Tell us about Berlin Community Radio, your current workplace. What’s unique about it?
Berlin Community Radio is an online radio station that works 24/7. Its program includes more than a hundred shows held by our residents, but we also follow the events that take place in Berlin’s music and cultural sector and invite non-resident guests. The atmosphere at BCR is very multicultural and diverse. Basically, there are no limits, but, of course, everything should be up to the mark.
How did you engage with the community?
Three years ago I came to Berlin for three months to understand whether I could live there. During that period I met a lot of interesting musicians, including Sara and Anastasia, who run BCR. I had closely followed BCR’s shows, especially Welcome To The Room, where guests such as Huerco S, Terekke, Dynamo Dreesen and others were invited. When I met them I just offered my help. And when I finally got my two-year visa and came to Berlin, I went to the radio the very first day. That’s how it all started.
This year, 20FT Radio was launched in Kyiv. It became popular pretty fast, and was even nominated for Webby Awards. What do you think about this project?
I’ve heard about it, of course. My friends have played there. I support any endeavors of this kind, especially if we are talking about worthwhile and interesting content, because usually there is a lack of it.
What do you think about online radio format itself? Is radio still relevant?
Before working at BCR, I didn’t know that online radio format was so relevant and convenient — and that’s where it is different from old-school radio format. Its only flaw is that this format is very difficult to sustain if you don’t have any financial support or sponsors. But, generally speaking, it is just one more network that connects people from all over the world according to their interests, and helps musicians to promote themselves.
What did catch your attention in Cxema, and how did you become a part of its crew?
I like trying new things and dealing with different aspects of musical activities. Of course, nowadays everything is done via internet, it’s where you look for the mixes and the music. I think it’s very cool when you get to know people through their music first, and then personally. I met Slava exactly this way.
Kyiv nightlife is developing rapidly, and it’s sad to hear that the situation in Russia is radically different: five recent events by Arma have been disrupted by the government, including Outline festival. Why is nightlife in Russia under pressure right now?
It's hard to tell, and to me that is an open question. Of course, the government knows nothing about nightlife, but today it's not only about raves. Nightlife is an essential part of the urban infrastructure, so it is really sad to see this unwillingness to understand and deal with modern issues. What is even more upsetting is that it’s unclear how to cope with this situation. I think my friends share my opinion on this.
How do you manage to combine working at Berlin Community Radio with being a musician, a journalist, and an artist, while living between Moscow and Berlin?
Sometimes it can be difficult, but in general all these things are interconnected, so the more work I have, the easier it is to organize myself and manage to get more things done. Basically, these activities make me move forward without hesitation, and my new acquaintances make me feel that everything is possible.
When can we hear new releases by wedntndwrds or Perila?
I hope I will finally come back to making music this year. I really miss it, but the process requires isolation and inner peace. It is kind of difficult to do that in Berlin with its huge amount of events, and especially when the bureaucratic machine makes you completely exhausted.
How different is it to live in Berlin compared to Moscow or, say, St. Petersburg?
Moscow is a splash of crazy all-devouring energy, that’s why this city doesn’t attract me that much. Berlin and St. Petersburg are somehow similar, though. They are compact, and have a slow-motion atmosphere, it is easy to find inspiration there.
What are your favorite parties and places to hang out in Berlin?
In Berlin I like them all. I just like being outside, surrounded by freedom and music. I like going to the lake or drinking prosecco in the park. Speaking of clubs, I prefer small places with cool lineups such as OHM, or PLO Man events.
You are a visual artist as well. Could you tell us about your work?
I just scan the reality and process information around me. It’s a pity that life in Berlin has caught me in a swirl so that I have almost no time for my music and art, even though I have a desire to create. But while I’m waiting for my visa in Russia, I’m starting to have a clear vision: I need to move towards myself and music.