ALWAYS MYSTERIOUS, SASHA BELYAEVA HAS MANAGED TO WHISPER HER WAY TO THE TOP OF THE MUSIC SCENE BEFORE RELEASING ANYTHING TO THE PUBLIC. VESTAL MAGAZINE WAS OFFERED A LISTEN AND A FEW WORDS.
Opposite of the overexposure in pop music, Sasha music is being experienced like opium, she has hosted private listens to small groups of fans, music executives, and press for the past two months, reportedly at The Light Church in Osaka, Japan and the Secret Apartment at Radio City Hall, New York. The Russian Singer, 20, has taken a monk like vow of silence for months. She invited us to dinner which turned into one of the strangest nights we’ve experienced in New York. We received a list of fairly normal instructions such as no phones or recording at the dinner(of course), and to be quiet when entering and to not knock.
When we arrive at her apartment as requested at 11pm, her doorman patted us down and firmly requested our phones. We didn’t agree to this over email but it made sense all considering. So we handed them over.
The building was fairly ordinary, very tall and overlooks the New York Harbour. We were then directed to her floor and were made to get off one floor below hers because the elevator makes a sound and they are often recording(we were told it can be heard from her apartment). We did as instructed and were directed towards a staircase down a very long hall. As we walked down, we both felt a strange feeling that we were being watched, then noticed that all the apartments doors were slightly open and we could see eyes peeking at us as we walked down the hall. It made us feel uneasy as we were not sure if we were being loud or were unwelcome in the building. Someone down the hall said in a strong voice “What are you doing here?”. When I looked back to see who it was, some of the doors closed a bit and we got uneasy and walked quickly(We felt like everyone was mad at us in some strange way and it took the confidence from our step) upstairs to her apartment and entered quietly.