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. How did you decide to open it? Have you faced any difficulties?

Yes, we’ve opened it six months ago together with my friends. Tallinn really lacked a decent club. In fact, there was no night life in the city, nor any places with an interesting, high-quality program. Of course, it is difficult to open a club in such a city, where most of people are used to going to bars with free entrance in order to communicate, but not to dance. Everything seemed stuck in some strange state between ignorance and boredom. I think we should be more open to new things. Moreover, the small scale of the local scene is also a difficulty for opening a club. That is why we’ve recently decided to create a record label, which will issue our own records and releases by other Estonian artists.

So there are no other clubs  in Tallinn except for 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 the construction of yet another skyscraper is planned in its place. There are several parties in Tallinn that move from place to place. For example, Mutant Disco organized by Raul Saaremets has existed for the past eighteen years.

What are the relations with local authorities?

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

I’ve heard about the existing segregation between Estonian and Russian populations. Does it reflect 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 a while now. Although, some hip-hop and house producers of the 90’s play DJ sets from time to time.

Whom do you find worth paying attention to among the young Estonian musicians?

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

How many Estonian record labels are there?

Merely a few. For example, there is Frotee Records that produces good music, mostly re-releasing unknown local music. The rest are old school labels run by producers, who 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. I plan my next one to be released on Porridge Bullet label under the name ‘Dima Disk’.

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 a synthesizer, and that’s how it took off.

Are you a fan of analog?

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

Which setup do you use for writing music now?

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

What future is there for Lekker and the Estonian scene in general?

We Gonna Change The Game!


Interviewed by Bohdan Konakov.