Kazaky

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Kazaky
Origin Kiev, Ukraine
Genres Synthpop, Electronic, Dance, House
Years active 2010 (2010) - Present
Labels Kazaky
Associated acts Madonna
Website kazaky.com
Members Oleg Zhezhel
Kyryll Fedorenko
Artur Gaspar
Stas Pavlov
Past members Francesco Borgato

Kazaky is a Ukrainian all-male synthpop dance group, made up of Kyryll Fedorenko, Artur Gaspar, Stas Pavlov and Oleg Zhezhel. Assembled in Kiev in 2010 by Zhezhel, a skilled choreographer, the group has released two albums and several singles.

History[edit]

2010–11: Formation and Single releases[edit]

The band is originally made up of Kyryll Fedorenko, Artur Gaspar, Stas Pavlov and Oleg Zhezhel. The group's first single, "In the Middle", was released at the end of 2010, earning them the "Breakthrough of the Year" award at the 2010 Myway Dance Awards. The video features the four group members dancing in boy clothes at first, and then transitioning into a more androgynous look with their signature stiletto heels. It quickly went viral on YouTube. It was then followed by the video for their second single, "Love," shot in black & white, which furthered their online popularity. In June 2011, the group performed at the Dsquared Men Spring/Summer 2012 runway show. On 16 July 2011, they made their American debut at Club 57 in New York City, and performed their third single "I'm Just a Dancer" for the first time.[1]

2011–12: Departure of Pavlov and The Hills Chronicles[edit]

In August 2011, original member Pavlov left the group and was replaced by Italian singer Francesco Borgato. With this new line-up, they released two more singles, called "Dance and Change" and "Last night" until they released the group's debut album The Hills Chronicles on October 22, 2012. In 2012, Kazaky are featured as cameo as background dancers in the Madonna music video "Girl Gone Wild".[2]

2012–Present: Return of Pavlov and I Like It[edit]

On February 26, 2013, Borgato announced his departure from the group to pursue a solo career.[3] Former original member Stas Pavlov rejoined the group immediately after Borgato's departure, and he is featured in the group's new track and video, "Crazy Law", released on March 4, 2013. It will serve as the group's first single of their second studio album, titled I Like It, to be released in June 9 2013.

Artistry[edit]

Music[edit]

Kazaky's sound draws on house, synthpop, electronica and dance. Their tracks feature monotone, loopy, manipulated vocals and dance-driven, layered beats with electronic bleeps and prominent bass lines.

Style[edit]

"Kazaky" is Ukrainian for "Cossacks". The Cossacks had a very prominent role in the shaping of Ukraine's national history and culture. However, the band claims that their name has nothing to do with the Cossacks, but that it is a derivative form of the Japanese word Kazaki, which they claim is a popular first name in Japan. The group admits to being very inspired by Japanese culture.[4] All four members are trained dancers, and the group is famous for their elaborate, acrobatic and spectacular choreography routines, which feature perfectly synchronized and complex dancing moves executed on high heels. Artur Gaspar is especially known for his signature leg lift, which he often performs live and in videos. The group confronts gender norms by fusing masculine and feminine attributes together, most notably by regularly wearing stiletto heels in videos and live performances.

Other endeavours[edit]

Fashion[edit]

Because of their daring and unusual fashion sense, the band has been featured on a number of high profile publications, such as Attitude, Billboard, GQ, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, and The New York Times.[5] After Anna Osmekhina created their fashion for the "Love" music video, Kazaky hired her to design their outfits and style their videos. However, the group has also received and worn fashion from Dsquared and Thierry Mugler. Their high-heeled shoes are all 5.5 inches (14 centimetres), and they are designed to allow them to dance comfortably for their stage performances.[6] The group has a penchant for elaborate, decadent and very structural costumes, or alternatively very skimpy outfits meant to enhance the physicality of their performances.

Members[edit]

Member 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Oleg Zhezhel
(2010–Present)
Kyryll Fedorenko
(2010–Present)
Artur Gaspar
(2010–Present)
Stas Pavlov
(2010–2011; 2013–Present)
Francesco Borgato
(2011–2013)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

The Hills Chronicles (October 22, 2012)
  1. "Symphony No. 404"
  2. "Game Over"
  3. "I Can't Stop"
  4. "Last Night"
  5. "In the Middle"
  6. "Love"
  7. "Barcelona"
  8. "I'm Just a Dancer"
  9. "Stop the Network"
  10. "Dance and Change"
  11. "Time"
  12. "In the Middle (Remix)"
  13. "Love (Remix)"
  14. "I'm Just a Dancer (Remix)"
I Like It (Part 1) (June, 2013)
  1. "Secret Mission"
  2. "Crazy Law"
  3. "Doesn't Matter"
  4. "Touch Me"
  5. "Magic Pie"
  6. "I Like It (Preview)"
  7. "Barcelona (Stage Rockers Remix)"
  8. "In The Middle (Stage Rockers Remix)"
  9. "Crazy Law (DJ V1t & Leo Burn Remix)"
  10. "Crazy Law (DJ V1t & Allen Heinz Remix)"
  11. "Touch Me (DJ Shtopor & DJ V1t Remix)"
  12. "Touch Me (DJ V1t & Allen Heinz Remix)"
  13. "Doesn't Matter (Light)"
I Like It (Part 2) (December, 2013)
  1. "What You Gonna Do"
  2. "The Sun"
  3. "Horizon"
  4. "I Like It (D. Lamar)"
  5. "Calling You My Babe"
  6. "Pulse"
  7. "Make Me Wanna"
  8. "Horizon (Stage Rockers Remix)"
  9. "Magic Pie (Stage Rockers Remix)"
  10. "Secret Mission (Stage Rockers Remix)"
  11. "I Like It (Stage Rockers Remix)"
  12. "Doesn't Matter (Stage Rockers Remix)"
  13. "What You Gonna Do (Catfish Remix)"

Singles[edit]

  • 2010: "In the Middle"
  1. "In the Middle" (Cesar Vilo Remix)
  2. "In the Middle" (Da House Freaks Favor Mix)
  3. "In the Middle" (Diessel Remix)
  4. "In the Middle" (Gerardo Aguilera Remix
  • 2011: "Love"
  1. "Love"
  2. "In the Middle"
  3. "Love (Radio Edit)"
  4. "In the Middle (Radio Edit)"
  5. "In the Middle (Radio Mix, Vol. 2)"
  • 2011: "I'm Just a Dancer"
  • 2012: "Dance and Change"
  1. "Dance and Change"
  2. "Time"
  • 2012: "Last Night"
  • 2013: "Crazy Law"
  • 2013: "Touch Me"

Music Videos[edit]

  • 2010: "In the Middle"
  • 2011: "Love"
  • 2012: "Dance and Change"
  • 2012: "Last Night"
  • 2013: "Crazy Law"
  • 2013: "Touch Me" [7]

Other Videos[edit]

  • 2010: "Diamond Ring" by Gaitana
  • 2011: "Pohvir (Change, You Can, I Know)" (Footage from the music video "I'm Just a Dancer")
  • 2012: "Girl Gone Wild" by Madonna (Cameo)
  • 2012: "Kazaky Horror Picture Show" (Promo video by V Magazine with the song "Love")
  • 2012: "Stadium" (Promo video for the debut albums intro "Symphony no. 404")

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [dead link] [1]. queernewyorkblog.blogspot.com.
  2. ^ Kalbfleisch, Jessia (20 March 2012). "Kazaky in Madonna's New 'Girl Gone Wild' Video". Music (blog of The Vancouver Observer). Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  3. ^ It's All About Kazaky / "Borgato departure"[2]. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  4. ^ Stiletto Stomping Boy Band, Kazaky "Choice of name" [http://dirty-mag.com/
  5. ^ Hawgood, Alex (1 August 2012). "This Boy Band from Ukraine Has Legs, on High Heels". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  6. ^ Santos, Jhon Jairo (undated). "Anna Osmekhina: Styling for Kazaky. metrovelvet.com. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  7. ^ http://kazaky.com/

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