This week, Carolyn Fox’s Hollywood Spotlight brings you rock and roll from Russia, with two special guests, Ilya Lagutenko, founder and front man for the band Mumiy Troll and award-winning singer-songwriter Marina V.
Mumiy Troll (pronounced Moo-me Troll) is wildly successful in Russia, where it was voted “Best Band of the Millennium.” Ilya Lagutenko, the charismatic driving force behind the band, shares what it was like playing rock behind the Iron Curtain, when the Soviet government forced bands to go underground. A local Communist Party official condemned Mumiy Troll as “one of the most socially dangerous bands in the world,” right alongside Black Sabbath. Recorded in LA, their yet-to-be-released CD, “Vladivostok,” is their first album in English.
Marina V. came into the studio to discuss her life, her music and and her new CD, “My Star.” With a beautiful clear singing voice and unique songwriting style, Marina V. spent the first 15 years of her life in Moscow, listening to the Beatles and Guns N’ Roses. She explains how she came to the US, her process for writing songs and being flown to London to accept a songwriting award from Bob Geldof. Marina also confesses her secret husband.