Celebrating her inner rebel and hailing from Russia with a fierce femininity, Moscow is one badass that will have you cranking up your speakers and feeling like a total boss. Moscow’s first single, “Queen Of Sin”, is a true reflection of her outspoken charm that goes beyond what modern-day listeners expect to hear. I caught up with the Queen to discuss what’s in store for 2017, American culture in comparison to life in Russia, tattoos and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is MOSCOW?
Moscow is a jager-drinking, hell-raising, man-stealing, philosopher with a severe case of ADD and a tendency for self-destruction. Moscow is me. Nice to meet you.
Congrats on the release of your new song and video, “Queen of Sin”. Tell us about the conception behind the song and the video.
Thank you. The main reason I made ‘Queen Of Sin’ my first single is because I believe the world is not in the best place right now. The idea behind this song comes from Nietzsche and Anton LaVey philosophy that you are your own God and your own devil, you are responsible for your own actions, your own morals. People should stop living in constant fear of some higher power that’s going to punish them and should stop judging others for their deeds and beliefs. Listen to your own inner queen of sin.
Let’s talk tattoos. Rumor has it that you just got a new neck piece by Martin Kelly at Body Electric Tattoo in LA. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
Yes, I had this idea of getting a tiger of the side of my neck for a while now, and finally, Martin brought it to life. It came out even better than I expected. Ever since I moved to LA, there’s no other place I go for tattoos but Body Electric, and Martin Kelly is the only one I trust my body with now. He also did the gun and ‘BAD’ tattoos on my hands. With the ‘BAD’ tattoo, I paid a tribute to my hero, Michael Jackson. That soul speaks to me on a whole new level of connection, not just through his music, but by his entire existence, so that one was pretty meaningful to me. I also did it on his birthday – august 29th. The other piece with a history behind it is my finger tattoo of a crown and ‘tsaritsa’ on the phalanx. I got it done in a New York shop called Bang Bang. At that time of my life, I was kind of lost and confused so I did those pieces to always remind me of who I am and who I’ll always be – the Queen that will always be ‘married’ to Rock’n’Roll only.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?
We’re playing a showcase at the Whisky A Go Go on February 6th. After that, I’m planning on hitting the studio again to finish the album. All info is being constantly updated at moscowofficial.com with the latest news. What I can say is keep your eyes open for more, I will not go quietly.
It is obvious through your artistry that you have pep in your step and are one outspoken woman. What have life experiences led you toward shedding the veil and stepping into your true and highest self?
Being 21, I feel like my soul is 6666 years old. I always say that your maturity level is very different from your physical age. One day I’ll write an autobiography with all the crazy things that happened to me. I’m always searching for more – for more information, for more knowledge, for more adventures and sometimes for more troubles. Motos Est Vita. Always move forward – push your boundaries – keep your mind and body constantly occupied.
If one of our readers has never been to Russia, what is one of the first places that you recommend to visit and why?
Moscow, if you know what I mean. 😉 Just kidding. But most certainly Moscow, the city, is the place to visit. It’s one of the capitals of the world, next to London and New York. But if you go, get someone who lives in the city to show you around because you’ll need a guide.
What are the biggest differences that you have experienced with American culture in comparison to culture in Russia?
Anyone who’s been to Russia may have noticed that people don’t smile there, mistaking it for being unfriendly and mean. That’s one of the biggest misconceptions. Russians won’t smile at you if they don’t know you, they won’t pretend like they care when they don’t. BUT if you win the trust of a Russian, they’ll take a bullet for you. Friendship is different, we treat friends like family members, and are very loyal. Also, in the USA and Europe asking ‘how are you’ is more like small talk and a politeness thing, and the expected answer will be ‘I’m fine, thank you’. If you ask a Russian the same question, they’ll tell you how his mother is doing, what their kids ate for breakfast, that their boss is a jackass and how they got diagnosed with pancreatitis. That’s the difference – in Russia when someone asks you that, they genuinely want to know and will try to help you as much as they can.
What do fans of MOSCOW have to look forward to in 2017?
Most likely an album and more shows to come. I move fast and expect everyone around me to be on the same speed level. I don’t know what’s waiting for me down the next corner, but I’m sure as hell not walking there. I’ll be driving the fastest Ducati.
If you could share any words of wisdom for those interested in following their passion as a musician, what would you say?
Find what makes you different and expand it to the limits. Don’t try to impersonate anyone, don’t create idols, don’t listen to haters. Stick to your path, stick to your beliefs. The next Nikki Sixx will not be wearing the 2 stripes, makeup, and hair up to the ceiling. The next Nikki Sixx will be an innovator at what makes THEM different.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Thank you! I want to thank every single person that supports me. It means the world and keeps me going. And also, I want to thank every single hater of mine. You make it more fun to prove you wrong.