Lena Katina’s interview on the radio program “Moscow’s Echo”
Will t.A.T.u. start performing again?
We are not making any long-term plans. We were on The Voice where we sang 2 songs in support of the release of the 10th anniversary edition of our album.
Why did you perform in Romania and not here?
Well, we were invited in Romania, here we have not been invited yet…We never had a fight, we just have not seen each other in a long time, have not performed in almost 4 years. We talked about it and maybe we will do something in the future, we will see. Yulia had an operation so she has to heal, we will see.
Do you have nostalgia about the t.A.T.u. times?
Yes, it was an era…I miss those times, I don’t even know how to describe it. Sometimes I cannot even believe it- that I was in all these cities, in all these photographs…fans screaming, singing to our songs, it was an adrenalin rush. I do not need to drive 200km/hr in the wrong lane, going on stage is enough…The success was a big surprise, for all of us. When you get older you begin to think about it and realize it all, but back then it was just this huge boom.
You said that there people don’t really recognize you.
Well, I need to remind them of me. When I say “Hi, I’m Lena Katina” they say, “Hi”, when I say I am Lena Katina from t.A.T.u. then they remember.
Your style, the melodies, the way you sing is very different than before…Are you targeting the American public?
No, I am not targeting any specific part of the world, I am focusing on myself and on what I want to sing…I am also recording songs in Russian, I am translating them from English…well not me, but there is someone who does this. But, I have an English team, I have 4 musicians with whom we write songs as well as other authors who are not Russian, so we write in English…I performed a song in Russian already, and I have already recorded 2 or 3 more. They are being mixed now. I even recorded a song in Spanish- “Never Forget”, and I have 2 more songs ready with Spanish lyrics which I will record.
Does Japan still remember you?
Japan is very difficult story since they were very much upset with us, unfortunately. Of course I want to go to Asia, there are people who still remember…There was a very scandalous moment- right before we were scheduled to go on a live broadcast of a big show Ivan prohibited us from going on stage…so we lost this market.
Are you trying to do something different from t.A.T.u. or are you okay with it if it turns out similarly?
I am okay with it because t.A.T.u. is also me, in t.A.T.u. I was half and now I am Lena Katina- solo artist. If Yulia and I agree to something, I will gladly once again become a half, the most important thing is that there is good material and quality. I am not saying I am trying to do something similar to t.A.T.u. or something completely different. I have a song that is in a very t.A.T.u.- style…right now I am finding myself and have not determined a specific style, there are many styles I am working with.
How do you participate in the creative process?
I help with the melodies and the words. I do not take part in arrangements. I can say, “I like this, I don’t like that”, but to create something completely on my own is not my thing. I write lyrics, but again, not from scratch. When the words are being written I can correct them, take away or put in certain phrases.
In your video for Never Forget, there was a burial.
…I still have the gravestones in my garage, I see them every time I walk in there.