a Belarusian new wave band from Minsk
Interview: Elena Savlokhova
Cover Photo: @spacestronomy
In coversation with Roman Komogortsev (guitar/synth) and Pavel Kozlov (bass/synth)
Every person has a void deep inside, how would you describe yours?
Roman: Probably for me, it’s when you know that you have a lot of tasks that need to be solved and you can actually solve them, but instead you do nothing and you feel guilty. Procrastination level 80. At such moments, you feel the void.
Pavel: Like a leaky bottom of a bucket.
Why do you think that music is such a vital element to our existence?
Roman: Because music evokes emotions, and without emotions, people would not be able to exist.
Pavel: Because music is everywhere and it’s inside each one of us. Unlike visual art, no one can exist without music.
Looking back at the beginning of your musical journey, what would you like to know at the very beginning? What were you naive about?
Roman: I wouldn’t want to know anything. It’s not fun that way. You need to go through a path entirely and overcome obstacles in order to know what to expect next.
Pavel: I wouldn’t change a thing. I think that the knowledge that we have currently would have prevented us from being sincere in our actions.
What modern trend upsets you?
People became too angry. I don’t get it because perhaps throughout my life I’ve tried to treat everyone nicely. But as I see it, people are now angrier and it scares me.
Pavel: What scares me is that a lot of things are generated and the quantity exceeds the quality. There’s too much content and it’s impossible to filter it. It triggers consumerism.
What piece of art resonates with you the most at this moment of your life, and why?
Roman: It’s hard to say, depending on what you mean by a work of art. Right now Moby’s album “I Like To Score” is the main thing for me, I can’t go anywhere without it. I listen to it and realize how much this music charges me and makes me want to take action. And I think this album is very cool and important for me, I learned to listen to it and I understand why everything is in place.
Pavel: Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain – the inverted urinal. I think it says it all. The boundaries between the beautiful and the ugly have been erased.
What’s good about your lives right now?
Roman: Everything. I am more than happy with my life.
Pavel: I am incredibly happy that I can devote a lot of my time to what I like: music, opening a bar in Kyiv, etc.
What definition of beauty have you derived for yourselves? What is beauty?
Roman: Beauty is in harmony and in detail. Without it, everything else seems empty.
Beauty in a global sense is everything, I guess.
Sincerity and openness in people.
What is the most memorable gig you’ve ever attended as part of an audience, and what made it so special?
Roman: Depeche Mode in 2013 (if I am not mistaken) in Minsk. I went there to go nuts and I went nuts. A legendary band with an awesome show, great sound, and they also presented one of my favorite albums – “Delta Machine”. I was amazed by their professionalism and how cool the technical side of the band works.
Pavel: Seeing Idles at a festival in France in 2019. I remember that two months before the festival I still thought that it was impossible for me to attend their concert.
What do you value most about each other, both on a personal and professional level?
Roman: The fact that the fellas are very sincere both in our communication with each other within the band and with the public.
Pavel: A personal and professional friendship.
How would you like for your art to echo in the culture?
Roman: I would like to become a small particle in history.
Pavel: I don’t know, I never thought about it. But if I were to fantasize a little, then I would like to get into the rock’n’roll hall of fame.
What was the wisest thing you’ve heard or realized?
Roman: If you want something done, do it yourself.
What’s the difference between a good bass player and a bad bass player? – No one knows 🙂
What would you want to wipe out from the face of the Earth?
Roman: The electric unicycle.
Pavel: Kingship. A system in which one person exalts himself above all and has great power.
What world are you trying to create with your performances?
Roman: None. I just want to remind myself and those around me about inner experiences.
Pavel: Yes, probably none. We’re just trying to convey to people an emotion. We want the audience to feel just as amazing as we do on stage.
What do you realize as you get older?
Roman: I realized that I’m far from being a grown-up.
That my parents were right – after school, time starts to fly. Every year it flies faster and faster. You don’t even have time to look back.
If you had the opportunity to visit a reality of a book, film, or cartoon, which reality would you go to and why?
Roman: “The Spacewalker” film. I’ve always dreamed and still dream of being in space.
Pavel: “Dead Man’s Bluff”! It would be interesting to dive into this surrealistic gangster atmosphere.
If you could talk to any historical or famous person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Roman: John Frusciante – a musician of an unearthly origin. I’d like to sit down with him and play music, I’d like to understand how he does his craft so well.
Pavel: Salvador Dali. I would like to ask him about life. About his life.
Have you ever misjudged things or people? Is it easy for you to accept the mistakes you make in this regard?
To be wrong about something is our everything. It’s normal if you want to achieve good results.
At times, of course, it’s a shame. You get stuck, but then everything is fine again.
What question would you like to be asked in an interview and what would you answer?
Roman: Shall we talk about music?
Pavel: I don’t even know, I’ve heard too many questions.