When Oleg Nesterov was touring in Krasnodar with his band Megapolis in 1996, Masha Makarova gave him a demo-tape. The producer signed a contract with a singer. In 1997, she formed Masha i Medvedi band and relocated to Moscow. Makarova wrote all music and lyrics on their debut album, released in 1998 by Extraphone. The group had a huge success, started touring extensively and received various awards from magazines and popular FM-stations. In 1999, Masha i Medvedi recorded their second album.
At the peak of success, the group came to an end abruptly in 2000. Right before the major gig at the Maxidrom Festival, Makarova had a fight with other band members – they cancelled the show that night and decided to split. Four years later, the group reunited and recorded the third album. Erik Chanturia is a new producer of the band.
Masha Makarova – vocals, acoustic guitar, flute
Vyacheslav Motylev – guitar
Denis Petukhov – bass, keyboards
Maxim Khomich – guitar
Vyacheslav Kozyrev – drums