Schubert Ola - An Incredible "Revolushn" of Music and Love


After speaking with Schubert Ola, the keyboardist and imaginative person responsible for creating videos such as the newly released, "Dinosaurs" for the psych band, "Revolushn", I realized this was a celebration of an amazing love story. After being primed and asked not to speak of her relationship with guitarist, lead vocalist, and husband, "No", Ola  broke all the rules....

 A truly empowering woman, Ola was born in Moscow, Russia, where she practiced as a doctor, and was in the Red Army. As a child she was classically trained as a concert pianist, and is now a renowned artist. When conditions in Russia became unbearable she took her 11 year old daughter, gave up her career, and fled Russia. She moved to the ghettos of America not knowing one word of English, no longer having a career, and not knowing a soul..... and loved it. She looked at the uncertainty in a strange country as an adventure, instead of something to fear. 

 Within in three years of living in the states she bought her own house, a car for her and her daughter, secured a high paying job in telecommunications, and enjoyed an independent existence....that is until she met free spirited No. I'd like to say the rest is history however the two, along with "Revolushn" is still constantly changing the course of musical history with their innovative sound and fun based spirit. 

 When I told No that his wife loved him to death, his response was, " I love her beyond death"...

 You probably are the most interesting one out of the entire band with your story.

 No, I think my husband is. He's the one who holds us together. 

 I'll rephrase that, I think that you are the most interesting before the band was formed.

 I don't know? 

 What made you leave Russia?

 I had a very good life in Russia. I was a top notch doctor there and made a lot of money, I had a good life. Then everything just went, "BOOM" in one year.  It was like a sin of war, really. I was teaching in medical school and my daughter was in elementary school in a part of Russia where I was a doctor. Then one day they declared independence from Russia. So me and my daughter with white skin, we had to run. I went back to Moscow, Moscow was on fire with the White House, all this stuff kind of was obvious, there was no future. I just grabbed my daughter and left. I'm glad I did. I came to the states, went to school, learned to speak, then I was working successfully for the telecommunication company. I had a good salary, benefits, free phone, and then I met my husband.

 How did you meet No?

 He was on the internet, I made him a proposal, and I married him. I really didn't want to get married, really, ever. I had everything I needed, I didn't need some guy to tell me what to do. He was very weird to all my knowledge of humanity. Through my life I've met 1 million people maybe. Then I met him and married him out of curiosity because I couldn't figure out  what he was about. Took me like six years to figure out who he really is, and I was happy. 

 I don't even know what to say to that.

 It was a spontaneous relationship. I was trained as a classical pianist for seven years, since I was a child. My parents basically chained me to the piano. When I was finished with the school I brought my diploma home and told my mother, " I swear to god, I'm never going to play again". My parents were very good people, that's why I finished the course. It was for them not for me. All those years I tried a lot of stuff, like to be a chemical engineer, I was a doctor, I was a programmer, and when I came here I was working five jobs. I was a waitress, baby sitter, a cashier, customer service, I tried everything because I couldn't speak. But when you have nothing to eat you learn real quick. 

 That had to be a little scary for you?

 It was not. That time in Moscow, it was so horrible. It was like Chicago, you walked two blocks and you would be raped. They would kill you and nobody cared. Then I moved here and I lived in a real ghetto. I'm very glad I did it. I learned about America from the backyard. In the building where I live there were all kinds of weird people, but all kinds of American people were kind to me. They all smiled, they all helped me. I think just because I looked very crazy with my accent and everything. I had nobody in this country, no friends, no English, nothing, but I felt very secure. I was really happy because it felt like I was in the movie. I had nobody asking me what I was going to do, what my plans were, or what my job was. And then day by day, day by day, in three years I bought a house. I reached the American dream. I had a house, I had chicken in the pot and a car in the garage. Then two months later I met my husband. Everything was like a rabbit hole after that. 

 You have so many talents. You play the piano, and you're an artist as well?

 I wanted to be in artist since I was born. If I had a piece of paper and a pen I didn't need anything else. If somebody would lock me up somewhere and I would be able to paint, I wouldn't care. But my parents said no, everybody in our family are chemical engineers. They said I was good in math, good in chemistry, you're going to be an engineer. I said "all right". So I had forgotten about that, and then I married Frank. We had a very big language barrier. When you live with somebody from outside your culture, who doesn't know your history, he doesn't know what happened. He doesn't understand even if I say the words from the dictionary, they don't show exactly the same meaning. A lot of times when we talked about things and he said, " I don't care", to me it sounded like fuck you. When I say in Russia that I don't care it means get lost. We decided not to get upset or kill each other, let's just talk and find out what did I mean, and what do you mean. I was 46 when No saw me sketch. He saw my caricature on a napkin. He never even knew I could draw. He brought me to school on a leash. I went to art school and I painted for 12 years, sculptured for 10 years, it was very good. I have a public sculpture in Monterey. Once I achieve something I lose interest in it. 

 I totally get that.

 Some of this came from my husband to me. I was left brain, he was right brain and we collided. Then we mutated to each other. We're on the same page. He changed my life in a way which was like my childhood. You know when you're happy and you don't have all these problems. Then when you grow up especially in Russia where everything is negative, and they put some shit in your head, and you can't distinguish if it's true or not because you're living in a box. Then you meet someone free like him, completely free, it's like WOW!

 How long are you married?

 We're married 17 years and it's getting better and better. He brought me to do music and he didn't even know I was a professional pianist. I never told him, I managed to delete that information from my brain. Two years ago he was moving his keyboard, he said he didn't need it because he bought a new one. He asked me if I wanted it and I said yes. Then he left. So I connected the wires, and I tried playing and realized I hadn't played in 47 years. I was practicing like five hours straight, and then he came back and I could play. I could play scales at least. I was playing and he was behind me and I didn't know, when he heard me he said, " you can play like that?" He asked me why I never told him and I told him I forgot. Then he said he was looking for a keyboardist for his band. I was already in his band is a visual producer.

 You did the video for "Dinosaurs", which is one of the best videos I've ever seen in my life.

 You think?

 I know! 

 It's all good. My life is so happy. Right now we started singing together, harmony every day, what could be better!!

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Written by Eileen Shapiro

I work with Jimmy Star and am a NY Times best selling author and rock star journalist....currently write for Get Out Mag, PureM, Classic Pop, Huffington Post, and several others....I write pop culture interviews with well established talent and up and coming great talent...look forward to working with you....



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