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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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Snakes on the Dancefloor!

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Be there.

Interview with Robyn

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There were tons of exciting gigs in Moscow this year and Robyn’s surprise appearance at Martini Carnival was the best way to kiss 2012 goodbye. Not only did she give us a spectacular and energetic performance, but she also took time to give several interviews the day before while fighting the cold. So I managed to have a little talk with one of the most exciting popstars of the modern times for The Village website.

How are you feeling after the flight?

I’m fine. I’ve been a little sick this week, so I’m trying to get over cold before the show.

It’s just got very cold in Moscow. I guess, it’s our way to welcome cool guests.

Maybe. But it’s cold in Sweden, too!

So you’re used to cold?


You’re one of the first artists to try the EP-way of releasing an album – with ‘Body Talk’ being released as 3 EPs. Now everyone’s doing it – Gaga, Lana del Rey, etc. Will you stick to this formula in the future?

I think it worked well for the people who bought the music. I don’t think the record labels I work with understood how to release it, but the fans totally got it. So it’s a little bit divided between real people and industry people. I think I’ll continue with smaller releases but I don’t think I’ll ever do 3 albums in one year again. It was a lot of work and it was fun but it was tough. I’ve kinda used all of the songs I’ve written for the last 5 years. So when I start recording next year it will be really starting from scratch.

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Quick review of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

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‘An Unexpected Journey’ is pretty awesome in its details, yet in whole it looks pretty pointless. On one hand we have spectacular cinematography, impressive villains and the return of our beloved characters (the Gollum scene is a real masterpiece). On the other – the plot is all about ‘let’s go from A to B’, the movie is too slow-paced and it seriously lacks pathos (which works for a novel, but disappoints in the Jackson universe). At some point I got the impression that I was watching either a movie based on a videogame (‘Now there are trolls, now there are orcs!’) or an unreasonably expensive fanfic (which is closer to the truth). But Jackson is too busy persuading us that ‘Hobbit’ is a blockbuster and not just a naïve fantasy. While basing it on the story of gnomes (!) fighting for their enormous castle. At least in the finale (it may be a SPOILER) we get an impressive shot of something that Russian hipsters will most likely describe as pure SWAG: the dragon is sleeping inside the mountain made of pure gold. Now that’s something you don’t see on the big screen often these days (if only Die Antwoord were playing during that scene…). The verdict: it’s a very smooth top-quality production which has huge commercial potential, yet I think it would make much more sense to just re-watch the original trilogy.

Mikey Monster

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I may not consider myself a ‘little monster’ (I’m more of a ‘just dancer’), but I do get why I was an obvious choice for Afisha magazine’s piece on the Russian Lady Gaga fans. It was a fun shoot/interview and I got to showcase my best poker face as well as my recycled KISS look from Halloween (I call it a ‘pop rock culture full circle’). Although I won’t wear that outfit tomorrow for Lady Gaga’s show in Moscow – it’s way too thin for that weather.


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Sado Opera: веселые потомки портовых проституток

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Можно бесконечно стонать о плачевном состоянии отечественной музыкальной сцены (хотя сторонники инди-движения попытаются убедить вас в обратном), но куда интереснее открывать проекты вроде Sado Opera. Питерский ансамбль называет свой стиль “электро-панк-кабаре”, прячет лица за черно-белым гримом (и в отличие от Kiss, никто не знает их настоящих имен) и устраивает по-настоящему фееричные выступления, напоминающие детские утренники, если бы их устраивал Джон Уотерс. Прошлой осенью мне удалось попасть на их редкое московское шоу – тогда ребята играли на одной из C.L.U.M.B. Мое сильно опьяненное сознание отметило, как энергично, по-хорошему хулигански и весело эти черти работают с публикой. В Москву ребята пока не собираются (хотя уже пора!), зато часто ездят в Берлин, а в эту пятницу, 30-го ноября, отыграют концерт в питерском клубе “Jesus”. Попутно группа активно работает над записью новых песен, и уже представила в Сети новинку – жгучий электро-майндфак под названием “Follow The Magic Doll”.

Sado Opera for Mikey Moscow

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Mercedes interview for Shut Your Pretty Mouth (UK)

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Shut Your Pretty Mouth is my kind of magazine through and through: it’s British, run by Maya von Doll and her friends, devoted to the hottest ladies of pop (both indie and mainstream) and just beyond cool. So I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to interview up-and-coming singer/rapper Mercedes for the latest 5th issue of the free publication. Check out my interview below or download the whole magazine at its website.

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More on Mercedes at her Facebook page