Elizaveta
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what do you do when going through some tough, hard times?


Elizaveta responded on 01/10/2013
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Well, first of all, let's say that I didn't choose a career path that is an easy one. It's a lot of ups and downs and a real challenge for someone like me, who is easily affected by what happens. I have learned that no matter what happens, if you keep up your physical health and fitness, you feel better. I try to keep exercising, swimming or running, basically doing anything once a day that will get me out of breath. I once read that salt water is the cure for everything, so sweat, tears or seawater are the panacea. I think it's true. For example, yesterday I woke up very badly, after some nightmares that brought up unresolved issues and fears. I was crying and it wasn't even 7 AM yet. I fell back asleep & after I finally got up, I biked hard to the ocean and jumped into the freezing water. I think the surfers thought I was crazy. But I felt better, like my internal PH had been reset.
Also, I use flower essences. They are amazing at helping me deal with emotions. More on that later!

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You speak multiple languages, but why do you choose English as your main language for song? I understand that you would reach a broader audience with English, but is there anything personal about it?


Elizaveta responded on 01/10/2013
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I am bilingual in Russian and English. Actually at the moment I am putting together not just my next release in English, but a Russian one, as well. I am also going to release a version of Meant & Snow in Venice in Spanish - there is a version of Dreamer in Japanese now, and believe it or not, an Odi et Amo in Chinese. I will post those as soon as they are ready. English is not as personal as Russian, but it's very universal, fist of all, and secondly, it's a good language for pop songs - you can say a lot using very few words, and so it's great for a catchy melody or hook-writing. My songs in Russian tend to be quite a bit more 'talky' because it's just how the language tends to pre-dispose the writing. I also have some things coming up in French and Italian. I love languages and singing in different ones because they all bring out something different in my singing, especially Russian - I have been told that the timbre of my voice changes quite a lot.

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Are you planning on visiting Scotland soon? I'd like bring friends and family to see you. (Still loving my CD's)


Elizaveta responded on 01/06/2013
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Yes, this spring I am planning on coming back to the UK and Scotland is definitely on the list. Please keep in touch to know firsthand. I miss it! I want to come and also spend some time exploring. My bestie/graphic artist Missy and I were both in love with Scotland - and - I'll tell you a secret - the accents, too:)

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I love your voice and your range. How old were you when you realized you had musical talent? How did you improve your voice?
-A young fan


Elizaveta responded on 01/06/2013
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I started singing and writing and making things up when I was 6 or so. My mom was encouraging of it, so I was introduced to a wonderful Russian piano teacher, who has now passed. At the time she was already quite elderly, but she had an amazing spirit and ability to get the fire in your belly going in no time - by the fire I mean inspiration and desire to create. I always sang but it was not until 15-16 or so that I realized I could really sing quite well. It was only in college that I discovered that I could sing opera, too. These days there are lots of options for improving your voice, but there is nothing better than a few lessons with a very good teacher. Also, now you have the option of videotaping your lesson, so you can re-use it time and time again. It's possible to learn from YouTube and the Internet, but you may end up not really knowing what your 'own' voice is like - so it's important to get an opportunity to study with someone who can help.

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Why'd you change your recording name? It used to be Elly K, right?


Elizaveta responded on 01/06/2013
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Yes, I started out by doing recordings and performing as Elly K. However, as time went on, I felt less and less that it represented who I was. Elizaveta is my real first name. I grew up being called Elizaveta & Liza, which is the natural diminutive of Elizaveta in Russian. When I came to the US, I was very self critical, I thought Liza was too serious - and I wanted to start a new life. I had been watching a UK detective series, where a female cop, whose name was Elizabeth, went by Elly, and I liked that name. I felt it was friendlier and more approachable. So I took it. As soon as I was on the plane to Los Angeles to go to college, I started introducing myself as Elly. But as a bit of time passed, I realized that I outgrew it, and when I said: hi, I am Elly K, I do music - it felt wrong somehow. Like I was not really introducing myself properly - it felt awkward. So I decided to go back to my original name Elizaveta - and I am happy I did, because it feels right, even through changes.

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What is your biggest piece of advice for aspiring singers?


Elizaveta responded on 01/04/2013
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Wow, that is a very serious question. First, practice, practice and practice. Learn to get to know your own voice. Record yourself and listen back all the time. You'll notice things that way you won't hear otherwise. Second: find what makes you unique as a singer and person. Learn from the giants and your idols, but don't 'borrow' their voices or styles. You need to have your own and only then people will respond to you the way you hope they might. Secondly, always sing for yourself and from the heart. The moment you are 'performing', you lose the connection to your own self and most of the depth available to you. That said, sing for yourself, but not TO yourself. Be brave to sing out, stand out, be loud, be proud of who you are. Did I say 'practice'? Pay attention to the words and carry phrases like you would if you were reciting poetry, don't let the melody take over the importance of the words themselves.

Practice!!;)

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Two Questions: What is the singing industry like? And, Do you ever get tired of perusing your passion of singing/consider it as work?

-Your listening fan, Beverly


Elizaveta responded on 01/04/2013
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Hi Beverly!

The singing industry is pretty brutal, all in all. Maybe if I had known what it would be like, I would have become a marine biologist, after all:) But I don't believe in regrets, and I feel like I have come a really long way. To answer your question, yes, I often have moments when I get tired or discouraged. However, that normally happens because of external circumstances or events - or - because I have let myself stay away from the actual 'process' of creativity for too long. When it comes to inspiration, writing and singing, I have been in the best place of my life in the recent two years and it only keeps getting better. So the trick, when I feel like I am getting nowhere, is to get back to basics and just enjoy singing and writing. Then it never gets old. There are, of course, moments when you stop realizing your own value, as well - because you have been doing something for so long that now it is second nature to you. And that's where live performance comes in.

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What do you have planned for 2013?


Elizaveta responded on 12/31/2012
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I have a lot of things planned for 2013. In fact, 2013 is going to be a lot more important in some ways than 2012. 2012 was a good start and I learned a lot, while building. Now I have to apply these lessons and build on top of them. I am a little afraid of 2013, actually, but at the same time I feel good about it. I am happy 2012 is over, too;) It was not an easy year and I wish I had been able to better deal with its challenges. But there is new music, my voice is feeling/sounding better than ever, I am healthy, blessed with fans and here is to another stage!..

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I'd love to see you in person. Any plans to come to Chicago? If not, will you make some?


Elizaveta responded on 12/29/2012
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I was in Chicago a year ago - I am definitely overdue. My plan is that this year I will do a much bigger tour. Please sign up on my email fan list - that way I'll keep everyone posted as to what is happening. 2013 will be a busy year! Lots of new music and adventure:)

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You write so beautifully about so many things. What is your favorite thing to write your songs about?


Elizaveta responded on 12/29/2012
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Emotions are probably the trigger for writing songs, but the subject can be pretty much anything. Obviously it's easier to write about love, anger, lust, hope, sadness. Sometimes it's better to find something small that can, in turn, describe your feelings about something big. Like writing about a dying tree, for example, can imply a lot more than just that and also leave enough room for imagination.