Cxemcast 034 – Molodoy Chelovek

01. Molodoy Chelovek - Kehee
02. Heidi Lord - AM5
03. Chevel - Flippant Remark
04. Gohan - Onlookers Murmur
05. Bleaching Agent - Colo (Shawn O Sullivan Remix)
06. Osynlig Fetma - Sheik Your Ass
07. Molodoy Chelovek - U N T I
08. Molodoy Chelovek - Stupid President
09. Molodoy Chelovek - Divace
10. Funkstorung - Untitled
11. Molodoy Chelovek - Hemi-sync
12. Faces Of Drums - The Lost Tracks 1
13. Molodoy Chelovek - 135
14. Voiron - Itinéris (Legowelt Remix)
15. Molodoy Chelovek - Dope Keys

 

Who is  Molodoy Chelovek (Rus. – Young Man)?

Molodoy Chelovek is pure me as well as my personal project. I chose this nickname in social networks. When I started to write music, I decided to use this nickname. And before that, I have been playing DJ sets under my name - Leonel.

How long have you been writing music and what prompted you to do this?

I’ve ben writing by myself for not so long, about three years. At some point I realized that I was ripe for this thing and started to continuously read, watch, try something and develop software. Afterwards I bought a couple of instruments, started to extract sounds and it just took off. Generally, I’ve been listening to electronic music since childhood, have been collecting it and continue to collect.

What inspires you?

My life, lives of people around me, moments from it. I generate and reproduce everything that happens to me every day.

What kind of music do you collect?

Absolutely different, there are no limits. Recently, I got addicted to old cassettes from the 80’s – of limited edition and almost unknown. It can even be just a tape with some nameless crazy sound effects. Recently, I was lucky to get a link from one friend leading to a big digitized archive of old music. I sample it, remix and make edits, can endlessly spin one loop, layer something on top - the result is quite interesting.

What tools do you use for writing music?

I don’t have enough instruments to make up list. In addition, it is constantly updating, but I can say that I it mainly consists of Roland and Korg. I am always in the process of search. I´ve collected my personal library of sounds of the instruments that I have right now or have had before. Actually, I am currently collecting a setup for live performances - small functional machines, not huge coffins. Constantly leaning and exploring new instruments is an exciting experience. Plus, I have friends, with whom we have established constant instruments exchange.

Do you have any releases?

Not yet. Sometimes I put something on my Bandcamp and send it to musicians and friends – to start dialogues and set up connections. I have some euros coming from Bandcamp sometimes, even though my music is free. It´s cool when, for example, Parrish Smith or Xosar drop you money as a support. Everything is at this stage for now.

How many people pay attention to your Bandcamp and releases there?

Only those, whom I send links to, and some more people following my work.

You come from Ufa. How is being a young producer there?

First of all, I gotta say that I don’t consider myself to be a musician – I’m a 'beatmaker’. Secondly, I’m all good in general. However, it is still a province, which is pretty dense. People often don’t get me, except for my circle of friends, who I brainwash with music and names constantly. I plan to travel frequently to Moscow - it is still a place of power and it attracts a lot of cool guys.

What does ‘beatmaker’ mean?

I wouldn’t say that I know how to play keyboards or strings. I can only control machines and make melody using chords generator on sampler.

Your mix has recently appeared on Gost Zvuk (Rus. – Gost Sound) label. Tell us about the istory of its creation.

Once I sent a promo to Gost and Ildar liked it. He offered to record a podcast and I made a mix consisting mainly from my tracks. Then he showed it to other guys - everyone approved. This is the whole story.

How can you characterize modern Russian scene?

Many good guys are out there now, but mostly they are little-known, just like me.

Which sound is close to you?

Recently, I like industrial, post-industrial, minimal wave mixed with four on the floor, although frankly speaking, 4/4 is beginning to annoy lately.

As you said, you communicate with many musicians from around the world. What does it give you, how does it influence your work?

How does it influence... I’m not even sure if it does. Althou what I get is a feedback and music in response – a kind of musical interchange. It is so cool when Maoupa Mazzocchetti tells you: "Good music, I would take this thing and that one to play and I will pass the tracks to the boss of Unknown Precept label, which I like a lot". This gives me confidence that I write not that dirty as I thought I did...

 

 
Interviewed by Bohdan Konakov