Tell us a bit about your home town of Konotop, Ukraine.
It’s a city in the Northern Ukraine where I grew up. It is my home where I feel safe, energised and where i can concentrate on work and not get distracted. I always come back here for inspiration, I feel like this is the land that carries spirit of the past which I am strongly connected to.
Anyway, I also realise that it is Ipossible for me to continue living here only because my production does not depend on the outside conditions. Otherwise there is no space for artists or musicians in the city and I am certain that if I had to look for work here I would not find anything satisfying.
My music is not known here either, but this is fine with me as this is my spiritual home which gives me energy and insights for the music I create. Promotion is not my task, so as long as I can live here and still be appreciated in other places I am happy enough!
What was the decision surrounding your move to Moscow?
There was a point i my life when I realised that I am living my groundhog day. At that time it was not a conscious decision to go and start making music. No, it was rather a break-through in search for fresh air, and the only big vivid city that I had access to was Moscow. I believe it was the best decision at that time as it satisfied my thirst and help me set the priorities. Moscow is certainly my second home, because it was the city where I met people who inspired me and let me be a part of something big and meaningful.
It was there you worked at Propaganda Club, which is where you met Anton Zap, can you tell about your time there.
It was the end of the 90’s and these were the best times of my life. The concept of Propaganda Club was very young and tempting. They had a very strict face (door) control and the first three times I went there they did not even let me in. But eventually I started coming to Propaganda every weekend, getting to know people, enjoying the music. It was a mystery happening and I really wanted to be a part of it. Propaganda was not a big place, it could host 800 people, but these were the people who really enjoyed those parties. Anton was the first person who gave me some records that he did not need so that I could practice. Eventually I spent 4 years in Propaganda as a resident.
When I started djing it was a very special community of us, taste was a matter of great importance and there was not that much access towards music through charts and internet. At that time we would only order vinyls from a couple of websites such as Junkie XL Records or Satellite Records. Parties were very popular but still quite intimate. This is what I liked about the place.
Of course, we would have some inside misunderstandings and troubles, but I guess, it is always a part of life and collaboration. Especially if it has to do with people who have their own visions and ambitions towards similar subjects. Anyway, being a part of something as great and dynamic as Propaganda is an integral part of my development as an artist and a person.
The times have changed, Propaganda is not the same anymore either, but I think it is the way it should be as the club scene is developing fast, new tendencies appear and young blood comes into play.