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Polina Left her Heart in Faena

Miami

Grammy Award-winning sinGrammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, Polina, just releger/songwriter, Polina, just released her latest single “Faena,” an uber-catchy ditty penned by the Russian-born LA-based artist during a recent holiday at Faena Miami Beach.

ARTICLE ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN FAENA JOURNAL ISSUE #47 • SPRING 2022

POLINA'S SONG | FAENA 

Polina’s long list of accolades and collaborations include writing credits and vocals for the hit song “Book Of Love” with Felix Jaehn and Eminem’s track “Legacy,” as well as features with Kaskade and Steve Aoki and various side projects under her stage name Contessa.

What inspired you to write the song?

As soon as I arrived at the hotel, I was enchanted by its grand but sensual beauty, its vivid colors and seductive atmosphere. Experiencing the tropical hues of the ocean and seeing thunderstorms light up the night sky from the safety of a warm cocoon really opens you up in a different way. After 
a night out at Faena Theater’s cabaret show and Saxony Bar, the speakeasy-style disco room, I really felt the urge to write a song. On my last day there, I was standing on the balcony looking at the ocean with a bittersweet feeling and the melody and lyrics “I left my heart in Faena” suddenly poured out of me. I had to bottle up the way this place made me feel in a song.

What did you enjoy most about shooting the music video at Faena?

It was the first video I co-directed and I wanted to create a series of different characters through unique choreography and styling. The concept is me waking up at the hotel to find I have it 
all to myself and role playing in its beautiful spaces like no one’s watching. Since I was familiar with Faena’s interiors, I had a lot of fun finding fashion pieces that would complement its extravagance. 

What intrigues you most about Miami? 

The first time I came to Miami was for the Winter Music Conference and Ultra. I performed on the main stage with Steve Aoki to a sea of people. It was such a rush! I love how this city has become an art playground and how it plays with space.

What’s next?

A Spanish version of “Faena” just dropped featuring Latin artist Llane, and I have a follow up single coming out this spring. I’ll also be releasing an album later this year, and several Contessa projects are in the works including an immersive theater show. It’s going to be a busy year!