Cxemcast 013 – Brother G
What is it like to be a DJ and how long have you been following this path?
The first time when I twisted decks was in 1998, probably... I feel myself more as a producer, not a DJ, though I like to play too.
Finally, producer. Let's talk about it, then. How are you doing tracks and what is important for you in production?
From setup, I use axe and computer, and it is difficult to say what is important… probably, the first place take the releases, for the replenishment of discography. I want it to be vast and varied, with no digital tracks, what I’m working at now. One of the main instruments in my work is Akai Mpc 1000, I use use with different tools, axe and software. From DAW, I use Logic X and Ableton9.
What labels were you published on and how difficult is it for Ukrainian producer to become noticeable?
I won’t list the first digital releases. The first vinyl came out, as I recall, in 2010 on Rawax label. It was a compilation. The next was the album consisting of two releases of 12 "and 10" on London label called Boe under the name G-Transition, two V.A.s on Udacha and Rough House Rosie, two solos on Rawax and two releases on my old MRS label... Of course, it is harder for Ukrainian producer to become prominent than for a guy from London or Chicago. However, if you believe and love what you do, It doesn’t really matter where you’re from.
Do you get to travel and travel around the world?
While geography is not varied, but it turns out.
I heard you played at Tresor club, didn’t you?
Yes, I did recently, in December. It was very cool! I played on Globus, house dancefloor, it was Monday, and still –a bunch of people. Void Acoustics sound was definitely the best setup, which I've ever performed with. Berlin crowd always sharply reacts to music and Tresor was no exception, which I didn’t doubt at all. It happened thanks to Rawax label, one of the frontmen of which I am. In general, all of my trips to Germany somehow happened thanks to Robert (the boss of Rawax), through him I got the right connections and continue to accumulate them.
Wow. How does it happen that even on Mondays clubs gather a full house?
Berlin is a unique place. It’s not possible anywhere else, only there is this atmosphere of incessant partying not depending on the day of the week. The magic of this place attracts right people - these people form the backbone of those willing to dance non-stop. In addition, there is a high concentration of artists and other cultural elements. And there is a huge club industry.
How does the West react to the fact that you are from Ukraine? And to Ukrainian artists in general?
Not many people understand where it is, many people thought that I was from Russia or that Ukraine is located in Russia. Many people also think that I'm from Berlin.
How is your music perceived here, in Ukraine, and abroad?
In Ukraine, I do not even know how… and abroad it is perceived well, I have support from well-known producers.
Does it mean that nobody needs it here?
The most interesting things, in fact, are just beginning. In our country, there was no such cultural backgrownd for early development as in Europe, for example. We will follow our way, and I don’t see any problems.
It’s clear that we are falling behind Europe. But what's missing, what's the problem of our local scene?
There are few artists, no diversity of small tight groups, developing their signature recognizable styles, something like that... We don’t have any strong labels, distribution, etc.
And how do you see the solution to this problem?
This is a question to the promoters.
No one knows their faces, but they create the weather, don’t they?
Who else. It is difficult even to imagine how to search for bookings while actively working as a producer... Usually the problem of our promoters lays in commercialism. However, the situation has markedly improved recently. Our guys have a lot more to learn, but I believe that we have everything coming ahead. Once again, everything goes in the right direction, there is hope. In our country, there is still no attitude to it as to industry, because the industry itself is still doesn’t exist.
Tell us how do the locals react to your contract with foreign label and that you’re playing, for example, in Berlin? Perhaps, for some it is more important than the music, isn’t it?
Usually they say something like "oh, cool!", but without much of enthusiasm. In fact, party visitors, who buy records and just versed into music, make the minority. Anyways, snobs would say something like "well, Berlin is not that cool actually, who hasn’t played there". I don’t feel any overreaction, more of an apathy... I'm a simple guy, maybe if I could act with more pathos, the reaction would be like "oh, that is a super-artist"...
By the way, what do play more: live or DJ sets?
I play DJ sets and prefer vinyl. I played live in the past, I think that will come back to it in the future.
Who is a good DJ?
For me, a good DJ is a distinct taste and style, in the first place, ability to rock the dance floor. One can’t buy taste for money and can’t develop it in a couple of months, and technique is secondary, because it’s not that difficult, in fact. Everyone probably has own definition and different views on this culture.
Taste doesn’t mean that DJ should only play a certain style or genre, does it?
Of course not. It's a feeling of high quality material selection, which comes with years or even with decades.
Interviewed by Bohdan Konakov.