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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.

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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.

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Горячая венгерская десятка

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Я пережил Sziget. И готов много чего рассказать и показать с самого безумного европейского фестиваля, но пока читайте мой «официальный» отчет: рассказ об отличных венгерских артистах, которых я успел услышать на Сигете.

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I’ve survived Sziget. There’s a lot I can (and will!) tell and show from Europe’s craziest festival, that took place a week ago in Budapest, but for now — here’s my ‘official’ report: a list of great Hungarian artists I’ve seen at the festival.

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From gypsies to drum’n’bass-loving rockers, Sziget festival gave us a great idea on what Hungarian music sounds like today. One of Europe’s biggest festivals is over and we’re still recovering from the all partying, palinka drinking and culture-absorbing. The line-up was truly crazy and monstrous: from Major Lazer to Limp Bizkit, from Ellie Goulding to Robbie Williams, to just to name a few. Luckily, we also managed to explore the local scene and discover 10 Hungarian acts you need to hear right now.

Irie Maffia

No wonder this gigantic band was getting a VIP treatment at the festival: they got to perform at the main stage on the opening day and also recorded Sziget 2015’s catchy anthem called ‘Easy As One Two Three’. The band is fronted by Ghana-based singer Sena Dagadu (who has a big smile and an ever bigger voice) and two rappers, MC Colombo and Papa Diamont. Irie Maffia is famous for its spectacular performances and a wide arrange of genres they toy with – from dancehall and reggae to rock and funk. And they do make it all look easy as one two three.

Brains

Proving that Hungarians are great with multitasking, Irie Maffia’s MC Colombo is also fronting this drum’n’bass/rock band. Brains’ formed over 20 years ago, survived multiple line-up changes and experimented with their sound quite a bit, until finally settling down for a bombastic mix of radio-friendly mixture of drum and rock. After seeing their take-no-prisoners gig at Sziget and hearing their hit ‘Budapest Tours’ all we want to know is where do we sign up for such tour?

Anna and the Barbies

How come Lady Gaga and Die Antwoord’s Yolandi never told us they have a mutual older sister named Anna hidden in Hungary?! Anna Pasztor, the leader of Anna and the Barbies, came to stage all ready to shock and rock: with grotesque black-and-white makeup covering her face, in a long red coat and tall red hat, not unlike the ones you’d see at a magic show. Band’s gig featured dancers covered in gold bodypaint and lots of stadium-ready rock tunes – think Guillermo del Toro directing a Barbie commercial.

Ivan and the Parazol

“Let’s get fucking mental” – is always a nice way to kick off your show. In Ivan Viraris’ mind ‘going mental’ means playing with all kinds of 60s and 70s rock influences while holding a shaker and waving his hippie hairdo to the comforting sounds of vintage guitars. The standout track had a perfect flower power title ‘Whatever’ and featured enough ‘woo-hoos’ and clapping sounds to ship us back to the pre-Internet era.

Romengo

These days Romani people (the largest minority in Hungary) face a lot of problems in the country, but luckily all the political and social issues were left far behind when this virtuosic band stepped on the stage. The band’s official tagline is ‘Gypsy music from Hungary’ which pretty much gives you an idea of what to expect from the Monika Lakatos-fronted collective: they’re loud, soulful and mystic.

Mary Popkids

Self-proclaimed ‘indie band from the future’ brought a special acoustic set to the festival. Listing tons of artists from Kanye West to The XX as their influences, the band never shied away from experimenting with their sound, which seems to be an ongoing trend in Hungarian music, doesn’t it? As for the future, it does seem bright for the ambitious band: they have a packed live schedule up until the end of the year.

Middlemist Red

This psych-rock band borrowed its name from the world’s rarest camellia and their career has been blooming since 2012. Think catchy hooks, striking music videos and vocalist Soma Nóvé’s trademark black hat. Check out these guys if you need an additional 70s-rock fix after the new Tame Impala record.

Zanzinger

Tired of Hozier’s religious ballads by now? Then this bearded Hungarian is right up your alley. Zanzinger is a stage name of Daniel Micsoda, who cites Bob Dylan as his main inspiration and says he plays ‘the sort of folk music that takes place in the present and tells how we feel’. With song titles like ‘It’s Raining In My Lungs’, Zanzinger obviously feels quite bluesy most of the times.

Supernem

This foursome has been rocking around for a while now: the rock band was formed back in 2001 and cemented its place in Hungarian rock hall of fame with their easy-going attitude and a string of anthems. And although they sing in Hungarian, you can still enjoy the music: their mix of punk, rock and garage rock will surely get you jumping up and down.

Punnany Massif

This veteran hip-hop band was formed in 2003 and has 10 existing members and 5 past ones: apparently, that’s how many people you need to create the band’s ‘social funk’ sound, filled with stories about the lives of ‘the real Hungarians’. So if you want to learn more about Hungary, visit band’s show after you climbed to the top of Budapest’s central basilica and had a healthy dose of palinka.

Интервью с Ciara

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Преданным поклонником Ciara я стал в тот же момент, когда услышал удивительно цепкий бит ее дебютного сингла Goodies в 2005-м. И хотя имена множества ее коллег по r’n'b-делам с тех пор уже мало кто помнит, Сиэра остается на плаву и продолжает выпускать новые альбомы. Я был очень рад наконец-то пообщаться с певицей накануне выхода ее шестой пластинки ‘Jackie’.

Русский перевод беседы вышел на сайте Cosmopolitan Russian, а оригинал читайте ниже.

A lot of things happened in your life since the release of your previous album. What’s been the highlight?

The highlight was of course having my son. It’s been probably the sweetest moment in my life.

How did motherhood change you?

Being a mom changed me in a necessary way. Having a child helped to ground me more. Now the word ‘responsibility’ has a whole new meaning to it. And I also feel like I have a better idea and bigger purpose for why I do what I do.

What do we need to know about ‘Jackie’?

My album ‘Jackie’ really is my best body of work to date, I really believe that. I’ve pushed myself more than I’ve ever pushed myself over the years. My main goal was to make it as positive as possible. I wanted to express my happy energy as I’m honestly in the happiest place I’ve ever been in life. That’s what this album is about.

You’re comfortable with both midtempo and bangers. What’s the favorite though?

It’s hard to pick one… I love the song ‘Give Me Love’. I also love the opening song ‘B.M.F.’. The song that I dedicated to my son called ‘I Got You’.

We’ve seen a lot of r’n’b singers come and go yet you’re luckily still here and on your sixth album. What about your working ethic makes you so consistent?

First of all I feel so blessed to be able to be working in this industry for 13 years. I guess it has to do with me having big goals and big dreams. I know that they’re all possible and that’s what keeps me going. I love what I do: I spend each day doing exactly what I want.

Tell me about your Cavalli collaboration?

Oh my God, this is awesome! Honestly I’m truly honored. It’s so funny because almost a year and a half ago I was dancing with Roberto Cavalli in Dubai when he came to my set. So I was very honored to be a part of the new campaign.

Does it mean that you may do more modeling for now on?

I definitely want to do more collaborations with fashion. It would be very fun to merge the music and the fashion worlds together.

What’s one thing people don’t know or don’t realize about Ciara?

It is a tough questions. Cause I do express myself a lot on the social media, so I feel like my fans get to know me more. I can be very goofy and silly. I love having fun and making the best of life. My performances sometimes are so high energy, so my fans think that I’m… Oh, well, I don’t know what my fans think of me honestly!

So what’s the goofiest thing you’ve done this year?

Right now I’m on the NBC show ‘I Can Do That’ and there are a lot of goofy things in there.

And in this show you’re with Nicole Scherzinger. Does it mean we may finally get a duet from you two?

Who knows! You never know what can happen in our world of entertainment.

You’re a fantastic dancer. Do you still take dance classes?

I’ve actually never taken dance classes. Just a one or two when I was younger and not for a long period. So I’ve never had dance training. But I would like to, just to try the new style I’ve never tried before. That would be fun.

What’s your workout secret?

For me it’s just about balance. I train for one hour a day and check what I’m eating. I still eat fun things and I don’t try to be very strict, ‘cause I think if you get to strict you won’t enjoy yourself. So it’s about having a balanced diet and a workout schedule.

Some fashion tips for the summer?

Drink tons of water to keep your skin clean, ‘cause when it gets hot your skin needs hydration. Fashion-wise I’m really into 90s fashion right now. My philosophy on fashion is just do what you feel. Don’t over-think what you’re wearing, just express yourself. I think fashion allows us to express ourselves in a very cool way and how we’re feeling that day. If you feel it – wear it. Don’t be afraid to try new things.

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