Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmailyuk: 5 Surprising Songs I Love

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Jinjer — Ukraine’s leading progenitors of djent- and R&B-inflected metalcore — never seem to leave the road, and they’re doing everything they can to keep their schedule book jam-packed since the release of their 2019 one-two punch Micro and Macro. Next up on the touring front for the hard-hitting quartet is a North American headlining run with deathcore stalwarts Suicide Silence and alt-metal rising stars Toothgrinder. The month-long trek, dubbed “Tour of Consciousness,” is set to kick off on April 23rd at The Fillmore in San Francisco, California, and wrap up with a May 23rd concert at Denver, Colorado, venue Summit. In addition to the headlining dates, Jinjer will perform at the Epicenter and Sonic Temple festivals. Ahead of all this activity, we caught up with charismatic singer Tatiana Shmayluk — who fronted a reggae band before she joined Jinjer and, as such, has very diverse musical taste — to find out about the songs that she loves that might surprise fans of her group’s generally brutalizing music. She had some great picks — read on.

Kaoma – “Lambada”

I danced myself nearly to death listening to it.

Vacuum – “I breathe”

I love the atmosphere and the deep voice of Mattias Lindblom.

Cesaria Evora – “Besame Mucho”

Also a song from my childhood and it haunts me every summer.

Fergie – “Mary Jane’s Shoes”

A very cute cover song of Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” to my mind, when pop, reggae and punk meets each other.

Various songs from Soviet cartoons

Because I miss my parents soooo much …