With POWER OF THE DREAM the Russian singer Marina May (25) proudly presents her debut album. Marina May (real name Marina Miroshnikova) was born in USSR in August 1985, but moved to Germany for some years with her family, her father was a military, mother was a product manager. I immediately told my mother that “I will study music and there is nothing to discuss because I feel music in me and I need to learn how to let her come out ” And she did. She started to attend a music school there together with elementary school. Her life was not easy moving with her parents from town to town because of her father work. But it didn’t disturb her from indulging completely in music.In 1995 her family settled down in Moscow, where Marina continued to attend a music school.
May’s influences ranges from Rock ,Pop,Hip-hop to R’n’B and dancefloor. She started to play piano at the age of six years, with 13 she performed live on stage with an orchestra. Just one year later she began to write songs with English lyrics. “I was round about five years old when I heard ‘It Must Have Been Love’ in the radio. It was a shock, in a positive way.”on graduating from music school I noticed that my skills and knowledge in modern music weren’t yet good enough to write a good song in a foreign language , so I worked harder at myself playing piano, singing,listening and studying great tracks of great artists.I also took a great interest in dance , especially in R&B and belly dance, it was helping me so much to understand how to express emotions from within.”
At the age of 15, Marina had got a dreadful disease,bacterial meningitis. She was about 8 days unconscious in reanimation ,without any hope of surviving,finally recovered she was more than sure that she was born for doing something good in this world.Marina is not those type to give up.” I think if God brought me back to life, it was for a reason, I understood the meaning of my life , and of course it is music.The doctors told me that my abilities after the desease could be “drugged” , but I was to prove to everybody that desire and determination to act can fight everything,I’m convinced that our destiny goes along with our intentions, not against them.”
In 2003 after leaving high school, Marina entered in Moscow State Linguistic University, where besides English she studied Italian and German as well.” It was really hard times, I needed to work after lessons to raise money for recording my first songs,my parents gave me freedom of choice but they also said that I have to realize my dreams for my own money, and I completely agreed with that.” Marina taught Italian, worked as interpreter in different exhibitions. “My day started at 5:00 a.m.,ended late at night ,but I was feeling good that I could earn my first money to start making my dream step by step come true.”
Three years later,in 2006 I felt that I was ready to start working on my album “ POWER OF THE DREAM”. Which was complicated, because Marina lived in Milan at this time,she moved there to to study in the University and to get expirience of European life.”I always felt close to Europe like to my home place and I knew that to extend my life vision it was necessary to go there and to get absolutely independent life”. Studying, working,going in for diverse dance lessons like flamenko, Latin-American,hip-hop,she visited the “Bevoice” school for learning new techniques in singing and playing the guitar, while her music producer lived in Moscow.Staying in Italy Marina also worked some months in animation team gaining practical experience on the stage.”That was a job 24 hours in a day, nobody asked you if you were tired or sick or exhausted, you had to go out every day on the stage smiling to entertain the people.It was really tough, but I’m glad to have had that time in my life, it made me stronger and more firm.”
“We had to take a lot of breaks in album recording,I had to fly to Moscow from Milan eveytime time I had written a new song.But I wanted to work with producer Nikolay Gavziluk, who taught me so much about music business and helped me a lot to arrange the songs.Staying with him in the studio, I was learning what music production from technical side is.I wanted interesting arrangements and innovative ideas,that’s why album recording lasted almost 4 years.” Marina, who speaks Italian, English, Spanish and German beside her first language Russian, says: I was influenced by musicians from the USA and Europe. I love Bon Jovi, Savage Garden, Roxette, Michael Jackson,Boyz II men,Bobby Brown,Anastacia,Take that, Oasis and Coldplay, to name but a few. Therefore it was logical for me to record in Europe.and I always believed that my music is worth being heard there.”And so, happy-go-lucky,on the August of 2010 Marina May signed to EMG,a German indipendent record label,the first single from the album “Get rid of” was released on 25th of March 2011,with the corresponding videoclip, that she directed by herself with help of her music producer Nikolay Gavriliuk. The debut album “power of the dream” was released on 1st of Aril 2011.”Every song from the album is individual, you find many styles there – pop, rock, alternative,dance, R&B , it was a risk to do a multi music directions album, but it was worth to,I’m many-sided person, I don’t see any sense to limit myself with the only one.”And Marina does not, she has already started to work on her second album which she promised would be much more surprising as the first one.
May about her music: “Beside some electronically experiments I use a lot of soft rock parts. In my opinion most of the actual artists sound too similar. In the beginning of the nineties there were a lot of more interesting newcomers,almost every song was a masterpiece.” Marina May is here to change this. Even if it will be a long way to the top. “I see myself as an artist. I prefer to play for 100 real fans instead of thousands who just consuming my music. I want to leave my marks.” A big goal. But it is only the most courageous who follow their own path in life. “I listen to a lot of different music. It ranges from classic to pop and rock. I study the arrangements of these artists. And I still practise the guitar to get better,music production in different styles to make worthy arrangements,develop my vocal skills, I have so much respect for performers who bring people closer together just with an instrument a lively voice”