03/12/2010: "t.A.T.u. in Brazilian Billboard magazine"
Lena Katina was interviewed in the newest issue of Brazilian Billboard magazine. Click here to view the scan. Thanks to Ivan_de_palma (tatu.ru/forum).
Lena: New songs are more experimental, they are not common. Our fans have grown up with us. In the beginning, image was more important. Now what is interesting is music.
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If it works for famous softdrink Sprite (campaign ad - "image is nothing, thirsty is everything"), it works for t.A.T.u., Russian pop duo that are now releasing their third album, Waste Management. Now, they say that image is nothing. They got famous after releasing videos in which they were kissing over the rain (All The Things She Said), driving 18-wheelers (Not Gonna Get Us), and other shocking scenes, like the most recent video "White Robe", in which pregnant Yulia Volkova is shot by Lena Katina.
"New songs are more experimental, they are not common. Our fans have grown up with us. In the beginning, image was more important. Now what is interesting is music", says Lena, red-haired half of the band, for an interview by telephone for Billboard magazine Brazil.
A lot of things happened after their second album, Dangerous and Moving, in 2005. The brunette Yulia, 25, had two kids. Lena apreciates literature, and she says she is reading La Consolante, by French author Anna Gavalda, and a selection of tales by Austrian author Stefan Zweig (1881-1942), who lived (and killed himself) in Brazil.
Reading made her want to learn more languages, but not very much. "I just had three Spanish classes. I tried to learn, but it's very difficult," she says. Even when making mistakes while not speaking in Russian or English, she says that singing in other languages (French and Spanish mainly) is not out of plans.
While not changing languages, Yulia and Lena decided to make their sound more complex. "Our music is much more sophisticated," says Lena. "We even made a transcedent version of our new album, in which songs are connected by interludes. I am proud of being part of t.A.T.u. and being known."