Cxemcast 022 – Zakat95

Why do you play incognito?

I want the listener to be focused on music, not image. When you see an artist, you immediately tie him to what he or she is playing. So, I want just to create a vibe. People didn’t pay attention to the looks before. There were a lot of innumerous artists and white label releases, which you cling to only through music. This is a kind of respect for those times.

That’s why you’ve chosen trance? Do you think that trance is the next stage of development of dance culture after techno?

I’ve been waiting long for the return of trance, the German first wave, to be precise. It pleases me a lot, when there are some glimpses of revival. I occasionally surf Juno searching for new trance, but those releases are not completely interesting for me in terms of sound and concept. All of this can be traced from the moment, when the rethinking of ambient and distinctive leftfield sound with a modern twist took off. Logically, the next wave will likely be on the cross of analog techno and power ambient. In trance, I like harmony, mood and atmosphere. I feel closer to it than to modern techno. I grew up on releases of Sonic Records, Kontor Music, KLF Communications, R & S, React. I like the borderline neighborhood of techno, house and ambient music, maybe with a bit of acid and jungle. With the influence of new age wave. Though without inflection towards complete trash or 'polish', on the contrary.

You frequently travel in Ukraine. What is happening on the places?

Yes, I like traveling, communicating with different musicians. I enjoy that youth has united despite recent events. It can be especially felt in small towns. The guys are proud of their origin, their crowd. These crowds actually make important things. It is very rare those things are done by clubs or places. However, in some cases, it leads to destruction and the energy, produced by those people, doesn’t go beyond their circle, bursts there and dies. Therefore, it is important to look for ways to express of creative energy.

You write music. What are music and creativity for you? Why are you doing this?

Yes, sometimes I write for myself. It is an outlet, creation of something new. Realizing that you’ve created something, which didn’t exist 10 minutes ago, is priceless. It is something that might be left after you. I hope that I will soon introduce a reinterpreted version of old trance with the spirit of modern time. Now I reflect a lot about how it should sound.

What could make you give up music?

The understanding that I'm not interested any more. This is a hobby, so there aren’t many risks.

Is there a typical 'Kyiv style' of electronic music?

I think so. It is quite unique. To quote one of my friends, "Kyiv is a city that has its own distinctive mood. It is daring and smooth at the same time". Plus, we live in a unique time, when any of your beginnings can grow into something great and original, but you've got to be honest in it. In music, in literature.

If you're going to play at Схема, how would you look like - a mask, a hologram...?

Haven’t though about it yet. I think something not shocking and simple, neutral.

Tell us about your mix. What track is your favorite?

It mostly consists of first wave trance tracks, German scene again. Several tracks from that period to ‘zero’ years. I tried to make it smooth, pulling out of the context of what is happening at Схема, adapted to the present time. My favorite is the last track, the white label release "Nightflight on Wax" by Mark N-R-G.

Interviewed by Bohdan Konakov.