Interview, photo: Polina Belehhova
Tell us how you got involved in producing music, how did your journey start?
After some years of djing, I felt I needed to build my own sound, that is still developing. I started producing music and studied Audio Engeeniring simultaneously, which led to gaining self-confidence in the whole process of music production. I think it’s extremely important in techno music to have a deep knowledge of the technical aspects of audio. I was very lucky and had the chance to get close to some recording studios from the early beginning, for instance, as a mastering and recording assistant. After a few years it all helped me to feel ready to start releasing my own music.
What was your first musical memory?
I was born in a family of passionate music lovers, so I would say my first musical memory is definitely connected to them – my father playing the piano and my mother listening to him.
What influence do you want your music to have on people?
As it is for me in relation to other musicians, I would like my music and my sound to become a source of inspiration for other producers. From the stylistic point of view, I always try to give a sense of modernity to my tracks; this is something I really want to share with my music.
What is the most unexpected track in your playlist?
I always play, especially as the last track, something really different from the entire set. It’s not easy to mention just one specific track as it all depends a lot on the situation, the crowd and my personal mood. Recently, for example, I played an old track from Johannes Heil, called “The World”.
What do you want to know more about?
I like to think of myself as a curious person, there are a lot of topics I would like to know more about! Science in general and astronomy are for sure some of the subjects that thrill me the most. I also studied at economics at university for two years, and it’s still a field I’m very interested in. And, of course, the world of music is the main category I want to deepen; I’m thinking seriously to start studying piano again after many years of it being on pause!
What do you hope never changes?
In my opinion, everything has to change at some point in order to transform into something else. I don’t hope something specific would never change, but I hope I can understand better how things change and why.
What was the last exciting thing you’ve done or felt?
One of the things I love the most about my job is that it gives me the possibility to travel a lot and get close to many countries and their cultures. Every time I visit a new part of the world it is an experience that gives me a lot. I’ve recently been in Moscow for an amazing gig at Monasterio and I’ve spent a few days in the city. For me, this was a very intense and meaningful experience: the majesty and beauty of the city, the charm of its culture and its people – these are memories that I will never forget.
What is something you never ever want to do again?
Stupid things and wasting time.
What was the most significant decision you took in your life?
Of course, my most significant decision was to dedicate my life to my passion for music, which led to my other most significant decision – moving to Berlin. Not only for the city itself, but also for what I got from this experience.
What is your personal heaven on Earth?
Spending time in harmony with your loved ones, being true to yourself and satisfied with yourself are the big steps towards happiness.
What is your definition of beauty?
Nature for me is the most beautiful thing in our world. It is complex, strong and gives a sense of pleasure and evolution. For me, beauty has to fulfill these criteria.
What book would you recommend us reading and why?
I’m actually not reading so much recently but when I was a teenager I remember that ”Steppenwolf” by Hermann Hesse moved me a lot. The figure of an individual escaping the social dynamics and rules is a present and attracting topic still nowadays.
What factors formed your identity the most?
As I already mentioned in a previous interview, the ideas of the Ying-yang philosophy have always fascinated me, so the factors which formed me the most are those of duality and opposition. Also, artistically, duality and opposition play an important role in my sound.
What’s the most appealing thing about the nightlife for you?
Nightlife gives the possibility of meeting new people in my case, – and I’m not the only one. Also finding love. Of course, it is also a chance to spend time with friends who share the same passion for music. It’s also a great moment to relax and take time for yourself in a world where we always run.
What’s the most memorable gig you’ve ever played and why?
It’s really impossible to mention just one! Every time it’s a different experience, and every time I go back home with something new. To mention a really great and meaningful one – my gig in Paris for “OFF” around four years ago. It was a rave situation, in a crazy warehouse in the middle of nowhere, where I played for the closing of an outstanding line-up: Samuel Kerridge, Makaton, and Lakker, just to mention a few, and I felt an amazing connection with the crowd.
What disappoints you the most in your field of activity?
The techno scene is often and strongly influenced by temporary trends, but at the same time, considered underground. This contradiction, of course, generates some dynamics that are really hard to understand. And confusion.
What is one thing about you that would surprise us?
I’m definitely not a violent person but I m a big fan of combat sport, such as box, Muay Thai. I’m not so much into MMA but I like it as well. I’m practicing kickboxing for a long time. I started when I was 16, and I m still doing it. With long breaks, of course. For me, sport, in general, is really important, it really helps to clean the mind. It’s not just good for the body. Every sport is a big challenge with yourself: just trying to imagine the risks of physical damages. Behind any kind of sport, there is huge preparation, both physical and mental, and it takes years to get good technically. It’s really similar to the music creation process. I’m also really into the complotism theory, I studied economy at university and I do believe that a lot of social dynamics are influenced by a group of people and/or corporations.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
First big news for this year will be my new label, “VSK series”. The first release is VA, with the participation of some of my favourite producers: Ansome, Kwartz, Michal Jablonski and Flaminia, I’m really excited about it.
I’ve been working in the last months on my new live-set, with a new set-up, modular synth, drum machine, and Laptop, plus some pedals and finally it’s ready. The first gig confirmed will be in Berlin for “Disconnekt”, my current residency.
These are both really important steps for me, after some years I felt I strongly needed to make these upgrades. ….and new music, of course!