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Lena Katina: "After the collapse of tATu I did not know how to live"
After listening to the hit Katina, Madonna said: "This girl has a great future!"
I did not bury Julia, and the group tATu
- To emigrate from her native Moscow was not easy. But there was no choice: the musicians with whom I wanted to work lived in Los Angeles. I Arrived, rented an apartment in the area of Studio City, near the studio where we work. But I just wanted to live in a house. I began to look at the ads and a few months later I found a small but very artistic house in the Hollywood Hills. She lives with her boyfriend, incidentally, also a singer. The atmosphere of the house is very conducive to creativity. We even filmed the video there!
I am now actively involved with the writing and arranging of songs. I come up with concepts/ ideas. But sometimes in the morning, before I open my eyes, I remember that once again I dreamed of Julia: I dreamed we needed to go on stage, and I forgot to ache, or to put on a stage costume. Or we were just sitting in the kitchen and discuss things and Julia is always supporting.
In reality, we do not communicate. For her birthday, I sent a text message congratulating Julia but she seems to have changed the number. They always ask what happened between us and do not believe when I say nothing. They say “but in the video for the song Never Forget for some reason you are buried ex-girlfriend!” I laugh, I did not symbolically bury Julia, or t.A.T.u.. I hope that Julia related to this video. I wish her happiness and success in her solo career. Not everyone can understand that even the most beautiful fairy-tale ending must move on.
This meeting opened my eyes
- We have had enough time to talk about the real reasons for the closure of the project tATu.
Our executive producer Boris Rensky was a little tired of surprises on the part of Julia. She could easily disrupt the concert, by just not appearing. And finally we were placed on a black list of people that cannot work. Following these developments, the three of us, me, Julia and Boris, decided to split up the band.
In an interview with my fans, Boris said that he immediately invited me to do a solo project. But in fact, I had to go through a period where I did not know how I will live on. tATu, for me, was the whole world. From school, we immediately jumped into adulthood. She spun a vivid kaleidoscope and at once it suddenly lost all color.
It was not just that I longed for the stage. Just holding together 24 hours a day for 10 years, I have grown up with Julia. Crazy concerts, parties, hanging out with each other at home - it was all with her. She was part of me like an arm or a leg. And when our paths diverged, I felt that I was losing myself as well. I did not know who I was without Julia - an active, lively, and I would go for it. Consciously retreated at some point.
The second plan, realizing that she needed more attention. We are initially different. The whole project then stood on the fact that we complemented each other: I've always been a calm and consistent person, and Julia was an explosive and emotional person.
I knew exactly that I wanted to continue making music. But where do I start? And most importantly, with whom? And I fell into a depression. My parents, and friends tried to support me, but they could not help. Fortunately, someone brought to a psychologist. This meeting opened my eyes to what was happening. As it turned out, I had a strong affection for another person - a fairly common phenomenon. And my situation was more complicated: I perceived the parting with Julia as a break with childhood. We must grow up, and I'm not ready for this ... But gradually, as I began to work on my solo project, my zest for life returned. Julia remained in the past and in my heart, of course - as a close friend with whom I spent a very large and important segment of youth with.
Children? We would not mind
- Yes, I’m continually compared with Julia. But I live my life not trying to conform to others' expectations. I know, I also want kids - maybe even in the near future. At least, Sasha and I would not mind.
We met in Los Angeles during the time of tATu, we have presented my musicians. Sasha is a singer and composer. We communicated from time to time, meet somewhere, say hello, and then left. A feeling between us broke out only a few years ago.
Now that I'm in Moscow with my parents, I am constantly in touch with Sasha. By the way, he was already in Moscow, and he is very pleased.
I want to enter into the history of music
- Looking back, I'm rethinking things - something I probably would cost to fix - but nothing I regret.
Everything happened so abruptly, originally was not expected that our group will be the most successful project.
Domestic show business. In just one year the popularity of tATu became furious. And how many people’s lives were saved from our project! First we openly talked about homosexual relationship. "If you did not, I would have committed suicide. Thank you! "- Such letters came to us very, very much. And I'm glad that we changed the songs the world. If was now again 15 years old and I get back a proposal from Ivan Shapovalov and Boris to become member of the group, I am sure to say "yes." And my mother would agree. She's a unique woman. She did not make me do what only she wanted. In the sixth grade, for example, I decided to quit music school – I was tired of sitting for hours at the piano. She proposed a compromise: "take a sabbatical for a year! And then, if you want, come back, if you don't than quit." The method worked: I still graduated. I think that this is the need to educate children, giving them the freedom to choose, do not push them to their authority.
It turned out much more complicated to perform solo than in the duet. However, I started to like getting to control everything myself. At first solo club gigs in Los Angeles before going on stage, I shook my knees. Glass of brandy with honey, I drink that before a concert. It’s standard for additional heating of the voice, especially if I helped.
Recently a remixed track on my debut "Never Forget" led the dance chart on Billboard. Then came a new video for the song Melody. I again found myself back to my healthy ambition, confidence that is capable of much. Now, of course, in the United States,I'm perceived as "the red-haired girl from tATu”, but I do not mind. May God bless those who rely on their past with a history of success - in fact it is this! But now I'm eager for another - I want to enter into the history of music as a solo artist "Lena Katina". This is a great goal - and that such should be put in my life.
Traducido por Google translator, editado por Christina-m