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I could afford to revel in the process of creating something that would be flawless

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M. Antonov:

“We’re talking.” with the artist who released a new album, Tatiana Zykina. “Seventh Album” was released. Tanya, how glad I am!

T. Zykina:

“Hello!” I am also very happy. We have a great reason to communicate.

M. Antonov:

– You once said that you are not interested in releasing singles. Apparently, it’s more interesting to release albums. And since the album is a concept. Does the Seventh Album have a concept?

T. Zykina:

– Yes of course. But now this concept is more technical. Given that the material itself is contained there, there are two songs, one of which is 2001, that is, she is more than 20 years old. It’s called “While you’re dreaming.” And the other song is also old – “A couple of days”, it is the year 2006, she is also more than 15 years old. Everything else is new and relevant. Let’s just say it’s relevant to me. That I live now. What is very lively and painful for me now, in something, on the contrary, joyful. That is, current events in life. In this sense, the concept is not sustained. The songs are old – it’s one person wrote, especially “A couple of days”, it is full of optimism, which I am not filled with now. The rest of the new songs are conceptual because they are contemporary to me.

Really why I like releasing albums. I don’t like to divide and break into singles. Because technically it’s not easier to do, you have to drag a big machine. You just drag all these eight songs, you need to have time. But there is a big movement in this.

M. Antonov:

– Eight songs in the album. And something is left over, that in terms of conceptual content… Since I have my own perception of Tatiana Zykina’s work, I can say that this is an album about love, about the difficult, about the fact that the person whom Tatiana’s heroine or Tatiana herself loves, he is far away, he is not near. But this is an album about love. Are there any songs left that aren’t on the album?

T. Zykina:

– Stayed. They are mostly those who did not enter, were not added. And I decided that we’d better finish what we have. Because it can only be stopped, it can never be finished. It is impossible to finish the album. It’s like a repair that lasts, and you always think: here’s more, but let’s come here again, or maybe we’ll write it down? This is a process.

M. Antonov:

– This is despite the fact that you do not experiment with sound, with modern sounds. Everything is classic. You are not hunting for a fashionable sound.

T. Zykina:

– When we recorded the album, it was already sent for publication, it waited for moderation for three weeks, we listened to it from time to time. I suddenly realized that there were no African-American beats on this album. There is no hip-hop, trip-hop, there is nothing that would relate to this culture, which is now absolutely dominant in music. It doesn’t matter what language people sing in, everything sits on hip-hop beats, rap everywhere or so. I love it too. It’s strange that it bypassed me on this record at all.

M. Antonov:

– The record itself is called “Seventh Album”. I counted five full-fledged, full-fledged studio albums.

T. Zykina:

– Perhaps you did not consider the 2002 album “Underwear”, which was released in Ekaterinburg. He is the first, but he stayed with me for a long time, I was ashamed of him. I slept badly there. I sang much worse then than I do now. It all seemed to me that everything was clumsy. And then I thought, many years later, probably two years ago, I published it, and we recorded it in 2002, I thought: what the hell? Why should I be ashamed of him? This has happened in my life. Who needs it, everyone has heard it for a long time, because it has been hanging out on the Internet for a long time. I officially filled it in on my profile. He was included in the official discography. Plus I consider “Piano Spring”, a concert album. There are songs that are not included in any releases.

M. Antonov:

“Why was she silent for seven years?”

T. Zykina:

– I do not know. Nothing pressed on me. I do not allow myself the thought that I should, and suddenly the people are waiting, it is necessary to write. Such things do not hang over me. I could afford to endure as much as I needed and revel in the process of creating something that would be perfect for me at the moment.

M. Antonov:

– You are right that the people are waiting. I hope you will see this in March, when you will present the record. And then Tanya will celebrate another birthday in April. We rotated the song “Ghost”. Is this a new song? Or written long ago and completed?

T. Zykina:

– This song was written in February last year. She is new to me. This year we did it. I wrote it, wore it, thought about it, came up with an arrangement, then rehearsed it all, came up with how to play live instruments. Then it’s all recorded. For a song, a year from the moment of writing to the release of the album is quite a healthy time. If you haven’t smoked it at concerts yet. This is what I usually do. This is what happened with the song “Trace”, “Uninvolved”, “Gift”. When I write a song, it immediately seems to me that: why keep it? I want to play it right away so as not to hold it until the release so that people can hear it here and now. And that’s what happened to these songs.

So, “Ghost” – just the song that was absolutely no one heard before the release. We didn’t light it anywhere.

M. Antonov:

– I remember one of the streams on Instagram, where you said that you are ashamed or uncomfortable, embarrassed for early songs. Is this feeling left?

T. Zykina:

– For some songs – yes. Regarding the songs from this album – no. That is why she lives as a full-fledged. When it was released on the album, everyone heard it, under it is the signature and seal. And the fact that once somewhere was played at concerts once, blindfolded, it is not considered.

Yes, of course, there are songs… I’m not ashamed of them, not that I exclude them and push them away as something shameful. Just for me they are at my current stage of creative development…

M. Antonov:

– Adults.

T. Zykina:

– Adults – I will be 41 in April. For me, it’s more like a path to maturity. And it is good that this maturity is not static. I’m just moving on. I’m old enough. The song you’re talking about, “While You’re Dreaming,” it just lingered for other reasons. For me, it is extremely full of difficult emotions. And when I stopped crying while performing it, I thought: now you can play it at a concert. It was hard the first few times, but then the skin thickens over time, you start to pass these places normally.

M. Antonov:

“Can you control that rolling ball?”

T. Zykina:

– Yes.

M. Antonov:

– I heartily congratulate you on the new album. “Seventh Album” let people listen. Come to the March concert. I hope that you will continue to delight with your songs. That this love, which is heard in the “Seventh Album”, will not go anywhere.

T. Zykina:

– Thank you!

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