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2020 EP by Katya

Vampire Fitness is the debut EP by American drag performer Katya Zamolodchikova (known mononymously as Katya), released by Producer Entertainment Group on November 13, 2020. The EP features guest appearances by fellow RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Alaska Thunderfuck and Trixie Mattel.



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The EP has five tracks, which Katya have described as “a dark and brooding international musical boat ride through the brain and mouth of famous cross-dresser”.[5] The overall sound of the EP is designed to resemble “the soundtrack to a late-night gym for vampires”.[1] “Come in Brazil”, which features fellow RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Alaska Thunderfuck, has been described as a “divine intercontinental expression of lust as the pair crafts a lush soundscape inspired by incessant fan pleas for drag queens to perform in the song’s titular South American nation”.[6] The song is about anilingus and has a Portuguese chorus. Katya has said of the song, “These are things I learned not through reading books or watching television programs, but through people screaming them at me all the time.”[6]

Katya has described “ГЛАЗ” as “a very experimental song” and said, “At one point we recorded me having an orgasm and then shrieking as I was being violently murdered. Then we were like, ‘What if an alien chipmunk were to go through that thing?’ It’s just fun. But it’s a real groovy beat.”[6] RJ Frometa of Vents magazine said the song “unfolds as an uninhibited digital deconstruction delivered entirely in Russian and distorted wailing.”[2]

“Ding Dong!” was influenced by Svetlana Loboda‘s (pictured in 2018) song “Boom Boom“.

“Ding Dong!” features Drag Race alumnae and frequent collaborator Trixie Mattel. Katya has described the song as a “bar mitzvah barn-burner” and said Trixie Mattel was “really cooperative” during the songwriting process.[6] The song was influenced by eurodance and Svetlana Loboda‘s song “Boom Boom“, and references Jame Gumb, the real name of the fictional character Buffalo Bill in Thomas Harris' novel The Silence of the Lambs (1988).[6]
“Ravioli” is about the pasta of the same name and has been described as “a milestone for fluid representation as it touches on five different variations of the bodily liquid, ranging from that of humans to dogs, cats, and even rodents”.[6] Katya has said the body fluids are mentioned “mostly for the purposes of rhyming in the songwriting”.[6]

The spoken word track “Be Your Own Dentist” has Katya offer advice for removing one’s own teeth in “linguistic construction that’s not really a song, but not really full slam poetry, either”.[5][6] She has said of the piece: .mw-parser-output .templatequote{overflow:hidden;margin:1em 0;padding:0 40px}.mw-parser-output .templatequote .templatequotecite{line-height:1.5em;text-align:left;padding-left:1.6em;margin-top:0}

I love those guided meditations, but I always find them to be a little bit boring. So, spice it up! What if we just, you know, take out your own teeth… I thought it would be funny if kids with good manual dexterity could get some pliers, they stumble upon the track on their headphones, and push comes to shove, and little Susie Q’s got no teeth![6]

Release and promotion[edit]

The EP was released digitally on November 13, 2020, preceded by the release of the lead single “Come in Brazil” on November 6. Following Katya’s announcement of the EP, Trixie Mattel tweeted, “Can I just say I have heard this whole thing and none of you have any way of preparing yourselves for the sounds featured on this lively EP.”[5]


Entertainment Weekly's Joey Nolfi called the EP a “musical experiment” and a “digital distortion of European dance, sex, orgasmic wailing, the sounds of murder, spoken sermons about self-administered dentistry, and, of course, Italian cuisine, all tied together as a ‘multi-pronged, many-tiered assault’ on listeners with ‘consonant clusters’ found in Russian pop songs”.[6] He called “Ding Dong!” “a stark genre departure from Mattel’s typical brand of folk-rock realness”.[6] Christopher Rudolph of Logo TV‘s NewNowNext said the EP sees Katya giving “serious Nosferatu vibes”.[5]

Vents magazine’s RJ Frometa called Vampire Fitness a “maddeningly provocative journey” and wrote, “Words fail to fully describe the 5-song collection, which boasts an unrestrained creative insanity that feels undeniably Katya with its mind-obliterating irreverence, progressive electronic production, and tinges of her signature Russian flair.”[2] He called “Ravioli” “dark industrial dance” and compared the song to the “darker moments” of work by Aphex Twin and The Prodigy.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  • “Come in Brazil” (featuring Alaska Thunderfuck) – 3:06
  • “ГЛАЗ” – 2:42
  • “Ding Dong!” (featuring Trixie Mattel) – 2:50
  • “Ravioli” – 2:23
  • “Be Your Own Dentist” – 6:53
  • References[edit]

  • ^ a b Lynch, Joe (November 12, 2020). “7 Things to Know About Katya’s Musical Debut ‘Vampire Fitness'”. Billboard. Retrieved November 13, cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:”””””””‘””‘”}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-free a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//”)right 0.1em center/9px no-repeat}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .id-lock-registration a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//”)right 0.1em center/9px no-repeat}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-subscription a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//”)right 0.1em center/9px no-repeat}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//”)right 0.1em center/12px no-repeat}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:none;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .citation .mw-selflink{font-weight:inherit}
  • ^ a b c d Frometa, RJ (October 16, 2020). “Katya Announced Debut EP ‘Vampire Fitness'”. Vents. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
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  • ^ “Credits / Vampire Fitness / KATYA”. Tidal. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  • ^ a b c d Rudolph, Christopher (October 19, 2020). “Katya Serves Serious Nosferatu Vibes With “Vampire Fitness” Debut EP”. NewNowNext. Logo TV. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  • ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Nolfi, Joey (October 21, 2020). “Katya is ready to blast your earholes with Vampire Fitness”. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 23, 2020.

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