Interview: Ljubov Dzuzhynska
Photo: Daniel Dorsa

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  6.09 ~ Com Truise / Kyiv 

Persuasion System

What’s it like to be you?
It’s pretty amazing, I have a wonderful family and support network around me. I have a constant opportunity to be creative and enjoy my work/hobbies. I am lucky!

What have you learned through Com Truise both on a personal and professional level?
I’ve learned that being your own boss can be very difficult. I’ve also learned a lot about my own dreams, and where I’d like the rest of my life to go. I think about my life before the Com Truise project, and it was just as good, just as busy, but in a different way — and I reflect on that a lot. Learning from a career choice that has turned into a new life has surely had its ups and downs, but it’s worth it. I’ve also learned to not let opinions influence me in my life, whether it be about work, or things I enjoy, I just don’t care — I enjoy everything I get to see, do, hear, and taste.

Could you describe the worst gig you’ve ever performed?
One stands out, I was playing a last-minute show at a college, opening up for a rapper. The crowd was just not there to see me and made it well aware. It was purely situational. I now prefer to avoid shows at colleges.

What about the best gig you’ve been to?
In 2014, I remember I sold-out Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Selling out wasn’t as important as the fact that it was one of the first times my parents came to a show, they were so proud. They finally understood that my choice to give up my career in advertising wasn’t a risky mistake. They could see that music for me was a viable career.

Is there a country, city, or club left where you would like to play in?
I would really love to tour Japan, I have always wanted to go!

Tell us a recent funny or awkward story from your career, maybe about some fucked up situations that happened while touring?
Well a couple of years ago, in London, the night before kicking off a tour of Europe, I lost my passport while out partying with a good friend. It was one of the most stressful things that’s ever happened to me. In the end, everything worked out — we had to move some shows around, but I made it to every show and home safely. The hangover lasted for a week!

What interests you outside of music right now?
I’ve been cooking a lot, creating my own recipes. I’ve been going to the beach a lot and I’ve also gotten into tabletop gaming and have been building an army to enter into tournaments.

What moment in your life would you recall to your death?
My family, I will always be grateful for them and everything we have done together in this life.

What is one thing about you that would surprise us?
I’m really good at cutting hair, whether it be people or dogs. I just have a natural talent for it.

If you had to choose between music and sex, what would you choose?
Music — it’s far more peaceful, and music is forever!

What was the last exciting thing you’ve done or felt?
Getting to drive my car directly onto the beach, and park right there on the beach was pretty amazing.

Do you have any favorite music videos?
I think The Chemical Brothers  – Block Rockin’ Beats is one of my all-time favorite videos. It just brings me back to my childhood and my early love affair with electronic music.

What absurd or useless piece of information can you share with us?
Heat lightning is not a real thing. It’s really just regular lightning, lightning can be seen up to 100 miles from a storm.

What do you think the next stage of your life will be like?
Hopefully being a father, starting a family. I’d also like to get back into advertising, maybe start my own creative agency.

What do you think really matters at the end of life?
That you find love, in whatever way, shape or form, that you are able to share your experiences and knowledge with others to aid them in whatever way possible.

What’s the wisest thing you’ve heard?
To ride the wave until there is no more wave left to ride. 

If you could travel in time where would you go and why?
I would love to see the future, how we all turned out. If humanity has the stones to get up and change the way we do things and treat each other. 

What’s the most memorable question you were asked?
It has to be along the lines of “What does it feel like to know that your music has helped even if just one person feel better about whatever it was that may have been bothering them?”

What question would you like to be asked in an interview and what would your answer be?
Where is my favorite place on the earth? ~ I’d have to say it’s our family cabin in the mountains of New York. Not a day goes by that I don’t long to be in nature away from the constant distraction. There’s no cell-phone service, no internet. It’s just you and nature, real peace that is extremely hard to find these days.