The music is undergoing a catharsis at the moment and I am waiting for really good reviews for the market in Bulgaria

The music is undergoing a catharsis at the moment and I am waiting for really good reviews for the market in Bulgaria
The music is undergoing a catharsis at the moment and I am waiting for really good reviews for the market in Bulgaria

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Denitsa Karaslavova – singer, former chorister in “Detska Kitka”, participant in “Voice of Bulgaria” in an interview for the show “Good morning Bulgaria” on Radio “Focus”

We continue on the musical topic. The singer Denitsa Karaslavova is already in our studio. Why does this name sound so familiar to you? From the popular “Voice of Bulgaria” format. Another interesting detail is that Denitsa is also a former chorister in the “Children’s Wrist” choir. Now she will tell us about her music, her life and her projects.

I am very pleased to be in your studio today, I am extremely grateful for the invitation. Thanks!

Tell us how you decided to get into music and was it your thing from a young age?

It will sound a bit common, but really, I have been involved in music since I was very young, it attracts me. I always sang at home in front of my parents, in the mirror with deodorant in hand, etc. and this is what I always wanted to be my profession, my path in life. And so it happened.

It did, for sure. Today is September 15th, I can’t help but ask you.

Yes. By the way, congratulations to all the students who are in now, and it’s their first day of school. I wish them a really good year to have.

Do you remember your first day of school?

I remember, I remember.

And how was it?

It was very disturbing because I moved from another city to another apartment and things happened very quickly, and it was a really big shock for me. But my teacher then, the primary teacher was great, the students were very cool and in general, they set me up to have a good first four years.

In fact, this is not the first time you have moved. You are from Plovdiv and now you live in Sofia.

Yes, absolutely. I’m already used to getting into a rhythm so quickly.

And where did your whole history with music begin?

As a matter of fact, the first person who grabbed me and saw the talent in me was Yana Deliradeva, who, as far as I understand, was in the studio a while ago.

Yes, we had an interview a little while ago – on the phone actually, because she was also in another city.

On the phone, yes. In fact, the Children’s Wrist Choir is where my development with music began. Besides purely vocally, the Children’s Wrist Choir actually helped me to work as a team, because that is very important. And I’ve noticed lately how few people can actually work as a team. Because even when you’re a solo artist, you’re alone on stage, again there are people sitting behind you, and you have to really be able to balance things and be able to work in a team.

Yes, and a team is hard to build.

Absolutely yes.

You went on tours – Yana Deliradeva and I commented on this. Now, can you think of any interesting moments from any of those tours, and what was your favorite?

They are not one or two. Well, my favorite tour was in Vienna. We went to a festival – I forget the name of it now, I’d be lying to you if I said it. And it was in Vienna, we were in the “Golden Hall” and it was an amazing experience. Then we also won first place actually at this festival. It was international and it was extraordinary… it was “Wow” for us really because we’ve been preparing for maybe three or four the month. We worked with Lili Ilieva, who is an outstanding opera singer, with the whole team of “Children’s wrist”. It was really exciting. And for interesting events – they are not one and two, as I said. The most interesting always happen when we travel, t .ie on buses, on trains, on planes, wherever we’ve traveled, when we’re off stage, interesting things always happen.

If you could go back now, would you change anything?

No, I would never change the things I have done because they have made me the person I am now. I like to make mistakes because I learn from mistakes. But naturally, I try to avoid them.

Did it create friendships in people that you still maintain today?

Oh sure, yes. Maybe with two or three, come on, I won’t put a number, because maybe there are more, but we maintain communication with many girls and go out when I go home to Plovdiv, and so on.

And you also worked for the Sofia Opera and Ballet, if I’m not mistaken.


Did you work there on the project “The Poor”?

Yes, Les Miserables.

Tell us a little bit.

This is indeed a heavy musical and extremely unique in its own right. It is even on a global scale one of the most famous musicals. In addition to “Les Miserables”, we have also worked on “Shrek”. They are an extremely nice team at the opera. I met really good people, because in the music world it often happens that you don’t have… everyone wants to trip you up, etc., but there were really valuable people there, very nice. We became an extremely good team. We’re going out, even outside of Les Miserables, and it’s really exciting, exciting. I came in when I was 16, now I’m 20.

Yes, four years already.

Four years, yes, we have been with this team. Wow, that sounds like a lot.

Yes. And there is still, much more to build forward.

Yes, wow, indeed.

Let’s rewind the tape a little in this sense and talk about “Voice of Bulgaria”. How did you decide to sign up and what did this format give you?

I didn’t decide, as a matter of fact, this is the interesting fact – that a friend who was my classmate at the time enrolled me. And in general, I did not expect to advance at all, nor did I even expect to go to the chairs, to the Blind audition. It was… my heart was racing, really racing, and I remember almost nothing. I was so worried I didn’t remember anything, but this…

Brain fog. (laughing)

Yes, but it was really a school for me that showed me how many people you can sing in front of physically, how many people you can sing in front of the small screen. And this is really a school, a school that builds you not only as a person, but also as an artist, because you have to know how to communicate, how to speak, to be diplomatic, tactful at certain times. This is learned in such environments in practice.

And what are similar types of formats in Bulgaria? Are they as hard as your colleagues who have also come out of them say? Explain to our listeners.

The formats in Bulgaria are not so hard physically, rather they are hard purely mentally. Because many people think and dream that if you get on TV, that’s all… you’re famous, it’s very nice, it’s nice. Yes, it’s nice in the first few hours, then certain people enter your personal space, you become more recognisable, you can’t go out to, say, a bar or somewhere where you can be pointed at. This at some point becomes quite unpleasant for you and even the people around you who you have gone out with, etc. The formats are… Let’s not forget that this is a show and a business in one, it’s never just the talent that is looked at, it’s also how you visually stand on stage, how you interpret things according to your prism and so on. All in all, there are a lot of components to being on a show like this, but if you want to get in, I wholeheartedly recommend it, because there’s really no one to teach you this stuff.

I guess they recognize you on the street, stop you for pictures?

Well, it used to be more like that. I don’t even like to say that I have such creativity, now I experienced it on my back, entering the Music Academy. I did not present myself as Denitsa Karaslavova – the singer, I presented myself as a normal person.

Like Danny.

Like Denny, yes, like their colleague. However, many people of interest have studied and seen my work and at one point there was a little distance from me, purely… “Now this one has songs, she has already gone to where I want to be”, because most people this is their dream , which is nothing wrong, of course. But I don’t see myself as anything more, and I often try to avoid such events, for photos, for autographs, in the sense if I’m in front of a lot of people in a public place.

Yes. And how do you spend your time at the Music Academy, what is your schedule?

She’s very loose, actually. We study a lot. I’m fighting for a scholarship, although I’ve never studied music in my life, except at “Children’s wrist”. And I go in there at about 7.00, I have a lecture, I finish by 12.00, from 12.00 I have free time, I drink coffee, then i have another lecture and i sit till 9.00 pm i get a room with my colleagues we play sing sing jam it’s really interesting and generally i spend my time doing something i love.

You work and have fun, upgrade yourself.

Right, yes. And what’s better than doing something you love?

Yes, yes. And do you think there is a music market in our country? What do you think, do people appreciate the new Bulgarian music?

By the way, I wish I could say no because I’ve been pretty underrated, but let’s put my ego out of the question. Yes, there is, although more difficult, there is a market. You just have to fight, get to know each other, something that not many people have. Besides, be that as it may, you have to go, get acquainted, as I said, speak nice, diplomatically, but still there is a market. Gradually I see how music is changing, there are things that are already perceived more. Jazz music, for example, was not at all known on the Bulgarian market until recently. Even those Eastern Orthodox songs that we sang in the choir, now many more people enjoy this music and understand it, which is the most valuable thing. And I think that music is undergoing a catharsis right now, so I’m waiting for really good feedback about the music market in Bulgaria and about music in general.

Last year, if I’m not mistaken, you took part in a quite prestigious competition in Russia – “New Wave”. Tell us about it.

“New Wave” was a very cool experience for sure. I went there, I had no idea where I was going. It turned out to be a camp. You go and for 20 days you work with a stage producer who explains how, where, what and generally about your psyche is very crushing.It was unique, I don’t regret going, it taught me a lot and all in all, we move on, as a great sportsman said.

Are you a dreamer?

Absolute. You can’t do without dreams.

I might give you a little trouble with this question – if you could describe your life with a movie title, what would it be?

Oh my God! It won’t be one, I’m such a schizophrenic person… (laughs) Well, going through La La Land, because there’s still got to be a bit of film in the whole thing and some illusion to put in, we’re moving on to The Matrix , because I’m constantly in and out of one and into the other. Well, there are many movies, really, there are many.

And as a finale, what do you say to all the little kids, and maybe older ones, who admire you and want to sign up to participate in some contest, format or just play music?

To enroll in a competition or format I am always with two hands, because they will learn how to go along the way. And for people who want to do music, advice: do it, because it really is something that feeds the soul. There is a time when we feed something else, and families, etc. As long as I can, I told myself that I want to feed my soul and continue to do music as I understand it.

Thank you very much, Denny, for this participation with us. We appreciate him immensely and are very glad he was here.

Thank you too.

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