Ivan Nikolayevich Shapovalov (Cyrillic: Иван Николаевич Шаповалов, born 28 May 1966) is a musical producer based in Moscow, Russia. He is best known for being the founder and former executive producer/manager for t.A.T.u. It has been also recently confirmed that he is reuniting with ex-t.A.T.u. member Julia Volkova for her upcoming solo album.
Early life and career
Shapovalov was born in Kotovo, Volgograd Oblast, Russian SFSR. He was born to an artist father, Nikolay Aleksandrovich and physics teacher mother Nadezhda Richardovna. He was inspired by his mother to attend a physics school.
In 1988, Shapovalov graduated from Saratov Medical Institute, for Child psychiatry. In Balakovo, he opened a private practice. From 1992 to 1999 he was a marketing director and advertising director. He created many commercials in Russia. During this time, he met Alexander Voitinskyi. During this time he also created a commercial for the computer company R&K, co-founded by Boris Renski, whom he soon became friends with as well. He has also been part of a winning campaign team for a Russian senator.
In 1999, Shapovalov with Voitinskyi, Sergio Galoyan, Renski and then-lover Elena Kiper, created t.A.T.u., where most of Shapovalov's success would come from. He directed the extremely controversial music video of t.A.T.u's 2000 single "Ya Soshla S Uma" ("All the Things She Said"). During the project, Shapovalov eventually had a falling out with both Voitinskyi and Kiper. Ivan led the girls to stardom as their producer, with a controversial image, and producer of the production company Neformat, which he and Renski formed.
In 2003, Shapovalov formed the project Podnebesnaya to develop his producing skills. He ended up working with many artists, and becoming the producer of 7B and n.A.T.o.. Ivan is also friends with the TEMA girls, and has been cited on being their producer, however, he is not.
However, in 2004, t.A.T.u. decided to break off from Shapovalov (and Neformat) and continue alone. t.A.T.u. was soon re-signed to Universal Music, appointing Boris Renski as their head producer.
Late August 2006, Ivan Shapovalov released a song titled "Я не людоед" (Ya Ne Lyudoed; I'm Not a Cannibal), featuring his friend, and Podnebesnaya co-star, Helya.
- n.A.T.o. – a pop singer dressed as a suicide-bomber – causes outrage. The Telegraph. October 2, 2004
- Экс-продюсер «Тату» стал совладельцем Mp3search.ru. Вебпланета. February 13, 2007
- «Тату»-мейкер. Компания № 207.. March 25. 2002 (Russian)