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Marta Wiśniewska professionally known as Mandaryna. She is
the most popular dance music singer in Poland.
A professional dancer since childhood. Marta started her career as a
dancer and choreographer in Ich Troje ( Michał Wiśniewski’s band).
She simultaneously graduated from stuntman school as well as
In September 2007, Mandaryna opened her first Dance Studio with
the headquarters in Warsaw suburb.
The latest Mandaryna’s album was released in August 2009 after a
year of preparations. It is uncovering revolutionary, genuine and
fresh music talent and image of the artist
The „AOK” album starts new era in Polish pop-dance music.
Piotr Filipp: What is the cost of fame? What is the best and the
worst thing of being famous person?
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Mandaryna: It’s difficult question – untypical. Artists are also in celebrities’
group. We made some kind of limit how deep we allow paparazzi and photo
reporters to enter into our lives. Celebrities have the right to keep their privacy.
Unfortunately paparazzi sometimes don’t respect these rights. The worst thing
is when you have to explain yourself from things you have never done.
Sometimes I read articles about me in places I have never been!
The positive aspects of being famous I can experience during gigs. People give me a lot of energy!
Sometimes fame helps you also on the post office or in the restaurant. Few years ago I was able to avoid
some punishments from policemen. (laugh)Unfortunately it’s a part of history.
“I read articles
about me in places
I have never been!”
Do paparazzi annoy you? Is there any way to fight with
It’s difficult subject because without paparazzi we – celebrities
– wouldn’t exist! Artists in contrast to actors have to appear in
some tabloids. Without this “advertisements” people would
know nothing about us and wouldn’t come for our gigs. Of
course we made our own rules and some paparazzi broke it. If
someone is a paparazzi who sits on your fence and follow you
to toilet then I think that he is just a boor! They are trying to
provoke some situations just to take a picture where you look
really bad. We can fight with them judicially. What is more: We
What do you think about dealing with tabloids?
I hate negotiations with terrorists - tabloids. When they make
me feel I’ve got no choice it drives me mad! They usually call
me and say that I have to co-operate. If not they suggest that
they will take a picture I would never like. There are also some
positive aspects of tabloids. You should learn how to play with
them just like they’re playing with you! If you have story and
you wanna appear in press
Photo: Chicago Press you can call and deal with
“When they make me
them. Once I made up
feel I’ve got no choice
story and made photo session then I sold it to them. The whole story
it drives me mad!”
was untrue but I got popularity.
What about star’s friendships?
In my case it was like: more famous you are less friends you’ve got. Right now I’ve got only family. They
always help me and they instantly forget about arguments. For friends you have to find time. When you are
famous it’s obvious that it’s difficult or impossible. People also don’t like that feeling that they are worse
than you and what’s more important poorer. They are jealous. Everything is about money even in
Recently you released a new album. What was you inspiration
and motivation during recording?
I have been waiting for this album
for 3 years. This CD is a little bit
slower and it’s in disco, dance and
about money even
Hip-Hop style. - that’s all me! Since
I was a young girl I was dancing
Hip-Hop. Unfortunately in Poland appearance of club music is a little
bit different so this album was very risky from commercial point of
view. All in all I don’t wanna go back to the previous style from
Generally music companies like interfering in the album style.
Did you have this problem?
With my new album I didn’t. It’s because I recorded this album in
private studio and made video clip on my own. Company only helped
me to distribute this material. If you haven’t got good background like
recording studio you have to depend on company. If you depend on
company they will interfere in your material. They cannot take a risk
to make material which won’t be
“…disco, dance and
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Hip-Hop style. that’s all me!”
Your album was supposed to be released in the USA. Was it?
Not yet but we’re working on it. In the USA there’s a lot of Polish people. We’re planning to make a tour in
USA and promote new album there. Right now we’ve got some gigs to perform in Germany and then we
will see what to do next.
Can radio stations have an influence on how the album finally looks like?
Of course! The one who has power can dictate terms! The problem of polish artists is that they don’t appear
on the radio stations. Kasia Klich started fighting with this problem. It’s a deal between companies and
radio stations. It’s really difficult to enter into this commercial machine if you are not famous. Piotr Kupicha
had this problem. Radio stations didn’t want his songs. Finally his video clip appeared on TV. Quickly all
these stations asked him if they can play his songs!
In videoclip AOK you used polish YouTube star Gracjan Roztocki.
Where did this idea come from?
It was producer’s idea. It is a funny accent. If you watch this clip quickly
you won’t see him cause he has
got similar hairstyle and color.
“It’s a deal between
companies and radio
You finished Culture Animation on TV and in the theater and then you studied at Machulski Actor
University. Do you think about being a film star in the future?
I used to play a little bit in episodes of some serials or sometimes in theater. Right now I’m thinking only
about my singer career and Mandaryna Dance Studio.
With Mandaryna Dance Studio you lead
workshops and trainings with children
and youth. How do you find yourself as
an instructor in this environment?
I love it! I treat children as if they were adult
and think it’s my place in the future. They
help me to relax and give me a lot of positive
energy. When I have a bad day I just go for
training and this awesome children give me
so much energy. It doesn’t matter they
sometimes dance not well and make a lot of
mistakes. They are great all the time
whatever they do.
Photo: Mandaryna Dance Studio
What are your plans about Mandaryna Dance Studio?
“I think it’s my place
in the future.”
I want to open one more branch in Warsaw. I think we should invest in the
youth and their skills. We’re new school and just started entering into
some dance competitions. I think that it’s nice to enroll on our school right now. You can be a part of this
growing big family.
Your career is some kind of sinusoid – once you are on top once you
fall down. What do you think it will look like in 5 years?
“I don’t want to
be on top…”
(Laugh) I hope I will only go up. I want to evolve on the stage as a singer and also in Mandaryna Dance
Studio as a leader and instructor. I don’t want to be on top cause I can fall down. I would like to find a place
where I can stay without being afraid of my future. If you are on top there are always a lot of people who
would like you to fall down and there’re doing everything to “help” you fall down.
- Piotr Filipp -
EuroWeek Leader’s School is a polish project
– training camp – which lasts 7 days. During
these 7 days young people participate
workshops with volunteers from European
Union countries. This big project is developed
by EFM (eng. European Forum of Youth).
EFM is a non-profit organization which helps
young people to improve some skills or help
them to start EVS (European Volunteer
Service). The camp is divided into some
thematic blocks like: Leadership, Auto
presentation, Culture Shock, Project
Management, Stereotypes etc. I had an
opportunity to participate this camp. Here is a
EuroWeek’s participants and volunteers
Our adventure with Leader’s School started on 6th February and finished on 12th . Whole camp took place in
Długopole Dolne – small village next to Kłodzko. We were living in Silesia hotel which had really good
facilities. In the evening we were able to play billiard as long as we wanted. If you had had money you
could have taken a sauna ( 15zł/person ). Food was quite good and you could eat as much as you wanted.
Campmates were really cheerful and communicative same as volunteers from European Union. After 2 or
maybe 3 days we started talking only in English because we got used to do it.
We had a really tight schedule. We started workshops
and presentations at 9.30am. We ate lunch at 1 pm and
had a brake till 3-4 pm and then we got back to
workshops. We finished workshops after dinner – at
6pm. Since then we have been playing billiard, talking or
doing whatever we wanted till midnight.
The workshops were really interesting for me. We have
learnt an information which is really useful when you’re
trying to get a job or you have an interview. We had a
presentation about writing new EuroPass CV and
Photo: Piotr Filipp
Motivation Letter. Between these formal workshops we
had presentations about European Union countries. Some of them were formal and serious but still
interesting and some were really funny. It depends on person who prepared the presentation.
Role in a group.
When you are looking for a job you have to realize what person you are. If you are Natural Leader you
won’t feel comfortable as a developer. They gave us M. Balbin’s test which helps to find you what is your
role in a group. Some of you have characters which allow you to have more than one role in a group.
These workshops were really interesting. We had to choose topic and then we were devided into two
groups. One for and one against topic. Our topic was quite simple but it was really difficult to avoid
arguments. The topic was: “White color is better than black one”. My team was for this topic and in my
humble opinion we were right.
Next workshop caused a lot of arguments. My team
thought out that we had succeed in creating a teleportation
machine. Our opponents had to ask questions which were
supposed to be uncomfortable for us. They had to confuse
us – it was their main task. Fortunately they failed. We
could take revenge on them during their Press Conference
but they were really smart too.
We spent a lot of time listening to presentations
about European Union projects. At schools they don’t
mention about opportunities which European Union
gives you! It’s incredible how many projects are
available for young people. European Committee
also allows you to prepare your own project and get
some funds to do this project. After this camp I
changed my point of view. Now I know that I can
learn a lot with European Union projects.
In my opinion the Workshops, which I have already mentioned, were the most interesting. I would like to
say that we had also workshops about: Public Relations (PR), Auto presentation, Culture Shock,
Stereotypes, Project Management.
After 7 days I started thinking about my future in more international way. I also got interested in leaderships
and project management. I’m thinking about some local projects and I hope that my schoolmates will help
me with them. I’m not afraid of my future because I know that European Union helps youth. All participants
also gained graduation certificate.
- Piotr Filipp-
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