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This fall, at the book launch of my novel in Romanian translation, Velvet Totalitarianism/Intre Doua Lumi (Curtea Veche Publishing, 2011), I had the great pleasure of meeting in person, among others, the talented composers, producers, singer and actors who did an amazing music video trailer of my novel, called Velvet Love.
I have already written an article about Andy Platon, the composer and producer of Velvet Love, co-directed with Anthony Icuagu and featuring the singer Marcel Lovin and the actors Ioana Picos, Mihai Marin and Alia Anastasiei.
Andy Platon’s close friend and collaborator, Anthony Icuagu, is also very talented and accomplished. Aside from contributing to creating the book trailer Velvet Love, he’s also an incredibly talented singer, a semifinalist in the Romanian version of American Idol (called Vocea Romaniei or The Voice of Romania) and the co-producer of one of Romania’s most popular music videos, NonStop, by Trupa TAXI.
Anthony co-directed NonStop with his collaborators and friends, Marcel Lovin (who, incidentally, is the talented singer of Velvet Love) and the legendary music producer Smiley. This music video seems like the recipe for success: it’s got excellent, cinematic clips; a plethora of well-known actresses that are perfectly suited for their parts; great music by Trupa Taxi that seamlessly combines pop music and swing to draw a wide audience; excellent lyrics that are true without becoming trite, and–last but not least–a great sense of humor, which is very difficult to pull off in a music video. You can see this magic mixture for yourselves:
Not surprisingly, the video NonStop got over two and a half million hits in less than three months on Youtube, competing in popularity with the best-known international popstars featured by VEVO. The top-notch Romanian music production company MediaPro Pictures–which has become international both in its music and in its reach–also deserves a warm congratulations for its success.
To present this multitalented singer and producer to my readers, I’m translating from Romanian Anthony Icuagu’s recent interview with the journalist Valentina Nastase, in Revista VIP.net.