Cxemcast 038 – Nikolajev

01. Lee Gamble - B23 Steelhouse
02. Hank Jackson - Chicken Fried Shrimp
03. Dreams - Night Cap
04. Battista - What Am I Supposed To Do Now
05. Wyndell Long - Asphasia
06. Primitive World - Purple Caps
07. Buttechno - Silent E
08. Vinalog - Addiction
09. Rebeval - Chantage
10. Gesloten Cirkel - Charming Snorre
11. Magnar Solberg & Torstein Mills - No-No 3 A
12. Player - Player Seven 007 B
13. T.V. Out - Lights Out (Greg Beato Remix)


You're one of the founders of Lekker club in Tallinn. Why did you decide to open it? How hard was it?

Yes, my friends and it opened it six months ago. Tallinn really lacked a decent club. In fact, there was no night life in the city as well as no places with an interesting, high-quality program. Of course, it is difficult to open a club in the city, where most people are used to going to bars with free entrance in order to communicate, but not to dance. All seemed stuck in some strange state between ignorance and boredom. I think that we should be more open to something new. Moreover, small local scene is a difficulty for club opening. That is why we’ve recently decided to create a record label, which will issue our own records and releases from other Estonian artists.

It turns out that in Tallinn there are no other clubs except Lekker?

There was a bar called Protest, which was the main place for everybody to go, the legendary bar... I used to work there when I was 16 and started DJing there. However, Protest has been shut down recently and it is planned to build another skyscraper in its place. There are several parties in Tallinn that move from place to place. For example, Mutant Disco, organized by Raul Saaremets for the past eighteen years.

How are relations with local authorities going?

I would say that we have pretty good relations. We are not limited in time and can continue the parties until people are gone. It is funny though, but Lekker is situated near the central square of the city and the city council is located just above us. Actually, it's not the best place for the club due to increased attention to us.

I heard about an existing segregation of Estonian and Russian population. Does it find a reflection in the night life? Is it true that there are parties only for Russians or, vice versa, only for Estonians?

Unfortunately, it is true, we hardly intersect. Of course, I have a few friends among the Russians, but it can’t be taken into account. It even was the main reason why I started a series of parties called "Dima". I wanted to attract Russian-speaking youth that likes the same music as we do, but stays at home. So far, there is not much to boast about, but I don’t lose hope to see Estonians and Russians together on the dance floor.

What is the history of Estonian local scene?

Raul Saaremets, better known as Ajukaja as well as Hüpnosaurus, is our kind of 'mentor'. He has been writing music for over thirty years and is not going to stop. In the past, there were several bands that produced house, but they are out of business since long time. Although, some hip-hop and house producers of the 90’s play DJ sets from time to time.

Who among young Estonian musicians is worth paying attention to?

First of all, I would highlight Kadajane along with Bakey USTL, Endamisi Salamisi, Kask and Neuronphase.

How many Estonian record labels are there?

Merely a few. There is, for example, Frotee Records that produces good music, mostly re-releasing unknown local music. The rest are old school labels run by producers, where they release their own material.

Your record called Nikolajev EP was released a few weeks ago. Is it your first release?

Yes, this is my debut record that came out on Collect-Call label. My next one I plan to release under the name ‘Dima Disk’ on Porridge Bullet label.

How did you get into electronic music?

It happened when I came to Mutant Disco party for the first time at the age of 15. Then I started to collect money for synthesizer and there it took off.

Are you a fan of analog?

After my already weak computer crashed, I started to make music on analog instruments, recording tracks on tape etc.

Which setup do you use now for writing music?

I really like what Korg produces now, especially MS-20 Mini and EX 800. I’m waiting for a Minilogue parcel at the moment. In addition, I use Octatrack, Waldorf Streifett, Microkorg, TB-3, Electribe ESX: I recorded my first EP with these instruments.

What future is waiting for Lekker and Estonian scene in general?

We Gonna Change The Game!



Interviewed by Bohdan Konakov.