Interview: Ljubov Dzuzhynska
Photo: Roman Riegger

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How would you define your art and its aesthetic to someone who is not yet familiar with it?
I always try to achieve a feeling of nostalgia with my music and accompanying the artwork. I try to take people back to their youth in the ’80s. To a time where they didn’t have to worry about homework, mortgages or complicated relationships.

In your opinion, why is music such a vital element to your existence?
Without music I would be very very depressed I think. I’m not really good at expressing my emotions and my music helps me a lot with this.
When creating my music I always think of situations or place I’ve been to and try to express my feelings from that moment musically.

What excites you the most in the process then? (recording, performing..?) Why?
The creation of music brings me the most joy. The whole process of thinking of a basic idea and just start jamming from there and see where the track takes me. I love the feeling of being able to add extra elements to an idea and it slowly developing into a song.
When I make music I work in patterns/short loose. So for me, it’s easiest to start with the chorus part of the song and once I have that I start breaking down the song and start working on the arrangement (intro, verse, chorus, etc.)
With performing I have a love/hate relationship. I love seeing the people that listen to my music coming together and seeing them enjoy my music. On the other hand, I don’t feel very comfortable on stage. I wish I was more of a crowd pleaser/performer, but I rather have my music do the talking.

What was the last thing you’ve done or experienced for the very first time?
Well, it’s nothing music related, but my girlfriend and I renovated our new house over the past year. We renovated to place from top to bottom. I’m not that handy, so we had to hire people, but it can get very stressful with all the things you need to think about.
I’m very happy we moved in last month and it feels great knowing we’ve planned everything and made into something special.
Soon we’ll start building a studio for me in the garden. This is going to be a pretty big thing for me!

How to rise again for someone who has fallen?
By believing in yourself and telling yourself you can do anything you put your mind to. Even if you don’t succeed or even fail again, at least you tried.

What is the most memorable gig you’ve ever attended as a viewer?
That must’ve been some years ago at a DJ gig by Dr. Lektroluv. He’s a Belgian electro DJ and he did a gig a festival near me and it was just amazing. It was outside, perfect weather and I had a great time with friends and it was magical (you should’ve been there, it doesn’t sound very exciting like this).

Tell us some funny or awkward stories from your time with Timecop1983, maybe from touring.
The funniest thing that I will always remember happened in the second year after starting Timecop1983. This guy sent me a message on Soundcloud if he could get permission to get a tattoo of my logo. I told him I was totally ok with it if he was stupid enough to do it. Three days later I get a photo of him with a Timecop1983 tattoo on his leg. This was both funny and extremely humbling for me.

What were your small beginnings and what big endings do you wish for?
My small beginning was giving Synthwave a try. I listened to Futurecop!, Mith Murder, Kavinsky and other when I decided to give this style a try. I created my first song (Lonely Nights) and put it on Soundcloud, not expecting anything from it. Then I got picked up by NewRetroWave and things went crazy from there.
My big ending or better said, my goal would be to create a soundtrack for a big movie.

What’s the wisest thing you’ve heard?
My old neighbor has taught me this: do not worry about things you cannot change. Learn from your mistakes, but never be depressed or stressed out by things you cannot control or change. I try to live by this simple knowledge, but sometimes it can be very hard too.

What’s the dumbest?
That you need expensive analog gear to create good music. It does not matter what you use to make music. As long as it works for you, it’s fine. Don’t worry about not using “professional” gear.

If you had the opportunity to go back in time with the knowledge that you have now and change something, what would you change and where would you go?
I just said I try to accept things that happened since you can never change them anymore. 😉
No, in all seriousness I don’t think I would change anything in my personal life. I’m really happy and everything I did made me into what I am now, so it had a purpose.
If I could change things in the history of mankind I would make sure WWI and WWII never happened.

What film or book reality would you like to live in?
I have a hard time choosing. I would go for Back to the Future.  Getting to travel to any point in space and time. I would go back and forward to all major events in history and future.

If you could ask for anything and the answer would be “yes,” what would you ask for?
Can you make sure nothing bad happens to my family/friends?

What do you like the most about yourself?
My ability to stay calm in situations in which others panic or worry much. This also has to do with my idea of life: do not worry about things you can’t change.

What qualities do you value the most in people?
I value people being honest, without being rude.

Would you say that you stick to these values yourself?
Yes. People can perceive it as “hard” or direct, but there’s no point in not being honest about things.

If you had to choose between sex and music, what would you choose? For the rest of your life.
That’s a really hard question… But if I had to choose I’d go for sex.

What do you think really matters at the end of life?
That you can say to yourself “I’m proud of what I achieved in life, without disrespecting yourself and others.”.

What question would you want to be asked at an interview and what would your answer be?
If I am excited to play in Kiev on June 8th? – My answer would be “YESSSS!” ☺