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INTERVIEW: Ukrainian Star Tina Karol

Hi Tina, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Enthusiastic! Excited to be part of your magazine!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single ‘Blindfold’?

This is a mix of Slavic melody and trip-hop beats, such combinations you usually do not meet and for me this song is very valuable.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The song symbolizes female emotions from my personal experiences, full of passion and love that border with self-deception. This is reflected in the drama of the song.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was great to work with the team of VFX company, Gloria FX, they used a whole set of special effects with invisibility motion and live animation with the flowers, and the dress turned into sakura branches. I had black dots all over my body with markers as the flowers blossomed out of the dots in a video, this was for them to catch all the detailed facial expressions. I looked really funny and then for a long time I couldn’t wash those dots off. Was a great experience.

How was the recording and writing process?

Stages of creation are very interesting. The music was written in bed, at about two o’clock in the morning. I worked for several days, listening to it again and again, slowly adding and changing bits. I then went to the studio and recorded it with my guitarist, without any lyrics. Then I gave the song to Yoad Nevo for an arrangement and explained that I wanted to experiment and create a symbiosis of Slavic melody, rap, bulk grooves, which are inherent in the British sound. When we met with Yoad in the studio, it was a unanimous decision to record a live orchestra that would give a song lyricism and emphasize my feminine nature. I left for Ukraine and invited the best strings to get involved, and we recorded a live chamber orchestra. From this moment, for me the song came to life and I realized that I want to shoot a video to the song so that it could be heard everywhere.

Working on the lyrics to the song was also emotional, I knew what I wanted to sing about but I could not expose all my feelings alone. I turned to my ex-boyfriend, with whom I hadn’t spoken to for ten years. I knew that my call would turn his life around and he would be able to write something special about our past love. A little commercial approach to some personal feelings, but we both knew that it was time for us to speak out. There are a million stories like that, and it will surely touch the heart of people all across the world – from this, the Ukrainian version of the words of the song ‘Blindfold’ was created. After that, thanks to the talented Nina Smith, we were able to express all the feelings and emotions in the English lyrics.

What was it like to work with Yoad Nevo and how did that relationship develop?

It is not a secret for anyone, that the countries of the Post-Soviet space for a long time were behind the iron curtain which made a huge abyss, not only in the musical plan between Western and Eastern Europe. I realized that I could work with such a great professional, like Yoad, and break this iron curtain – I was trembling like aspen leaf! I did not believe it, I was so over the moon! We work with him for many years, made several of my album, with his incredible technique of mixing styles.

How much did he influence the song?

He created the arrangement, the main groove was created by him. He was able to do a song that was lyrical and modern with a transparent texture. I really like that it is not drenched with instruments, although there is so much going on.

After a successful career in your native Ukraine – what made you want to find success overseas?

It’s always been an honour to be seen as a pioneer. I dream to break the conviction in our country that we second class. Again, however, it is all imposed by politicians who usurped many generations fearing the influence of the West. I do not know how far I can go, I’m ready to do everything possible in order to inspire hope in a new generation in my own country, and convince them that the dream and courage go side by side.

Did you take a different approach for this album?

In this record I have united musicians and arrangers from different countries, bringing a mixture of artists with different styles of music to create fresh ideas of styles and cultures.

How does Fashion influences your music and the other way around?

Fashion and style for me are different things. Fashion is fleeting and style is like charm, it’s always yours. It is necessary not to lie to your style, but also to follow trends. If you mix your style with fashion trends, it will always be relevant. For an artist, it is very important to have a clear image combining your style and your charisma. Clothes should be complemented only by your inner monologue.

How’s the album coming along?

The process is close to be finished! Promise me to write a review of it… ha! No honestly, I do trust your opinion and I respect it.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The name is already there – “Intonations”. Each song in the album is my intonation. In this album I want to project sincerely and cleanly, with tenderness and drive. It’s a revelation of my femininity!  I’m sure that everyone will hear their intonations in my new songs.

Any plans to hit the road?

A tour is being announced in the new year, exciting plans for America next winter…

What else is happening next in Tina Karol’s world?

I also have a small son, Veniamin, for whom I want to be the best mom in the world. I want him to be proud of me and never know sorrow. He is my world.


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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