Cxemcast 046 – Poly Chain
What did you do in Kiev before moving to Warsaw?
I studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture on the Faculty of Art Theory and played on a synthesizer in a shoegaze band. I was bored out then, being 16-18 years I was craving for adventures. Now I would love to come back to the same faculty: reading books, talking about art and philosophy, surround yourself with avant-garde – it is charming. However, there is no such possibility now.
How moving to Warsaw influenced your music?
Education in Poland has influenced it. I studied graphic design at a private University in Lodz and there became interested in video and 3D design – it was a truly fascinating practice to synchronize sound with effects or 3D objects. In addition, graphic design has developed in me concentration and perseverance.
What are you working now at?
Basically, I work as a graphic designer and write music. Together with Eltronom (Marek Stuczyński) and Zambon (Maciej Zambon) we’ve made the last amendments 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 distinguishable talents.
How creative life in Poland does differ from Ukrainian one?
I haven’t been to Ukraine for quite a long time, it's hard to compare. I find out what is going on from the stories of my friends-artists, 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 half a year, however in Warsaw, for example, there is a club that constantly brings foreign stars of electronic scene.
What can you say about night life in Warsaw?
There are regular techno party called Brutaz 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 throws another parties called Swiatło with mostly house music. There are wild ravers – gabber party called Wixapol. Dunno Recording does events with their artists from time to time. 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 shows?
Nothing in specific. On the background of terrible fuss with deportation issues and the loss of work, I do not feel that the performance at the festival is something special. I would love to listen to my favorite artists, but, because of work, I won’t be able to attend all the events, very sorry to miss Dean Blunt.
Do you play gigs only?
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 put?
I have lapses of being 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 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 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 can 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, however unexpected turns and thrills, which make you say “wow”, happen sometimes. There is even a material 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