Cxemcast 030 – Vualitron

This mix consists of your ‘lives’. Tell us how you recorded it.

It is a live mix of tracks written during 2014-2015. I used Ableton and a controller. I also play the same tracks live with Octatrack, reverberator and drum machine.

What else do you use for writing music? How does your desktop look like?

Well, a lot of stuff. Everything that is by the hand: recorder, drum machine, synth, sampler. I use both axe and software. Actually, sometimes you can write a track completely in Logic.

Does it seem to you that when music is constructed, it loses its magic?

Magic depends on the perception of music. If you do not feel the magic, even the best track will leave you indifferent. One sights of different music under different circumstances. Being a musician, I’m interested in process and final result, which sounds from monitors. Ways of getting this sound don’t really matter.

What does matter then?

I like when tracks add some charm and rhythm to the reality, beating with foot. When they don’t impair paranoia and stress, always accompanying us in the metropolitan mode, but vice versa - distance from the bustle, make it abstract and fanciful. Pressurize a kind of zen happiness - calm and alert state. We do not live in legalize, though music is intended to lead through the trip – this is what matters. Unfortunately, it is still quite risky.

Is it important to monitor trends when writing music?

Speaking of hype, I’m really amused how short-term fashion trends whether make people write and play something radically new, opposite to what they used to do, or vice versa - encourage people to bend their line and not get distracted with all sorts of chatting or new rave.

What is fashion for you?

I could sneeze on fashion, but I rarely do sneeze. For me, the little black dress is currently fashionable - as a philosophical concept, reflection of mood and a way of interaction; its output beneath gender frames, utilitarian usefulness and convenience. Then, I’m always curious how people pump the dancefloor with something that shouldn’t work in theory. It is clear that 128-130 bpm and rough barrel with synth will easily make thousands of people dance, however it is really exciting when someone puts weird tracks and people still don’t leave.

What did influence you to start doing electronic music?

I don’t know. Probably, it was acid.

Do you like those parties to which you go?

Some parties in Closer are truly good. Otel' club is also interesting - you can listen to new local artists there. Some sessions at Efir and Kontrapunkt also please with honesty and relaxation.

How long have you been writing music?

Since 2000. I have a few projects. There is a record on Dubwax label and I’ve also did my own releases. However, I think that talking about music in the key of success is a bit one-sided and wrong. John Frusciante has recently said that music shouldn’t be sold, but distributed for free, then it would become less biased, more lively and honest. Perhaps, he is right in a way. Losers, who didn’t release any album, but burning with the idea and constantly playing live, are more acutely aware of the moment of time. This year I’m preparing another release and, if lucky, maybe more.

Is it hard to be an artist in Ukraine?

It depends. If you are an introvert or autistic, then it is. If you are a good-looking friendly blond without unnecessary prejudices and principles, then everything is much easier.

Do you mean that it is necessary to communicate and met people in order to play regularly?

More or less.

And music does not matter?

It has, of course, but in different ways. For an artist, music is a way of sublimation, a kind of expression of an attitude to what happens in life; and for a popular DJs, it is an instrument of manipulating people on the dance floor and a means of maintaining their image.

What do you do besides music?

I love cycling. Not a hundred kilometers every day, but doing thirty-five is no problem for me. I also like unconventional movies and tumbler.

Do you have a cycling route?

All routes are interesting. I don’t like to go back taking the same way. Though, you can ride along the embankment from Vydubychi to Obolon’ – it is really cool. It is also nice to ride in Holosiiv forest or Muromets island.

What are you listening to while biking?

Oh, I don’t cycle with headphones. Firstly, it is dangerous and, secondly, I can appreciate the silence.

How much do you get inspired with the surrounding sounds?

I always have a charged recorder in my backpack. I record everything that draws my attention. I bring few recording from all my trips of something that can be found only there: drummers from Athens or nightingales from Montenegro.

Which sound do you like the most?

The noise of waves. Their lapping, birds, cicadas and TB-303, of course.

What does ‘Vualitron’ mean?

It is just a neologism. The word that didn’t exist before. It might be a hybrid of hedgehog and robot or a tree elf.

Whom can you highlight from local scene?

Well, everyone is cool. For example, Brother G, Strukturator, Mokri Dereva, Sommer, Vaschenko, Komponente, Shakolin and Dj Borys.

Interviewed by Bohdan Konakov.