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Potap (Oleksii Potapenko, укр.Олексі́й Андрі́йович Пота́пенко; born May 8, 1981, Kyiv, Ukraine) is a Ukrainian producer, songwriter, composer, performer, director, scriptwriter, TV presenter, master of sports at water polo, coach and mentor of the vocal show on 1+1The Voice”. Has been involved as a performer and/or producer of such iconic music acts as “Potap y Nastya”, “Vremya I Steklo”, MOZGI and many more releasing over 300 songs the vast majority of which became international hits.

BiographyEdit

Oleksii Potapenko was born May 8, 1981 in Kyiv, Ukraine. His father – Andrii Potapenko (born Jan. 17, 1956) served as a military. His mother, Ludmila Potapenko (born Feb. 9, 1958) is a world fin swimming race champion. Oleksii has been practicing swimming which followed by water polo where he’d accomplished the title of Master of Sports.

Obtains two degrees. The first one is a PE instructor and water polo coach (National University of Ukraine on Physical Education and Sport). The second one is a Master of Economics, Entrepreneurship and Audit (Kyiv National Economic University).

Music CareerEdit

In 2000 – 2006 was performing as a part of a rap band “VuZV” (Vhid u Zminnomu Vzutti – Re-shoe upon Entry). The song written by Potap “Na Svoey Volne” (“On its own”) became the official soundtrack to a featured movie “Odin za vseh” (“One for all”) while his other song co-written in collaboration with bands New’Z’Cool and XS became a main theme for an iconic and very first horror movie produced in Ukraine “Shtolna” (“The Adit”).

In 2006 the artist teams up with NK to create the duo “Potap & Nastya” where Oleksii acted as a producer, performer, songwriter, composer, video director and scriptwriter. The duo had a sensational debut with the song “Ne Para” (“Don’t Match”) [1] that instantly turned into a massive international hit. Within the year, Potap becomes an awardee at a large music festival “Novie Pesni o Glavnom” (“New songs on Everything Significant”) as the author of the hit. In 2008 the duo released their debut album with the same title.

In a year, the artists release the second album titled “Ne Lubi Mne Mozgii” (“Don’t Love my Brain”)[2] that included songs “Na Rayone” (“Down the neighbourhood”) [3], “Novii God” (“New Year”) [4], “Chipsi, Chicksi, Lavandos” ("Chips, Chicks and Money”)[5]. The most popular song on the album though was a hit with a name “Chumachechaya Vesna” (“Krazy Spring”) [6].

The duo kept moving towards new accomplishments, literally collecting wards one by one. Few years after the creation, the artist were already renowned with every single award on post-Soviet territories including: “Zolotoi Gramophon” (“Gold Gramphone Awards”), “Pesnya Goda” (“Song of the Year”), “RU.TV”, “Premia Muz-TV” (“Muz TV Awards”) and many more. Songs “Esli Vdrug tebya ne stanet” (“If you’re suddenly gone”)[7] and “Mi Otmenyaem Konets Sveta” (“We Cancel the Apocalypse”)[8] played in the TV show “Dnevnik Doctora Zaytsevoy” (The Diary of Zaytseva M.D.”).

In 2013 Potap & Nastya produced the third album “Vse Puchkom” (“Everything’s Cool”). The song with the same title [9] received “Gold Gramophone” award and remained for a while on top of the most highly rated charts across countries along with another track from the album “Udi udi” (“Udi-udi”) [10].

The duo created by Oleksii and NK was officially the most popular touring duo in the country. The joint activity of the artists was followed by an incredible success and achievements as well as setting bars as high as no one have done it before. “Potap & Nastya” became awardees of various international music festivals owing over 50 rewards that include: “M1 Music Awards”, “Song of the Year”, “Gold Gromophone”, “Muz TV Award”, “Sharmanka” (“Music Box”) and “RU.TV”.  In 2017 the duo was recognized for “Contribution to the development of the National Scene”. Within 11 years of the existence, “Potap & Nastya”:

-      Released 6 commercially successful albums

-      Presented over 29 music videos that were viewed over 1 700 000 000 times

-      Broke the record on venues attendance when touring worldwide

In 2014 Oleksii launches the band MOZGI, where he acts as a producer, performer, songwriter, composer, director, scriptwriter till current days. Between 2015 and 2018 MOZGI was 5 times nominated for Yearly Ukrainian National Awards and 4 on M1 Music Awards winning twice in the latter one.

In 2017 one of the most popular duos among Russian speaking communities worldwide announced the pause of their activity to start solo projects: PTP and NK respectively. The first solo album by PTP “Spelie Slivi EP” (“Ripe Plums EP”) was released on November 3, 2017[11]. Yet, Oleksii and Nastya’s collaborative work wasn’t over. Potap kept on writing songs for NK. With the support from his side NK presented such hits as “#etomoyanoch” (“#thatmytypeofnight”) [12], cowritten Ukrainian song “Trimay” (“Hold it”) [13], “Dai Mne” (“Gimme”) [14], international hit in Spanish and English “Peligroso” (“Dangerous”) [15], LOMALA[16] and “Popa Kak U Kim” (“Ass Like Kim’s”) [17]. “Hold it” has taken over national top charts remaining on top for over the year and being recognized at YUNA Awards 2019 as a Pop Hit of the Year while Peligroso for 6 weeks remained in Billboard top charts under Tropical Songs ranking[18].

ProductionEdit

Today Potap is a head of “MOZGI Entertainment” – the label he established himself that is responsible for managing bands MOZGI, Vremia I Steklo (Time and Glass), singers Michelle Andrade and Ingret.

In 2012 MOZGI Entertainment launched a new branch MOZGI Production. The company gathered the best specialists on the market who previously were involved in making videos for Potap’s artists development company. In 2019 a music video for song “Polube” (“Anyway”)[19] by MOZGI was nominated for Berlin Music Video Awards.[20]

In 2015 music projects managed under MOZGI Entertainment participated in the following nominations: “Hit of the Year” (Vremya I Steklo – Imya 505 (Name 505) and Potap & Nastya – “Boomdiggibai” (“Boomdiggibai”), “Band of the Year” (Vremya I Steklo and Potap & Nastya), “Project of the Year”: “MOZGI”, Potap & Nastya feat. Bianca), “Music Video of the Year” (Vremya I Steklo – “Name 505”, Potap & Nastya – “Boomdiggibai”). The awards were assigned the following way: “Hit of the Year” to Vremya I Steklo for “Name 505”[21], while “Band of the Year” with top charts awards “Gold Gramophone” and M1 were given to Potap & Nastya. Moreover, that year Oleksii was renowned the Best Producer of the Year. The same year, a director Dimitri Archipovich, who worked цшер MOZGI Production at that time was announced the Best Director of the Cut.

SoundtracksEdit

In 2011 Oleksii Potapenko wrote the main theme song for the movie “Vikrutasi” (“Monkey Business”)[22]. The track performed by “Potap & Nastya” became the key element of the promo campaign to the movie.

In 2014 NK and Oleksii featured in an animated movie “The Seventh Dwarf”. They also performed to soundtracks to the movie as well. One of those “Ver’ v svoi sily” (“Believe in yourself”) was greatly welcomed by the audience and gained an impressive airplay on the radio.

In 2018 a movie “Bezumnaya Svad’ba” (“Crazy Wedding”) was released. Upon the release the movie set the record on box office sales among all Ukrainian premieres by collecting 50 664 000 UAH. Oleksii Potapenko not only featured in the movie, but wrote entirely wrote and produced an original motion soundtrack album that included 2 songs nominated for M1 Music Awards. Those are “Naikrashii Den’” (“The Best Day”)[23] performed together with Male Artist of the Year Oleg Vinnyk, and “Promin’” (“Gleam”)[24] written and performed in collaboration with all MOZGI Production stars”.

Personal LifeEdit

There is no official information available on personal life of the artist, though he never denied having a beloved partner. Media and fans of the artists suggest that Oleksii is in love with his former duo partner NK.

Potap has a son named Andrii, born Sept. 6, 2008 in the first marriage of Oleksii with Iryna Gorovaya (divorced since 2014).

On May 23, 2019 Potap and Nastya Kamenskih were married.

TVEdit

TV carrier of Oleksii Potapenko started with a TV-Show “Karaoke against People” on M1 Music Channel. For over ten years by now Oleksii, have actively participated in the most popular TV shows in Ukraine that include: The Voice Ukraine and a comedy show Laughter League on the biggest channel in Ukraine 1+1. At both shows Potap is an honored judge and mentor who’s been helping out a lot of emerging artists to unleash potential to the full.

The full list of shows, Oleksii has been involved at:

-      “Karaoke protiv naroda” (Karaoke Against People on M1) – TV host (2008-2009)

-      Guten Morgen (M1) - TV host (2009-2010)

-      Ya lublu Ukrainu (I Love Ukraine on 1+1) – TV host (2010)

-      Superzveda (Superstar o 1+1) – a judge (2010)

-      Telezvezda (TV-star on TRK Ukraine) - TV host (2010)

-      15thAnniversary of 1+1 - TV host (2010)

-      “GPU” (1+1) - TV host (2010-2011)

-      Zvezda + Zvezda (Star + Star on 1+1) – a judge (2010 – 2011)

-      The Voice. Kids – mentor (2015 – 2016)

-      Liga Smeha (The Laughter League) – coach (2015 -2018)

-      The Voice – mentor (2015 – 2018)

FilmographyEdit

-      2005 - Odin za vseh (“One for All”)

-      2008 – Krasnaya Shapochka (“Little Red Riding Hood”) – The Wolf

-      2010 – Novogodnie Svaty (“New Year’s Matchmakers”) – cameo

-      2011 – Nebesnie rodstvenniki (“Family from Heaven”) – cameo

-      2012 – Rjevskii protiv Napaleona (Rjevsky versus Napoleon) – mob

-      2013 - 1+1 at home – cameo

-      2013 – Zaycev +1 – TV Host

-      2018 – Bezumnaya Svad’ba (Crazy Wedding) – The Reverend Evlampii

Music VideosEdit

-      Potap -  Shivorot na vivorot (“Inside Out”, 2005)

-      Potap – Na svoey Volne (“On its own”, 2005)

-      Potap & Nastya - Bez Lubvi (“Without Love”, 2006)

-      Potap & Nastya – Nepara (“Not a Couple”, 2006)

-      Potap & Nastya - Krepkie Oreshki (“Hard Balls”, 2007)

-      Potap & Nastya – Vnature (“Forreal”, 2007)

-      Potap, dyadya Vadya, UGO – Natasha (2008)

-      Potap & Nastya – Razgulai (“Partyboy”, 2008)

-      Potap & Nastya – Na rayone (“Down the neighborhood”, 2008)

-      Potap, dyadya Vadya, UGO – Ya pomnu (“I remember”, 2008)

-      Potap & Nastya – Pochemu (“Why”, 2008)

-      Potap & Nastya – Ne lubi mne mozgi (“Don’t love my brains”, 2009)

-      Potap feat. New”Z”cool, dyadya Vadya, UGO – Kachaem (“Rockin’”, 2009)

-      Potap & Nastya – Novii God (“New Year”, 2009)

-      Potap & Nastya – Cry Me a River (2010)

-      Potap & Co – Leto (“Summer”, 2010)

-      Potap & Co – More penitsa (“Sea Foaming”, 2010)

-      Potap and Vera Brezhneva – Pronto (2010)

-      Potap & Nastya – Vikrutasi (“Monkey Business”, 2011)

-      Potap & Nastya – Chumachechaya Vesna (“Krazy Spring”, 2011)

-      Potap & Nastya – Mi Otmenaem konets sveta (“We cancel the apocalypse”, 2011)

-      Potap & Nastya – Esli vdrug (“Just in case”, 2011)

-      Arkady Laikin – Laiki (“Likes”, 2012)

-      Potap & Nastya – Priletelo (“Flew in”, 2012)

-      Potap & Nastya – Uletelo (“Flew out”, 2012)

-      Potap & Nastya – Awesome Summer (2012)

-      Potap & Nastya – Lubov’ so skidkoi (“Love with a discount”, 2012)

-      Vremya I Steklo feat. Potap – Sleza (“A Tear”, 2012)

-      Arkady Laikin feat Pozitiff – Seksualnii (“Sexy”, 2013)

-      Arkady Laikin – Malimenya (“Begme”, 2013)

-      Potap & Nastya – RuRuRu (2013)

-      Potap & Nastya – Vmeste (“Together”, 2013)

-      Potap & Nastya – Vse Puchkom (“Everything’s Cool”, 2013)

-      Potap & Nastya – Udi-udi (2014)

-      Mozgi – Ayabo (2014)

-      Mozgi – Hlam (“Trash”, 2014)

-      Mozgi – Nozhompo (2015)

-      Potap & Nastya – Bumdigibai (2015)

-      Mozgi - Hit moego leta (“Hit of my Summer”, 2015)

-      Potap & Nastya feat. Bianka – Stil Sobachki (“Doggy Style”, 2015)

-      Mozgi – Vertolet (“Helicopter”, 2015)

-      Potap & Nastya – U mami (“At Mom’s”, 2016)

-      Potap & Nastya – Ya…ya (“Poisonous”, 2017)

-      Mozgi – Atyatya (2017)

-      PTP feat. PZT – Malibu (2017)

-      Mozgi – Ale Ale (“Hello hello”, 2018)

-      Mozgi – Vlazhni Plyazhnii Dvij (Wet Beach Grove, 2018)

-      Mozgi – Polube (“Anyways”, 2018)

-      NK – Popa Kak U Kim (“Ass like Kim’s”, 2019)

-      Mozgi – Digitalization (2019)

DirectorEdit

-      Potap - Shivorot na vivorot (“Inside Out”, 2005)

-      Potap – Na svoey Volne (“On its own”, 2005)

-      David — Big Girl Now (2006)

-      Potap & Nastya - Bezz Lubvi (“Without Love”, 2006)

-      Potap & Nastya – Nepara (“Not a Couple”, 2006)

-      Queens & New’Z’Cool — Ozero Slyoz (Lake of tears, 2007)

-      Potap & Nastya - Krepkie Oreshki (“Hard Balls”, 2007)

-      Potap & Nastya – Vnature (“Forreal”, 2007)

-      Queens & New’Z’Cool — 5 element (2007)

-      Potap & Nastya – Razgulai (“Partyboy”, 2008)

-      Queens& New’Z’Cool — Kto-to skazal mne (Somebody told me, 2008)

-      Potap & Nastya – Na rayone (“Down the neighborhood”, 2008)

-      Potap & Nastya – Pochemu (“Why”, 2008)

-      Potap & Nastya – Ne lubi mne mozgi (“Don’t love my brains”, 2009)

-      Potap feat. New”Z”cool, dyadya Vadya, UGO – Kachaem (“Rockin’”, 2009)

-      Potap & Nastya – Novii God (“New Year”, 2009)

-      Potap & Nastya – Cry Me a River (2010)

-      Potap & Co – Leto (“Summer”, 2010)

-      Potap & Co – More penitsa (“Sea Foaming”, 2010)

-      Potp & Nastya - “Chipsi, Chicksi, Lavandos” (Chips, Chicks and Money”, 2010)

-      Potap and Vera Brezhneva – Pronto (2010)

-      Vremya i Steklo – Tak Vipala Karta (“It was meant by destiny”, 2010)

-      Potap & Nastya – Vikrutasi (“Monkey Business”, 2011)

-      Potap & Nastya – Chumachechaya Vesna (“Krazy Spring”, 2011)

-      Potap & Nastya – Mi Otmenaem konets sveta (“We cancel the apocalypse”, 2011)

-      Potap & Nastya – Esli vdrug (“Just in case”, 2011)

-      Vremya i Steklo – Lubvi tochka net (“No love”, 2011)

-      Vremya i Steklo – Serebryanoe More (“Silver sea”, 2011)

-      Vremya i Steklo – Kafel’ (“Tiles”, 2011)

-      Arkady Laikin – Laiki (“Likes”, 2012)

-      Niko Neman – Uletayu (“Flying away”, 2012)

-      Vremya I Steklo feat. Potap – Sleza (“A Tear”, 2012)

-      Potap & Nastya – RuRuRu (2013)

-      Arkady Laikin feat Pozitiff – Seksualnii (“Sexy”, 2013)

-      Potap & Nastya – Vmeste (“Together”, 2013)

-      Vremya I Steklo - #kAroche (“#kEeoitshort”, 2013)

-      Aleksandr Kogan – Kto pridumal mir (“Who invented the world?”, 2013)

-      Potap & Nastya – Udi-udi (2014)

-      Mozgi – Ayabo (2014)

-      Mozgi – Hlam (“Trash”, 2014)

-      Zara – Schastie nad zemlei (“Happiness larger than the Earth”, 2014)

-      Vremya I steklo – Imya 505 (“Name 505”, 2015)

-      Vremya I steklo – Pesnya 404 (“Song 404”, 2015)

-      Mozgi – Nozhompo (2015)

-      Potap & Nastya – Bumdigibai (2015)

-      Mozgi - Hit moego leta (“Hit of my Summer”, 2015)

-      Potap & Nastya feat. Bianka – Stil Sobachki (“Doggy Style”, 2015)

-      Mozgi – Vertolet (“Helicopter”, 2015)

-      Vremya I Steklo – Naverno potomu chto (“Maybe Because”, 2016)

-      Potap & Nastya – U mami (“At Mom’s”, 2016)

-      Potap & Nastya – Ya…ya (“Poisonous”, 2017)

-      Vremya I Steklo – Na stile (“Stylish”, 2017)

-      PTP feat. PZT – Malibu (2017)

DiscographyEdit

-      2004 – Potap – Na svoei volne ili ano kaneshno potomusho shojh (“On its own or it’s just because”)

-      2006 – Potap - Na drugoi volne ili ano kaneshno potomusho shojh (“On another frequency or it’s just because”)

-      2008 - Potap & Nastya – Nepara (“Not a Couple”)

-      2009 - Potap & Nastya – Ne lubi mne mozgi (“Don’t love my brains”)

-      2013 - Potap & Nastya – Vse Puchkom (“Everything’s Cool”)

-      2015 – Potap & Nastya – Shchit I Myach (“Shield and ball”)

-      2015 – Mozgi – Bikini Album

-      2015 – Mozgi – Elektroshaurma (“eDoner”)

-      2016 - Mozgi –Bar

-      2017 – Mozgi – Na belom (“On white”)

-      2017 – PTP - Spelie Slivi EP (“Ripe Plums EP”)

-      2018 – Mozgi – Vinos mozga (“Brain explosion”)


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