Vika Yermolyeva (aka vkgoeswild),
Award-winning classical pianist, who decided to try something else.
"when she touches the piano, it comes to life" - Barry Harris,
"Just like a great actor takes a play to the next level, so a great musician can find greater depths in a song. She hears every gesture, every clever harmonic turn, every moment of drama and focuses on it, re-contextualizing it in such a way that it seems new again.
Like the fantastic classical musician she is, her covers make an excellent argument for the increasingly archaic role of the performer as just an interpreter of music, separate from the composer.
I can’t stop smiling when I listen to Vika’s covers. They are perhaps the most awesome way yet to show someone that you truly GET metal." - — Alee Karim, "Invisible Oranges",
"Can a lady at the piano sound just as badass as Messrs Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord and Paice did back in 1972? Judge for yourself." - Nick Soveiko, The Highway Star (The Original Deep Purple Web Pages) blog. ,
"your version is the only cover version I have heard that I feel stands out in its own, you have captured not only the song, but the feeling and spirit within - truly incredible." - Graham Bailey from "The Sound"