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NEON IS ON Mix

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Mikey Moscow's NEON IS ON Mix

It’s about time I made a mix – so here we go: my debut attempt mixing some of the music I’m playing tonight at my NEON IS ON party. It’s also downloadable and workout/jogging friendly;)

Nick Thayer – Like Boom
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz – Thrift Shop (RSK & Hipster Magee Remix)
Katy Tiz – Red Cup
Iggy Azealia – Bounce
Kreayshawn – Go Hard (Dave Aude Dirty Extended)
Jennifer Lopez – Live It Up
Rihanna ft David Guetta – Right Now (Mike Boot Remix)
Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful (Panic City Remix)
Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – Feel This Moment (Sidney Samson Remix)
Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us (Show & Tell Radio Edit)
Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble (Codeko Dubstep Remix)
Stafford Brothers feat. Lil Wayne & Christina Milian – Hello (Elso Remix)

The Dolly Rockers

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“What is that? Did some hooker give it to you?” – Daniele returns the red-stained note to the seller. It’s Friday night around 9pm and I’m in London’s Soho with the The Dolly Rockers – British pop trio with Lucie, Daniele and Sophie rocking their ‘girly rockstars’ image to the perfect ten (it’s Lucie’s Birthday tomorrow, so there’s a celebration to be had after our interview). Right now we’re in a tiny iphone-cases-store: Lucie’s getting her 1st ever iphone cover as an early Birthday present and I get one with the British flag – ‘Something to remember from London’ as Daniele put it. Once we’re done harassing the seller and Daniele’s done lecturing him on his ridiculously high prices, we’re off to find a quite spot to chat which (how surprising) turns out to be impossible in that area. At some point we stop at a random burlesque show as Sophie convinces us it’s a ‘fun drag show’. We stay at the bar for the whole show (which involves a very amusing-looking old fella and several middle-aged women in bikini dancing around him) and then re-locate to a sushi spot for a wine-filled conversation.

By then I knew by fact that I was right about following these girls’ career for the last 4 years – ever since I saw their hilarious ‘how-to-wire-a-plug’ YouTube video (which is sadly offline these days – most likely due to the fact there was a line-up change with Daniele replacing Brooke). 4 years into the game and The Dolly Rockers are still one of the (if not simply The) funniest and most colorful girlbands out there. The trick here is rather obvious: there’s nothing fake or manufactured about the trio, as they’ve basically three friends who just happen to also record music together (under control of pop guru RedOne). And now’s the good time to get to know the girls as they promise to finally release new music this year: it’s really been too long since their 2009’s tongue-in-cheek classics ‘Gold Digger’ and ‘How Did I End Up With You?’. And as the girls played me one of their new RedOne-produced songs, I can assure you: The Dolly Rockers have some pretty sick bangers up their sleeves. You can read our interview below: there’s all you need to know about working with RedOne, killer hangovers, drinking games and the importance of looking like a proper popstar at all times. Getting dollyrocked felt way too good.

Also the Russian version of the interview is at Rolling Stone.

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Mikey Moscow’s 2003 Party

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I’m off to Saint Petersburg today to interview Little Boots, but I’ll be back in Moscow Saturday morning – just in time to get ready for the next ‘Mikey Moscow’s Party’. This time it’s retro-pop night with us celebrating the ever-lasting glory of 2003’s biggest hits – from ‘Sound of the Underground’ to ‘In Da Club’, from ‘Crazy in love’ to ‘Hole in the Head’. The party starts at 9pm at the ‘Darling, I’ll Call U Later’ bar at B.Strochenovskiy, 7. Can’t wait to dance the night away with all of you!

And here’s a little reminder on how amazing that particular year in music was.


Chromeo

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Seriously not sure what my legs are doing while I’m interviewing Chromeo last Friday.

Interview with The Raveonettes

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My recent (bourbon-filled) trip to Saint Petersburg coincided with the first Russian gig of the Danish indie rockers The Raveonettes, who I’ve discovered on the soundtrack for the ‘Ringer’ series back in 2012. I met up with a slightly tired Sharin and Sune a couple of hours before their show to discuss their sweet/noisy sound, latest album (which includes a very nice dreamy ode to New York called ‘She Owns The Streets’), social media and balancing life at home with being an artist. Sharin was doing most of the talking.

Russian version of the interview’s on the Rolling Stone Russia website and the original one – under ‘More’.

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Articles for ‘Akzia’

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The article I wrote for the March and April issues Moscow-based newspaper ‘Akzia’. You can download the full issues on newspaper’s website

March

The piece on ‘Keds’ – the play from Moscow’s Praktika theater.

April

Interview with indie pop heroes Dragonette – that marks our third interview. By the way their ‘Live in this city’ was recently featured on ’90210′ which actually doesn’t matter that much, but was a sweet surprise for me.

And my report on my February trip to Israel via Taglit program. If you’re a Jew under the age of 26 – be aware of this awesome opportunity.

Finale Aloud: Ten The Hits Tour 2013

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Girls Aloud O2 2013

From drum’n’bass-inspired debut single to Ibiza-friendly 20th one, it was a long journey of crossing all the pop boundaries while consistently having fun for Girls Aloud. Their ‘Ten’ tour is now over (as well as their times together) and I bring you my own report from the 3 tour dates I’ve attended.

Hit more for tons of photos, videos and my report.

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Sound of the adolescence

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There are many reasons why Girls Aloud’s split is horrible news. There are also tons of reasons behind the decision and, let’s face it, it lasted way longer than any of us ever dreamt (and also recently gave us at least two pop diamonds  – ‘Something New’ and ‘On the Metro’). But right now I don’t want to talk about how they literally changed the face of modern pop music or how incredibly well girls’ personalities blended with Xenomania’s state-of-art ideas. We will hopefully get our dose of behind-the-scene gossips in the papers soon enough, too.

And even if the band’s chemistry ended up not being completely untouchable, right now I want to remember how Girls Aloud shaped my own story. Thinking about it for the last couple of days I remembered a lot and (without any surprise, really) realized how much they affected my life. And I wouldn’t want anybody else in their place, as, well, they weren’t just the leaders of the pack. They WERE the pack and a truly remarkable one.

So these are the key moments I remembered:

Hearing ‘Sound of the Underground’ on the broadcast of UK chart show on Moscow’s ‘Monte Carlo radio station in December 2002 and immediately falling in love with it. A bit later recording the music video and playing it so loud, my brother would order me to turn it off.

Spending a whole week in February 2003 re-creating a cell’s wall from ‘Sound of the Underground’ video from magazines and newspapers for a very special performance in my room during my 13th Birthday. That’s been so far my first and last attempt at production design.

Then performing ‘Sound of the Underground’ at some concert in my summer camp (without really knowing the lyrics or having any vocal talents). If anyone magically finds a recording of that ‘show’ – please put it on YouTube: that’s truly a camp’s gold!

Starting my own music website the same summer (horror-music.narod.ru and it’s still on – although I gave up updating in around 2009, when my career took over) with a big section dedicated to Girls Aloud. I consider this my first journalistic experience.

Comforting myself with the thought of a new Girls Aloud CD waiting for me at home when things would get too intense in school in 2004.

Making a DJ spin ‘ Something Kinda Oooh’ at my high school’s discotheque – the biggest social event of my life in 2006.

Listening to ‘Sexy No No No’ for the first time in a tiny Internet café in Bulgaria in summer 2007 while on my biggest party holiday ever (the one right after graduation) and absolutely loving it.

Humming to ‘Call the shots’ during my first year of college of journalism.

Writing a big article on the girls to promote the release of ‘Out of Control’ album in 2008 for Billboard Russia during the early days of my career.

Obviously, the band stayed with me even after the girls went on the hiatus:

Having ‘I won’t fall out of love’ line from Cheryl’s ‘Parachute’ stuck in my head during, perhaps, the most intense moments of my personal life so far in 2009. It never really helped, but hey, Cheryl didn’t follow her own advice either!

Bumping into Nadine at the best party I’ve ever attended in New York and sharing an amazing evening with her, which was the climax of my truly magical trip to the USA – the one that changed my life pretty dramatically (for good, of cause). My official soundtrack to the trip was Nicola’s ‘Disco, blisters and a comedown’, which summed up my lifestyle in New York in July 2011 very well: non-stop partying, pure happiness and countless adventures.

Becoming friends with insanely talented Maya von Doll after I acknowledged my love for her massive contribution to Nicola’s solo record during our interview.

And finally going to the UK for the first time this March the same way I always planned: to a Girls Aloud show. Three of them, to be exact. And loving every minute of this experience.

For all six of us, it’s been an intense but mostly happy ride. Whatever the next chapter holds for any of us, I will always cherish my feelings for Girls Aloud: hilarious girlband, that mixed scandals with fun, sadness with empowerment, camp with glamour and once – silver with silver. ‘Cause frankly they didn’t even care.

Thank you, ladies.

Interview with Amelia Lily

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I was very pleased to know that Amelia Lily was coming to Moscow for the Valentine’s Day – it’s not that often that we get a rising popstar over here plus I liked both of her Xenomania-produced singles a lot. At the time of the interview it was not yet revealed that Amelia would serve as a supporting act to the upcoming Girls Aloud tour (which made total sense!). So eventually I saw Amelia three more times on the stage – and each time her voice was absolutely great and powerful – she rocked these arenas with such confidence and ease as if those were some low-key bars. Not to mention that she was an absolute pleasure to interview: very mature and honest popstar is always a winner in my book. Amelia’s debut album ‘Be a Fighter’ comes out on April 29th and I’m very excited. And you should be, too.

She gave me a sweet shout-out, too.

Our interview in Russian on Rolling Stone website

Mikey Moscow and Amelia Lily

Whole interview in English is below.

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Girls Aloud for Harper’s Bazaar Russia

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Back in the summer 2011 I literally bumped into a stunning Irish gal named Nadine Coyle – 1/5 of the world’s best girlband Girls Aloud – at the On Top party in New York. We ended up partying all night long and doing a big interview later on. A small part of it ended up in the February issue of Harper’s Bazaar Russia – just in time for the band’s ‘Ten’ tour in the UK (which I’m obviously attending as a hardcore fan). Take a look at the magazine piece for now. The whole interview will be published soon.

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I even got into ‘Authors of the month’ section, which is always a nice bonus.

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