KinZana: My Story. Press Bio

ENGLISH VERSION PRESS BIO

Hi, I’m KinZana, welcome to my web page! If you want to know more about me, here is my story (PRESS BIO is here).

I was born in Belarus, in a small town named Grodno. At the age of 15, I began taking music classes at school, learned to play piano and started to compose my own songs. Tunes were coming to my head and I wrote songs one after the other, piling them up with little expectation that anything would come of it. At that time I hadn't considered pursuing a career in music, stuck in the expectation that I should learn a “proper” profession and have a secure job. So I studied international economics and began my first job in a finance department. I was still writing songs at home after work, tending a hidden desire to become a singer while working away day after day.

A friend of mine who liked the songs I wrote helped me mix demos of “Kisses In My Head” and “My Limousine" and sent them to radio stations. Despite the humble recording quality, playlist editors liked them and I was suddenly on the air! My dream had come alive and I found myself at a crossroads: pursue a career in music or choose job and financial security? I understood that I could not keep the job if I wanted to succeed as a composer and singer, but the office was eating my energy and inspiration. After days and nights of contemplation my family stepped in, encouraging me to choose the dream. So I quit my job, said good-bye to the office, changed my name to KinZana and turned to face the unknown. And… I was happy! I felt my wings spread. I realised that I was born for music. I was full of life, excited, inspired, and wrote more songs. “Burn Your Mind” and “I Feel You” soon appeared on the radio as well.

Soon one of my early songs was picked up to compete at the national contest for Eurovision. I sang it on a TV show and made it to finals. This was thrilling and, although the song did not win, I gained experience and a strong motivation to do more. At that time, all of my music was in a laptop and I was trying to figure out how to perform live. I wanted to sing on stage, and so decided to continue my career in Kiev, Ukraine. In Kiev, I assembled a band to bring the power of a live ensemble to the electronic tracks I had composed. Now the live performances became real shows. My music evolved, and together with the band we found our original “KinZana” sound! Together, we developed new songs and instrumentals, expanded our live show, and could now deliver a two hour performance.

We have now recorded the first EP, consisting of 5 songs for our new album, and there are more to come. I hope that you liked the music and the videos and you’ll come to see us when we are in your town!

Moreover, I am a songwriter. I make music arrangements as well, write lyrics, compose music in different styles (Pop, Pop-Rock, Electro Pop, Club Pop, Vocal House etc.) My music is in a mainstream of radio format and can be popular among wide audience.   

 

I have a good experience as a songwriter cooperating with various singers from USA, Cyprus, Ukraine, Russia and Germany. 

I would like to propose new real potential hit-songs in English or in Russian I wrote. In my opinion they will open and develop a singer's individuality. You can order slow touching ballads, mid tempo melodic compositions or upbeat, hot, rhythmic songs with very catchy hooks. There are compositions with ready music arrangements.

So my main activities are:

- Sale of licenses for instrumental music to be used as soundtracks in advertisements, trailers, video games, fashion shows, TV shows, movies and other applications for private and commercial purposes. You pay only once for the license with no further royalties to the author

- Creation of instrumental music on demand

- Writing of songs for artists on demand (lyrics and music)

- Creation of contemporary music arrangements for your songs

You can listen to the ready tracks here and choose the ones you'll like http://kinzana.com/my-music or order new ones. If you have a wish to order a ready song or instrumental track or you want me to compose a new one, write me back, I will be glad to cooperate with you as a song-writer or music composer. 

This is my story so far - I have found a simple way to be happy – choosing to do what you love. I guess many people say this, but taking the risk is worth it. I love what I do and I put all of myself into my music; on the stage you see the real me, the real KinZana. I’d be delighted if you connect with me on Facebook or Twitter or sign up to my newsletter. Please, comment on my songs and videos, I’ll greatly appreciate your feedback! Thank you for being here and stay in touch! Yours, KinZana

KinZana - Press Bio

KinZana is a pop, pop/rock artist based in Kiev, Ukraine. Born in Belarus, she started writing music at the age of 15. She writes and arranges the songs herself, performing live with band consisting of drums, guitar, and bass. In 2011 KinZana released her first electro pop single “Kisses In My Head”, which was welcomed exceptionally well by major Belarusian radio stations. Later, two other songs, “Burn Your Mind” and “I Feel You” have enjoyed the same success with frequent airplay.

KinZana’s song called “You’d Better Show” made the finals of the national contest among Belarusian composers to be presented at Eurovision.

In 2012 KinZana moved to Kiev to proceed with her music career. Assembling a band with drums, bass, and electric guitars, her original electronic arrangements have gained a new depth and energy.

“Live instruments gave so much power to my songs! I felt the pulse of my music. It sounds like good pop/rock, a bit sexy and a bit aggressive, like real me!” - KinZana.

The band worked on the program that had 18 songs. In late 2013 KinZana recorded first 5 tracks for her EP called “Under Control”. These feature the insistent dance beat of “Falling” as well as the ballad “Stay”. The latest recordings were produced by Andrei Lobatch and Joe Dochtermann. In-between live shows KinZana and her band continue to record other songs for the upcoming full-length album.

In addition to her own program, KinZana writes instrumentals, soundtracks, songs for other singers (lyrics and music), she makes music arrangements. 

You can order slow touching ballads, mid tempo melodic compositions or upbeat, hot, rhythmic songs with very catchy hooks. There can be compositions with ready music arrangements for your singers.

“I love writing music. When I work on soundtracks, I combine orchestral instruments with synths, live drums and bass guitar. This mixture sounds modern and original, I think. Some classical instruments, like flute, suit so well with contemporary synths” – KinZana.

KinZana is an unsigned independent artist, devoted to her fans.

РУССКАЯ ВЕРСИЯ PRESS BIO

KinZana -  псевдоним Ирины Елисеевой - композитора, аранжировщика, певицы, автора более 70 инструментальных композиций и песен на русском и английском языках.

Ее творческая деятельность началась еще в школьные годы, когда она написала свою первую песню. Девушка родом из Республики Беларусь.
 
Свою профессиональную музыкальную деятельность KinZana начала в 2010 году, когда выпустила свой первый сингл «Kisses In My Head» (стиль electro pop), который был очень хорошо принят белорусскими радиостанциями. Позже, две другие песни «Burn Your Mind» и «I Feel You» пользовались таким же успехом среди радиослушателей и очень часто появлялись в радио эфирах.
 
Одна из песен певицы «You’d better show» прошла в финал шоу «Музыкальный суд», в ходе которого проходил отбор участников на международный конкурс «Евровидение» от Республики Беларусь.
 
В 2011 году KinZana переехала в Киев, чтобы продолжать свою музыкальную карьеру. Там она собрала команду, в состав которой вошли барабанщик, басист и гитарист.
 
Ребята подготовили программу, состоящую из 18 песен. Затем KinZana выпустила клип на песню «Kisses In My Head», записала дебютный альбом «Under Control», в состав которого вошли 5 песен, которые начали ротироваться в Беларуси, Украине и России. Альбом был спродюсирован  Андреем Лобачем (Киев) и Joe Dochtermann (Берлин).
 
Кроме участия в собственном проекте KinZana занимается написанием инструментальных композиций и саундтреков, пишет песни для артистов на русском и английском языках.
 
В 2013 году девушка завершила свою сольную карьеру и вернулась на родину, чтобы продолжить творческую деятельность в качестве композитора.
 
В этом же году KinZana подписала контракт с немецкой компанией, которая занялась продвижением и продажей лицензий на использование ее музыки. Композиции востребованы за рубежом в сфере рекламы, кино и теле индустрии.  
 
«Я люблю писать музыку. Когда я работаю над саундтреками, мне нравится использовать оркестровые инструменты, бас и гитару, а также модные электронные звуки. Я думаю, что такое сочетание звучит современно и оригинально. К примеру, флейта весьма гармонично сочетается с электронными пэдами» - говорит KinZana.
 
Основные направления деятельности:
 
- Продажа лицензий на использование готовых инструментальных композиций в кинофильмах, кинотрейлерах, рекламных роликах, телепередачах, компьютерных и видео играх, фэшн показах, для частного и коммерческого использования. 
- Написание инструментальных музыкальных композиций под заказ
- Написание песен для артистов на русском и английском языках (слова и музыка)
- Написание современных аранжировок
 
«Если вы устали от однообразных, скучных мелодий и ищите интересную, современную, оригинальную музыку, добро пожаловать на мой сайт! Мне всегда есть чем вас порадовать. Буду рада сотрудничать!» - с уважением, KinZana. 

KinZana will perform live in Kiev on 22 of January at Art Club 44. It shall be a solo concert, she will present full programme consisting of 15 songs and 3 instrumentals. 

"I am very excited! It's been a while since we performed on stage; there was a lot of studio work over our debute EP. I love live shows, it's so great to be connected to your fans! I am looking forward to seeing all of you!" - KinZana

Just before the Christmas KinZana decided to release a video of her emotional ballad “Stay”. The video was shot at Caribbean Club and displays a stage performance of the singer and her band. “Stay” is one of the 5 songs that were included in debute EP “Under Control”.

“Stay” is the slowest song that I have ever written. Initially it meant to be a soundtrack; I never thought it could fit my style of music. My aunt loved the song so much that I decided to try it with the band. When we added guitar and made the last chorus rock loud, we realised that it was a great track fitting very well with other songs! It brought variety to our dynamic programme. We recorded violin and lap steel - they sounded so good in the final mix! I am sure that “Stay” will find its listener” - KinZana

You can watch KinZana's video "Stay" online here.

KinZana released official video for the song “Kisses In My Head” in support for her debut EP “Under Control”. Video was directed by Olga Gor and was shot in Kiev, Ukraine.

The video tells a story of a young lady (KinZana) who is getting dressed for a date. She changes clothes trying to find an image that would look most enticing for a man. She finds it - all in black. Just about to go out and… we realise that she… “collects” men. Cute lady is preparing to get another “victim”. “Kisses in my head” acquires a totally different meaning in the end of the video.

“It was a heavy snowfall in Kiev when we shot “Kisses”. It was very cold and windy; the city was stuck in traffic jams. We had to walk a lot in thick snow and ice not to be late. But still, we had great time and fantastic experience. We wanted to create something simple but original, so we came up with this girl-maniac idea. I hope that my fans would like it. I am very grateful to the team ” - KinZana.

KinZana's official video "Kisses In My Head" can be watched online here

KinZana released her debute EP called “Under Control”. The record includes 5 songs:
1. Kisses In My Head
2. Stay
3. I’m Falling
4. Burn Your Mind
5. Under Control

All tracks were produced by Andrei Lobatch and Joe Dochtermann, mixed by Joe Dochterman and mastered by Oliver Dähmcke.

“ I am so excited! We had fantastic time working on a record - a lot of work and a lot of fun. We obtained our authentic sound, I think. It’s powerful pop, pop/rock - a bit aggressive, a bit sexy, a bit gentle and emotional. It’s like me. I think that our songs have positive energy that we want to transmit to the audience. Still, the tracks sound mainstream, so, I hope, we’ll get good radio play” - KinZana.

KinZana’s debute EP “Under Control” is available on her SoundCloud page here