Addicted to Pop


You’ve probably heard of the duo, Broken Poets – an awesome husband and wife collaboration between Tim McDonald and Lana Antropova – the latter artist having now struck out on her own with a solo project titled, Addicted to Pop. Antropova, who grew up in Moscow, Russia and was classically trained on the piano, is now taking those skills and fusing them with elements of electronic pop to craft a whole new sound through Addicted to Pop.

unnamedToday, we’re happy to share that Lana has a self-titled debut EP out now with this new sound, best described by Antropova herself – she says, “My new sound is completely electronic. I use mostly Logic’s Studio Pro synthesizers: ES1, ES2, EXS24, Sculpture, and then I sit there (sometimes for hours) and tweak sounds and experiment with different plug-ins and effects until I get something that best matches my voice and the idea of the song.” Lana and Addicted to Pop will be kicking into high gear soon, playing these new songs out on the road. Catch a show when she comes to a town near you. For now, there’s still much to get into, so read on for all the answers to the XXQs below.

XXQs: Addicted to Pop

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your new sound, Lana?

Lana Antropova (LA): My new sound is completely electronic. I use mostly Logic’s Studio Pro synthesizers: ES1, ES2, EXS24, Sculpture, and then I sit there (sometimes for hours) and tweak sounds and experiment with different plug-ins and effects until I get something that best matches my voice and the idea of the song.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Addicted to Pop show?

LA: I’m still trying to figure out how to play it all with only two hands :). I’ll be using Logic MainStage for my live show, so I can split the midi controller keys into several parts and assign different sounds to each part; then I’m adding a layer of MiniKorg analog synthesizer on top. I’ll also be playing and an acoustic kick-drum to drive the beat. So, I know I’ll have to readjust the original sound of each song a little, but I am determined to play it all live as much as possible.

PEV: How has playing in Addicted to Pop been different from working in Broken Poets?

LA: The biggest difference is that I cover all the songwriting, singing, and instrumentation myself now, although, I started getting used to that before with Broken Poets. We were initially a four piece: guitar, bass, drums, and me on the keys. Then, when our bass player decided to take a break from performing, I added a second keyboard to my initial set-up to cover the bass lines. Then, later, our drummer had to leave as well, so I remembered we had a vintage Slingerland drum set sitting in our garage, so I used the kick drum from that set and became our “drummer” also. Someone in the audience once said it looked like I was flying a helicopter, I guess from me using the foot pedal for 1380831936_IMG_2463piano along with the kick drum pedal and then switching controls and pressing buttons…It was a compliment, I think :). But I guess all that helped me to prepare for my solo work. In Broken Poets, Tim McDonald does all the songwriting and producing, so Addicted to Pop is my first songwriting and producing project.

PEV: What is the underlining inspiration for your music?

LA: I grew up in Moscow, Russia listening to Russian and European pop and Russian folk. I also started singing very early trying to entertain neighbors and relatives. In my family, everyone loved music and singing. My dad played guitar, and had a beautiful voice, and we loved to sit all together and listen or sing along. All these things still inspire me.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?

LA: For four years I studied to be a choir conductor.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?

LA: Elton John, Madonna, Stargate production team. I’ve always loved Madonna and Elton john, and I really love the work Stargate is doing.

PEV: So, what is next for Addicted to Pop?

LA: Performing these songs live and then starting work on a new EP.

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