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Interview with Margarita Shamrakov

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How did you come by your stage name?

Margarita Shamrakov(a) is my real name. It is used to be Margarita Tragedy. I do not have a stage name I guess anymore. Maybe I can go by my last name?

When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?

I do not think I have a career in music but I write music almost every day and try to do it every day and I become better. My ego is shattered by life:)

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To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?

Many many artists from JS Bach to Nirvana. Russian songwriter Vladimir Presnyakov to Tommy Cash. From Sting to Tori Amos and back to Mozart. Lady Gaga and Bat for Lashes, and The 1975, and Katy Perry and Justin Bieber and Poo Bear. So many

On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?

The Radium Girls.

My current project is about girls in the 1920’s who worked on Radium factories in NJ, NY, Chicago, Ottawa as dial painters for watches that were so popular because they were glowing in the dark due to Radium.

Radium is a very radioactive element and when it was discovered it was used for cancer radiation, therefore people thought it was beneficial. Radium factories opened everywhere, people wanted to have watches that glow in the dark, radium was in skincare, radium was put in a sandbox in daycares for kids to play with, there were radium milk and radium water, radium clothing. Girls started working as dial painters in a radium factory, and they were beautiful with beautiful teeth, goals, and dreams.

They wanted to get married and get an education, have a great life. And after working in the factory their teeth started coming out and jaws breaking down. Many girls started dying but no one knew what was going on until a couple of very smart people figured it was from radium. After a few girls died, people started addressing these big corporations, and at that point, corporations and rich men knew it but could not give up billions of dollars profit and kept covering it up.

Hundreds of women died. It was a very painful death. (Bleeding gums, rotten teeth, broken jaws, bone cancer, no jaws, dis formed faces, lumps on hips and legs, and faces. All their bones will glow for 3200 years and they glow in graves. In NJ they are still cleaning up from this radium waste.

I read a book by Kate Moore The Radium Girls and I was shocked that this happened here in the USA not too long ago. you can hear the instrumental on my youtube.

I want to share their story with many people as possible because those girls cannot speak anymore.

What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?

The Radium Girls Lyrics

Enthralled with a chemical that ‘ll give you rosy cheeks

They painted from day till night with brushes to their lips

Radium girls I ‘ll never forget you dancing with you in the dark

dust over faces and your bodies

It was a romance you’ll never forget

Dust kissed your hair, your lips and your eyes

Living dead girls dance alone to the grave.

Katharine, Margeruitte, Irene, Helen…

All their lives have disappeared.

Into the radium dust.

Their bones will glow into the dark for 3000 years

Rotten teeth molt eaten jaws from mysterious illness.

Ash color faces emaciated

Molt eaten jaws bleeding gums

dust over faces and your bodies

It was a romance you’ll never forget

Dust kissed your hair, your lips and your eyes

Living dead girls dance alone to the grave.

Lip Dip Paint

Lip Dip Paint

Lip Dip Paint

Lip Dip Paint

Mister Reed said it was very safe

Chemical gives you rosy cheeks

Ash color faces emaciated

hearts stopped forever, but bones will glow for 3000 years.

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Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?

No, No, and No. When I was 13 I thought I was the best, but maybe I am not. It’s a humbling experience to know there are so many amazing artists, but Thank God they exist – they continually inspire me and keep me motivated.

What are your plans for the near future?

Writing a song about Tommy Cash – a very interesting rapper

Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?

My daughter, my mom, my grandma, my dog.

How can fans find you?

youtube.com/margaritashamrakov

soundcloud.com/shamrakov

What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?

I wish I knew what to say. The older I get the more I think I know nothing. Funny.


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