Najuspješniji ruski proizvod nakon vodke, grupa t.A.T.u., formirana je 1999. godine. Grupu je osnovao Ivan Shapovalov, ruski biznismen i psiholog, čija je namjera bila stvoriti glazbeni proizvod u Rusiji. Osnovao je audiciju, i u najužem krugu od deset djevojaka najbolje su bile bivše članice dječjeg benda Neposedy, Julia i Lena. Julia Volkova, vatrena brineta britkog jezika, i Lena Katina, nježna povučena crvenokosa, čine savršen kontrast koji je bio recept za uspjeh u glazbenom svijetu. Nakon samo pet godina postojanja, grupa t.A.T.u. ostvarila je svjetski uspjeh, nastupajući pred 500 000 svojih fanova i prodavajući svoj debitantski album "200km/h In The Wrong Lane" u više od pet milijuna primjeraka. Danas, deset godina nakon osnivanja grupe, t.A.T.u. su za svoje fanove postale simbol slobode i prava na vlastito mišljenje i osjećaje.
Lena: "Mi smo to što jesmo, i ne želimo biti drugačije."
Julia: "Ljudi nas ili vole, ili mrze. Ne postoji sredina."
Nakon što su izdale svoj posljednji album, "Happy Smiles", Julia i Lena počele su raditi na solo karijerama, što ipak nije označilo kraj grupe. t.A.T.u. je trenutno u stanju čekanja, no fanovi željno iščekuju zasebne albume.
Julia Volkova Olegovna rođena je u obitelji uspješnog biznismena, 20. veljače 1985. u Moskvi. Baš kao i Lena, sa 7 godina je paralelno pohađala osnovnu i glazbenu školu, satove piana. Kada je navršila 9, postala je članica benda Neposedi. Na castingu Julia je pjevala rusku pjesmu "Oy, to ne vecher". Sa 11 godina, Julia je promijenila školu, i počela pohađati školu njegovanja mladih talenata. Tri godine kasnije napustila je grupu Neposedi i postala članica grupe t.A.T.u., u kojoj je Lena već bila. S 15 godia, Julia upisuje državni glazbeni koledž, te postaje poznata pjevačice dueta t.A.T.u. 2004. godine Julia je rodila bebu imenom Victoria.
Lena Katina Sergeevna rođena je 4. listopada 1984. u Moskvi, glavnom gradu majčice Rusije. Odrasla je u obitelji poznatih glazbenika-Katin Serget i Katina Inessa. Na očevu inicijativu, počela se baviti glazbom i raznim sportvoima. Sa sedam godina krenula je osnovnu školu, i paralelno s njom pohađala je satove piana u glazbenoj školi. S deset godina postala je solo pjevačica u grupi "Avenue", gdje je pjevala 3 godine. Kada je napunila 13 godina, postala je članica vokalne grupe "Neposedi" ("Nemirne"), gdje je upoznala Juliu Volkovu, s kojojm je ubrzo postala najbolja prijateljica. Na jednom castingu otpjevala je pjesmu na španjolskom, te je porota bila fascinirana njenim glasom. Kada je napunila 14, Lena je napustila grupu Neposedi i postala članica grupe t.A.T.u. Nedugo nakon toga, grupi se pridružila i Julia Volkova.
"200 Po Vstrechnoi"-2001.god.
01. Zachem ya
02. Ya soshla suma
03. Nas ne dogonyat
04. Doschitai do sta
06. Ya tvoi vrag
07. Ya tvoya ne pervaya
10. Nas ne dogonyat (Remix)
11. Polchasa (Remix)
Re-Edition of "200 Po Vstrechnoi"-2002.god.
03. Doschitai do sta
04. Zachem ya
05. Nas ne dogonyat
06. Ya tvoya ne pervaya
09. Ya tvoi vrag
10. Ya Soshla suma
11. Polchasa (Remix)
12. Malchik-gei (Remix)
Bonus Music Video „Polchasa“
„200 km/h In The Wrong Lane“-2002.god.
01. Not gonna get us
02. All the things she said
03. Show me love
04. 30 minutes
05. How soon is now?
06. Clowns (Can you see me now?)
07. Malchik gay
09. Ya shosla suma
10. Nas ne dagoniat
11. Show me love (Extended Version)
12. 30 minutes (Remix)
13. Behind the scenes with Yulia and Lena (part 2)
01. Lyudi invalidy [Intro]
02. Novaya model'
03. Obezyanka Nol'
04. Loves me not
06. Ty soglasna
08. Vsya moya lyubov'
09. All about us
10. Chto ne hvatayet
11. Ludi invalidi
„Dangerous And Moving“-2005.god.
01. Dangerous and moving (Intro)
02. All about us
03. Cosmos (Outer space)
04. Loves me not
05. Friend or foe
07. Craving (I only want I can't have)
09. We shout
10. Perfect Enemy
11. Obezyanka nol
12. Dangerous and moving
13. Vsya Moya Lubov
1. All About Us
2. All The Things She Said
3. Not Gonna Get Us
4. How Soon Is Now
5. Loves Me Not
6. Friend Or Foe (Radio Ver)
8. Null And Void
9. Cosmos (She Wants Revenge Remix)
10. Show Me Love (Radio Ver)
11. Craving (Bollywood Remix)
12. Ne Ver Ne Boysia Ne Prosi (Eurovision Song)
13. 30 Minutes
14. Divine (Extended Ver)
15. Perfect Enemy
16. All The Things She Said (Dave Aude Remix Edit)
17. Ludi Invalidi (Dangerous And Moving Russia Ver)
18. Love Me Not (Glam As U Radio Mix Edit)
19. Nas Ne Dagoniat (Not Gonna Get Us Russia Ver)
20. Ya Soshia Suma (All The Thing She Said Russia Ver)
"Veselye Ulybki" - 2008.god.
2. Beliy Plaschik
3. You and I
6. Marsyanskie glaza
8. Veselye Ulybki
9. Running Blind
10. Fly on the Wall
11. Vremya Luni
12. Ne Zhaley
U sklopu finalne večeri Eurovizije u Moskvi 2009., izvedena je folk verzija pjesme "Not Gonna Get Us". Zvuči zaista odlično, poslušajte:
t.A.T.u. su jučer (16.05.2009.) u Moskvi dijelile autograme u supermarketu "Perekrestok". Donosim vam slike:
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Japan Tour Book 2003
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Dva dana nisam bila u mogućnosti objavljivati novosti o t.A.T.u. zbog tehničkih problema. Sada sam opet tu i pokušat ću sve nadoknaditi. Ispričavam se zbog kašnjenja!
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Zadnjeg dana u svibnju najuspješniji i najskandalozniji bend ruskog show biznisa puno 10 godina postojanja. Čekajući taj datum magazin OK! nazvao je djevojke u Ameriku i saznao kako je Lena Katina zamalo izgubila svoju viziju i zašto se Julia Volkova seli u Ameriku.
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Donosim vam prijevod intervjua na engleski jezik:
t.A.T.u.: “Even now we kiss sometimes!”
On the last day of May the most successful and the most scandalous band of Russian show-business will be turning 10 years old. Expecting this event OK! magazine called t.A.T.u. girls in the US and found out, how Lena Katina almost lost her vision and why Yulia Volkova emigrates to the States.
On cold April afternoon of 1999 Ivan Shapovalov called Boris Renski, the head of computer company, for whom Ivan had been filming advertising videos for about two years, “Boris, I’ve got an idea. Maybe you’ll be interested”. They met the same day in Renski’s office. Ivan brought a CD. “Where can we listen to it?”he asked. “You won’t believe me but I have no CD player here”, Boris answered. There was a player in Shapovalov’s old BMW. The song “Yugoslavia” started to play. It was sung by 14-year old Lena Katina, a girl from “Neposedy” children band, who was chosen by Ivan in the casting. “Yeah, she sings cool”, Renski agreed, “So what do you want from me here?” “I’ve got an idea to have a TV-show in support of Yugolavia with the participation of Russian rock stars, and this girl will be a headliner,” Shapovalov explained his idea. “You give the money and I’ll put your company’s logo. We can put computers in a studio, if you wish”. Renski refused, “I’m not interested in such advertising”. And then he suddenly added, “There’s another sestion: Forget about this show, let’s make a music project with this girl”. Next day Shapovalov brought Lena and her mom to meet Boris. 31 May 1999 first Lena’s photoshoot took place, with a trendy make-up artist of that time, Alexander Shevchuk. This date is considered an official t.A.T.u. birthday.
It’s hardly possible to imagine such project in today’s Russia. Just think about it, two girls, still underage, were kissing mouth to mouth at all major TV channels, showed up on stage in “Fuck War!” t-shirts and made all crazy producer’s ideas come true (today such a producer would’ve been probably jailed). t.A.T.u. were incredibly lucky: They appeared in a right time in a right place. So now, 10 years later, they can afford themselves not to think about money, to perform only when they wish to, not when the producer tells to (t.A.T.u. gigs are quite rare now), and spend in California almost twice as much time as in their native Moscow.
Do you know already how and when you’ll celebrate the anniversary? Lena: No, frankly speaking. But we’ll do it for sure. I guess, closer to the fall. Yulia: There are actually not too many options: Either it’ll be some gig, or just a party where we’ll invite our friends and most active fans. It’ll be more clear later.
What moments from t.A.T.u. history do you recall most often now, after these 10 years? Lena: I remember the very beginning. It was such careless time. We lived in each other’s places – sometimes Yulka stayed with me, sometimes I stayed with her. We walked in the city until 4 a.m. in the morning and then lied our parents that we were recording in the studio. For some reason I especially remember one night. We walked around Moscow downtown and then went with Yulka to my place. We opened the door very gently, not to awake my mom, we put off our clothes with no lights. And suddenly Volkova says, “I wanna eat”. I answer: “So what’s the problem? Go to the kitchen and eat.” Well I didn’t expect she would eat everything that was in the fridge, even my mom’s sandwiches with pate, that she prepared to take with her to work. Volkova ate 10 sandwiches! She’s so skinny and she’s so rapacious. Just crazy.
Yulia: I also remember that time mostly. We just enjoyed every day, like children do. We went to parties all the time, we made new acquaintances, we were having fun. I remember we came back from some place in the morning, we sat down near Lenka’s house entrance and started to yell the folk song “Oi, to ne vecher” as loud as we could. We woke the whole street up!
And I recall the time, when your studio was in the Pekin Hotel in Moscow. It was a real narcotics den there! Some Shapovalov’s friends came all the time, they smoked and sniffed something… Yulia: Well, show-business is an unhealthy environment in general, there are so few sober and adequate people there. Is it some kind of a revelation for you?
No, but how did you manage to escape this? Yulia: You just need to have priorities. As for me, I always wanted to look good, it is important for me. And looking at the very young people, who seemed to be about forty years old because of their way of living, I realized I didn’t want to become such as they later. Sure, it’s interesting to try everything in this life, but it’s important to know where to stop in time.
Did you try something?
As an experiment, not more.
Lena: Actually, whatever happened to us during these 10 years, just positive things stay in memory. I remember this incredibly intense period, when we had this crazy amount of performances, sometimes three a day, we didn’t have time to have a shour and to eat before we took the next plane. We got tired like hell. But it’s nice to remember it now. Actually, if we could return back time, I wouldn’t change a thing. Not a single situation! Because I’m more than happy now. I can’t even describe this happiness. .
Do you keep in touch with anybody from the people you’ve started with - Ivan Shapovalov, Alexander Voitinsky, Lena Kiper?
Yulia: Unfortunately, no. Except perhaps Ivan. We’ve met not so long ago – last fall. He came to the Bacardi Party where Lenka and me performed. He came not by chance, I guess. He probably wanted to see today’s t.A.T.u. I noticed him from the stage, even though he stayed quite far away and said hi in a microphone. But we actually didn’t really have a chance to talk. Lena: As for the others we haven’t seen each other for hundred years. Time changes, we also do…
So in brief, what has changed inside each of you?
Yulia: The first thing I think of is I became a mom. It was a revolution of consciousness. I used to live just for myself before, I used to follow my emotions (I’m a very emotional person in general), but after the child’s birth I began to think about my every step. Oh, and I’m late less often now (Laughs). Though I still can’t get rid of this habit for good. Even if I’m late for an hour, I say I’ll arrive in 10 minutes.
Lena: My character has completely changed. It’s not that somebody tells me this - I feel it myself. I became more tough, I can handle more pressure. Like, “not a girl anymore”.
Nobody started to call you with your first and patronymic names?
No, thanks God! I’m still just Lena for everybody, and Volkova – just Yulia. Even Yulia’s kids call me “Lenka”.
I guess, you have no shows now, right?
We do have, but not often. So that everybody has a chance to start missing us.
Maybe just the time of t.A.T.u. passed?
I don’t think so. Our time isn’t over, our time has changed. No such noise and hysteria. But people still want to see and to hear us.
And what do you do in the US all this time, if you don’t plan shows there?
For example, I had an eye surgery in San-Francisco. I was fed up with squinting my eyes all the time. So now I’m in the rehabilitation period.
You feel ok?
I feel great! Though my “new” eyes get tired, especially in bright light, in the sun. I have to wear sun glasses. But I finally see everything! Peoples’ faces, flowers, leaves on the trees. It all blurred into one big spot before. And what makes me happy the most is that I can watch TV now. Before the surgery I literally had to touch the screen with my nose to see the picture.
Was the surgery painful?
Not at all. It was scary. I had to stare at a one point all the time. And this point acted wierd: sometimes it changed the color, sometimes became very sharp, or, vice versa, it was divided into three. And then - bang! – total darkness. I’ve lost vision in general – even if it was just for some seconds, but still! I got so frightened I could not breathe. But later it turned out that it was all ok, it should be like that.
Yulia, and what about you, what are you doing in US now? Yulia: I working on my solo album. I was meeting with various producers, I was choosing songs, I’m already trying to record things. However, I want to point: Despite Lenka and me decided to try solo projects, t.A.T.u. will exists further on, just in a “light mode”. Lena: Yulka and me, we’ve decided we can’t stay on a single place all the time; it’s necessary to move on. Furthermore it’s interesting to try yourself, to understand what you’re cabable of when you’re alone. It’s always easier when you’re two, you know!
Is it already known, what style are your new songs are going to be?Lena: I’m still in search. Yulia: Me too. The only thing I know for sure: It won’t be a pop-music. I don’t really like all these “dances”, r’n’b. I can just listen to it, not to perform. It’s boring. I need a real drive on stage.
When Lena comes to the US, she usually stays in Boris Renski’ place. And what about you, Yulia, where do you usually live with Parvis?
Now I stay in Los Angeles with our friends. This time Parvis stayed in Moscow with our kids, by the way. And I wanted to stay in a hotel in the beginning, but finally I decided to call our friends and ask them to host me. I hate to stay alone, especially in hotels! I need companionship… And next time when I arrive here, I hopefully will stay in my own house. I’m looking for a place right now quite intensively. I plan to move finally to Los Angeles in the summer.
What do you mean “finally”?
I mean, forever. To live.
Are you serious?
Yes. First time I came to the US [for a long time] in 2005, and I liked it very much. Back then I already had an idea that it would be not bad to live there. And now this idea just got stronger.
So what can we find there that we don’t have in Russia?
Everything’s different here. It’s better to raise children here, because you have everything you need. It’s much safer here. It’s easier to be in music industry. All leading musicians and producers live in the US, and I’m really tired of flying back and forth. For another thing, here it’s summer all year round. And I can’t live without the sun. I’m very tired of Moscow greyness, of these endless parties. This empty “life burning”. So, it’s high time for me to change an atmosphere.
Aren’t you afraid that many fans in Russia won’t understand you?
No. I don’t really care what people in general think about me. Normal people, especially the ones who have kids, understand me. And not-normal ones can go home.
What’s your view on how an attitude towards “free love” definition changed in Russia during these 10 years?
Unfortunately, nothing has changed. Two years ago Lena and me came to the Gay Pride and observed how these poor boys were beaten from both sides: policemen from one side and skinheads from the other. I don’t understand how one can blame people only because they choose a different orientation. It’s just a savagery. I guess it doesn’t happen even in hindward African countries. To be honest, that episode has strongly affected me. Back then this strong desire of moving out of here grew deeper.
Lena, do you also plan to move out of Russia? Lena: Never. I’m a patriot in this sense. Certainly I enjoyed staying in the US, but I wouldn’t live there. I have mom, dad, sister, friends, and relatives in Moscow. If they would move all at once, I would’ve probably thought about. But it’s impossible – I have too many relatives. (Laughs)
It’s great you can actually afford yourselves to choose a place to live. By the way, how much did you earn during 10 years of the career?
Honestly? No idea. I don’t know how much and on what accounts I have. I made two big purchases – apartments in Moscow, - and it seems there are still money left. If I need more money for something, then it will be necessary to call somewhere to check how much money I actually have and how I can get them.
Yulia: I don’t know as well. If I want to buy something, I just get money from the card, and when and in what amount they get there – I’ve no idea.
In the Internet one can find a video of your very first press-conference, in the end of which you kissed mouth-to-mouth for the camera. And when was your last kiss? Lena: I don’t remember, we don’t mark these days. (Laughs) But we sometimes kiss even now. Not just on stage. For example, when we’re having fun somewhere.
Yulia already has children and a husband. Aren’t you going to marry?
In the nearest future – no. But on the other side, “If you want to set God laughing – just tell him about your plans”. It’s a banal saying, but it’s not cancelled.
Do you have a boyfriend?
Let’s skip the question.
Sergey Anisimov / OK!
Credit: Zhenya Voevodina
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