Cxemcast 053 – Perila

Could you tell us about Berlin Community Radio, which is your current place of work? What’s unique about it?

Berlin Community Radio is an online station that works 24/7. Its program includes more than a hundred shows by the residents, but also we always follow the events that take place in Berlin’s music and cultural sector, and we invite non-resident guests. The atmosphere at BCR is very multicultural and diverse. Basically, there are no limits, but of course, everything should be up to the mark.

How did you engage with the community?

Three years ago I came to Berlin for three months to understand whether or not I could live there. During that period I’ve met a lot of interesting musicians, including Sara and Anastasia (who are the bosses of BCR). I closely followed BCR’s shows (especially Welcome To The Room, where such guests as Huerco S, Terekke, Dynamo Dreesen and others were invited). So when I met them I just offered my help. And when I finally got my two-year visa and came to Berlin, I went to the radio the very first day, that’s how it all started.

This year, 20FT Radio was launched in Kyiv. It became popular pretty fast, and was even nominated for Webby Awards. Have you heard about it? What do you think about this new station?

Of course, I’ve heard about it. My friends played there. I support any kind of endeavours, especially if we are talking about worthwhile and interesting content, because usually there is a lack of it.

What do you think about the radio format itself? How relevant is it ? Where do you see its potential,and how does it differ from the old radio stations?

Before working at BCR I didn’t know that online radio format was so relevant and convenient for work, that’s the difference from old-school radio. Its only flaw is that the format is very difficult to sustain if you don’t have any financial support or sponsors. But, generally speaking,  it’s one more network that connects people from all over the world according to their interests, and helps musicians to be promoted.

What was the thing that attracted you in Схема, and how did you become part of its crew?

I like trying new things and dealing with different aspects of musical activities. Of course nowadays everything is done via Internet, it’s there where you look for the mixes and the music. I think it’s very cool when you get to know people through their music first, and then personally. I met Slava exactly this way.

Considering the quite rapid development of Kyiv’s nightlife, it is sad to hear about the problems that our colleagues and friends from Russia are facing. Five recent events by Arma have been disrupted, including Outline festival, and the event celebrating Arma’s ninth anniversary. What do you think is the reason of such pressure on nightlife in Russia, and why is it happening now?

It's hard to tell, for me this question remains open. Personally I think it’s a step backwards. Of course, the government knows nothing about nightlife, but today it's not only about raves. Nightlife is an essential part of the urban infrastructure. So it is really sad to see this unwillingness to understand and deal with modern time. But what is more upsetting is that it’s unclear how to cope with this situation, when you don’t have any authority. I think my friends share my opinion on this.

How do you manage to combine working at Berlin Community Radio with being a musician, a journalist, and an artist while moving between Moscow and Berlin?

Sometimes it can be difficult, but in general all these things are interconnected, so the more work I have the easier it is to organize myself and manage to do more. Basically these activities make me move forward without hesitation, and new acquaintances suggest that everything is possible (and even the impossible).

When can we listen to the new releases by wedntndwrds or Perila?

I hope this year to finally come back to making music. I really miss it, but the process requires temporary isolation and inner peace. It is kind of difficult to do that in Berlin with its huge amount of events, and especially when the bureaucratic machine makes you completely exhausted.

How different is living in Berlin from living in Moscow or Saint Petersburg?

Moscow is a splash of crazy all-devouring energy, that’s why it doesn’t attract me that much. Berlin and Saint Petersburg are somehow similar though. They are compact, and have a slow-motion atmosphere, it is easy to find inspiration there.

What are your favourite parties, places to hang out in Berlin?

I like all the places in Berlin. I just like being in the street, surrounded by freedom and music. I like going to the lake, being near the water or drinking prosecco in the park. Concerning clubs, I prefer small places with cool line-up, like at all the parties in OHM or PLO Man events.

You are also a visual artist, could you tell us about your work?

I’m simply scanning the reality, what I’m doing is processing information from the life around me. It’s a pity that life in Berlin has caught me in a swirl so that I have almost no time for my music and art, even though there is a desire to create. But while I’m waiting for my visa in Russia, and I’m starting to have a clear vision of how I need to move towards myself and music.


Interviewed by Nazariy Sovsun.