Exactly 42 years ago, Ziggy Stardust came from Mars to save humanity from a heterosexual, cisgender, glitter-less existence. Of course, Ziggy Stardust was really David Bowie with a red mullet and makeup, but the impact of the character’s interstellar revolution changed rock and pop music forever.
In the interim, we’ve been gifted robotic dance duos, high-fashion fame monsters and everything in between, but perhaps the time has come for another space-age paradigm shift. One woman believes she has the message, and thanks to some help from a friend in the EDM industry, she’s found her medium.
“Love is the only one real thing,” says Ukraine’s Valeria Lukyanova in a translated email interview. “Everything I do pushes that message.”
Lukyanova is the latest in a long line of models-turned-DJs, but make no mistake, there’s never been an act like this. Internet addicts may know her as Space Barbie, the walking spectacle famous for undergoing extensive plastic surgery to become the most Barbie-esque human in existence (though, in 2013, she denied having anything but a breast augmentation and an “almost all liquid diet”).
The story doesn’t end there, as Lukyanova isn’t just a pretty face. She says her appearance is a necessity acting as a kind of physical lure, because if a regular-looking woman told you she was an ageless alien that spoke numerous ancient and ethereal languages born on Earth to spread the galactic gospel of truth and love, you’d never pay attention.
“I’m an unusual girl,” she understates. “[But] If I can be a reason for people to learn more about spiritual paths, I’m ready!”
Her evolution from YouTube starlet to EDM hopeful is the next step in getting that message to the masses. Toward this goal, she teamed with fellow Ukrainian DJ Sender, an award-winning producer and songwriter with 15 years of industry experience. He taught her how to properly mix in a live setting, and he’s also helping her produce original tracks.
“I like his taste and trust him 100 percent,” Lukyanova says. “Eugene is very a spiritual guy, and we understand each other. At the same time, he has been around since the beginning of the rise of EDM, even for some time before, so he knows [the industry].”
Her first musical gift to humanoid dance floors is “Jack Your Barbie,” a Duke Dumont-ish house tune inspired by the sounds of the 2000s with a Lukyanova vocal sample not unlike Breach’s hook in the 2013 smash “Jack.”
“True house music fans should know that ‘In the beginning there was Jack and Jack had a groove,’” she says, referring to Rhythm Control’s classic hit “My House.”
“I want your Barbies to jack,” she continues. When she says “Barbies,” we imagine she means “bodies,” although bringing real Mattel dolls to a Space Barbie concert near you is something we encourage all Billboard readers to do.
Critically speaking, “Jack Your Barbie” isn’t a bad song. It’s catchy, it’s got a solid groove, and there really is something in her babyish accented coo that we thoroughly enjoy. Lukyanova and Sender have a few songs in the bank and plans for a full album soon, but future releases won’t be so easy to understand. In songs to come, Lukyanova will sing in ancient forgotten languages (specifically Peruvian in some cases) meant to induce a meditative state in the listener.
“Our human abilities are really big,” Lukyanova explains. “When I’m doing deep meditation, I can remember a lot of things from my past life. So, I just knew [the language].”
Through Space Barbie’s music, you too can travel to distant dimensions and universal planes, tapping into the direct source of spiritual bliss — or something like that.
“When I’m singing, it’s like a deep trance for me,” she says. “Music will help people relax and make a journey into their hidden places inside. I hope it feels for them like something familiar but forgotten. You need to close your eyes and go deep within, like nothing exists but you and the music.”
Lukyanova has announced plans to embark on a worldwide solo DJ tour to deliver her life-altering musical messages to audiences everywhere. She’ll mix and sing live over her tracks and hopes to create a meditative state of dance everywhere she goes. When asked if she’s worried fans might flock just to stare at her figure in disbelief, she seemed undaunted. After all, she’s always used her image to attract a crowd. What about this is any different?
“It only matters what people can take away from my concerts,” she says. “My heart is open to radiate love. In the face of love, no one can remain indifferent!”
Quotes have been modified for grammatical effect.