A Portrait of Singer Katerina Kischuk by Scarlett Carlos Clarke
The London-based artist presents an unique portfolio of photographs of the Sega Bodega-approved musician, who speaks to Zoe Whitfield about her new sound
“I’ve been listening to indie my entire life, which is bizarre, as a result of I’m not making an attempt to make that form of music,” asserts Katerina Kischuk, who’s photographed right here by the artist Scarlett Carlos Clarke, over a video name on Monday night time. The London-based, Russian-born singer namechecks trade mainstays Bombay Bicycle Membership and Kings of Leon as core examples, later including relative newcomer Beabadoobee to the checklist – “I take heed to her album on a loop, I adore it a lot.” And but it’s true, her new single owes extra to pop, electro and UK storage.
Out of Luck is Kischuk’s first musical output for the reason that launch of 22K in 2019 (her debut solo album, preceded by a stint in Russian woman group Serebro), throughout which era she’s had a child, introduced Sega Bodega on board to supply her, and moved from Northampton to the capital. “I’ve nothing to be petrified of now,” she says, alluding to a very difficult interval that provoked this new period. “With my music, my type, with something I’m doing I’m assured – I’ve nothing to lose.” Right here, she speaks on what formed this new sound, and why she will be able to’t wait to work with director Anna Himma.
AnOther Journal: How did you meet after which come to work with Sega Bodega?
Katerina Kischuk: He messaged me on Instagram. I used to be looking for somebody to work with in England – I’d simply moved right here – and in the future I posted on my Instagram Tales as a result of I used to be so misplaced. I used to be shocked [when he replied]. That is Sega Bodega, I’ve been listening to his music for ages! I used to be shy however I despatched him a observe. It was such an excellent expertise, he’s a tremendous particular person and makes you’re feeling assured and relaxed. He was actually one of many first individuals who supported me in England.
AnOther Journal: And when did you begin collaborating?
Katerina Kischuk: I don’t actually bear in mind, I feel my son was about eight months outdated? We began working collectively earlier than I moved to London, he was coming to my home. At some point Shygirl texted me like, ‘let’s do one thing collectively, get within the studio and create’, and she or he got here with him. She’s wonderful, so chilled, it felt like I’d recognized her for ages. We did some nice stuff, and she or he helped me rather a lot with the lyrics for this primary single.
AnOther Journal: You talked about the lyrics, are you able to converse on what impressed Out of Luck?
Katerina Kischuk: It was a very laborious interval in my life, I do not know easy methods to clarify it. You’re in a scenario the place you simply can not discover the reality. You’re making an attempt to run away so far as you possibly can, however you haven’t any place to go, so that you simply must assume every part’s going to be OK. It’s actually about giving individuals one other likelihood. I’d had nothing to sing about [before], then some loopy scenario began to occur. I used to be identical to, ‘that’s it’.
AnOther Journal: It seems like fairly a departure out of your earlier work. Are you able to inform me about this new course?
Katerina Kischuk: Doing music in Russia, I couldn’t discover individuals who might do what I actually needed, just like the music I’m doing now. This is only one single – my EPs coming – and principally, I’m making an attempt to be a personality, like from a cartoon. I’m talking about unhappiness, happiness, every part. An important factor is to provide individuals not simply music, however an environment to allow them to really feel what you’ve been feeling. Additionally, I really feel now I’ve stuff to say. Earlier than, life was form of boring and I used to be having issues with shallowness.
AnOther Journal: You’re singing in English now, too.
Katerina Kischuk: Yeah, if you sing in English it simply means anybody on this planet can perceive. It’s simpler, to be trustworthy. Plus, I’m probably not good at lyrics once I’m doing one thing in Russian, I don’t know why.
AnOther Journal: By way of the inventive aspect, will there be a video and is that this part of the trade you get pleasure from?
Katerina Kischuk: I’m capturing this week! It’s going to be actually cool, I’m working with my favourite director, Anna Himma. She’s accomplished movies for Sevdaliza and Tommy Money. We’re capturing in London and I’m tremendous excited, the therapy is completely loopy. It’s a whole lot of performing, which is what I need to present with the visuals – I by no means need my movies to be, like, a trend scenario, the place I’m simply on location and dressed effectively – I need to present individuals actual lives, to allow them to form of discover themselves within the video. I need to make tiny films. That is what I need to do with all my music movies.