Born and raised in Russia, in the city of Rostov-on-Don, Thexele (aka Elena Selezneva) has always dreamed of a life as an entertainer, starting on piano from the age of 3, and composing music on her synthesister from when she turned 16. She has always craved the arts, and beautiful things, and although her family had financial difficulties, meaning they were unable to give her a musical education, she nonetheless took every opportunity given her to write her music.
It’s that time of year when we would ordinarily be gearing up to watch European music’s night of nights, The Eurovision Song Contest. Alex Sparrow competed for his native Russia in the contest in 2011, when it was held in Dusseldorf, finishing in 16th position. There’s no Eurovision this year because of Covid-19, but there’s an Alex Sparrow song – the singer, composer, actor and producer, now based in Los Angeles, has released his most recent single, ‘Let’s Stay Home Tonight’, and although it’s no compensation for the Eurovision, it’s a fun song with an equally upbeat music video.
It’s an interesting name, Biting Elbows. We thought that last year when we introduced the Moscow-based band to our readers: our opinion hasn’t changed. We’re pleased to bring two more songs from the indie band whose music is notable for its dark undertones – ‘Heartache’, and ‘Control’. Naturally, there’s videos as well.
Major Moment is made up of two Russian-born vocalists – Andrey Borzykin and Sasha Razumova, and a US born drummer, Adam Soucy. Together the three have formed a truly modern rock band in Boston. Their latest track, ‘Leave Out All The Rest’ is their homage to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, and has been released to create awareness of mental health and suicide prevention.
Set for release in UK and Irish cinemas on April 19, ‘Red Joan’ is directed by Trevor Nunn and produced by David Parfitt. Starring Dame Judy Dench and Sophie Cookson, who both star as the titular character at different stages in her life, it follows the story of Joan Stanley, who in 2000 was exposed by MI5 as the KGBs longest-serving British spy.
PSYRUS, who began their musical journey in 2016, look to bridge the gap between rock and EDM, taking the sounds of bands such as The Prodigy, and Pendulum, and add to that the music they grew up listening to – The Sex Pistols, GBH, and The Exploited. It worked too, the band have nearly 2 million fans.
Alex Sparrow was born in Russia and raised in Austrian aristocracy. He’s a singer, actor, mult-instrumentalist, dancer, director, and screenwriter. In his home country he’s been on The Bachelor, won Dancing With The Stars, and represented Russia in 2011 at the Eurovision Song Contest. In other words, he’s a star.
Based in South London, singer songwriter Salt was raised in a Russian family and had played piano and attended a ballet academy from the age of 5. When she was 14 she left Russia to explore Europe, and found her way to London, where she studied drama at the University of London, and singing from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.