Elzy is the most famous and most decorated Ukrainian rock band. Okean
Elzy has been recognized many times as the best rock-and live-band of
the CIS by their admirers and music critics. The band vividly express
themselves through in-depth lyrics, a unique musical style, and an
impressive on-stage drive and energy.
Okean Elzy’s records always resonate with their listeners and become an
event not only for music lovers in Ukraine, but for the community as a
Further afield, Okean Elzy has one of the highest popularity ratings not
only in Ukraine but also the love of many fans from Russia and other
countries, which is quite phenomenal for a Ukrainian group, considering
that all the lyrics are written in Ukrainian. Their solo concerts, the
cornerstone of which is always the genuine live sound, are always
powerful. With its musical drive, combination of Ukrainian poetry, of
Slavic melodies and powerful European sound, Okean Elzy break down
linguistic barriers and conquer listeners irrespective of geography.
Their previous most wide scale concert tour in 2006 was a massive
success playing to audiences in North America, Western Europe and
Russia. In 2010 Okean Elzy went for another worldwide tour supporting
"Dolce Vita" album.
The band was formed in Lviv in 1994. And in 1996, the band performs at
one of the European festivals on the same stage with the legendary «Deep
In September 1998 came the first video of the song "Tam de nas nema". By
that time the video of young musicians became something new and fresh,
causing a lot of discussions. It is the first time when Ukrainian video
is shown on MTV-Russia and the France's MCM channels. Soon after that
the band’s videos become those that are permanently shown on all of the
Ukrainian and Russian music TV channels.
Their debut album "Tam de nas nema" comes out in late 1998. It brings OE success, which does not leave the musicians even today.
Starting from May 1999 Okean Elzy becomes permanent member of
large-scale Russian festivals. Right after their first performance in
May 1999 on Maxidrom festival band becomes the headliners of all these
On February 21, 2000 the second band’s album “Yananebibuv” was out under
two labels simultaneously - Ukrainian Nova Records and Moscow Real
The third studio album, "Model" was out in spring 2001. It started with a large-scale tour "Vimagai Bil’shogo”.
Work on the fourth studio album, "Supersymetriya" was completed in early
2003. Large-scale tour in support of this album was held the same year.
In October, Okean Elzy made at the "Prosto Rock" festival, and in
December launched another solo tour - this time an acoustic one.
Okean Elzy became record-holder and the undisputed leader of the
Ukrainian music world. Everything they do is a breakthrough. September
22, 2005 the new album «GLORIA» was out. It became platinum in first
hours of sale.
The sixth album “Mira” was out in April 2007. It was sold 170 thousand
CDs by reservation only on the day of release, which provided "Platinum"
status for the second band’s album. As a part of Ukrainian concert tour
in support of "Mira" album the band visited 27 cities of Ukraine, which
gathered more than 140,000 audiences. Only 2 Kiev concerts gathered
more than 24,000 fans!
Within 15 years of their existence guys have gathered a collection of
awards. Almost every year have been entitled to the style of the best
music band: in 2006 - in three categories of expert Prize ShowBizAwards:
“Best Rock band of the Year”, “Album of the Year", "Performing musician
of the Year”, in January 2000 - four statuettes Ukrainian Rock Awards.
April 2007 - Expert FUZZ Music Award "Best Rock band" and "Best
live-band", in the CIS.
In August 2009 the song "Drug" subsequent to the results of national
vote on the most popular music channel has been recognized as the best
song in the country in the entire history of independent Ukraine.
In November 2009, new album's first single – “Ya tak hochu” was
presented. During the first week of it’s rotation the song gives a jump
to the first positions of the charts both in Ukraine and in Russia.
In early spring of 2010 Okean Elzy presented their new album «Dolce
Vita» and began their wide-ranging Dolce Vita tour that lasted for a
year covering Ukraine, Russia, Western Europe and America.