Interview: Ljubov Dzuzhynska
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Blichaus80 is a Kyiv-based emo-punk band. 

Zhenya Kovalevsky – vocals
Nikita Metel – guitar
Vlad Kovtunenko – bass
Artem Kmet – drums

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Is this your first interview?

Let’s start with general questions then. How did Blichaus80 come to life? How did you all meet?
Artem: We’ve prepared an answer about the concept – a teenage love and emo-punk band.
Vlad: It’s not much of a story.
Artem: Just tell it.
Vlad: About a year and a half ago, Zhenya started to nudge me asking to create a band, at first I thought that he was joking. It looks as if we’re saying toasts at a wedding haha.
Zhenya: Yes, I’ve met this dude when he was *this* size.
Vlad: So Zhenya suggested to form some kind of band, I thought at first that he wasn’t serious about it, but then we decided why the hell not. Then we’ve asked Artem to join, because he was our pal, and he played the drums pretty well.
Artem: Then I asked if Nikita would like to join because no one knew how to play music and we needed a dude who knows how to play the guitar. Well, the boys did not know how to play at all and we needed someone who did.
Vlad: We were just trying.
Artem: We needed a string section, so I called Nikita, and we have known him for a million years already. We are from the same hood and we were in the band Метель together. In short, this is our band with Nikita haha.

Why did you join a band where no one knew how to play music?
Nikita: I was bored.
Artem: We’ve had so many projects with Nikita.
Nikita: We even had a techno project and stuff like that. At times it was awful.
Artem: Well we… Dammit, I’m not sticking to my image of the one who never talks.

You haven’t even tried much.
Artem: Well, yes. Anyway, we had this thing with Nikita where we’d always form bands and be in them together. So at first, it’s one band, then it’s a different one with a female vocalist, then it’s electronic and so on. We’ve always done them together, so this particular band was another one of our projects. It began with the fact that Zhenya and Vlad wanted to create a band and then hit me up, and hit up Nikita. Nikita just joined in on another one of our projects. It lasted the longest and became the most serious of all.

What’s the band name about?
Artem: Oh that’s complicated. Zhenya came up with it. fucked up, very difficult.
Zhenya: We’ve had a lot of concepts for the title and overall we were seeking our own style for a very long time: what we wanted to play, what we liked that was what we did the entire summer. The name was accidentally invented. Nikita thought about football and that Ronaldinho was a number 80 in Milan and we thought it was fun to add him into the group.
Vlad: Integration.
Zhenya: It’s written this way because Nikita thought that’s how it’s spelled. We thought it looked cooler this way anyway.
Nikita: If you added more letters then it would be awful.
Artem: Initially we wrote incorrectly, then we realized that it looks cooler this way, and since we are all Ronaldinho fans, the number 80 has been added to our name. That’s a short summary.

What’s the concept behind the album?
Zhenya: The lyrics are suicidal in nature and they grasp ideas on inner experiences, suffering and the demons that are hidden within. The main concept is that simple hood dudes can also feel like crap haha.  

Who writes the lyrics?
Vlad: Zhenya writes the lyrics and Nikita is the main music guy.

What’s the summary of the album?
VladIf the track that I proposed comes out at the end, then it will be a summary of everything that was mentioned about the album. It would end on a positive note.

You haven’t decided yet?
Vlad: No, not yet.
Все: It’s part of the album for sure.
Vlad: Let’s decide now.
Artem: It will be the last track on the album.
Vlad: This track plays well both as an opening statement and as a summary. 

Can’t decide whether to begin or end it positively?
Все: Yeah, we can’t figure out if we are actually suicidal and where we stand on that.

How many tracks are there in your release?

A long-play.
Artem: Yeah, I think we have a lot to say, so it’s an LP, rather than an EP.

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
Nikita: In the UK. We’d like to tour in almost every city to a crowd of 300-400 people. That’s if we look further in the future. Otherwise, I’d like to play at festivals, like Боль. Among Ukrainian festivals, I wouldn’t mind Захід Фест, since they sometimes book cool artists.
Artem: Our goal is to tour Europe and have an audience of 300-400.

Why not more?
Artem: Well, I wouldn’t mind more, but I’m trying to be realistic. Besides, it’s difficult to give big gigs, whereas when it’s a smaller scale, it feels like we’re just hanging out while playing our music.

So you don’t have a goal or an ambition of becoming famous?
Artem: No, we don’t. Of course, I’d like to have gigs with a thousand + audience, but there’s is no goal of mass-market popularity.
Nikita: We want to change the industry and give birth to this notion.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to as part of an audience?
Artem: I know Vlad’s answer for certain – Otorvald haha.
Все: Mac DeMarco
Vlad: We saw Mac DeMarco with Zhenya and Nikita in Berlin.
Artem: I missed it because I came a day later.
Nikita:  Iceage. But the most memorable was Грибы in Dovzhenko. That was harsh. Луна was pretty cool in Mariupol. And Нервы.
Artem: Her performance was such a juxtaposition. There was this dodgy festival and performed so well with her band compared to the others. To think that we’ve spent 16 hours getting to that horrendous festival…
Zhenya: 21 hours!
Artem: 21, on top of everything else.
Nikita: I like that BelarussianМеркул. 

What about modern Russian acts?
Artem: Meh…
Zhenya: That one with tattoos.
Artem: You’ve just described a modern rapper.

Zhenya: An official statement from the band – we hate Morgenstern because he is an asshole.

For anything specific?
Nikita: Because of Ukraine.
Vlad: There was a college fire in Odessa and when he performed on mourning day he said: “Fuck the mourning”. That’s why we hate him.
Zhenya: I want to take this opportunity and send my condolences to the Mops family, recently it was 40 days after his death and we are all very worried.
Vlad: Stray strong guys.
Artem: I can’t recall a gig I enjoyed the most.

The one you missed – Mac DeMarco.
Nikita: Strykalo, dude.
Vlad: Yeah, his gigs were always cool.
Artem: Yeah, I enjoyed it too because it was one of the first gigs we went to with Nikita.
Vlad: I saw Zhenya for the second time in my life at his gig. Yura Kaplan, please come back.

What gig would you like to attend?
Vlad: Nirvana, Radiohead, Tom Yorkе. I think the guys wouldn’t mind seeing DIIV.
Artem: With pleasure.
Vlad: Iggy Pop. I like him.
Nikita: Kunteynir, Рыночные Отношения, Slipknot, Korn, Гуф.
Zhenya: I would really like to see Joy Division, because I listen to them from a very young age and I still love their music very much. I wouldn’t really want to see Sonic Youth, I like them, but not as much. I would also really like to see ATARI TEENAGE RIOT live, they recently performed on Black! Factory but I didn’t get a chance to go. It’s a very cool project, I have known them for a long time, and it would be interesting to see them live. I would also like to see Mineral live, it’s a band from the midwest.
Artem: Fuck, I can’t come up with anything. I would agree with what the dudes said. I would definitely want to see Nirvana and Joy Division, for real. That’s probably it. But there are no concerts that I would desperately want to go to.
Vlad: Гражданская оборона, Король и Шут, when Gorshok was still alive.  

What about international festivals? Is there a festival you’d like to be a part of?
Nikita: Well everywhere, it’s cool to hang out there. Any festival, even some Russian ones. We’d hang with Iceage, 4 Позиции Бруно, and other interesting artists. We’d like to perform somewhere there and be a part of it. There are some interesting people out there.
Artem: European ones – Woodstock, Sziget.
Zhenya: What do you mean Woodstock? That thing is for old people.
Artem: No way, it’s fun!
Zhenya: It’s hippie-town, and hippie is long gone.
Artem: Well duh, that’s what I’m saying – you drink beer, smoke a spliff, and vomit.
Zhenya: Grannies with dyed hair and floppy everything.
Artem: There’s some festival in Belarrusia where all the bikers hang out. The name of it is the same as some beer brand if I’m not mistaken.

Are there any idols that you would like to talk to?
Vlad: There are no idols, but I’d like to talk to a lot of people.
Nikita: Egor Letov, hands down. Even Kurt Cobain, anyone from the greats. Or rappers, like 2Pac.
Zhenya: Even if I had the opportunity to meet with someone who is now dead, I think I would pass, because I am not ready to have those conversations.
Artem: Oh I actually thought of a gig I’d like to see – Crystal Castles. They’re fucked up. 

I had the chance to see them live and they’re great on stage. What is your first musical memory?
Zhenya: We didn’t have a childhood, we only had glue… haha.
Artem: My father was into Russian rock, and I remember him listening to Zemfira. I have recollections of how we traveled somewhere in Crimea and Zemfira’s album was on repeat. I remember listening to Zemfira because of my dad.
Vlad: My dad also loved Russian rock. He listened to Агата Кристи, Король и Шут. When I was a kid I thought it was bullshit, but now it all seems pretty cool.
Zhenya: My dad also loved Russian rock. He drank all the time. I lived in a one-room apartment, I did not have my own room and had a stationary computer. He got drunk all the time and watched videos of Король и Шут on YouTube. There was this music video when he sang something about running and jumping off the cliff. He sat there with his hand on his head and sobbed. Fucked up.
Vlad: That one song he listened to?
Zhenya: ‘Ланфрен-Ланфра’. Boyarsky sang that song the Three Musketeers film. That’s a song from my childhood. I sobbed when listening to it too.
VladIt’s a sad song indeed.
Zhenya: I also have a memory when dad found out what YouTube is, what viral videos are. He showed me videos of Syava the rapper, that hick who wrote about white dragonfly of love. My dad told me those were sort of hits.
Nikita: When I was 5 years old, my dad turned on the music video by Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit, and I was bummed out hard. He listened to black metal with me
Vlad: Nikita’s dad has the most refined taste.
Nikita: Yeah, it’s heavy music. I started liking Slipknot after that. When I was a kid I used to listen to Rammstein on my phone speaker.

Are you prepared for fame?
Zhenya: We’re already heavily starstruck.

How so?
Zhenya: We’re just walking around and telling everyone to fuck off. We’re stars. We don’t give a fuck.
Vlad: Artem stopped going to university and said, ‘I’m a rockstar’.
Artem: You quit your job, left university, and now await fame.
Nikita: Well, I don’t know. I’m fucking ready, I need it.
Artem: It’s an aftertaste after your time with Метель.
Nikita: Well yes, maybe. I feel that I need a country house with a dope ass swimming pool so that my wife and I had everything, expensive gifts, and we’d go to Milan and Paris all the time.
Artem: Nah, dudes, I don’t like you.
Nikita: That’s me closer to my 40s.
Zhenya: Well, frankly, everyone wants a better life and to live in good conditions. Instead of vomiting in your room. For the past half a year I’ve been living in an apartment with no kitchen, with no nothing, the walls are peeling off, my neighbors are assholes, and there is no table in the room. The problem is that there is no place where to put that table. I just want to live in an apartment with a kitchen and hot water. I want people to understand me. And that’s all. I want this country to allow and provide conditions for me to improve myself. To truly improve instead of spending your last money. I want to have feedback from people.

If you could change the country…
Nikita: Of course not.
Zhenya: In Bakhchisarai…
Zhenya: We wouldn’t fit in there, we wouldn’t be understood. Europe has everything, it has the same subculture as we do, the same people, but they’re softer.
Zhenya: In Paris we went to a punk and post-punk gig and they kicked us out because we were slamming.
Nikita: They told us to stop. And the event took place as if in a school cafeteria. It was awful. Everything turned out fine in Ukraine, but there are things that work for us and things that don’t. But that’s something that would happen anywhere, I think.
Zhenya: Not our natural habitat.
Vlad: It would be fun to live in Europe or America for about a month or two.
Nikita: In Bucha.
Vlad: Bucha is dope.
Artem: Or Kanev.
Vlad: I’d live in Kanev for a month, it’s dope.
Zhenya: After I’m in Europe for a week, as soon as I arrive in Ukraine, I immediately eat all the food, like buckwheat, rice. Because in Europe I drink heavily and their food is rubbish. I don’t like it.
Nikita: You can survive that. But if you really think about moving that’s bullshit.
Zhenya: We’re bad at eating because we eat street food.
Nikita:  I like greasy food so it’s definitely not buckwheat with meat.
Artem: I also like buckwheat.
Vlad: I like buckwheat with milk.
Nikita: If I could eat McDonald’s all the time I would.
Vlad: I agree. I love all these grains when they’re freshly cooked. They don’t get it in Europe.
Nikita: I love being in a food coma. 

What are your differences?
Vlad: Style would be the main argument.
Nikita: It depends with whom to compare. Maybe we are similar to someone and that’s fine, but if you take some basic rappers or rock musicians among the post-soviet territory – it’s all complete garbage. Fuck that.
Artem: Stop showing off, that’s dumb.
Vlad: The point itself is good, just badly put.
Nikita: That’s just how I talk.
Zhenya: Everyone follows pop development, and we don’t. 

Would you say that you live for music?
Nikita: Yes. I’ve been doing music for such a long time, so yes.

We’ve had a lot of interviews and a lot of times the more successful the musician – the less he wants to hear his own music.
Vlad: We already have this issue.
Nikita: Not that we hate it but it gets on our nerves.

Playing the same thing on and on.
Zhenya: We don’t even need to imagine.
Nikita: Playing the same stuff for 3 years during the time of Метель. 

How will you deal with it?
Artem: We won’t play ever again.
Zhenya: We haven’t released the album yet, and this music infuriates me already. I can’t hear my voice anymore. My body has convulsions.
Artem: I like vocals. Do you know why we’re fed with the album? Because it’s our first album, and, in fact, it’s careless, sloppy, the music was created unconsciously. If I were to write a new album right now, I wouldn’t take that approach again. Actually, the second album we’re working on right now – I like it a fucking lot. So this was just our first attempt and we don’t know how it will go further. Most likely we produced it with great enthusiasm. No editing.
Nikita: After writing an album, you just want to grow further, change the melodies, make it more complicated, make the sound more voluminous, play with effects and make everything more interesting. Due to the fact that there are difficulties, such as financial ones as well as other stuff, so you can’t instantly record everything and quickly present it to the masses. You play the same thing all the time but you never know the reaction that you’re going to get, which is tough.
Zhenya: I wrote all the lyrics for this album last winter, and we are releasing it this winter. A year passed and as a person, I am completely different now. They are no longer as close to me as my current thoughts, so I want to lay out my new thoughts, and not focus on the old ones.

When to expect the second album?
Everyone: In the fall, most likely.
Nikita: We need to work on everything right now and release it by fall.
Artem: On the next album we need to work on music arrangement. We wrote the first album in an abrupt manner, so we really need to focus on this one. We’ll come up with something, some of the tracks will annoy us and we will cut them out from the album.

Did you ever think about who your audience is?
Artem: Yes! Small fellas.
Zhenya: Goths, emo, football dudes, dudes from the hood.
Artem: People who are going through things.

I believe that creativity should be aggressive and it should go as a flow, which ultimately will kill its creator. Then this creativity has true value, with its own history and has its own point of beginning and a point of completion. It’s temporary art that will not exist forever, that eventually dies, but because it dies … I don’t know how to explain it. The bottom line is that everything you need to know is in the lyrics. 

Nikita: It’s not pushing you towards something in particular. Each song has a different story, but with a sad ending. A lot of stories with sad endings.

Why do you think ‘timeless’ songs are generally sad?
Nikita: Because it’s difficult to write a happy song.
Artem: Because we’re all sad.
Nikita: There are more sad people out there.
Artem: When everyone is having fun you don’t even think about it.

A song affects you when you associate yourself with the songwriter, when your feelings are reflected in a song, and you just think, “Damn it, I’m not the only one.”

Nikita: Well, I like some rap songs, but there’s nothing I have in common with the author.

Sad songs affect everyone because we are all sad. So when we are sad, we need some kind of feedback and support that we find in music and songs, and when we have fun we don’t really need it. We can seek pleasure in other things.

Nikita: We’re fun only during holidays. When there’s some kind of holiday, you can listen to shit, you can listen to Serdyuchka, she’s funny. But to listen to that regularly... Otherwise, the music you listen to reflects who you are. You listen to it not because you like it, but because you need the distraction.  
Vlad: People experience negative emotions much longer and in a more difficult manner than some positive ones.

What emotions will resonate with your audience?
Zhenya: Drug addicts, methadone junkies. I don’t fucking know.
Nikita: Ex-inmates.
Zhenya: Yeah, prisoners.
Vlad: Orphans.
Zhenya: Orphans who were in prison. Well, for me, first of all, these are dudes from the hood who have been involved in sports all their lives, but then their injury stopped them from being big in sports. It just somehow didn’t work out and did not depend on you.
Nikita: A lot of those were destroyed by spice… 
Zhenya: Drugs that were considered legal – the number of people they killed. Spice, for sure, because I’ve witnessed it happen. It was sold downtown, old ladies were selling it seeds and spice in newspapers.
Nikita: Great times. When taking any drug, you need to understand what you are doing, if you have a sense of sobriety and you can control yourself, then do whatever the fuck you want.
Artem: Well, I’d argue that.
Zhenya: Anyway, the most important thing is the awareness of one’s actions in life.

As a young band in Ukraine, you’ve already faced this country’s show business. What are the ups and downs of the industry?
Vlad: No one has money.
Zhenya: But during Yanukovych… haha.
VladYou have to pay for everything, especially when you’re starting out.
Zhenya: No one is paid enough in this country.
Vlad: It’s difficult to find a recording place and get proper mixing and mastering.
Nikita:  It’s not difficult if you have money. But we’re humble dudes.
Zhenya: I believe that in life, everything you do, any creative endeavor in which you place your emotions and energy, equals love. When love ends, politics begins. And the problem is that in the conditions in which we now live, love is depleted very quickly because society itself somehow limits you in your love. Then you start to hide within yourself, and you have nothing to show anymore because of certain factors. This is where politics begins, and politics is a topic that we, as independent musicians, do not want to raise.
Vlad: Zhenya, where is power?
Zhenya: Love is everything: friends, music, what you do, everything around you… It’s all love. Everything around is love. But love is definitely not girls.

Nikita: Yes, we’re actually a gay band.

What are you interested in outside of music?
Vlad: I like to watch films and read books.

What fiction reality would you like to experience on your own skin?
Vlad: American Pie. There is a film directed by Terrence Malick called ‘Badlands’. It’s his first film from 1973 I think. The story revolves around two characters, they are like a tweaked version of Bonnie and Clyde. I like it because the main character is an image of James Dean. He is so certain that he can just do whatever he wants. This is not something that I aspire to, but it’s a cool film. I recommend.

Do you see a reflection with yourself?
Vlad: Not quite, it just seems to me that it would be fun to live like that for a while. They just travel around America and murder everyone. It’s a cool movie. Terrence Malick has very beautiful films, ones everyone should watch.
I don’t have a hobby as such. I love hanging out with friends. I also have a small DJ controller at home. I like to mix music, I like to find new tracks and bring them together. I can sit at night and do that for 4 hours, because I’m simply having fun. Monopoly is also fun to play. I like it the most when we gather with my friends with beers and just do nothing, smoke some, play the console, eat sushi. We just spend time like that. A night just passes by but that happens rarely. If you dose such things every 2 months, then it’s a very good way to spend your time. You relax and do nothing, and such stupidity is sometimes necessary. It distracts you from work and life.
Nikita: I love to eat. I love to cook. I love a lot of things.

What have you learned from each other?
Artem: Nice question. Vlad should answer first. 
Vlad: We all learned something good from each other. That’s how it should be. With Zhenya we’ve been friends even before the band, so now he hates me, for example, haha.
Zhenya: Dead serious.
Vlad: He doesn’t love me because this dude from Sonic Death followed me, but not him.
Zhenya: I don’t love you because you’re a fucking bloke.
That’s pretty much it.
It’s like that TV show “Honey, we’re killing the kids”. I had a tough story. Somehow my family and I went to the STB channel, they had a show where they did reconstructions. My dad does that and he wanted to participate. We arrived there and they began to us. At some point, my little brother and I started to fight because I didn’t let him play PSP. We started to fight right during the interview. That chick was shocked and we were full-on arguing for half an hour. They ended up inviting us to that show about neglected children. They called us after 2 weeks and said that they wanted to meet us again, we were very happy for dad and then they said they’d want us to participate in that dump of a show.

Did you?
Artem: Of course not. I wouldn’t be in that shit. I was I think 12-13 years old, so I knew what’s up. I would never have starred in such trash.

So no X-Factor or The Voice?
Artem: I’d just go for the hell of it. I’d pick the shitties song and just have a good time. Why not? It’s just fun. We do all kinds of bullshit for fun. We did a gig where we performed terrible cover song. It’s fun. So it’s possible.
Nikita: Vlad taught me how to sniff snus.

Do what?
Nikita: Use snus.
Artem: It’s a new thing in Russia, all the kids are doing it. But I don’t know what it is, some kind of chewing tobacco only you sniff it.
Zhenya: It’s when you eat cigarettes instead of smoking them.
Artem: I like different things about the guys. When I first met Zhenya, he impressed me with his worldview and his understanding of certain things, erudition, education, views on many issues that I then approached in my mind, and Zhenya had already broadcasted all of it to me. It was then that I realized that I have support from such a cool person and his opinion was important to me.

Why in the past tense?
Artem: It all started from the moment when we started to hang out and get to know each other and it’s still the case today. Especially when I read the decoding of the songs or when I re-read the lyrics, and I imagine what kind of world led to these texts. It amazes me and I like it a lot. I’m not ready for that yet. I have not yet developed for that intellectually and spiritually, but Zhenya already transcends all of this. The entire style lies in songs, music, and vision. I’ve known Nikita the longest. I love to just sit and chat with him for hours. He showed me normal music that I listen to now, instead of what I used to listen on my own. He developed my understanding of normal music with meaning. And Vlad… Well…
Zhenya: He trained you to drink vodka.
Artem: Vladik is my personal outlet – I am always comfortable with him. If the guys are more marginalized and hardcore, Vlad is super calm. He is vital for me to connect and balance because I myself am a calm person and we can both walk and roam calmly somewhere. I feel very good with him and he is close to me in spirit.
Vlad: Nicely put.
Artem: I have an opinion about every single one of you. The speech would take 15 minutes.
Zhenya:  I had depression for a long while. I felt like crap but what helped me out and inspired me was the fact that I still had shit to do in life with these people, therefore, I had to live on.
Nikita: You find your own family and it becomes a new family.
Artem: We all grow together, and thanks to each other we develop.
Nikita: As a whole. 

Are you good at dealing with conflicts?
Artem: No.
Zhenya: I like to annoy Vlad regarding his clothes.
Artem: As well as me.
Zhenya: It’s not serious.
Artem: It all fades away because it’s not serious. We don’t know how to solve them, but all of our conflicts are based on frivolity, so they all just disappear in the end.
Nikita: Those are not even conflicts.

So far, have you had any discrepancies about the music you create?
Artem: Never with music.
Nikita: No, at some point we came up with one song, and then we thought it was shit, we composed another…
Artem: We all started from scratch and found common ground from there. We needed the shit to understand that it was shit and play some more.
Nikita: Then we created songs that after the 5th rehearsal they weren’t annoying as fuck. Then you think, ‘Oh, cool.’ 

How did your debut album come to life?
Artem: It’s a cool interesting story. This is the coolest story that could happen to a band and it gave me belief that something could work out for us. We started recording the album, we recorded two tracks in the summer, at the studio where we are rehearsing now. We recorded them at our friend’s. The conditions were so-so and that explains the result. We didn’t know what to do with them so the dude who recorded us introduced us to Danya, who did the mixing. For the money that we spent, we might as well recorded a fart.  We just kept these 2 tracks for ourselves, didn’t do anything with them, didn’t release and thought about where to push them further and they served as demos for the next album. Then we met with Danya and the dude who recorded us and we all agreed to record an album. Danya found us a studio, found all the equipment and helped with the recording. Our plan was to record songs with Danya. During the process, we became pals with Danya. For the first gig we needed a guitarist because we realized that we needed another guitar. The first concert was held on December 1st in Parakalo, it was an album presentation for our friends. It wasn’t even an album presentation, we just wanted to present ourselves, to familiarize ourselves with the public. We asked Danya to play a concert with us. We initially planned that there would be only four of us in the band and Zhenya would play the guitar. We played a concert and it worked out very well. We had a great time and it was a great party. The album was recorded, Danya listened to the tracks and said that the job was done well and that we have a very cool style of music. He said the music itself is cool and that he wanted to show our music to a friend. That friend turned out to be Alan Smith, who mixed the first Arctic Monkeys album. We decided to confide in him, sent the first track, and he mixed it so perfectly. Danya was the first person to believe in our music. He spent a lot of time and effort for us to sound the way we sound. Well, Alan mixed our album and Danya is now in our band. We initially asked him to play one concert, then another concert in Bursa, and then we started rehearsing together. He helped us with moving to this studio and now we are rehearsing here, and recording a new album. Danya is like a gray cardinal of our band. He helps with sound, with all the acquaintances and parties.

There are seven deadly sins, could you pick one for each other?
Artem: The only sin that fits Nikita is gluttony. Although you eat very little.
Nikita: I eat a lot, I just don’t gain weight. Vlad has pretty eyes.
Artem: You can’t be so pretty!
Zhenya: And he has a big penis.
Nikita: Artem has a big penis. Zhenya is all about the mind.
Artem: I can’t see sins in you. I see my own pretty well, but not in them. Even if they have them, they are not noticeable.
Zhenya: For Vlad it’s drugs, he’s been on speed this entire week, I don’t know how he handles it.
Nikita: He plays the bass guitar on the wrong side.
VladI couldn’t open the door for half an hour.
Nikita: He starts hitting it, he starts singing and yelling into the microphone and we just don’t understand him. He’s starstruck.
Vlad: I’m doing speed because of the OTP Bank. 

Did the band go through a crucial moment?
Nikita: One time Vlad came up to me and whispered that he’s gay.
Artem: And he said: “In fact, I started this whole band thing to get closer to you. I knew that Artem would ask you to join so I took my chance. ”
Vlad: No, I’m a Метель fan since childhood.
Nikita: He said that you are the most tolerant and you won’t tell the dudes. I was startled, finished my cig and told the dudes right away.
Artem: Actually, there was a turning point, we gathered at different bases, played all kinds of bullshit, and then at one moment in the summer we moved to the Lukyanovka base to Volter , our friend, and from that moment… I don’t know how this is connected, it’s more likely that it’s not, but after this particular change, we started playing normal music. The songs of the first album were created there. This is a turning point when we started playing music that we like. On the question of how each member of the band affects everyone, I thought, it affects me, most likely not every member, but the band itself. Because I’m not a particularly perceptive dude. I don’t watch a lot of films, I don’t listen to a lot of music, I don’t dig what’s in style. The guys know all of it. Vlad knows about films. Zhenya about style and music as well as Nikita. But just because I play and hang out with guys I started to watch good films, listen to normal music and recognize what is cool.

What excites you the most?
Artem: What I like most is when we start playing a song for the first time and it turns out dope. The song is 3-4 minutes and we play it for 7-10 minutes because we like it. We play and enjoy it. We don’t release them, because long songs are fucking stupid. The process when the melody is created and the process when everyone connects with one another and we play it and it works awesomely, Zhenya throws in the lyrics… Fuck, I’m tired of talking.  
Nikita: Performing is dope. Either way performing is a whole other level. You feel differently.
Vlad: Nikita and Artem already have a lot of experience in live performances, but for me and Zhenya it hasn’t been long but I really enjoy performing on stage. I don’t know about Zhenya, but he probably likes it too.
Zhenya: Nah. I disliked it so much the very first time. I was very uncomfortable. I was feeling crap afterward. I really didn’t like it because I understood that a lot of people were looking at me. Banal bullshit but I really didn’t like it, I wanted to hide. Then, after the concert, we hung out in a stupid way – just went for a beer and drove home. No mood at all, I wanted to burrow into the ground and that was it. And stay in the ground.
Nikita: You need to think in advance how to hang out after the concert. You need to get stuff in advance. Because after the concert you don’t know what to do, you’re in the mood to just hang around, and you don’t know what to do at all, so that’s always bullshit.

What can you tell us about your first music video?
Nikita: The magical Max Dutka is filming it. We chose this song because we like it the most.

If you had to choose between music and sex for the rest of your life, what would you keep?
Artem: Music. Stop, well, at first I would say that I would refuse music, but most likely it would be sex. Sex is for youngsters, I don’t do that.
Nikita: Damn, I couldn’t do without both. It’s a very difficult choice. It’s hard to say because sex is very important. I’d refuse music.
Zhenya: Sex is physiology, music is spiritual.
Nikita: But you can get used to life without music, but the desire for sex will always be there.
Zhenya: So then you can write lyrics like GG Allin. 
Nikita: And perform like that.
Vlad: I manage without sex. You can say that I picked music over sex already.
Zhenya: I don’t want to answer this question.

What was the most memorable question you were asked?
Zhenya: Are you Russian?
Vlad: Where lies power?

Translation: Elena Savlokhova `