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Mikey’s Berlin Guide

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I always knew I’d like Berlin. Now would I fall in love with it was a tougher question. With people describing it as ‘New York of Europe’, I was more than intrigued. Finally this July I went there for 10 days and I surely did like it a lot. Cold rainy weather was really getting on my nerves, but the last 3 days of my trip were sunny and gorgeous, so I did manage to see Berlin as it is: young, easy-going, very artsy and pretty cheap (the rent here is ridiculous!). To summarize my trip I made a small guide, where I highlighted the most interesting places. It’s pretty touristy and superficial, but hey, it was my first time! Now I can’t wait to go back and fall in love with this city completely.

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Odessa chronicles

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I’m off to Berlin tomorrow (exciting!), so it’s a perfect time to recall my recent trip. Couple of days after I got back from the States my friends took me to Odessa, a famous Ukrainian seaside town. I’m not gonna bore you with words – just take a look at the video I’ve made and the best shots from the trip.

(if the link doesn’t work, there’s another one under the cut)

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Mikey Moscow’s Jawbreaker Party (17 March 2012)

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At my March party I decided to share my favorite movie ‘Jawbreaker’ with the guests and the friends. We kicked the night off watching Darren Stein’s cult classic on a big screen and then danced the night away to an energetic mix of current pop hits, some ‘Jawbreaker’ soundtrack excerpts (Shampoo and Imperial Teen) and some punchy pop punk numbers to keep the 90s spirit alive. As the movie’s climax takes place during the prom and Russian proms are usually quite shady compared to the American ones, I organized a voting for bar’s king and queen. In a surprise turn of events we ended up having two kings (both my friends and both named Alexey) and one lucky queen Yana. They got their crowns and corsages and I got my fun throwing glitter at them. No backstabbing and public humiliation that night, sorry.

By the way you can read my interview with ‘Jawbreaker’ director Darren Stein here.

Over 30 photos under the cut

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Mikey Moscow’s Back Party

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Pop’s back in town. Tonight I’m spinning summer’s hottest tracks, throwing glitter and spreading the love across the dancefloor at ‘Mikey Moscow’s Back Party’ at ‘Darling, I’ll Call U Later’ bar (B. Strochenovskiy per., 7, Moscow). It’s my 5th party and the first one since I returned from my hurricane trip to USA, so expect extra drama.

My 3-hour-long setlist features all the necessary evils of this summer like ‘Call Me Maybe’, ‘We Are Young’, ‘Wild Ones’ and ‘Starships’. Obviously, there’s a healthy dose of dubstep (Skrillex and Nick Thayer, whose ‘Like Boom’ remix is beyond divine), kitsch dance pop (Havana Brown), GaGa (‘Judas VS Judas Priest’ mash-up), Rihanna (I managed to squeeze in 3 songs – ‘S&M’, ‘We Found Love’ and ‘Where Have You Been’) and a slutty blast from the past in the form of Lil’Kim’s ‘How Many Licks’. One of the coolest additions to the set is Titus Jones’s mash-ups, all of which are absolutely fantastic (listen to them here – http://www.titusjones.com). Plus there are some vintage guitars (Motley Crue) and dancey showtunes (‘Out Tonight’ from ‘Rent’). Trashy pop is a must, too: from Paris Hilton’s incredible ‘Drunk Text’ to Mya’s ‘Somebody Come Get This Bitch’. And there’s a Big Exclusive: gorgeous Maya von Doll gave me an Oliver Twizt remix of her upcoming debut solo single ‘Open Cheque Book’ which I’m gonna spin right in the middle of my set. And I’m not even gonna begin describing my outfit – wait for the pictures!

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Man behind the pop: Interview with Dimitri Tikovoi

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My interview with London-based French pop producer/genius Dimitri Tikovoi was very spontaneous. I was interviewing Maya von Doll (of SohoDolls) before her solo gig in Moscow this March. Turned out she had arrived with Dimitri Tikovoi, her producer and collaborator on Nicola Roberts (brilliant) album. ‘Let’s do an interview, once I’m done with Maya’ – I suggested to a man, responsible for a long and diverse list of marvelous tunes, from Placebo’s ‘Meds’ album to Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s ‘If I Can’t Dance’ (one of her best yet underrated songs). Obviously, I was curious about Tikovoi’s future plans and even managed to make him (kinda) comment on Sugababes 1.0 future reunion. Consider it your pop exclusive.

I wrote a short sum up of our interview for the April issue of Russian ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine, which you can see below.

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The full interview’s under the cut.

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Horror enciclopedia, pt.1 and 2

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Horror is my thing, so I enjoy every opportunity to write about it.

Here are the links to my huge horror-related piece I did for Kinopoisk.ru website. The first was based on the interviews I’ve taken during ‘Eye Gore Awards’ at Universal Studios Hollywood back in October 2011. It features video interviews with Tim Sullivan (’2001 maniacs’, ‘Chillerama’), Anton Troy (‘Chillerama’), Tom Holland (‘Child’s Play’), Jamie Kennedy (‘Scream 1 & 2′), Calico Cooper (Alice Cooper’s daughter), Adam Rifkin (‘Chillerama’, ‘Look’), Adam Green (‘Hatchet 1 & 2′, ‘Chillerama’), Kim Bubbs (‘The Thing’), Josh Sussman (‘Glee’) and information on several other key members of the horror family.

HORROR ENCICLOPEDIA Pt. 1

The second one features interviews with the guests of Russian second annual horror award show ‘The Blob’, where I worked T as a pr manager and a part-time translator. The event was held in Moscow at the end of January 2012. Features video interviews with Jodelle Ferland (‘Silent Hill’, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’), Anton Troy (‘Chillerama’), AJ Annila (‘Sauna’), Kare Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson from ‘Let The Right One In’, Daniel Licht (composer of ‘Dexter’) and text interview with Emily Hagins (‘My Sucky Teen Romance’). There is also information on the most interesting upcoming horror movies.

HORROR ENCICLOPEDIA Pt. 2

So basically there are tons of blood-soaked exclusives for you to enjoy. The videos are in English with Russian subtitles and you can Google Translate the text.

Frédéric Beigbeder – Playboy Russia (March 2012)

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My article on French writer Frédéric Beigbeder, who gained a lot of fame in Russia with his cynical novels. The article was published in time for the premiere of Beigbeder’s directorial debut.


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Hard candy: Darren Stein re-visits his cult 90’s flick ‘Jawbreaker’

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Despite its lack of fame ‘Jawbreaker’ is a perfect example of what teen cinema looked like in the late-90s. It was dark, smart, tongue-in-cheek, self-aware, colorful (but not glossy!) and iconic. Much like ‘Scream’ and ‘Buffy’ did several years before, ‘Jawbreaker’ blended pop cultural references, post-modernism and dark humor into one hell of a ‘Heathers’-meets-‘Carrie’ mix, which to these days does not look dated thanks to Stein’s ability to create timeless style. The movie told a story of three of the most popular high school girls, whose prank on their forth friend turned deadly, when the Birthday girl choked on a jawbreaker.

Although not very large, Darren’s filmography has a lot of tasty offerings. There’s a cute 1997’s feel-good dramedy ‘Sparkler’. There’s an incredibly brave documentary ‘Put the camera on me’ (2003) on Stein’s childhood homemade movies. There’s a short ‘Color Me Olsen’ (2007) – a Hollywood satire that continues exploring ‘Jawbreaker’s idea of evil side of the bright lights. Next stop for Darren is a comeback to teen cinema – his future project is called ‘G.B.F.’.  And judging by the script’s excerpts Darren showed me, it’s going to be a good blend of both 90s rebelliousness and 00s glamour.

But when I sat down to chat with Darren in a sunny LA café back in September 2010, ‘G.B.F.’ wasn’t in the cards yet. While the plan to bring ‘Jawbreaker’ back to life as a musical was full-on (several concert versions were held to promote the project during the course of the last couple of years). Considering Darren’s involvement with the musical as a screenwriter and my eternal love for his movie, it’s quite natural that our discussion was mainly focused on the story of a murderous high school clique. Over a couple of healthy LA sandwiches ever-energetic Darren revealed lots of ‘Jawbreaker’ secrets: from on-set dramas to sequel ides, from the movie’s disappointing box office to ‘Mean Girls’ ripping-off ‘Jawbreaker’, from Natalie Portman to Marilyn Manson.

Enjoy this geek-pleasing discussion of one of the most criminally overlooked movies of the 90s which is finally receiving more attention with the musical version on the horizon. And please note that the interview was taken back in September 2010, so some of Darren’s projects and plans (such as ‘Coven’) have either been shifted or put on hold. Though ‘Jawbreaker’ is still here and still looks great. In the words of ‘Satan on heels’ herself, miss Courtney Shayne: ‘Deal with it’.

 

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Mikey Moscow’s Party (21 January 2012)

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Here’s a photo report from my party at “Darling, I’ll Call U Later…” bar in Moscow. Together with my friend DJ Laurie we kept on introducing out beautiful friends to each other, as well as inviting them to the dancefloor: Laurie spinned her juicy mix of funk and soul, while I played mu usual energetic kitsch-pop collection, where E-Type followed Hooverphonic, and Russian late 80′s pop band “Zvezdy” met The Killers. It was all friendly, fun and literally covered in glitter: I made my friends sparkle at the end of my set when I played “The Edge of Glory” and threw glitter at everyone. Check out 59 flashes from that night below.

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