Interview with Musician: Dmitry Nechaev

Interview with Musician: Dmitry Nechaev

Dmitry Nechaev is a musician based in Moscow, Russia who started his career working as a professional model since he was 11 years old. It all started by participating in photos sessions for the world’s leading fashion magazines, being featured in TV adverts and mastering the runway. In a short period of time, Dmitry gained the status of an international model in Russia and Europe.

Today it’s such a pleasure for me to introduce this 24-year old musician who conquered a vast audience worldwide with his deep, sensual voice and  nourishing lyrics that touch our soul. He inspires you in so many ways, setting you free to a different, new, fresh world, where we are connected by what moves us: the desire to simply live and to be happy, evoking many more feelings which were sleeping deep inside for a long time, making us feel alive again. It is a sharing of how he feels — simply beautiful. For those who have spent a lifetime in a surreal world, and have lost touch with what matters, he brings the chance to dream again because there is so much illumination in his lyrics in contrast to the things that we often forgotten, and that realization brings tears to our eyes.

So enjoy this exclusive interview and please visit his official web sites:

 

Anonymous – Dmitry Nechaev

RH: Tell us about your transition from an international fashion model to today’s singing & songwriting?

DN: My modeling career started years back when I was 11. I’ve mastered the runway and acquired a great deal of acting knowledge, got publishing deals in fashion magazines and advertisements both in Russia and Europe. It sure has given me some real balls and actual experience of public performance ever since my childhood. But I’ve always had that passion for music. Yet I’ve never dreamed to become a musician, but music turned out to be the only art I find complete self-realization in. And in no time it became the primary language to express everything that I find trapped within me, although I take an interest in many kinds of arts.

RH: Were you around music growing up in Russia? Tell me about the music scene back there at that time?

DN: I’ve always been going along with music. Ever since my childhood I was totally surrounded by it. Bands like Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, Tears for Fears, A-ha along with all the other tunes of 80s really took a great part in my upbringing. Moreover, I think the fact that I was raised listening mostly to foreign music determines my style at the moment. I’m not really sure where is it coming from but I can’t sing in Russian, literally, and even if I try to I do it with a terrible accent.

RH: Then you mentioned in other interviews that you were influenced by Japanese musician Akira Yamaoka. How did you first discover his music since you were only 15 years old at the time. Was it Akira whose music first inspired you?

DN: Akira Yamaoka for me was someone I would really want to become for other people out there. Not only had he inspired me to take steps towards making music, what is most important he was the one to open up my consciousness allowing me to believe that I can actually create stuff on my own. Also he has an incredible talent to express feelings and emotions in his tunes. He managed to invent his own language in music. And that in itself is extremely remarkable.

RH: Your new was released worldwide in September: what was the inspiration and creative process behind it?

DN: That was quite a journey I have to admit. It was the first time ever I dealt with a German record company to actually produce the single. I’ve also got acquainted with European music market as we previously launched the single in Europe. It hit central radio stations such as BBC Radio 1, WDR2, Radio NRW, Antenne1 etc. That was a really significant experience I gained.

RH: How do you want people to feel when they listen to your music? Are there any messages that you are sharing with the public in your lyrics?

DN: Some say that a mission of a true poet is to give a voice to the social background he is surrounded by. I pretty much feel to sort of collect and reveal social concerns and outbreaks within my lyrics. It’s not something I’m aiming to, mostly it is something that comes out by itself. Commonly speaking I never make up rhymes, they usually come as a consequence.

RH: Which is your favorite song on the single as well as the new debut album Ignis Fatuus and why?

DN: Secret Love is definitely the one. In fact this song is the climax, the turning point of the whole album. It is me standing up against society’s cultural aversion, outbreaks of its gross diseases such as racism and xenophobia. It has been composed under a great pressure of thoughts kicking up in my spirit. The whole diversity of ideas exposed in lyrics is verbalized in the sound allowing one to read between the lines and get to the essential point.

Dmitry Nechaev – press release photo

RH: How would you classify your music?

DN: Expressive, psychologically overfilling… a mixture of electronic and live sound bound together with a strong melody and provocative philosophy expanded in lyrics and style, I guess. It is meant to make people think… I do really believe that commercial-based music industry constructs haven’t yet come up with a classification versatile enough to put that in, or have they? With this classification be marketable enough for the mid-class majority of consumers. We bet this is a bit too complicated – they’ll probably answer.

RH: What has been the hardest part in getting your music out there?

DN: The hardest part was gaining belief that I create something that could be understood and appreciated by the masses. I always thought myself to be unique in my own way, to create tunes that are hard to compare to mainstream or whatsoever. It took me quite some time to perceive my art as something I really want to contribute to the music culture of the future.

RH: Do you think that helps media outlets, such My Space, YouTube and Facebook are good ways to get the word out about your music?

DN: Definitely social networking makes sense, to some extent at least. Absolutely perfect for making first steps towards publicity. Besides that’s the perfect means to keep in touch with your fans and followers. But I thought they were essentially meant to raise public interest towards indie culture as to the only industry concept in which real art can exist. As all these major acts seem to become more and more contrived.

RH: How important to you are the visuals that correspond with your music — and do you do anything special to prepare yourself for a performance?

DN: Visual image is actually one of the most significant aspects that goes in tandem with my music. I really strive to deliver a complex idea within my art and give people a chance to perceive its diversity by all means possible. That was the main reason I founded the art project “Equinox” the main purpose of which is to depict the idea emerged in tunes by means of shapes, colours and stuff. Even the way I look mostly reflects the atmosphere trapped within the music.

RH: How often do you create a new song?

DN: Who knows, really. I get various ideas time after time, always try to sketch them down. But for me writing stuff is sort of falling in a trance I find myself involved with, when the whole universe collapses in a malevolent darkness of one’s endeavors, the moment in time in which you’re unaware of your existence and surrounding. You never know how long it may last. The only thing that matters is to capture the idea you carry in sounds and tunes distinct enough for other people to perceive.

RH: Where would you most like to perform? And who would you most like to open for?

DN: On planet Mars, really! My project manager Max and I recently signed for a NASA space campaign to become citizens of Mars. So performing there would be the best thing we could contribute to the cultural desert of the universe. A splendid metaphor for the crucial reality, ain’t it?

RH: If you could choose another genre of music, what would it be? And which genre of music do you most/least listen to?

DN: Due to the music I pick to listen to – Mine mostly… seriously… Someone said that one creates something he lacks in the whole wide world. Well, that’s obviously true for me. As to other artists, I’ve never really dig into music classification to set my preferences in the style or genre. I listen to the tunes that kick up in my spirit, evoke emotions and fit my mood. Even though I do stick to some of my favourite bands I still prefer my music menu completely versatile.

RH: Do you play any instruments?

DN: I play guitar, mostly acoustic, piano and harmonica. Pity the latter doesn’t fit in my music at all. I do really want to learn to play shamisen someday!

Dmitry Nechaev on stage

RH: What was the first concert you ever went to? An how do you felt after?

DN: I’ve been to many when a child, but that was unconsciousness so to speak. But the first gig to get captured in my memory was my favourite Duran Duran’s one. I was 12 at that time, and was completely fascinated and overdriven by the emotions and feelings I experienced. I’ve also had an opportunity to get acquainted with the guys in person and even talk to them a bit.

RH: What do you think of Lady Gaga?

DN: I don’t think of Lady Gaga much more than of an extremely successful commercial project: an unbelievably splendid collaboration of various artists, designers, image-makers, producers, songwriters etc. I happen to believe she might be the apotheosis of what major labels can bring into the cultural disorder of the present. I wish there was a matching personality behind the glossy cover, same bright and unique as the visual.

RH: Who do you think are the three most influential persons in the music industry today and why?

DN: Sony Music, Universal and Capitol. Pardon my sarcasm, but these guys really seem to create the immediate music culture and are believed to know what ordinary consumers’ taste might determine in the nearest future.

RH: What’s the biggest, most important lesson your parents taught you?

DN: To stay true to what I am and to what I believe in. They’ve been and they are my greatest support ever. They are the ones who created my personality. If not for them I might just look into the world through the eyes of an ordinary man resting his future upon the obsolete stereotypes socially acknowledged as ultimate truth.

RH: Do you have any shows coming up?

DN: Indeed I do. We are currently working on a live Unstaged performance held in November in Moscow, Russia. Where we will not only play released material but also will include some previously unheard tracks from the upcoming second studio album. There will also be a couple of local performances on TV and radio to support that show.

RH: Are there any thoughts or anything else you’d like to say?

DN: Most of the thoughts and ideas are trapped within my music and lyrics. Have a listen. Tsss… Can you feel it? That is me whispering in your ear.

This is my gift to you Dmitry HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Interview with Illustrator – Liz Adams

Interview with Illustrator – Liz Adams

Liz Adams is a freelance illustrator based in Los Angeles known for her cheerful, delicate and feminine illustrations. Her drawings have graced the pages of: Teen Magazine, Girl’s Life, American Baby, Vogue Girl Korea, Disney, Today’s Parent, Venus Zine, Adorn Magazine, Curve Magazine, Nails Magazine, ELLE Girl Korea and many more publications. Because of her colorful style and beautiful hand-drawinging full of fun and imagination, she is a regular contributor for the most well known magazines. Also she created her own pattern that is incredibly adorable and she has been working on her new book that is coming soon. Definitely Liz is a busy girl!

So enjoy this exclusive interview with this talented artist and loving person. To learn more about Liz Adams’ illustrations, please visit her website.

Jellyfish Girl

RH: Tell me about your workspace and your creative process? Does it matter where you live as an artist?

LA: I work out of a room in my apartment. I have a table where I can paint and draw and another area with my computer setup. I don’t think it matters where you live as an artist as long as you find ways to get your work out there.

RH: Self-taught or formally educated? (or mixture of both, mentors etc …)

LA: I think of it as a mixture of both. I was a mixed media art major in college and mostly focused on making weird sculptures. I didn’t realize that I wanted to pursue illustration until a couple years after graduating. I worked as a photo retoucher and fine art printer at the time which really helped to train me technically. I was drawing a lot and started painting. I thought my work could possibly be marketable so I did tons of research, put together a portfolio and started promoting.

RH: How do you stay inspired? Can you share some of your ideas?

LA: I can usually get inspired by just tuning out and doodling. If I get bored with something I’m working on or the way I’m working I try to find ways to make it fresh to me either by playing with different tools, materials or techniques or reassessing my original idea.

RH: Once a client has handed off an illustration job to you, how do you first tackle the job? Could you give us a quick overview of your process?

LA: I’ll usually start by making a few quick thumbnail sketches. From those I’ll pick two to three that I’d like to make into larger sketches with more detail that I do with pencil and paper. I scan them in and either add some gray tones or colors if I already have a color scheme in mind. I send them to the client and either it gets approved or I revise the sketch until it’s perfect for the client. At that point I’ll start drawing my final illustration. I’ll put my sketch down on a light table and make a new drawing in pen over it. I may paint or draw various elements like textures or backgrounds. I scan everything in and work on it in Photo shop. I use a wacom tablet to clean up, color and assemble everything.

RH: What are your goals as an artist? How do you see yourself progressing?

LA: I just to want to do work that I’m excited about. I’d really like to work on a children’s book and do projects for animation or games. I love illustrating things for teen girls so I hope to do more of that too.

RH: What are the best and worst parts of being a working artist?

LA: The best parts are doing what I love and seeing my work out there. The worst parts are dealing with some of the business aspects in this economy—slow periods, late paying clients and lower budgets.

Flying mixed media on watercolor paper

RH: What other interests do you have outside of art?

LA: I like to watch TV, play video games, cook things and walk around my neighborhood.

RH: Current and upcoming projects?

LA: I just finished some work for a couple magazines. I’m working on a book dummy that I’m hoping to pitch soon. I’m also learning animation software.

RH: Are there any thoughts or anything else you’d like to say?

LA: My best advice to anyone who wants to do art is to never give up and have a place online where it’s easy to see your work.

Illustration in the March/09 issue of ELLE Girl Korea

PS: All images here are used with permission. Please do not distribute without first contacting the artist.

Viva La Vida

Viva La Vida

I thought to share some beautiful moments that I captured: Life is so much better when we appreciate it every little thing in our surroundings and do more of what makes us happy. Being yourself and not following anyone but your heart, saying yes more often than no, worry less and not be afraid of embracing the unknown without judgments and you will see that life is not as hard as we otherwise make it. Because when you live your dreams you’ll definitely smile more, spray yourself with your favorite perfume, not just on that special occasion, but everyday. Every moment is precious and everyone around you deserves a little sniff of beauty in fragrance even if it’s just on a trip to the grocery store …

The path of life is more smooth when you go with the flow and let it be guided by the silence of your soul. It’s when you stop resisting that inner voice, it will tell you which direction to take. There will be no more hardships or difficulties because you are at peace with your body, mind, heart and soul and your perspective changes. There is plenty of happiness for all of us in this life when we appreciate this moment, for in it, you will see clearly and feel deeply that which is precious. It’s with appreciation that we connect spiritually with all life and our world, loving life to the fullest makes it easier for all of us.

Wishing you all a magical week! ♥ ♥ ♥

– Photos by me

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Celebrating the holidays and Bella Bohemian’s 5th Anniversary as I went back, rummaging through my boxes and found an enormous variety of stones, metals and beads, and other materials which I’ve been collecting since the beginning of Bella Bohemian. I transformed these assortments into one-of-a-kind jewelry. The Bossa Nova collection is a line that mixes simple and elegant pieces, while the bold Bella Bohemian style is a joy to wear in all seasons… “Whether you’re on the beach in Malibu or the Hamptons or on the streets of New York City, there are no boundaries.”

Vive la bohèmien touch!

You’ll discover several great finds for far less than you’d think, with intricate unusual beadwork. These collections are fun, colorful and cheerful, aiming to reflect all the passion in everything that we do. Inspiration is everywhere, each piece is simply the jewelry you must have as it adds the WOW touch of glamour to any occasion. It’s for women who love to take fashion into the everyday life to have more fun.

You will never go unnoticed!

Welcome to Bella Bohemian by Rhônya Holman please check out the official website:  www.bellabohemian.com.

Enjoy Bohemians!
Rhônya

Star Style of the Week — Sophia Loren

Star Style of the Week — Sophia Loren

.. thought to celebrate beauty and elegance today, and share these glamorous pictures of the real icon Sophia Loren, and some of her quotes:

* Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.

* Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.

* I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don’t understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.

* You have to be born a sex symbol. You don’t become one. If you are born with it, you will have it even when you are 100 years old.

* If you haven’t cried, your eyes can’t be beautiful.

* It is very important for an actor or actress to look around at everything and everyone and never forget about real life.

Louise Joséphine Bourgeois 1911-2010

Louise Joséphine Bourgeois 1911-2010

Sadly artist Louise Bourgeois passed away this week at age 98. One of the greatest artists ever such a joyful and inspiring woman, the grande dame of contemporary artists best known for her sculptures and disquieting symbolism. Intense, brilliant, strong and really brave and indeed one of a kind artist that’s why she lasted for so long, will be forever missed by those who admired her artwork.

In an e-mail exchange in early 2008, The Associated Press asked Bourgeois what advice she would give young artists just starting out.

Tell your own story, and you will be interesting,” she responded. “Don’t get the green disease of envy. Don’t be fooled by success and money. Don’t let anything come between you and your work.”

There are no words to describe such a wonderful woman whose artwork are here to remind us that nothing is impossible, no one or nothing can stop our dreams. It’s when we let imagination flow that keeps the spirit alive and soothes our souls…

HARD SERVE: “The Couple” represents just one facet of Louise Bourgeois mercurial artistic vision.

This photo features a 30-foot-high spider, “Maman,” carrying a basket of eggs, flanked by two smaller spiders. (“Maman” means “Mama” in French.)

Celebrate with Me

Celebrate with Me

Celebrating 5 Years of Bella Bohemian™ by Rhônya Holman

The Spring-Summer 2010 collections this year have a special meaning to me as a designer and creative person. It’s a celebration to prove that all our dreams can be possible with determination hard work and especially patience.

It’s when we learned to count and believe in yourself and nobody else no matter how hard and difficult things can be sometimes. In the meantime you realized that you can work and do anything at any age, and that’s exciting. Remember that the only thing blocking your achievement is self-doubt. Trust your gut, follow your instincts about where your true talents lie and reach for it, take risks with wisdom and new paths will open up when you make a real investment in yourself…

After this process you focus and analyze on new projects that are coming your way, communicate with others freely and confidently, and take one step at a time. When you let new inspirations flow intuitively and freely, such a wonderful unique way allows abundant ideas to turn in a total blessing for you. The dream can create our future.
Bella Bohemian is here to share beautiful things and cheers women across the globe. It’s time for a fresh start because every piece has feeling in it. From the elegant romantic set of the Bossa Nova collections to the fabulous extravagant bold long Bella Bohemian necklaces. The collections are colorful and perfect for brightening up the summer, each piece is gracefully hand made and is one-of-a-kind, it’s like wearing something new all the time.

I want to take the time to say a big huge THANK YOU to all of you for your support, especially to the close friends who were with me since the beginning of Bella Bohemian.

I’m deeply honored, grateful and extremely excited in including you all in this special moment and to welcome you all in joining me in this amazing journey, including those clients who placed their first orders at my place or my trunk shows. I am very grateful for the encouraging words that cheered me on to continue with this dream. For me, hard work led to opportunities and luck also followed me during these years –  it was meant to be… It’s such a wonderful feeling that I know will never go away!

Your enthusiasm and generosity is good for my soul as an artist and person. It means so much: THANK YOU again from the bottom of my heart!!!  And for those future clients that will coming, I would love to hear from you all as well.

Love and Peace… What else is there?

Note To Visitors

Note To Visitors

 

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