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Интервью с Ритой Орой

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Сразу признаюсь: новый сингл Риты Оры «Anywhere» просто отличный. Хотя с синглами у нее всегда дела обстоят отлично. Поэтому я решил немного повеселиться и поиграть с названиями лучших из них во время нашего телефонного интервью для Cosmopolitan Russia. Русскую версию читайте здесь, а оригинал — ниже.

Congrats on the new single!

Thank you very much. I wanted to have something out there that people could dance to.

I definitely danced to it once or twice already.

Thank you. I hope everyone really enjoys it.

To get into the festive spirit I decided to get a little creative and play around your song titles. So please bear with me. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you like to be? And yes, you’re allowed to say Moscow.

I’d love to be on an island somewhere.

What’s your favorite song at the moment? Your jam?

My single is my jam. I really do love my song.

What’s the best way to feel hot right now?

The best way to feel hot right now would be to enjoy your life and go out hang with your friends in the pub.

What does a typical Rita Ora party look like? How do you do that whole partying thing?

I just enjoy partying with my friends. And I love listening to music and enjoy music.

Which fashion trend or beauty trick never lets you down?

Facial moisturizing cream and a good pair of jeans is amazing.

What’s one thing you do once you come home?

I love to make some tea and watch some TV. Maybe go to the gym.

What’s your favorite TV show at the moment?

The Handmaid’s Tale.

What’s your favorite poison? Boys, food?

It’s definitely food.

What’s your go-to cheat meal?

Burgers.

If you could be lonely together with any person in the world, who would you pick?

It would be my dog.

Let’s get serious for a second. What advice would you give to other female artist in the music industry? Because 2017 is surely about women in entertainment finally making their voices heard.

I think women are doing such a great job supporting themselves. I think that we should all just stick together and make sure that new artists are truly expressing themselves.

On a less serious note, are you getting a new haircut in the next 50 Shades of Grey movie?

I am definitely not cutting my hair, which is a good thing. I think it comes out next year so it’s gonna be a really cool. It’s gonna be the last movie of the trilogy, so I’m really looking forward to it.

Do you plan to do more movies after this one?

Yeah, I’d love to do more.

What’s the best way to get over jet lag?

Oh, it’s so hard. I’d love to just sleep, you know. But I think the best way is to not sleep as soon as you land.

When are we getting the new album finally?

Album comes out next year.

Интервью с Дэниелом Телеки Тотом

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Решил быть журналистом — готовься отправляться в совершенном неожиданные места. В сентября меня, например, занесло в крошечный венгерский городок Комло на первый местный кинофестиваль Het Domb Filmfesztival (Seven Hills Festival). Ехал повидать старых друзей из Лос-Анджелеса, в итоге завел еще десяток новых.

Три дня были более чем насыщенными. По два раза на дню ходил в спа со здодеем из «Коммандо» и «Безумного Макса», пил вино в 10 утра с мэром города, вел Q&A-дискуссию на сцене по поводу хоррор-вестерна «Rusty Revolver», брал тонну интервью, ночью залезал тайком в джакузи на улице, ел останки невиданных зверушек, вливал в себя литры палинки, видел перебегающих ночную дорогу оленей, постигал основы буддизма и вообще проводил время так, как надо.

А вот первое интервью: Daniel Komlo ft. Mikey Moscow. Один из этих парней лично знаком с половиной Голливуда, а у второго кожанка круче. Начинающий актер Дэниел Телеки Тот (Daniel Teleky Toth) («Субурбикон» и «Машина войны») рассказал мне, как перебрался из Комло в ЛА, встретил Брэда Питта, украл зажигалку у Джорджа Клуни и научился бороться с похмельем.

Mikey Open Moscow’s Party

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Эссе: V for I

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There is an app for everything. So how come there’s no rent-a-lover one? Not the tacky (okay, occasionally joyfully pleasant) hook-up-and-ghosting ones, but the ones that allow you a bit more than a foray into the dimly lit world of unnecessary one night stands, uncomfortable 4am looks and walks of shame of a lifetime (where did you say the bus stop where?!). I’m talking proper romance-on-demand app that will bring a (wo)man of your dreams right at your doorsteps at the break of dawn (okay, make it 10am) on a Valentine’s day with a fresh set of charm, grace and ability to turn on the dirty talk switch when necessary (10.07am sharp). Because, you know, the struggle IS real.

Chances are you’ll only really know what I’m talking about if you belong to the same exclusive club of the prideful singles who in no way are eager to become, erm, album tracks. It’s EPs over LPs all the way, my fellow MVPs. You know who I’m talking about. People who get their dose of drama while watching B-graded TV shows instead of dealing with people who belong on B-graded TV shows (or worse – acting like ones). The ones who have a very messy but very theirs drawers. People who dread waking up in the morning and seeing somebody else’s rumpled face, because, let’s face it, nobody’s face should be seen in the morning (that’s why my mirror is placed as far from my room as possible which probably explains frequent wardrobe “adventures”). Basically, the people who love living on their own and only stress about not having a partner maybe two or three times a day. Which pretty much beats stressing about having a partner all day long, if you ask me.

It’s all fun, games and drunken attempts of catching a big fish instead of an old boot on the Tinderlake, until the holiday season kicks in. Winter holidays are more or less bearable, because it’s always nice to see your relatives doing much worse job at adult life than you while making the importance of Planned Parenthood exquisitely transparent. But then comes the V day and the Cupid-curated hell breaks loose. There’s a special barb-wire-encrusted booth reserved in hell for the people behind all these endless attempts at making relationships seem commercially appealing. How come everyone in these ads/movies/music videos smile all the time and hug? Last time I checked, it was more of a battlefield scenario: you throw a grenade, run for your life and if your enemy is still alive, you use the only weapon you have left — hate-sex (which is the only kind of sex acceptable for the people spending 24 hour in the same household for more than two days straight).

It seems like Valentine’s day was created solely to make people feel miserable. People who date have to step up their games and deliver whatever the hell their torturer demands. People who don’t date, suddenly start procrastinating on whether they should finally give in to all the psychological terror and start dating. But why can’t the like-minded warriors of independence just meet up once a year, grab some junk food (leave fancy restaurants for the people who know the names of all members of Kardashian clan), set up candles (life tip: it’s the cutest way to outsmart your electric bill) and pretend we’re in happy relationships (happy relationships being an equivalent of Santa Clause or Sasquatch – you believe it’s real until your parents tell you it’s all bollocks).

I see it as a state-of-art app where you fill in everything that there is to know about yourself and hope the other party is dyslexic. Let’s not get too creepy and follow that “Dollhouse” TV show you haven’t seen where people were turned into dummies and programmed to fulfill the needs of the elite clientele. I don’t want no sex slaves (unless agreed upon). No “Nobody knows better what I want than I do so I’ll design my own lover” nonsense, because (newsflash) nobody knows what they really want. I want the users of the app to be equally invested and clueless on both ends (like people in real relationships). And they need to go hardcore on this love thing. But just for a day. Then we can go on about our business and never make eye contact the next time we see each other at a yoga class (you do want your V-date to be flexible).

You may go beyond the trial period and get a full subscription, meaning you will spend all the holidays together. Just think about it: you’ll be able to have proper conversations over the festivities because you won’t see each other in-between and will most likely be drunk and jolly every time you meet, which is the best way to deal with any serious matter involving other human being. It will still be fresh and exciting in bed (these yoga-filled solo hiatuses you both had will do wonders for your techniques). One thing is off limits: mutual vacation. Do you really need me to tell you why it’s a bad idea to take anyone you slightly care about to Thailand?

I do have more app-pitches, if the IT team is still here. An app where you find people to go trick-or-treating with you on Halloween. An app where you can find cool guests who will pretend they’re your friends and come to your obscure-90s-teen-movie-themed birthday party. An app that finds people to laugh at your jokes. I can go on and on while I devour entire box of chocolates all by myself and wait for February 15th to finally come around.

Интервью с TroyBoi

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Музыкальные фестивали это не только сплошное веселье… Ладно, кого я обманываю? Даже рабочие моменты на фестивалях выглядят вот так, как в этом видео. Это я общаюсь с британским продюсером TroyBoi на венгерском фестивале Sziget перед его ударным шоу.

Расшифровку беседы вы можете прочитать на Myspace, а видео — посмотреть ниже.

Портфолио статей

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Внимание всем фрилансерам! Обратите внимание на очень удобный сервис Contently, собирающий воедино ваши работы из разных источников и презентует их в виде стильного портфолио. Я использую этот сайт, чтобы держать в одном месте все мои публикации на английском. Так что это лучший способ быть в курсе того, о чем я пишу.

Выходные в Питере: версия 2016

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В Санкт-Петербург я раньше ездил как на работу – навещать друзей. Затем друзья опомнились, вернулись в Москву, и ездить я стал реже. И вот недавно в Питер меня позвали уже в прямом смысле слова на работу – вести свадьбу знакомых в роскошном конюшенном флигеле при Юсуповском дворце (место-конфетка – хозяйке на заметку). В свободное от конкурсов, букетов и горящих подолов невесты (свечи на полу!) время я наматывал круги по приятным местам города и решил поделиться своими беглыми наблюдениями с вами. Авось в следующий раз поедем вместе.

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Интервью с Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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Изначально интервью публиковалось на сайте MTVIggy.com (который, к сожалению, был закрыт в ноябре и полностью удален MTV).

In the middle of our interview with 2/3 of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at the backstage of Danish Tinderbox festival an inevitable question comes up: what does ‘rock’ even stand for in 2015? “I think there’s a difference between rock, rock’n’roll and a rockstar”, says vocalist and guitarist Peter Hayes of the San Francisco-born band, dressed in all black and sitting next to the drummer Leah Shapiro, “If we’re talking rock’n’roll, it’s important to have the roll with it, they have to go together. Rock is completely different from rock’n’roll. Neither of those really go anywhere. It just seems like you have to go deeper and deeper underground, to smaller clubs, to find it all. And that’s okay”.

One thing for sure: this trio has rock in its blood. Since its foundation in 1998, BRMC enjoyed all the pros and cons of the rock lifestyle: critically-acclaimed records, backstage fights, line-up changes, rehabs and label struggles. We’re talking about the band who had earned the nickname ‘the band that broke the floor’ after almost collapsing the Leeds Town Hall during its concert in 2003. How many rockers can say the same about themselves? All of this makes it quite hard to believe the musicians still leads a pretty normal life. But they do. “It’d be a fucking nightmare!” Shapiro exclaims when asked what her life would be like if she was followed around by the paparazzi. “It seems like sometimes it’s a little bit of a choice whether you want to hold yourself that way”, says Hayes regarding the ‘celebrity’ rockers, “Because there are people who think that have that, but they don’t. And they don’t know they don’t, because they’ve decided to kind of act like they do, so people around them shelter them from the truth. I don’t fuck around with that shit”.

The shit these guys (and a girl) want to fuck with is solely music. Even though it’s been awhile since we’ve got a new BRMC record: Specter At The Feast came out more than 2 years ago, although the fans were treated to the Live in Paris DVD/CD this June. They haven’t started recording the new album yet, but they’ve already started worrying about it. “Right now the thought of having to start the process of writing the new album and thinking about what I wanna do and where we want to take it as a band is the biggest challenge”, says Shapiro, “There are so many directions you can take. And figuring it all out can be a bit daunting”. Hayes listens to her, thinks for a bit and then adds: “Challenge comes down to just making a decision. You can get stuck in wanting to do something different so badly that you do nothing. And so you gotta forgive yourself even when you feel you’re being repetitive ‘cause you have to get it out”.

Can American politics still bring a much-needed doze of inspiration? Back in the day BRMC were known for their political-minded numbers such as 2003’s US Government, while their better-known song Beat The Devil’s Tattoo found its place on the God Bless America movie soundtrack, 2011’s blackest comedy about the excesses of American pop culture. “It’s never about resent. Never!” Hayes stresses when asked about his attitude towards the pop culture, “We’re not judging anything or anyone. We question it. We question its use and purpose. As much as they gonna question mine. But I’m useless to them. Who the fuck am I?”

Back in 2008 the band’s career took a drastic turn, when BRMC announced they will be releasing an all-instrumental album The Effects of 333 independently on their own label Abstract Dragon. Is another instrumental record in the cards? “Not for the main album but I would really like to do an instrumental record actually”, says Shapiro, who joined the band after The Effects of 333 release. As for the independence, the band is not going to give it away for sure: they plan to continue releasing everything by themselves. “With help”, Hayes corrects, “It’s a partnership. We’re not business-fucking-people. We don’t have names and numbers. And those names and numbers change every month. We’re pretty awful with that kind of shit. So it’s nice to have people helping you”.

“No one’s gonna give as much of a shit about your music as you”, Shapiro agrees, “It is like running a business which is not much fun, but the more you can take on yourself the better off you’ll be”. So the fun part is still hours and hours of jamming. When asked if they still get the chance to get together for a good ‘ol jamming session, Shapiro smiles: “All the time! That’s a very good way to move past the place where you can get stuck”. Hayes gives us one final rock lesson: “That’s how the records are made. A lot of people may not know it, but every song that’s been condensed down to 3-4-5-minutes started out as jam about 2 to 3 hours”. And if you need any more proof we’re dealing with real rockers here, here’s a fun fact: by the time we were finished there was a little spider trying to escape the glorious web of Hayes’ hair.

Плейлист 2015

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Посчитал, что в 2015-м взял интервью у более 50 музыкантов: у известных, у начинающих и у прекрасных. И раз я уже послушал, о чем они говорят, — самое время послушать, как они поют. Посему я собрал вот такой плейлист:

https://itunes.apple.com/ru/playlist/mikeys-2015/idpl.da8710699d854808a69e8bfb9e3e45c5

Интервью с Anastacia

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Anastacia всегда была одной из моих любимиц — с тех самых пор, когда я впервые услышал ее сносгшибательный вокал в ураганном дебютном сингле I’m Outta Love в 2000 году. Потом я гиковал на ее русском форуме и завел там кучу роскошных друзей, с которыми катался по миру на концерты Anastacia — в Киев, Санкт-Петербург и Хельсинки. Поэтому я был безумно рад возможности наконец-то пообщаться с самой Anastacia. Мы обсудили ее новый сборник Ultimate Collection, позитивный подход к жизни и то, почему так много людей неправильно произносят ее имя.

Перевод интервью вышел на Zvooki.ru, а оригинал читайте ниже.

Hi, Anastacia! It’s a huge pleasure to finally be able to talk with you after waiting for you outside your hotel in Moscow 10 years ago. How are you?

I am in Los Angeles in my house, still doing my work but at least being able to sleep in my own bed. Trying to take the last moments of sun before the winter comes ‘cause it’s coming.

It’s your second Greatest Hits compilation. What made you decide to release it now?

It was reuniting with Sony that made the decision pretty easy. It was a nice way to introduce coming back home to Sony. And I just released Resurrection so I felt like the title Resurrection, going back to Sony, the whole theme of what was going on the last couple of years was pointing to being able to put out an ultimate collection. It feels like even better time than when I released the first one which felt too soon.

You’ve certainly paid your dues (pun intended!). What’s been the most fun and the least fun moments of your career?

There’s a lot of ‘most fun’s, so it’s hard to give an exact answer ‘cause I really enjoy what I do and how I do it. It’s not fun to ever have to go through your health and personal life in public. I think most people can probably admit that but that is the hard thing to balance your career with. It becomes difficult but you just try to measure through the complicated part.

You’ve been to Russia a lot of times. What do you like about our country? And do you follow any of the Russian musicians? Cause you did work with Dima Bilan.

I actually enjoy seeing your country grow since I’ve been coming in around 2005. And just within that time and it’s only 10 years I’ve been able to see the amount of your country’s growth in dramatic ways which is very exciting. I guess I would kinda call it ‘Western ways’, ‘wordly ways’ developing into Russian culture. And it’s really exciting to see people becoming more understanding of other cultures, even our culture. It’s this fusion that I enjoy watching: when you adopt different things but still stay prideful in the Russian way. It’s like you want to stay Russian but have many different influences.

Did you ever think about doing a SPROCK record in a way that 1/3 of the album would be pure soul, the other one rock and the final one pop?

I don’t know if I’ll ever think about separating stuff, ‘cause when I do my music is just sorta forms into whatever it is. The song itself pens to sprock energy, but usually it’s not 100% sprock album, because that’s probably too much energy all at once [laughs]. It’s kinda the way I like to do my concerts, too: I like to have a variety, and give my audience almost a roller coaster ride instead of throwing them out of the plane with no parachute.

Your live shows used to be these huge spectacles with dancers and costume changes, but for your last Resurrection tour you decided to strip it all off (not literally though). Is this the way you want to perform now – almost low-key with your big voice in the center?

No, I don’t think so. Before the Resurrection tour I wanted to take the title of the tour and make it more of the rebirth and make it more about starting at the beginning spiritually, emotionally and mentally and that’s why I wanted to do a Q&A at the concerts, which isn’t normal. Sometimes when you perform with all the dancers and all that success, you forget what’s it like down at the bottom and you forget what it was like when you just started and didn’t have the hair and the make-up team or whatever. I just wanted to do things differently than my fans were used to and I think it really went well because nobody really does that at my level, so it was nice to experience almost like their own independent concert each and every night. And that was what I was trying to get out of the loyalty for my fans and the dedication that they’ve given me over the years. Now the fans want the Q&As at every concert. I can’t do it in arenas! That’s so funny.

If you didn’t follow through with being a singer, what would be the Plan B?
Before I got my break as a singer when I was 28-29, I started thinking: ‘Okay, it doesn’t look like people are gonna give me a record deal or that I’m gonna have a music career. I need to think of something I need to do for a job, ‘cause I’m getting too old’. And I thought what would make me happy would be if I went to school and got a degree so that I could become a social worker for children or a therapist for kids. I enjoy helping other people but actually helping the younger generation to try to get in touch with where they’re going. And that was my wish and then I got my career right around the corner. So I’m very glad I didn’t try to go to school, cause I think I might not have passed.

How many pairs of glasses do you actually own?

I got my eyes LASIKed so I don’t always have to have a prescription behind my glasses. I used to not be able to see far which is why I always wore glasses, now as my age is happening I need glasses to see my Blackberry. So maybe I will get my eyes fixed again, ‘cause it limits your activity. I have so many glasses, I can’t put a number on it, probably about a 100. It’s a little much, I know.

I noticed that on UK TV shows they often call you AnastaZia. That can’t be right, can it?

My mom came up with the pronunciation which isn’t the correct one. But I’m an American and that’s how we tend to say it. I think when my mom heard Anastacia in a Chekhov play before I was born she didn’t realize that it wasn’t with a C. So she spelled my name with a C. So now everyone whose name is spelled like this is probably influenced by me, because that’s definitely not the traditional way.

So now I’m picturing you on a theater scene in a Chekhov play. Maybe the next time you’re in Russia…

Oh my God that would be amazing! That would actually be really amazing, I would love that.

Well, your new single is called Take This Chance. So I was gonna ask you what chance are you gonna take, so I think that’s it – acting in theater!

That’s a big chance, I wouldn’t be able to speak Russian though. As long as I can do in English I think I can do it.

I feel like what a lot of people don’t know is that you have a great sense of humor. Is it hard to stay positive while working in this industry? And did you ever think about maybe writing a comedy, a sitcom?..

People have said to me: ‘Oh you should have your own show’. But from when I was very young I learned that the way to get through a lot of difficult times was humor. And maybe being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease it was an easier way to deal. And if you sometimes think about children in hospitals, they usually smile and have a good time because it gets them through their illness. And I think that was something that happened to me or maybe more my personality, it’s always sorta stuck with me to want to make people laugh and finding humor in something dark, trying to find silver lining in something difficult. It’s just been who I am and I continue to live with that kinda perspective and it’s been much easier to get through a lot of the situations in my life to have a little bit of a lighter opinion rather than be so down and moody. I just like to feel easy and light and let it roll off my shoulders easier.

What about writing an autobiography?

I do have a title for a book. I’ve had it for a good ten years and I do know that I’ve wanted to right my side of things that people don’t know. Not telling stories about other people but just about my own journey and how I grew up and what went on and different things that I think my fans would be interested in. But it still hasn’t happened for whatever reason I haven’t searched directly for a book deal, but I know that the right time will come when I am completely ready for it. It will happen, it just didn’t happen yet.

Just like my first glasses line that I will put out in spring with Bluemarine. It’s the first time I’ve ever put my name on a pair of glasses and people will be surprised because they’ll be like ‘Really?’. I am famous for my glasses but I’ve never had the opportunity to do the right deal. And this is just the perfect relationships and the glasses I have in the album cover is one of the pair of glasses that are part of the spring line. It’s so exciting to do something that I’ve thought of for so long. So I think the book will eventually happen and I’ll be saying the same thing: ‘Gosh, I’ve been thinking about this book for many many years’.

What are you favorite artists and songs right now?

There’s a lot of people I really like. I like Imagine Dragons and The Black Keys. Even though they’re rockbands, it’s the voices and the way they write their music that I enjoy. So whether or not we as two voices together would write the same kinda energy and work well I don’t know, but I’m a fan of old school rock as well. Classic AC/DC and Zeppelin yet I still enjoy Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, I have such a variety of things that I like. I like Macklemore, ‘cause he’s so funny.

I’d love to hear a Macklemore ft. Anastacia single. I’ll tweet him! And finally when is the next studio album comes out?

I’m gonna tour the Ultimate Collection. And while I’m on tour I’ll write the next album. ‘Cause if I’d waited til after the tour, it would probably be too long. That’s how I wrote my last record and I liked not having too much in-between time strange as it is. I came home from my tour in beginning of September and I’m already doing interviews for the next one. I don’t mind, because the fans want the project. They’ve been following my tour for a long time and I think they’re ready for something new.

Купить Ultimate Collection можно тут.