You’re inspired by the 80’s Russian Electronic music scene, most people won’t be so familiar with that, how did you discover those artists and what is it about that sound that resonated with you?
The fact is that in the second half of the 80’s in the USSR almost no foreign music penetrated through the iron curtain, people were not allowed to go abroad. While the electronic revolution has already taken place all over the world only records like Beatles Led Zeppelin reached Russia. In Russia in the underground there was only rock’n’roll and punk basically or something close to the synth pop experimented around these genres and jazz. There was very little electronic experimental music. It is not clear how, in Izhevsk at that time a group of people managed to achieve such an amazing sound without access to the heritage of world music. In fact, they formed their own scene, and in fact they themselves discovered what was already open in the whole world. For this reason, this phenomenon is surprising precisely in the context of the history of our country because there was no cultural continuity and some kind of musical experience exchange and especially as Izhevsk is not the capital.
You throw parties with a lot of your friends which sound amazing – what prompted you to do this?
Well, I was more likely party at these parties but not a direct organiser due to the tight tour schedule.
What are you most excited about with the community you’ve created?
That these people are the most talented, whom I know in Moscow, they have a lot of passion and energy. They create a lot, inspire other people, generate ideas in almost all areas. Creating a city in a city in which you really want to live in. They create labels, collaborate with each other in music, collaborate with other kinds of art, like cinema, fashion – enlivening this city. I think in every corner of the world there are such groups, communities, without which nothing would move, history is moved by such people.
What’s your process for making music?
The main thing is to have a laptop. Sometimes I just need it, for example, on an airplane, you can sketch something cool or on tour then go to the home studio and have to work through what was outlined. The process is not tricky, you throw patterns, rhythms, melodies together then the main thing is to feel these things. You sit digging for hours. All this is overgrown with new layers and sometimes from the original idea one can go very far inside ones work. The main thing is not to be afraid to turn in another direction and give up something. It is very important to catch this buzz and wave, you immediately feel when the track turns out to be real because it starts on some kind of internal level to resonate with you. In fact, it’s all much deeper than just technical process but beforehand you must live so that when you come home and sit down for work you get honest material. That is, very is important! So you need to start with drama and the history of your own life.