Last month Russian songstress Lena Katina released her sultry single “An Invitation”. It was a step away from her Euro-dance days as one-half of the now defunct girl group t.A.T.u. In the video she came off as a musical temptress and had major chemistry with her male co-star. We could see steam coming out of our computer!
Tomorrow — that’s April 28 — Lena will release her EP “An Invitation (Remixes)” digitally worldwide. But today — in a wiwibloggs exclusive — she is sharing the Loaded Fist Remix and video, which you can watch below. She tells us that the EP will include something for everyone. “Some are darker remixes, some are dance remixes, some are slow remixes,” she says. “People have different tastes in music, so for those who like more dancey stuff or other styles it’s a good way to help them fall in love with my song.”
We have. What about you? You can check out the song and read our interview with Lena below.
“An Invitation” (Loaded Fist Remix) — Lena Katina
Lena Katina interview
“An Invitation”, which came out last month, is a change of style from the Euro-dance songs of t.A.T.u. Are we now seeing the “real” Lena Katina?
“An Invitation” is one of my favorite songs from my album “This Is Who I Am”. Not only is it very different from t.A.T.u., but also from a lot of my other solo songs!
All of my songs really depend on the mood we are in while writing, so the songs styles on the album are different in general. I feel like an artist should not box himself in with just one music style. I believe that each person has lots of sides and shows them during their life. Basically, that’s what artists do too, but publicly with their creations.
In the music video you play a temptress. What was it like stepping into that role? Perhaps working with that handsome male model made it easy?
Well, I had more of an angel/saviour role than a temptress I would say. The temptresses were all the other girls in my video, who were representing different sorts of temptations, but what we really search for in our lives is true love, true feelings… So I would say I was representing the truth in my video. I was almost four months pregnant when we were shooting this video, so I guess motherhood gives you some sort of added sexuality, if you had this feeling that I was a temptress.
Can you relate to the song’s lyrics in any way?
LOL! As any person, who was young and not in a real relationship at some point, yes, I can definitely relate to the lyrics.
On April 28 — tomorrow — you’ll release your latest EP “An Invitation (Remixes)” worldwide. Why did you want to release this extended play of “An Invitation”?
It’s a good way to show the song in different formats and for different situations. Hopefully there will be something for everyone in the EP! People have different tastes in music, so for those who like more dancey stuff or other styles it’s a good way to help them fall in love with my song.
You staged a contest calling on your fans to mix and mash the song. Were you impressed with the submissions? Have any of them made it onto the EP?
The Tipsy Remix is the result of the competition and is on the EP. All entries were fantastic! Plus it’s another great way to involve my fans and new talented people in the creative process! I think it is very important to connect with your fanbase and all of my fans are very responsive and just awesome! I am grateful to have them by my side and not only listening to my music, but also helping me create it in some ways! I think they love and enjoy those sorts of involvements too!
What are some of the moods created by the remixes?
There is something for everyone! Some are darker remixes, some are dance remixes, some are slow remixes. The EP takes the song in to new directions with different styles.
You and former band mate Julia Volkova performed together as a warm-up act ahead of the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony. What was it like singing together again?
It felt very natural. Julia and I spent 10 years together on stage, so it felt very organic to us. But I do enjoy being solo a lot! 😉
Performing on the stadium felt like a magical moment! I mean, seriously, how many times in a lifetime do you get the opportunity to perform at the opening ceremony of the Olympic games in your own country, singing the anthem of the team from your country, an anthem which also happens to be one of your songs?! I am so proud to have been a part of it! And I am very happy that the Russian team got first place! Super proud of our athletes and their coaches! This performance and the whole Olympic experience is something I will definitely never forget! It was one of the best moments of my life!
Many of our readers will remember you placed third at Eurovision 2003 with “Ne Ver’, Ne Boysia”. What is your lasting memory of Eurovision?
Oh, I remember being super nervous! My knees were literally shaking and then after it was over I was very disappointed with my singing. But overall it was a great experience for us!
What was your favourite song besides your own in the contest?
I really like the song “Euphoria”
Finally, do you have a message for all of your fans on wiwibloggs?
First of all I would like to thank all of my fans for their patience, love and support, which gives me the will and the power to continue what I am doing! I wanna wish them all the best, to always believe in good! And I hope that my baby “vacation” won’t seem too long for them. I hope to get back to work as soon as it feels right!
Thank you for taking the time to chat, Lena!
Kisses… Always yours, Lena Katina!
Photos: Alex Marchetti