‘Spider Web’ is the debut UK single by Polish superstar Tatiana Okupnik and is a perfect introduction to her individual style of power-pop and strong signature vocals. Produced by Denis In gold sby (N Dubz, GirlsAloud, Sugababes, Eternal) and Andy Murray (Gary Barlow, Craig David, Alicia Keys) at Granary Studio in Kent, the single has been remixed by Jeremy Wheatley (Leona Lewis, Skunk Anansie, Duffy, Corinne Bailey Rae, Pixie Lott).
Born in Lodz in Poland, Tatiana grew up listening to Led Zeppelin and the best of western rock and pop on cassettes recorded from Radio Luxembourg and the BBC and was inspired by great vocalists such as Chaka Khan, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and Robert Plant “The thing that unites the artists I love is that they understand big, emotional musical vocals. I would like to think that the emotional impact of my voice is big like some of my idols”.
A former ballerina (Tatiana studied ballet at the National School of Ballet), when painful bones ended those dreams she focused her attention on her music. As the lead singer of the Polish band Blue Café she enjoyed platinum records and became a massive star in her homeland and toured throughout central Europe.
In 2006 Tatiana went solo and, in addition to graduating from university with fluent English, French and Spanish, she recorded an album in New York with jazz-funk legend Lenny White -‘On My Own’ went gold on its 2007 release in Poland. Tatiana has also hosted two series of the Polish Dancing On Ice TV show and recorded a CD with Wyclef Jean.
The little girl who recalls having no shoes as a child and queuing each month for a ration of toilet paper(“we would have the paper on a chain around our necks; we called it the Polish Louis Vuitton bag”) has now cast her gaze to Britain. “Britain is the centre of European music. I love my Polish fans and, of course, I hope they love the new music, but I also hope I can reach out to a whole new audience here inthe UK.” ‘Spider Web’ is the title track of Tatiana’s debut UK album; with the exception of the first single, the album was written and produced at Sarm West studios in London with Tim Hutton (Amy Winehouse, Bat For Lashes, Ian Brown and the man who, according to Andy Cato, “put the groove into Groove Armada”).
With nods to funk, jazz, soul and rock Tatiana has recorded “a classic pop album with great songwriting and a cool twist. I’ve put my heart and soul into it”. Her powerful voice is the common thread through a filmic record that houses the Latino and Eastern European influenced ‘World Of My Design’, sing along stadium pop (‘Supersize Love’ and ‘Poor Love’), smooth and summery jazz pop (‘Tranquility’ and ‘If I WasTo Tell You’), funk (‘Bottom Line’), a Bassey-esque showstopper (‘Coming My Way’) and the laidback soul of (Been A Fool’).
Tatiana’s first UK performance will be at the Wardrobe Club in Leeds on March 3rd when she will premiere tracks from the album. Her powerful vocals and impressive range coupled with her massive stage presence make Tatiana and natural and passionate performer. "Performing live is what I love more than anything, and a big part of writing these tracks was imagining their live impact. These songs will really come alive in Leeds, and I can't wait.”
Fabulous news for Tatiana fans - she has been appointed a judge on Poland's X Factor! The show, one of the very biggest on Polish TV, reaches tens of millions of music fans every week and is one of the very best X Factors in the world. Tatiana was chosen not only for her sensational personality, great voice and hot looks but because of her fast growing international reputation. With top 10 hits currently in Greece, Cyprus, Denmark - and Been A Fool also just released in Italy - Tatiana is now Poland's hottest pop property! Shooting for the new show begins next week in southern Poland. Check Facebook and Twitter for all the very latest updates, gossip and show insights!
Amazing result! Tatiana's Been a Fool has just entered the Greek national Top 40 at number 11. Check out http://top40-charts.com/chart.php?cid=2 The video is on heavy rotation on MAD TV, on Radio Rodos it is the Power Play of the week, on City 100 FM it is number 4 and on Heat it is number 6. Meanwhile, in neighbouring Macedonia, Been A Fool is a Bravo Hit, on Antenna 5 it's number 9 in the chart and it's Play of the Week on Struga FM.
Tatiana has now entered the Music Week Charts at a sensational 14 with "Been a Fool", with mixes by Seamus Haji.
Tatiana's "Been A Fool" has gone straight to number one in Greece on leading radio station Nitro. The track is on heavy radio rotation while the Seamus Haji remix is burning a hole in Athen's finest dance clubs. More news from Greece soon.
Check out the latest radio interviews!
Pride Live interview - download podcast from website.
Check out Tatiana's amazing live acoustic version of Been A Fool, performed at the weekend on European TV to over 7 million viewers!
Tatiana's Been a Fool video is getting superb reviews around the world - check Buzz, Facebook and Twitter for more details. For a list of full credits and cast, please click HERE.
Tatiana's new smash single Been A Fool is now ready to enjoy! The sexy video is by Steve Glashier, famous for his work with Fatboy Slim and Juliette Lewis. Also check out the stunning remix from Seamus Haji, who has previously worked with Rihanna, Moby and Mariah Carey. This one is already being spanked in Ibiza and on internet radio!
Estonia - thank you! A fantastic weekend in Tallinn saw Tatiana rock the main stage at Baltic Pride and follow up with a sensational session at Kapp Club, which saw the premiere of the Seamus Haji club mix of "Been A Fool". Dancefloor carnage was the result, with this 750 capacity VIP venue rammed to the rafters with quality punters. Live gigs don't get any better than this. Check out Twitter and Facebook for pics and vids. Many thanks to Hanna of Pride and Rain of Kapp - you guys rock!
Busy times for Tatiana as she filmed her new uber-sexy video for "Been A Fool" last Friday at East London's fabulous Beach Blanket Babylon Shoreditch. Directed by top name Steven Glashier (who has directed for Fatboy Slim, Juliette Lewis and Above and Beyond) and art directed by Miguel Dare of Givenchy, the video is as hot as it is lush - as you'll see by checking out the pre-release still shots in the Gallery section. The video will be coming to www.tataianaofficial.com very soon - watch this space!
Birmingham Pride was a smash for Tatiana, who performed current single Spider Web, next single "Been a Fool" and a storming cover of Britney Spears' Toxic on the Nightingale Main Stage. Headlining the gig alongside Sonia and Hazell Dean, Tatiana performed in front of a thousand punters to a top reception.