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She is a romanticist. She loves shooting, she drives her car slowly while listening to music. She often travels, as each of her travels turns into an event and a dear memory with its detailed description into a diary and souvenirs bought from the travel and diligently put into order. Her pursuits, however, continue – she has also recently discovered the pleasure of planting indoor plants and fishing. But if you ask her for the thing she does with her utmost love, she will answer you without a moment’s hesitation: “to sing“.

He is mad about scooters and fast motorcycles, and refers to the travels with friends as holidays. He has also traveled round almost whole Europe, as he was in Greenland, Oman and Indonesia. He is filled with great positive energy, and his infectious laughter has become his trademark. Despite being considered as one of the most handsome men in Bulgaria, he adopts this idea with a smile. He mostly counts on his musical skills in percussion instruments and singing.

She and He: Nina Nikolina and Kalin Velyov, two of the most talented young Bulgarian performers into an outspoken story about themselves, the music and their last joint project, namely the song called “Dream of Me”, the video clip of which has been provoked by the films of the Swedish Director Ingmar Bergman.

I am …

Nina Nikolina: A singer, charming and very attractive. I’d also refer to myself as a keen tourist, even excursionist number one. I’ve visited different places around the world and I’d go back to each of them, but my home remains Bulgaria.

Kalin Velyov: An adventurer and a traveler like Nina, as well as a connoisseur of nature in all its forms. Otherwise, I’m lost in thought, highly ambitious and a musician in 95% of my time.

Together we are both …

N.N.: Adherents in one common cause that we started as quite a game with out first song together called “How does Love Happen“.

As a child I was …

N.N.: A very unruly child that was “picked on“ with music. When I was three years old I went for the very first time on stage, and when I was five years old I started studying solfeggio. Today, however, I’m grateful for this to my mother who is an orchestra conductor.
K.V.: A good, bashful and very shy child. I used to spend most of my time in playing games outdoors, and I sometimes used to mislead my parents by telling them that I had been playing an instrument at home.

For the first time I got in touch with music …

N.N.: I don’t even remember when exactly. I’ve grown up behind the curtain.
K.V.: When I was six year old, when I used to present “concerts“ with my mum’s saucepans and frying pans.

My most significant music projects …

K.V.: Each project is a significant one for me starting with my appearances with the popular children’s “Pim-Pam“ vocal group, then my concerts with “Akaga”, “Medicus”, “Ku-Ku Band”, and finally my current music appearances. Everything, absolutely everything has helped me to grow and to develop as an instrumentalist and a musician.
N.N.: I’ve been always very careful in choosing the projects to take part in. And I may say that there is no project I feel ashamed of.

“Dream of Me“…

K.V.: Out third single together. A calm chill-out song, with fewer Latin elements, ballade, thorough and deep. There are flashes used in the video clip from Bergman’s films from the 60s – “Persona“ and “The Silence”. The video clip is black and white, and our image is changed as well, somewhat retro. Every other song of ours has something different.
“How Does Love Happen“ – our first song together, is a combination of Caribbean styles, melodic, soft and super acoustic music. Our second single called “It’s All a Game” was directed towards Brazilian rhythms in combination with electronic elements and a modern electronic DJ style.

We are faced with …

K.V.: An album with 13 songs, three of which will be remixes, nine will be own authors compositions, and one will be a cover of an old Brazilian melody. Each song will have more or less Latin elements. We’re extremely keen on having the things we do clean regarding the style. Our second project after this one will be an ethno-electronic album, a combination of Bulgarian folklore and dance music. Our idea about it came up back in 2002 when I was invited from Holland to present the Bulgarian traditional music in an interesting and modern way. For me, the decision was a combination of the world DJ music and culture and the Bulgarian national rhythms. Everything I’ve done according to the model was performed by Nina and the piper Kosta Genchev. It turned out to be extremely successful. For a period of more than two weeks we had performances at difference places in Holland, Now we are in a process of beginning again our work under this project, and the first song in it is a remix of the song “Dine, Rado“ .

Our folklore abroad …

N.N.: … enjoys admiration. When I sing folk songs the people in Japan rise to their feet, and the people in Belgium believe that I should sing in a church, for this is the place for this music.

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