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There is a new interview on cd uk. It's very good, have fun!

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07.10.05

On a windy rooftop somewhere in London, cduk.com greets t.A.T.u with trepidation. Their reputation as diminutive divas certainly precedes them. If rumours are to be believed, Yulia and Lena are monosyllabic, media manipulators, who relish every opportunity not only to play on peopleís fantasies, but also to rub people up the wrong way.

We'd just about forgotten about t.A.T.u. - written off their career as a titillating flash in the pan - but, actually, their new record, Dangerous And Moving, is as fierce a pop record as youíre likely to hear this year. It leaves behind the shrill euro-disco and bristles with the sort of pop hooks and rebellious anger Rachel Stevens would give her famous gloves for.

Yulia Volkova (20) and Lena Katina (21) say hello warily, with a weak handshake. If you can get past the impenetrable layers of foundation and the cheekbones sculpted out of two inches of lurid rouge (Yulia, for instance, is a Jordan-esque shade of tango), you can see they are both extremely pretty girls. And sweet, once you crack their icy veneer. But even then, getting to the core of what the most infamous girl duo in the world are really like, is a contradictory and troublesome task...

How much of Dangerous And Moving did you write?

Yulia: We have people who write the lyrics and composers who write the music.

You said the last album was very autobiographical Ė is this one the same?

Y: Itís about our life and other peopleís.

Lena: Our thoughts, our worries.

So whatís ĎSacrificeí about?

L: Itís just about everybody. Everybody needs to sacrifice. When youíre in love with somebody, you always have to sacrifice something.

Do you think in the future you will start writing your own lyrics and music?

Y: Maybe.

Some pretty incredible musicians worked on the record. Did you meet Dave Stewart?

Both: No.

Did you meet Richard Carpenter [from The Carpenters]?

Both: No.

L: And we didnít meet Sting either. We were just working with Trevor Horn [the legendary Frankie Goes To Hollywood producer]. We know him. He was great, really easy to work with.

For this album, youíve parted ways with your producer / manager / svengali / former child psychologist, Ivan Shapovalov. Yet, Yulia, in the past you described him as ďa legendary person and so talented Ė we love him and he loves us.Ē So what changed?

Y: You must understand: we wanted to go further and we wanted to do it ourselves.

Did you feel he was too controlling?

L: No, we just wanted to try ourselves, to see what we can do.

You both started performing at a bizarrely young age in the band Neposedi. I take it this was something you were always driven to doÖ

L: Yes. We started going to music schools when we were five years-old. Then we started to sing and we met actually in a childrenís band. It was the most professional childrenís band in Russia.

Y: Ten years ago.

L: And we were singing there and we always had a dream to do something all by ourselves. And then, on the casting Ivan, chose us!

Thatís pretty crazy to be away from your parents at such a young age. Didnít you miss them?

L: We did, but that was part of our lives - we wanted to be singers.

Did your parents encourage that?

L: Our parents always did what we wanted to do. They always supported us because itís our life. If they will tell us what to do, that wouldnít exactly be our life: I would be living my fatherís life, or my momís life. Our parents were always asking us what we wanted to do in our lives. And they would just support us in our wishes, and I think thatís the best way to communicate with your children. Otherwise youíll have lots of problems.

So, when you were hitting the headlines, they were happy for you?

L: Yeah, they were really happy for us and really proud.

Did you ever see that MTV footage when Britney, Madonna and ChristinaÖ

L: Were kissing? We heard about that. That was after us.

Were you like: hey, theyíre stealing our schtick!?

L: No, we were okay. Let it be.

You had a reality TV show over in Russia. What happened?

L: The reality show was [Censored, but let's just say it's a couple of very rude words - Ed]. It wasnít what we wanted it to be. So we split from Ivan during the reality show, but Yulia and I stayed together. Thatís it. But we are still friends. We still communicate with him.

So, you have a baby now. Congrats.

Y: I became a mom and my mind changed and I changed. I think about the future. In Moscow, my daughter waits for me; she loves me.

What about your daughterís father. Are you still with him?

Y: We broke up.

So youíre single?

L: No, she has a very great boyfriend right now.

And what about you?

L: I have a boyfriend also.

So, do you enjoy causing controversy?

L: We enjoy that of course!

Y: Itís our life!

Do you feel itís you vs the establishment?

L: We couldnít say that. Itís always been artists and journalists, how he or she looks at us. Somebody speaks with us and then they write, "Oh theyíre stupid girls, they are too small, they are blah, blah, blah," and so on and so forth. Some of them write, "Theyíre clever girls, theyíre so nice and they were smiling all the time, blah, blah, blah." So I think every journalist has their own opinion and he puts it in the media.

For example, youíre looking at us, you have your own opinion, and then how you feel, youíll write in the article - so itís a very special and individual thing, how everyone sees us. Weíre mostly the same. Sometimes, of course, we are tired - because when you are just getting to some country and right from the airplane weíre going to do interviews. Weíre tired. Weíre not robots, weíre people and we want to sleep also. Some people understand that and some donít. And thatís why we donít care about what everyone is writing. They are interested in us and thatís the most important thing, because people want to know all about us, so weíre just happy.

There were several notorious incidents in Japan in 2003 when you offended a lot of your Japanese fans. You cancelled concerts, stormed off a TV showÖ

Y: Donít speak about it. Itís over and itís past. We donít even want to remember that. We have new feelings right now and weíre going to Japan and weíre not so bad like they think about us. We had a reason to do that but, right now, itís totally different. Itís not to with fans, we love Japan very much and we want to be there. And we know we have lots of fans and they love us and they want to see us. So weíll do everything to come back to Japan.

You performed on CDUK a few weeks ago. It was reported that you wanted to re-enact the video for your new single, ĎAll About Usí, which includes the use of a gun. But you were refused this request. Did that irritate you?

L: Yeah! Because you know, we like reality.

Y: We wanted real guns, but they told us no.

L: We donít like lies. When somebody says yes of course and then you come and they fail. We say, ĎYou promised to do it in another way,í and they say, ĎNo, itís like thatí. We always want to be natural and we always want to be ourselves and I think for everyone itís a very important thing because everybodyís special and everybodyís individual. So, if someone doesnít want us to be ourselves, how can we play another personality?

Do you regret taking part in the Eurovision song contest?

L: No, we never regret anything.

Y: We didnít want to go to Eurovision, but our country wanted us to go. I feel great because, if we won, itís not interesting. I think it will be more interesting if we were came last! That would be really great! All this competitions, itís not for us - itís for the artist who wants to start their career and we were already well known.

What would you say is your best character trait?

Y: I think thatís a question for you. What do you think?

I have no idea. I donít know you at all.

L: We donít know!

Y: Weíre great! Come to Moscow with us and you will see.

L: Without any problem, weíll show you everything.

Donít you ever get sick of each other?

L: Sometimes we scream at each other but after five minutes weíre likeÖ.

Y: Lena I love you! [Yulia goes to embrace Lena.]

L: Itís very funny, one time with Yulia we went to some shop and I think it was in America and Iím always translating to her because she doesnít understand well. There was somehow a Russian shop assistant and he started speaking to her and Iím standing near. I started to translate from Russian to Russian. Yulia was looking at me and she was like, "Lena! He speaks Russian by the way!" I was translating her answer from English to English and Russian to Russian! Thatís just crazy!

How far would you go to protect each other?

Y: [Without a moments hesitation] I could kill. If somebody does bad things to her, I can kill. For all my family and my best friends, I can kill.

L: I donít know if I can kill, I donít want to lie. But I know that I will do everything to protect her because sheís like a sister and a best friend for me. Weíve been together for ten years.

Is it hard to see each other in other close relationships?

L: No! Thatís the thing. We know that we are always together. Yulia has her other best friends, I have my other best friends, but weíre still together. Sometimes we can even discuss some topics, which we canít with our other best friends. Itís not about friendship, itís more about family Ė like sisters. Weíre not jealous; we donít envy each other. Weíve been together for so long, that we can speak about whatever. I know that she will understand me and I will understand her in all situations.

Yulia, you once said that you have no principles, that you live your life without them. Do you still believe this?

Y: Yeah, because, when I think about the future, sometimes Iím afraid; sometimes I feel not good inside.

Why are you scared?

Y: I donít know why. But, for a long time now, I donít think about the future. I live now. Tomorrow, maybe Iíll die; maybe somebody will kill me. I donít know. For now, Iím alive.

What do you wish you had more of?

Y: I donít think about it. But Iím sure that itís not material things, I think itís more inside things. More good features of our characters!

Lena, can you imagine doing this when youíre 30?

L: I donít know. Maybe Iíll wake up tomorrow and Iíll think that I just want to get married and have children and stay at home. Right now, Iím ready to work. I want to do shows; I want to sing.

So will you be having a baby anytime soon?

L: I donít know. You canít plan those things.

But Yulia, you wanted to have a baby.

Y: I want more; I want four or five! I want a big family.

L: Iíve wanted a baby since I was 14. I told my mom and she was like, "Youíre crazy!"


Dangerous And Moving is out on October 10

KTB

Source: http://www.cduk.com/music_interviews_template1.php?section=3&subsection=2&id=923&currItem=0

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it is great to see how much they support each other and how they love each other i base this on yulia`s answer when she says she could kill somebody if this person do sth bad to lena ,awesome that shows a true friendship ,
wow i think yulia is really intense about caring people she loves the most so Yeah That

i think it was funny when lena said sth abut translating things to yulia from russian to russian Grin
and how they figth each other and then they are ok again
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L: Itís very funny, one time with Yulia we went to some shop and I think it was in America and Iím always translating to her because she doesnít understand well. There was somehow a Russian shop assistant and he started speaking to her and Iím standing near. I started to translate from Russian to Russian. Yulia was looking at me and she was like, "Lena! He speaks Russian by the way!" I was translating her answer from English to English and Russian to Russian! Thatís just crazy!


Rofl

That was a good laugh!

Good interview by the way. Some things they answered were new to me. Sweet!

Thanks for posting the article! Thumb
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Decent interview, I'm starting to think that the Japan incident is kind of a sore subject for them though but I understand not wanting to dwell on the past.
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L: Yeah! Because you know, we like reality.


Hah, I bet I know how this was phrased! :p

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Thanks for posting, Yves, Thumb - that's unadulterated Lena and Yulia, awesome. :)

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Troika wrote:
Decent interview, I'm starting to think that the Japan incident is kind of a sore subject for them though but I understand not wanting to dwell on the past.

I think that if they are asked in Japan why that happened, they should be honest about it, instead of "we don't want to talk about it"... and they should apologize too. Saying they don't want to talk about it is not gonna win them their old fans back.

Anyway, nice interview. Smile Although, if the girls are really that close as they say they are, we'll never know.
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Did you ever see that MTV footage when Britney, Madonna and ChristinaÖ

L: Were kissing? We heard about that. That was after us.


Muahaha :)

Edit: I would LOVE to see Yulia and Lena in the streets of LA shopping and Lena having to translate. How friggen adorable that would be. Julia learned alot of english skills while spending time in LA. She is gonna live there, she will speak as well as Lena.
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Wow, thank you! That was a pretty good interview.

I have been waiting for a long time for someone to ask them about the Britney/Madonna/Christina thing.

I love the way Yulia feels about Lena and the rest of her friends and family. I think she has a good heart and soul if she would die for them. I love people like that.

Thank you again! Thumb
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Y: [Without a moments hesitation] I could kill. If somebody does bad things to her, I can kill. For all my family and my best friends, I can kill.

N Devil W thats what im talking about !
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i dont even want to imagine a Pissed off Yulia Surprised/Shocked

But GREAT! interview Grin ! thx a ton Thumb
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Y: [Without a moments hesitation] I could kill. If somebody does bad things to her, I can kill. For all my family and my best friends, I can kill.


Grin THAT'S MY GIRL!!! Grin
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Thanks for posting, Yves.
Alex22 wrote:
I think that if they are asked in Japan why that happened, they should be honest about it, instead of "we don't want to talk about it"... and they should apologize too. Saying they don't want to talk about it is not gonna win them their old fans back.

Itís pretty obvious they think they were justified to walk out of the show. Something must have happened at that show and they think the most diplomatic way to deal with it, is to say itís over and they donít want to talk about it.
I trust their judgement on that.
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Thanks for posting, Yves.
Alex22 wrote:
I think that if they are asked in Japan why that happened, they should be honest about it, instead of "we don't want to talk about it"... and they should apologize too. Saying they don't want to talk about it is not gonna win them their old fans back.

Itís pretty obvious they think they were justified to walk out of the show. Something must have happened at that show and they think the most diplomatic way to deal with it, is to say itís over and they donít want to talk about it.
I trust their judgement on that.


I agree they probably were justified in walking but I agree with what I think Alex22 is trying to say, I don't think it would go down well in Japan if they just brush it off or get defensive if they are asked about the incident (and lets face it they probably will be asked about it) and it would probably be in their best interests if they gave an answer.

The way the media works not answering could very easily be turned against them but of course it's up to the Girls in the end Grin .

Imo odd's on things should go okay, I mean they couldn't go any worse then last time Wink
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Ahhh...Cool interview...

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Y: [Without a moments hesitation] I could kill. If somebody does bad things to her, I can kill. For all my family and my best friends, I can kill.

N Devil W thats what im talking about !
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i dont even want to imagine a Pissed off Yulia Surprised/Shocked

But GREAT! interview Grin ! thx a ton Thumb


Lol UK fans have seen a pissed off Yulia lol Grin Devil
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