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EKATERINA PETROVSKAYA (WHITE VODEVIL): We love performing in front of the new crowd

White Vodevil is a Russian band known in their home country for the unique combination of dark wave, synthpop, trip hop, industrial, grunge, post-punk, blues and other influences. They are also renowned for their emotional and technically excellent live performances and stylish and provocative image. Gjuro 2 in Zagreb will be the final stop on their European tour, during which they are also visiting Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia. Eccentric singer of the band, Ekaterina Petrovskaya, answered to several questions...

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EKATERINA PETROVSKAYA (WHITE VODEVIL): We love performing in front of the new crowd

When did White Vodevil get together and started making music? Have there been any lineup changes in the meantime? I notice an interesting word game in the name of the band.

 

We got together in 2009. Me and Alexey Birukov (guitarist) founded the band and began writing music. We've changed a lot of musicians untill 2012 to find people who are really keen on what we do and live only for music.

About our name... Vodevil (short for Vaudeville) is a style of theater, also known as variety, which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s. And we’ve added “White” cos’ we wanted it to sound more like a slang name of a drug.

Music of White Vodevil strikes me primarily as an eclectic and fascinating combination of gothic rock and synth-pop with many dark textures. But there are also components of industrial, post-punk etc. What can you say about your musical influences? How did you blend different musical styles and sensibilities into your unusual and attractive mix?


We grew up listening to The Sisters of Mercy, The Cure, Bauhaus, Marilyn Manson, Depeche Mode, PJ Harvey, Placebo, Danzig, Portishead, Johny Cash, The Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop, The Cure, The 69 Eyes, God Is an Astronaut, Rob Dougan, Alice in Chains, Motorhead, Cypress Hill, Skin, Mike Patton etc. So that's where it all came from, we're combining the best from what we love.


Hailing from Russia, more precisely from St. Petersburg, how would you describe today's Russian music scene? Are there any bands even remotely similar to White Vodevil? Are there any differences between club scenes (and mentalities in general) in your hometown and Moscow?


We have underground festivals of all genres, underground-music radio stations, underground-fashion shops, underground magazines. But russians’ve lost 70 years of cultural development during the USSR period, now people try to copy global trends without creating/adding something new (and that’s what underground is about - creating new, right?). So I can’t say that Russian music scene is interesting, it consists of different clichés which became quite a mainstream all over the world.  There's no difference between St. Pete and Moscow actually and there are no bands like White Vodevil, of course ;)


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You are also a visually attractive act. How much effort do you put into that side of your career? I find elements like Ekaterina's eccentric image (and voice, of course) or your video for the song „USSR“ rather interesting and provocative.


We are known for creating  provocative and stylish photoshoots, but WV's image never goes ahead of their music unlike many subcultural bands.


How did people react on your gigs in Germany and Italy? Did you manage to transfer the emotions? Is there, judging by your own experience, a big difference between Russian and „European“ concert attendees?


People in Russia mostly don’t understand our English lyrics, so performing abroad differs a lot. At home we’re well-known for our outstanding image, people come to watch, not to listen. And it’s quite an annoying thing. Still it’s always funny. We love performing in front of the new crowd, because we sound really awesome live and usually catch the attention till’ the end of our second song in a tracklist.

How does the creative process look like in your band? Does Ekaterina strictly write lyrics and does Alexey strictly write music?


Yes, then some parts are changing during the practice sessions, but not much.


It's incredible that the songs ranging from (harder) rocking „Like a Rock Star“ to haunting „Diva Demon“ and beautiful atmosphere of „Emotions're Down“ didn't found their way to wider audience yet. You played a lot of shows in Russia and some other European countries, like Germany and Italy. Some of your songs also deserved some radio airplay in the UK, Brazil, USA and some other countries. What are your future plans for even bigger international breakthrough? When do you hope to finally release an album? What do you expect from your first record deal that would eventually arrive?


We hope to release our first album at the end of 2015. We are just waiting and searching for the proper offer, we want to grow worlwide and so are not ready to agree with something less than Nuclear Blast. Yeah, we are very ambitious!


European tour awaits you. Have you ever visited any of the cities in Hungary and in former Yugoslav republics you are about to perform in? Do you have some special requirements concerning stage design and/or sound?

 

No, we haven't been in these countries before and that's why we're trying to be realistic as it's our first visit and nobody heard us before, we're new to everyone including organizers, so there're no special requirements this time.


What do you expect from your gig in Club Gjuro 2 in Zagreb? It will be the last concert of the tour. Are you familiar with Zero Neuro, the band that will open for you here? Can you give your message to the fans (and possible future fans) in Croatia?


No, we don't know the opening band.

Come to see us “using our fists and mouths” both! We are always both technically perfect and emotionally truthful. Also you have to see me making sexy, badass show and singing like a goddess, of course!

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