|Svetlana Zombierella Nagaeva in Porto|
When I started to imagine this interview in my head to pose some questions to my friend and Russian musician Svetlana Zombierella Nagaeva, I was a bit scared because while imagining her answers, I was thinking something like this:
"Is she actually my friend?"
" Will she kill me?"
"Who is Zombierella?"
"Must I become a zombie or a werewolf in order to protect myself from her?"
|With a Svetlana Zombierella Nagaeva collage made by myself with her pics and artworks based on her by Belgium Artist Christophe Swijsen|
|With a Svetlana Zombierella Nagaeva collage made by myself with her pics and artworks based on her by Belgium Artist Christophe Swijsen and Catalan Artist Toni Benages Gallard|
|With a Svetlana Zombierella Nagaeva collage made by myself with her pics, a book named "Faceman" by Swedish Artist Clara Bessijelle Johansson and an artwork based on her by Spanish maestro Jose Luis Agreda|
But Svetlana is an awesome woman, a cool girl that loves Porto also and she is real kind to me, so she answered my questions quickly in a coffeeshop talk in the interview posted below.
|With a Svetlana Zombierella Nagaeva collage made by myself with her pics - 01|
I am thinking on developping some cool ideas with Svetlana with an exhibition of Zombierella as a character with help by International artists with how they "see" this woman and her character.
|Zombierella seen through the eyes of Argentine artist Dario Mekler|
|Zombierella seen through the eyes of Catalan artist Toni Benages Gallard - 01|
|Zombierella seen through the eyes of Spanish artist Jose Luis Agreda|
|Zombierella seen through the eyes of Italian artist Rolando Cicatelli|
|Zombierella seen through the eyes of Belgium artist Christophe Swijsen - 01|
|Zombierella seen through the eyes of Catalan artist Toni Benages Gallard - 02|
|Zombierella seen through the eyes of Belgium artist Christophe Swijsen - 02|
Here is the list of international artists that confirmed me that will draw her, that already drew her or that will be drawing her alphabetically organized by countries and I am sure that more will enter in this fandom along the way, because deep down inside all of us, we are all zombies, werewolves or vampires in this blue planet that we all share as human beings.
Douglas P. Lobo
Toni Benages Gallard
Jon Ander Azaola
José Luis Ágreda
Lars Erik Sjunesson
1. You are Zombierella and you love to be called zombie if people can not remember your name. Are you a woman that loves to be lost in your own world as a musician?
Yes, I’m living inside my own world, as any artist who’s doing music, drawing, writing, making sculptures, movies etc.( any ways of creativity).
As ideas developpers we go down deep inside our universe, then we come back with something interesting, showing it on surface and people actually see that creature you bring them live.
Sensitive feelings are the ones that are hidden, it is a real cool atmosphere when you share them.
Simple people don’t exist...))2. You are a simple woman from Saint Petersburg and you use several elements in your performances that come from gothic culture such as zombies, vampires, movie actors Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney among others. What do you "see" in this genre of fictional culture as Zombierella?
As Zombierella I see all these guys as my friends...)
Everyone was born with some special features, I think I was born with some goth features.
I love horror, which is fun for me in some way.
And I didn’t grew up in Russia as a kid with them in Halloween by the way. This freaky culture just appeared here from time to time inside my head, heart and soul.
3. You were bassist and vocals for Russian band Messer Chups and now you have a new band with a different concept. Can you tell us a bit about it?
I’m having several projects now.
Zombierella’s ‘Tentative Reels’, where I’m doing different collaborations and experimenting with covers ( ‘Suicide Commando’- first video is on YouTube right now); another one, which is ready and coming soon, sci-fi electronic Trivia; I will also release surf music too ( back to my past music career)), but right now my new and main band is The Bleak Engineers.
Together with musician Alexander Moralez (who’s a very good electronic musician) we are doing a melancholic wave music, using live guitars, vintage drum machines and retro synthesizers.
The first release will go out in May on French label Six Tonnes De Chair. It will turn into a collectible 7” vinyl.) I am really happy about this))
Who’s Betty?))4. You look a lot like American actress Bettie Page with your own style but you are a shy girl. How do you "see" yourself as a 21st century woman?
Who said I’m shy?)
First, I’m seeing myself drinking a coffee right now in the morning,
Second, I could see myself different a second it, this doesn’t mean that I go with some flow and start jumping into waterfalls all together( smiling), I lthink that being curious while finding interesting things for your own in 21 century, in the past and in the future is awesome.
Third thing, continuing doing music and art.
FOREVER AND EVER!( laughing like a cartoon villain)
Very beautiful city, very nice people.5. You were in Porto. What do you think of this city? Were you a bit lost in it?
Really like it, just good and pleasant memories about.
Yes, I still have it, It is my favorite bracelet.6. I love how you appear, your presence and atmosphere in a video named Lipstick twang by MC. Do you still have that bracelet with symbols of simple card games?Do you still kick cars for fun while listening to music?
I have bought a similar one in Porto by the way in a little rock’n’roll store close to the club, because the first one became too old.
Not kicking the cars anymore, just listening to music now.
I have explained the process a little bit in my first answer.7. I know that you love Twin Peaks by American director David Lynch (you even made a parody of it in a video with you on it). How can you describe Twin Peaks Tv Series and the universe in it created by Lynch?
David Lynch is a very generous and genius artist/director, because he’s sharing his deep universe with us, but he is also very professional, because he knows how to do that, knows the way and it’s a massive world influence among artists.
Also would like to add, it’s a team work, take as an example Angelo Badalamenti soundtrack in his movies, would it work without them???
Good team helps to have a successful result.
8. You are a cool girl. Can you tell us a bit of your origins in Russia and Saint Petersburg?
As everywhere you can see beautiful/cultural/smart things and something that is opposite.
But it’s my native country and a part of me.
St.Petersburg is very beautiful!Welcome!
I would probably prefer having a map inside my phone.I’m a modern creature...9. Imagine that you are lost somewhere. Would you prefer being a zombie or a vampire? (I ask you this because people eat a lot of trash :) and I dont want to be someones breakfast :))
As I told someone, I am always myself.10. In this new project with your new band, are you a different Svetlana Zombierella Nagaeva or are you simply in another kind of mood as a woman?
Yes, it’s a different kind of music, but it’s also dark influenced and it inspires me.
Question, quiz: Do you become another person if you usually prefer oatmeal for breakfast, but then you skip it for fruits?
Probably that’s another shade of your personality.
The only Popcorn I like, it’s the song that I have created.)11. Do you eat popcorn while gazing at stars in this universe? What do you as Zombierella think about this blue planet where we live in?
Universe is powerful, looking at the stars makes you forget everything at least for a second...
Love nature and walking any time except at night. I’m afraid of dark lightning but I have a good imagination...12. Do you prefer to walk in nature during the day or by night?
All the best zombie wishes!
Stay creepy, my friends!
Many thanks to all international artists that support some of my ideas since I have started working with a paper woman that was Valentina by Italian maestro Guido Crepax in exhibitions all over the world and a book collection based on this italian artist works published by Fantagraphics with help by his family, the publishing company owner Gary Groth and his team as consultant editor in it and also a limited booklet dedicated to Crepax main character Valentina with help by more than hundred artists from several countries also all over the world (that can be read in previous posts in this same blogue) and now I am working with a flesh and bone 21st woman like Zombierella is.
Special thanks to my friend Svetlana Zombierella Nagaeva that is an amazing woman and a really cool musician and an excellent character.
Below I will post three videos with Zombierella (but this blogue readers can check more of her music at Youtube)
Zombierella's '"Tentative Reels" - Suicide Commando
Messer Chups - "They call me zombie"
The Bleak Engineers - "Unconscious"
Messer Chups - "Lipstick twang"
Manuel Espirito Santo