Cxemcast 046 – Poly Chain
What did you do in Kiev before moving to Warsaw?
I studied art theory at the Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, and played the synthesizer in a shoegaze band. I was bored out back then, I was 16-18 years old, craving for adventures. Now I would love to come back to the same faculty: reading books, talking about art and philosophy, surrounding myself with avant-garde – that would be wonderful. However, there is no such possibility now.
How did moving to Warsaw influence your music?
Education in Poland has influenced it. I studied graphic design at a private University in Lodz and there I became interested in video and 3D design – it was a truly fascinating practice: synchronizing sound with effects or 3D objects. Also graphic design has developed concentration and perseverance in me.
What are you currently working on?
Basically, I work as a graphic designer and I write music. Together with Eltronom (Marek Stuczyński) and Zambon (Maciej Zambon) we’ve made the last corrections to the record that will soon be released on Transatlantyk label. It is based in Berlin and produces artists from Eastern Europe. Now I am preparing another podcast for Polish music portal called Trzecia Fala. I also play at different parties in Poland and write songs with Polish artists. It hasn’t come to anything serious yet, but I think that the record release will be followed by a cassette to be produced by my friends from Warsaw - Pointless Geometry, which will contain separate tracks recorded with a few particularly distinguished talents.
How does creative life in Poland differ from that in Ukraine?
I haven’t been to Ukraine for quite a long time, it's hard to compare. I find out about what is going on from the stories of my artist friends, but it is not the same as live impression. In Poland it is easier to get a grant or go on an exchange to another country for six months. In Warsaw, for example, there is a club that constantly invites stars of electronic scene from abroad.
What can you say about night life in Warsaw?
There are regular techno parties called Brutaz that are held in Warsaw, sometimes in other Polish cities and even in Berlin. They have a distinctive feature – not to announce the artists until the following day after the event. The organizer of Brutaz also makes another party series called Swiatło, mostly with house music. There are wild ravers – gabber party called Wixapol. From time to time Dunno Recording makes events with their artists. There is also an underground scene. For the second time, three labels gathered in one night: Pointless Geometry, Audile Snow and Magia. Some of these guys have played at Unsound Festival and other major festivals.
You are also performing at Unsound Festival this year. Tell us how did it happen.
I don’t know, probably I am super good.
What do you expect from the show?
Nothing in particular. On the background of terrible fuss with deportation issues and the loss of workplace, I do not feel that performing at the festival is something special. I would love to listen to my favorite artists, but I won’t be able to attend all the events because of my work, very sorry to miss Dean Blunt.
Do you only play live?
Yes, I do, so far. Once I played a set, but only because the synthesizer broke down during the sound check.
If you played a DJ set, what kind of music would you play?
I have time lapses when I’m interested in different music. This year, I really like the artists from 100% Silk label. I guess that their records would work perfectly at the dancefloor.
What do you use for your performances?
DSI Prophet 08 and Boss looper. They are connected to the mixer via the audio card to control the sound level. I’ve tested different synthesizers, however as soon as some money came, I decided to choose Prophet, advised by my friend, who is a bassist. There are, however, some drawbacks: the controls stale quickly. By the way, I’ve just received the new ones today, directly from the factory.
You talked about different joint projects with other musicians. Do you like collaborations?
Yes, I would like to find someone with whom you I could play on a long-term basis. In general, I am fond of jamming - it is always an adventure. You can rather predict everything, because you see the instruments in front of you. But the unexpected turns and thrills sometimes occur, making you say “wow”. There is even material that was documented on tape, the result of workshops on field-recording. Half of the participants are the guys from Lviv Conservatory and the other half are Polish musicians. The last track is our final jam with samples recorded during the workshops.
And what does Poly Chain mean? Was it taken from synthesizer terminology?
Yes, it is an entrance to the synthesizers, through which they can be connected together. Well, it sounds like a girl's name, so it is perfect.
Interviewed by Bohdan Konakov.