Cxemcast 016 – Recid
How does Kirovohrad, your native city, sound like? What is happening there? What problems do you have?
The situation here is difficult, both economically and culturally - the city almost hasn’t been developing for a long time. For the youth, that is interested not only in boxing and gym training, there are not enough options to have fun. For this reason, together with Sergey Oleynik (Techno.ua) we decided to create a new company. We invented a simple name, but with a sense - Yellowcake. ‘Yellow Cake’ is the enriched uranium, in which the sulfur is added to order to get a powerful nuclear fuel. Our city is sometimes called the ‘Uranium Ghetto’ because of the large number of uranium mines in the area, so the ‘Yellowcake’ is quite common and suits us.
Whom in Kirovohrad (and generally in Ukraine) should we pay attention to?
My friend, Dima Danilenko, writes true and minimalistic music. He records his hypnotic sequences under the overloaded 909th four on the floor, gently modulating the faders manually. In Kyiv, Konstantin Lobanov has already recorded many tracks having his own style and pre-conceived ideas. Recently, in Odessa, the audience took his live in an overall rating of five plus. I also like music from Misha Shevchenko (Enformig), Lesha Volosunov (Hateyouall) and Kostya Karpin – really worth listening to.
How did you come to techno and what does it mean for you?
All thanks to my older brother. In the first grade, I was listening to The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Moby, and so on. In 2006 I ran into a collection of techno music, trendy at the time, and I realized that straight barrel with 128 beats per minute is mine! There were tracks such as Väth vs. Rother - Komm and DK8 - Murder Was The Bass. The old school Detroit and modernized Berlin wave changed my taste - it was impossible to listen to commercial techno, everything popular seemed nasty. The ‘black’ music showed me the meaning of these enchanting sounds, instilled love to classical instruments and dirty sound, while the Europeans have minimized this whole thing. In general, ‘white’ people destroyed high-tech jazz from the New World.
Are you more a DJ or a producer? How is it interconnected?
I never referred to myself as a DJ and I don’t like this word. However, I really like to be in this place, besides it gives me useful knowledge for creating music. When a producer makes a one-minute loop at the beginning and the end of the track - it becomes interconnected. It also seems to me that if you write techno for the convenience of the DJ, there is a bigger chance to release your music.
What does your setup consist of?
I have no analogue instruments and axe processors. I do everything I need easily in Ableton. My main weapon is sampling and plugins, which mimic vintage sound, give me the desired result. The main thing is to understand how they work and where t apply them. Perhaps, I will acquired some axe in the future, but for a good pre-mastering I get enough from virtual devices.
Who did influence your music?
Of course, it was Belville trio and their colleagues from Detroit. However, I could find myself thanks to Renee Pavlovich, Marcel Fengler and Zenker brothers. These are the guys, who perfectly combine the ideas of the past with the current and vice versa. Each of them is what turns me on and makes to write new music. These guys are my fount of inspiration.
What can you say about Ukraine on the global stage?
Everything is going well so far - techno expands with each party. If I'm not mistaken, four European artists visited Kyiv for the past six months, not counting our celebrities, but each of them has made a huge impression on the audience. Imagine what would happen if foreign artists would come more often, lights would be better and the audience would grow - we have already taken this path and it is unlikely to stop soon.
Can you think of any nearest trends in the development of dance music and the audience?
I can’t say for all dance music, but techno has already gained a new shade. I don’t even know how to describe it. Just listen to Lakker, Ontal, Ascion, you might say that there is nothing new in them, but their broken rhythm and distortion on almost all instruments sound cool.
Which problems do you face as a young musician?
It is difficult to say that challenges that stand before me are real problems. Nowadays, everything can be solved.
Interviewed by Bohdan Konakov.