Madonna in front of a cross in her Confession On The Dance Floor tour and I in front of a cross at The Paradise
Have you ever heard Madonna’s hit ‘Like a virgin’ in Russian? Of course, NO! Because I am the first one who has done it! 🙂
I saved almost the whole meaning of the English original, as I hate when singers do covers in their first languages by writing absolutely different lyrics.
My brother redesigned a bit the backing track to make it sound more up-to-date, and then I decided to increase the speed of the backing track to make my vocal sound brighter and the song faster.
Now you have a chance to hear what ‘Like a virgin’ sounds in Russian like by Flaviyake.
Recorded by Johannes Heel.
When I was a teenager, I had some mysterious dreams about Madonna. In those dreams we were in Great Britain, where she would always take my hans and show me the right path saying: ‘Go ahead!’ I interpreted those dreams as signs of my destiny, and that’s why I am in London now. So, with this cover, I want to show my respect to Madonna.
Some people think that I am just another one foreign student in the UK, but when I tell them why I came to London, it makes them really amazed and surprised. I am not just another one student and not just another one singer. I had a very long mysterious journey following my dream, struggling and crying.
It was a sunny sumer day when I was playing with my toys and suddenly I heard a voice of intuition that told me that my mission is to become a famous artist, and I was just a little girl, as young as 4 years old… Then, 3 years later, that voice of intuition told me that I would live in London in the future. I asked my mother to allow me studying at a bilingual school to learn English very deep, but my mother didn’t believe in me at all. So I studied at a music lyceum instead in my first language. Who does believe 7 years old children??? But I have always had a voice of intuition.
I performed my original songs at clubs when I was 16. Soon after the smallest club I appeared on the stage of the biggest club in the city of my origin, but I had two mysterious dreams about Madonna who showed me my destiny – to establish my music project in London. In those dreams, she took my hand, showed me right ways and helped to overcome obstacles. I interpreted those dreams as sings of my fortune. That’s why I always say that being a singer is not my desire, it’s my mission. I like to show people something they haven’t seen yet.
When I moved from Chisinau to Moscow, one day I walked in the city centre, and suddenly I got a feeling deep inside me or maybe it was my voice of intuition that told me that I will not stay in Moscow for longer than 5 years. It was a very difficult time for me and I cried almost every night, but every morning I woke up and told myself that my life will be completely changed in 5 years.
I did different kind of jobs before I started to produce elegant dresses for petite women as I am, which were sold at a well-establish fashion show-room and on the internet as well. One of my loyal clients bought 37 garments. Despite those results, I felt that it wasn’t my place and not my life destiny. The key element of my production was to design unusual necklines as a focal point of a dress. Due to that experience, I realised the importance of neckline design and that was a turning point in my life. I decided to research this topic deeply and moved to the UK. After getting an MSc in Fashion and Textiles Management, I wrote a book about fashion collars using materials from my dissertation on collars and necklines as a brand identity, which hopefully will be published in the nearest future. In the meantime, you can visit my blog FASHION COLLARS.
Finally I reached my dream to sing in London, and my fashion knowledge helped me to create my unique artist name Flaviyake and my recognisable style. That’s why my music project is so much connected to fashion. I like to appear in accessories designed by myself in my videos and on stage.
Video of me singing Madonna’s ‘Like a virgin’ at a Halloween Open Mic at Lock 17, Camden, London.
Me singing Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ for the first time, in the Anime style, at a Halloween Party last night.
And my original song ‘Anime Girl’, for the first time live as well.
It has been 2 years since I moved to the UK. It was not a desire, it is just my mission. When I was 7 years old, I told my mother that I needed to study all subjects in English, because I will live in London in the future, but no one believed me. So I attended a music school instead.
I spent 7 months learning 30-150 English words a day in order to pass TOEFL two years ago. I dreamed Madonna when I was a teenage, and she always took my hand in those dreams and said ‘Go ahead!’. In those dreams we were always in London. So I knew that it was my mission given by the Universe to establish my music project in London and to publish my books here. I can’t say I like it or not, I just know that it’s my mission.
Video of me singing LONDONIGHT at Lock17, London (3.09.12)
When I was a child, one night I had a dream about Madonna. We crossed British islands and the ocean three times. First time water split in two parts like in the Bible and we reached the second island. Second time we walked on the surface of the sea. Third time we walked on the air above the water. Each time I asked Madonna what should I do, she took my hand and said “Go ahead!”. I interpreted that dream as a sign to go to London and to develop my music career.
People may think that I am crazy if I believe in a dream from childhood, but all that I have today in my life and where I am now is a result of following that dream. I still believe that Madonna showed me my life destiny. Few years later I dreamed that I left a club in London and I could not find the way to leave that place. Then Madonna appeared near me, she took my hand I showed me the right way. That dream made me even more confident about my life mission.
I want to share with you a song recorded with 4 my voices. I designed a colourful collar with photos of 18 music icons to make a creative video.
Stars appeared on my collar: Moby, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Bjork, Paul McCartney, Britney Spears, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Mariyah Carey, Robbie Williams, Elthon John, Whitney Houston, Gwen Stafani, Pink, Freddy Miercury.