You’re inspiring me to rectify my old sketches! Also happy to hear some of the secrets behind your songs, «Plans» is my favorite song from the record lately.
I can’t agree more about finding people that share your sense of music, it’s very important! But I also love the way that different perspectives can make something more unique, when that happens, which is not always. That's a very rambling story!
I wanted to ask you again about your videos, because they also seem like the product of collaboration. They actually seem really hi-fi, like they’re filmed on a professional sound stage. At the same time, they are obviously the product of one individual, interior world. How do you go about developing the concept and then bringing it to a finished product? Is there a team you worked with for multiple videos?
And another question while I’m at it, haha ― did you always dance and choreograph your performance the way you do in the videos, or was this something you developed as a solo artist?
I know what you are talking about [with different perspectives]! Yes, and it’s very important to think outside the box. And sometimes, when everything is too smooth, you kinda lose something. I don’t know how to explain [it], but yes, it's great to find [the] courage to try to work with different people and let unobvious things happen. Like with mistakes :~)
So, about videos,
We filmed three videos together with an awesome team in Moscow in August 2019 (yes, haha, long time ago): «Lu Na», «Marafon» and «Telefon» (and yes, there’s a «Telefon» video that I need to edit haha). We filmed three videos in two days with really great people. I came to the director, Gina Onegina, with an idea for one video, and it accidentally turned into three. I remember I was just sitting at home, and those characters just came to my head. That happened to me with cats from «Lu Na.» We filmed everything on Betacam, ‘cause we really wanted it to look like old tv shows. As if you were a kid and you turned the TV on, and there was a weird show where you don’t understand a thing but you see a short part, some sort of a performance from a fairy tale or something.
[For] «Plans,» I worked with my great friend: he usually makes videos for my bandmate (the one who plays bass), and he once made a video for Glintshake. So we just decided to make something together. I actually came up with a storyboard (laughs). I just can’t help it: sometimes I see something in my head and I need it to be released somehow!
And I actually don’t really know how to dance, and all of these dances are improvised (except cats, cats are pros and they can do a lot of stuff) and I can't do as much. But I have some pictures in my head, and I'm just trying to get as close as possible to the way I imagine it.
It's very impressive that your movements are all improvised! And it really makes sense that you filmed those videos together: it actually adds so much to the visual identity of the album, because you really feel like you’re entering a world and spending time there from song to song, even though the concept shifts.
I don’t want to talk about the pandemic so much, because it affects everyone in such different and personal ways. Instead, I’d like to ask: what [are you] preoccupied with musically right now?
Pandemic hit hard on me. I was fine in the beginning and now I feel kinda lost. Really, sometimes I feel so uninspired, especially knowing that lots of people went through this stage in May and I'm just enjoying it now, haha. But I just remembered again that [inspiration] is like fishing. And it’s important for me to learn again not to expect too much from myself and music. and just do something that makes me excited. I have plans to record more music on my guitar because it feels that she misses me a bit.
I need to finish some old projects that I started with my good friend. So I do not have crazy plans, haha. This year made me more patient, I guess.
I can relate! I’ve just taken a huge break from making music, the longest in my life.
Wow, me too! This is crazy!
Yes, here we find ourselves! What have you been doing instead? I taught myself how to knit, which has been a nice lesson in patience again haha. It takes a long time, and the outcome is unremarkable, but it activates my brain in a nice way, and it’s a very low pressure activity. I heard you like to bike! But maybe it’s too cold for that now.
Yes, unfortunately, I can’t bike [right] now. I wish I could, tho. That's my favorite thing. It’s amazing that you learned how to knit! It really helps the brain. I've been reading a lot about the brain recently and it's good to choose different directions and knit or do ceramics. etc.
I've been drawing a lot this year: got myself [some] amazing markers [from] AliExpress. It was very cheap and so great. I think I haven't been drawing that much since university. And it feels so great! And I also sleep a lot which is also amazing.
Me too! I sleep and knit, I’m an old lady now.
I feel like I’ve taken so much of your time, but it’s been so amazing to talk to you, and interview you in this experimental style.
This is one of the best interviews I've ever had! I didn’t even notice that it’s already 18:20 I've been smiling the whole time. Surreal way to do the interview but it was so intimate, I don’t know why!