As for the geo-political landscape - the truth is I love my country

How have you found the experience of being in the music industry so far?

Alina Artts

Alina Artts

Challenging, but mastering the English language is the most difficult.

And for those who haven't yet heard your music, how best would you describe yourself as an artist?

The style of my music is, uplifting, fun, electro-pop.

With everything that's going on surrounding Russia in the news at the moment, do you think it'll be more difficult to break out in countries other than your homeland?

First, I must say I don't think it's easy for any artist to make it these days. As for the geo-political landscape - the truth is I love my country, but I also know that there's a special power within music that transcends global conflict and unites people.

I'm not saying my music is designed to solve any major issues, but it is about overcoming obstacles and bringing people together.

Is music something you've always had a passion for?

Yes, since I was a little girl...

When did you realise you had a talent to be shared in this business?

When I was five. It was for a big celebration honouring my mother for her work in the medical field, and I sang a song for her at this event. And though it was a simple song, I remember enjoying the feeling of learning, rehearsing and performing, and knowing I wanted to do that when I grew up.

Who would you love to work with on new material going forward?

I would love to collaborate on songs with Calvin Harris. I've already had wonderful experiences with Mohambi, George Acosta, Ralphi Rosario, Chris Cox and Erick Morillo and would love to continue working with DJs and artists that help me expand my scope of music style.

You're releasing your new single this March in the UK, what should new listeners expect from that?

Uplifting, fun, dance anthem. Don't let life get you down - you can overcome anything.

The video for that single is now out, how was the experience of making that?

It was a gruelling 14-hour day of shooting, with more than 35 people involved. It had to be completely dark to get the effect we were trying to get. My favourite part of the video was the use of the parkour dancers. They were absolutely amazing! They were jumping and bouncing all over the place. Sometimes as high as five and six metres.

What else can you tell us about the coming weeks and months?

I will be in Los Angeles working with several choreographers for the next several weeks and meeting with music industry people in support of my new track 'High Enough'.

In late March I have a major performance in Minsk, launching a new Music Network. It's the grand opening of Europa Plus TV in Minsk, Belorussia.

'High Enough' is officially released in the UK on March 16.

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