09/17/2008: "Lena interview with Europa Plus"
Source: TatySite.net forum
Getting back to ďYou and IĒ, are you shooting any video for it?
Lena: No, we are not shooting a video because this song is connected to the movie ďYou and I.Ē The movie should be released sometime in spring 2009. Yes, at least it is planned so, but unfortunately it doesnít depend on us. Maybe weíll do something with this song in connection with the movie release.
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Lena: In order to get the idea of the album you need first to hear it. As for the release, we plan to get around and release it in September. How it will be weíll see.
We hope to have the premier of the album here on Europa Plus. Now about the album title, how was it born? If Iím not mistaken the first title was Waste Management. Why is it Happy Smiles now? Is it one of the songs or not?
Lena: Yes, itís one of the songs too. Waste Management is a long story. We were in Los Angeles for a photoshoot and saw a sign Waste Management. It was big white concrete letters on a beautifully cut green loan. Waste Management letters and how it was presented didnt fit to each other and we decided that that is maybe what we need at the moment. Why we changed the album title? Because they said they were fed up by Ludi Invalidy (Disabled People). They said everything was dark and depressive. So we thought, if you are fed up by Ludi Invalidy and Waste Management, then here you can get Happy Smiles. Itís irony of course, an ironic title.
Who told you they were fed up by Ludi Invalidy?
Lena: There were some reviews like, arenít you tired of this? All your Ludi Invalidy and now Waste Management? I understand itís a never-ending story. We decided to give such an ironic title so everyone would like it and to keep it in a conventional way.
As for being conventional. The release is soon but strangely you are very seldom on TV and radio air. Why?
Lena: Because they say we are non-format. Because our videos are not conventional. Itís ok to air all kinds of shit and itís not ok to air us.
As for videos. I think Bely Plaschik (White Robe) wasnít accepted, right?
Lena: It was aired a bit but then it was taken off air. Now it looks like they put it on again. 220 was generally refused by all music channels. It didnít make to the radio either because they said the song had suicidal meaning.
Getting back to You And I. Are you shooting any video for it?
Lena: No, we are not shooting a video because this song is connected to the movie You And I. The movie should be released sometime in spring 2009. Yes. At least it is planned so but unfortunately it doesnt depend on us. Maybe well do something with this song in connection with the movie release. Soon we are going to release a new video to a totally different song our next single from this album. So, as for a video for You And I, I cant really tell anything.
Are your new videos going to be as before? Serious, provocative pictures?
Lena: The video is practically ready. You are going to see. I think it will be again something new. We are always experimenting.
What this song You And I is about? What emotions are living in there? What emotions do you have?
Lena: I have only one emotion. The song is about love, as usual. We canít do any other way, only about love (giggles).