Cxemcast 024 – DJ 1985

01. Liasons Dangereuses - El Macho Y La Nena
02. Musumeci - Harry Batasuna
03. Drvg Cvltvre - Crack Spirit Guide
04. Diseno Corbusier - Golpe De Amistad
05. Fallbeil - Schafott
06. DJ Qu - Sweaty One
07. Gavin Russom - The Telstar File
08. Umwelt - Motor Coordination
09. John Heckle - Red Giant Encounter
10. MB - We Only Have
11. LA-4A - Invader (Alden Tyrell Remix)
12. Spaceinvasion - Radio Fix
13. Parrish Smith - L'Importance De Doute
14. Fallbeil - Direkte Gewalt
15. Mark Forshaw - The Fuck
16. Nehuen - The Game Has To Play Out
17. Random XS - Give Your Body
18. Demia E Clash - Cyber Space
19. SPK - Metal Dance
20. Richard H Kirk - One Three Fourgasm
21. Abandoned Footwear - Mind Over Matter
22. Entro Senestre - The Screen
23. Beverly Hills 808303 - The American Lie (Remix)
24. PMM - Serpent's Promise
25. John Heckle - Wet Noises

You're from Chelyabinsk, aren’t you? In which ways is this city interesting in terms of music, own scene etc.?

There is no local electronic scene in Chelyabinsk, only a few more or less interesting artists, among whom I can only highlight Anton Neotnas, my fellow from Waxxx, cool musician, DJ and collector. In DJ environment, apart from our subsidiary funk\soul RoRoWaxxx (Roots Rockn Waxxx) community, there is almost no one to align: some left for capital, some went to prison, some got stuck in the 90's or early 2000's (not in the best sense). .. That’s basically it.
Is there any potential in Chelyabinsk and peripheral cities in general for the development of dance culture, audience and electronic music? For example, in Siberia has something local having been formed recently.
There is potential but something is missing. In my opinion, first of all, it lacks local music scene (as mentioned above). And there is such in Siberia. By the way, I’m planning to visit a CTM Siberia festival in September, which will be held in Krasnoyarsk first and then in Novosibirsk.

How did you get acquainted with Slava and Схема?

I’ve heard a lot about Slava since the times of Zhiguli. Periodically listened to some of his mixes and here he has recently contacted me by himself.

Tell us about your way as a DJ.

At first, there were tapes with trance, pumping house and jungle during school years in late 90's, CDs with various dance music and playing at school parties in early 2000s afterwards. First drum’n’bass records and first turntables appeared in 2002, I played at the club in 2003 for the first time and in 2005 I issued my first recorded mix. By 2010, I played exclusively jungle \ drum’n’bass and dubstep \ grime under DJ Saint Man name. Later on, all this ghetto shit, juke, bass, house and techno... The new DJ 1985 nickname was coined quite spontaneously (this is a year of my birth).

Concerning nickname – you have a couple of them. Each one is supposed for particular type of music, isn’t it?

Yes, it's just for my own fun, never gave special significance and meaning to this issue: DJ XXXX is for x-rated ghetto music, DJ 0000 is for ambient, DJ ‘a year’ is for music of a particular year. You can look through my soundcloud.

Why did the shift of musical tastes occur in 2010? I mean the fact that you started playing different music and the change of audience’s tastes in general.

It is difficult to judge on the tastes of people - as they say, there are no argument for that. I can only talk for myself: dubstep and drum’n’bass vibe, which I personally liked, has exhausted itself out and I had to seek for new sources of musical makeup. In 2010, I put together a ‘ghetto-puzzle’: Chicago ghetto-house along with Detroit ghetto-tech and electro were complimented by juke (the Chicago one in particular, I wasn’t interested in later ‘future’ mutations of juke and jungle juke). About that time ghetto-impact could be heard in music of many dubstep artists such as Headhunter (Addison Groove), Ramadanman (Pearson Sound), Girl Unit and others. However, I could break arms of the journalist who invented Bass Music term, because true Bass Music is Miami Booty Bass, which was called so since early 80s.

Do you write music?

I don’t, just play different axe: I’m just excited with the process and sounds (sometimes unexpected ones) that you can get.

Tell us more about Roots Rockn Waxxx. What does the group do?

Roots Rockn Waxxx consists of Ilya Keepa, Pasha GoodyGoodie and few more DJs who play jazz / funk / soul / boogie / reggae / punk rock music. They regularly make parties in a picturesque local rock pub. We tried to play electronics there, but it just doesn’t sound.

Judging from your mix, you're a fan of old school music. How can you explain such choice?

Don’t know. It’s not me picking music, music picks me. In fact, according to the mix, one can say that I'm a fan of excessive ‘harsh stuff’. Well, fair enough considering the fact that I played a lot of EBM and acid here... I can’t resist these aggressive industrial synth-lines from 80s. Moreover, I’ve recently discovered young artists with acid-type distortion sound such as Kuno, Parrish Smith and Fallbeil.

Interviewed by Bohdan Konakov.