Russian rock goddess Moscow is on a mission to take over the world of rock. With musical influences ranging from Motley Crue to Asking Alexandria, Moscow strongly believes that it’s time to reflect on the legacy of rock icons and integrate a post-hardcore twist to their sound.
From the age of 15, Moscow was a part of the Russian music scene. “In Russia, the market is dominated by cheap pop music. It is next to impossible for a rock/metal band to break out. I hung out with some really dedicated and talented people, they taught me not to give up,” Moscow remembers.
Quickly making a name for herself on the Sunset Strip with her go-getter attitude, she enlisted the help of Shawn McGhee of Las Vegas’s The Hideout Recording Studio and Brian Steele-Medina to produce her first single, “Queen Of Sin.”
Rock Confidential had a chance to catch up with Moscow to talk about new music, her recent showcase at the legendary Whisky A Go Go, and how embracing her sexuality drives her primal rock star attitude.
Thank you for taking time out for this Moscow! How are things going?
It’s a pleasure. I like to keep it busy on a daily basis, otherwise my demons come out and you don’t want to see that.
Please tell me about your recent showcase at the Whisky A Go Go.
It went great. I had a pleasure of having my first showcase at the infamous Whisky A Go Go, to perform on the same stage my favorite bands once did, everyone from Motley Crue to Eminem to Linkin Park, is an honor. I loved every minute of it, and damn – give me the stage! I already miss it.
A lot of people have the dream to be a performer or a rock star, but never see it realized. What did you do differently to make it happen?
You can be the greatest musician, the fastest shredder, an outstanding singer, but you can’t teach how to be a rockstar. I truly believe it’s something we’re born with, like charisma. I never try to perform or to impress. I know very clearly who I am, and I’m not afraid to show it. To know yourself is the first step in pursuing this kind of career. Well, any career.
Has it been easy to stay motivated as you’ve grown your music career?
Of course, I wake up everyday with new ideas and goals. Sky’s the limit, they say. I’m lucky to live my dream, to have found a path that makes me happier day after day. People who are ‘satisfied’ with what they have disgust me the most. Motivation and the will to grow, to perfect yourself and evolve, is the most beautiful thing.
What inspires you as an artist? Who were some of your favorite bands/artists growing up?
Life, human minds, emotions. Growing up, my musical taste was very vast – from Eminem to musical theatre to Gorillaz. Motley Crue is one of my favorite bands to this day. Thanks to them I realized I was going to be a rockstar. While every girl wanted to be Pamela Anderson, I wanted to be Tommy Lee.
Women in music – especially hard rock and metal – are sometimes judged before they’re even heard because of their sexiness or how they choose to present themselves visually. How important is sex and sex appeal to your overall vision as an artist?
Oh God, sex is me. That is a very big part of me as a person and of course it’s gonna show in my appearance. Unlike other female rock singers, I have no problem with people associating me with this primal drive. Bring it on. Can I sing as well? Yes. Can I scream and growl? Yes. It’s Sex, Drugs And Rock ‘N Roll, why take sex away from it? As I said earlier, staying true to yourself is an important thing, so if that’s a part of me, I’m not gonna hide it.
Russia, France, and England to New York and Los Angeles – you’ve called them all home. Are you still on a journey or have you found what you’ve looking for in LA?
Los Angeles is the place where my heart beats. From the homeless on the streets of Hollywood to the night lights of Beverly Hills to the food trucks of Santa Monica – I call it my city.
You’ve been trained in musical theater. How does that influence your overall presentation as an artist?
I love musical theatre to this day. Every time I’m in New York, Broadway is a must. Performing was always my thing – whether it’s acting, singing or dancing. I’m grateful I have an education backing me up in all those fields. As a musician, you have to know how to deliver your material, so acting is a part of it as well. Further down the road, I’m planning on writing a musical one day, so who knows, maybe you’ll see me on Broadway billboards.
How long did it take to capture the sound you wanted while in the studio?
We’ve written and recorded three songs in a ridiculously short time – it took us less than a week. I work fast, and I love when people are on the same speed as me. Shawn and Brian killed it in the studio, and I can’t wait to get back there writing more material.
Would you consider the “Queen Of Sin” video the perfect visual representation of Moscow? How involved were you in the production of the clip?
Anything that has my name under it, I love to be fully involved. I work fast, as you know. Shooting a music video was not an exception. I insisted on shooting it at the Whisky A Go Go. It means a lot for me to have my debut clip shot at the iconic place that I was reading about and dreaming of as a kid.
When will we hear more music from you?
We’re working on a new lyric video for another single now. Also, an EP will be dropping soon, so stay tuned!
What are your thoughts on how new music is promoted now?
Unfortunately or not, we live in the age of social media. Myself, I am not a big fan of it. I go to concerts to watch a live show and share energy with the band. Music is magic. I don’t want to stay the whole time staring at my phone, live broadcasting or anything else. With the advent of social media and internet, the music business changed colossally. But hey, let’s take advantage of what we have and make it work.
What has been the most exciting part about your career so far?
It’s a hard one. When my first single dropped, when I released my first music video, when I played my first showcase. People around me made a bigger deal out of it than I ever did. I’m gonna be doing it for the rest of my life, so I don’t get as pumped. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love every single minute of it, I just don’t get overly excited about stuff. There is always more to come.
What do you hope people take away from your music?
There’s a woman. A woman who can rock. It’s time to erase the boundaries between hard rock and mainstream music, between glamour and underground, between sex and talent.