Can you talk to us more about your latest single “They Ain’t Got It Right”?
his song is for those moments when you feel down but deep inside you know “They Ain’t Got It Right” and you keep pushing towards your goal.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I feel like every “dreamer” has been in these situations when people around them don’t believe in them or don’t take their dreams seriously.
I remember back in school when I would tell my teachers that I wanted to be a full time musician, they would laugh at me and tell me that it is not a real profession and that I should stop playing around… Or when people would talk behind my back saying that my voice is weak, that my songs are outdated and my face isn’t photogenic enough; It wasn’t easy to keep believing in myself. These particular moments made me want to get back at them and show that “They Ain’t Got It Right” by releasing this song and the video.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
The filming process was a lot of fun! To be honest, this is the first video out of all the videos we’ve made in which I felt confident and exposed my raw self. The concept of the song and the video is basically to prove the haters that “They Ain’t Got It Right” by being confident and having fun in our own skin, wearing what makes us feel comfortable and dancing however we want. The main goal was to show confidence and to portray a fearless character that cannot be broken by anybody.
How was the recording and writing process?
We got together with my long time co-writer and producer Jiroe and somehow started talking about all the rejections we have experienced in this industry and how spirit crushing it can be. I know a lot of people that have given up on their big dreams and settled for what is available because they didn’t believe in themselves anymore. And that’s why we decided to write this song to encourage all of those that lost their hope and to show them that they are not alone in this – we are all “weirdos”.
What role does Siberia play in your music?
My hometown mostly influenced my character rather than my music. I never thought I would be living in LA nor doing what I love full-time. Growing up in Siberia, I somehow always knew I was not going to stay there for long. My family raised me to believe that everything was possible no matter where you are at, that’s why I never felt like I was trapped in one place and there was no way out. But I always knew that I wanted to do music for a living, and somehow I ended up studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston where I met a lot of incredible musicians. While studying there I went to L.A as a tourist and fell in love with the passion inside the city. It felt like everyone was trying to achieve something big. It was a no brainer; I left Berklee and came straight to L.A to pursue my career.
What is it about the 90s that you find so fascinating?
Since I was born in the late 90s, my biggest music inspirations were Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, N’SYNC and many others. I’ve always loved 90’s pop, the dance routines, the beat and the simplicity of its melodies and lyrics.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I actually already have 2 songs lined up to be released very soon!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
At the end of July!
Any plans to hit the road?
We are still working on the tour dates but definitely very soon!