Regina Spektor Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR [now Russia]
Birth NameRegina Ilinichna Spektor
Height 5' 3½" (1.62 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Regina Spektor was born in Moscow, USSR to a musical Jewish family. Her father, Ilya Spektor, is a photographer and violinist. Her mother, Bella Spektor, was a music professor in a Russian college of music and now teaches at a public elementary school in New York. Spektor learned how to play piano by practicing on a Petrof upright that was given to her mother by her grandfather. The family left the Soviet Union in 1989 due to the ethnic and political discrimination which Jews faced; Regina was nine and had to leave her piano behind.The family settled in the Bronx, New York, where Spektor graduated in Fair Lawn public high school. She gradually achieved recognition through performances in the anti-folk scene in downtown New York City, most importantly at the East Village's Sidewalk Cafe. She sold self-produced CDs at her performances during this period: 11:11 (2001) and Songs (2002). Her other album Soviet Kitsch (2004) was also self produced but Sire and Shoplifter Records help produce the album, while Begin to Hope (2006) was completely produced by Sire records. Regina Spektor is best known for her real lyrics that are supported with her completely recognizable and unique voice.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: goldenticket2

Family (1)

Spouse Jack Dishel (18 December 2011 - present)  (1 child)

Trade Mark (8)

Red hair and dark red lipstick
Her distinctive voice
Seafoam Epiphone Wildkat archtop hollow-body electric guitar
Steinway Piano
Quirky but intimate lyrics
Long colourful dresses
Curly hair
Her big smile

Trivia (14)

Father is a violinist and mother is a music teacher.
Moved to the Bronx from Moscow and had to leave the family piano behind.
Spektor went to college at SUNY Purchase in New York.
Master and Margarita is one her favorite books.
Signed by Sire Records.
Her family had to leave the Soviet Union because of the discrimination Jewish people faced.
Lives in New York City.
Performed a Duet with The Strokes, "Modern Girls & Old Fashioned Men", on the B-Side of their single "Reptilia".
Was an opening act for The Strokes on their first Tour.
She performed the song The Call in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), as part of the film's finale sequence. Spektor wrote this song especially for the film.
Her first two English words were "garbage" and "sneakers.".
(December 18, 2011) Married her boyfriend of 6 years Jack Dishel after a 16-month-long engagement.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 34, a son in March 2014. Child's father is her husband, Jack Dishel.
Once spent a summer working at a Butterfly farm in Luck, Wisconsin.

Personal Quotes (23)

Usually, I write it all together. The words and the piano part just come to find where they sit together, and the sounds and everything just kind of roll around over and over, until it all settles as a song. Sometimes I'll hum while walking and write a song, but usually I can never figure out a piano part to it later. It just stays an a Capella song.
I used to be such a militant city-ist, but more and more I've seen forests and nature and oceans, and I don't know any more if this is the awesomest way to live.
You make something, and you really have fun with it, and you try to put emotion in it, and at the end of the day, you have no idea how the tide is going to fall. You don't know if everyone's going to like it, if everyone's going to hate it, if it's going to be like you're a media darling, or all of a sudden you're a sellout. You have no idea.
It feels very good to sing in Russian. It feels so good inside my body.
This is the way I wanna die. Torn apart by angry fans who want me to play a different song.
I go through insanity before a show. It's not really a process but it's like absolute mortal fear.
I care so much about making things that are useful for people to have and listen to, but I don't care so much that I won't do whatever the hell I want. It's just one of those things.
Maybe I am skipping over the city and going from very personal things to the world, from internal experience to giant, far-away-from-space experience.
When you're playing such brilliant music every day, then the last thing you ever want to do is try to write something of your own that's crude and not as good.
It's a real gift to be able to have the works of brilliant, great people to learn from and build from. It gives you so much more to draw on, and then you don't have to be all about three-chord pop songs. I don't really like that kind of writing.
I'd always wanted to work in the studio and experiment with sounds. Things that I'm really influenced by and that I love are like The Beatles and Radiohead, and all those records by bands whose music is really involved.
I write a tiny fraction of what I used to write. My only job used to be to just write songs, and that was a really nice job to have, but only a tiny amount of people heard those songs, and I didn't make a living from it, and eventually I begged my parents to let me move back into my room.
The only thing they really get to pick is the single. But I get to pick the producer, the songs on the record, the final masters, the artwork. Basically, I hand them a record.
Tomorrow you might get a phone call about something wonderful and you might get a phone call about something terrible.
I figured, 'If I ever get offered a chance to sign a deal, I'll only do it if I got to do it how I want.' So my contract is structured in such a way that I'm really protected.
I would really hate it if I could call up Kafka or Hemingway or Salinger and any question I could throw at them they would have an answer. That's the magic when you read or hear something wonderful - there's no one that has all the answers.
I've been thinking a lot about space. It was one of those slow-motion realizations how little we are, how far we are from everything else in our solar system. This idea of distance started kind of haunting me. How do you go forth and accomplish things but not end up leaving everything you started out with in the dust?
I knew all this Beatles music. I knew the songs phonetically. It was like my whole experience of that music was out of focus, and somebody put the perfect glasses on me, and all of a sudden I could see everything.
I think songwriters are more related to fiction writers. The Odyssey was a story in song. To me, that's so beautiful, all those painted characters, all those travels and adventures.
I just like being all over the place and writing whatever comes to mind. Having the tools? It's such a gift.
I'm like, 'Would you be the person in the room that would boo when Dylan went electric? I know I wouldn't. Or are you the person that left The Beatles after 'She Loves You,' or 'Drive My Car?' You weren't on board for 'Revolution 9' or 'Day In The Life,' were you?'
It's not like I have all the answers.
I've done that kind of stuff in records, where you start going back and you want to just redo everything, destroy everything, because you think it all sucks and you can do it better.

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