Cxemcast 088 – DJ 69
Interviewed by Amina Ahmed.

Cxemcast 088 – DJ 69
Interviewed by Amina Ahmed.

​​Hi Markiian! First, I’d like to ask you about the Kyiv Angels initiative. How did it come about and whom do you help exactly?


We spent the first two days of the full-scale invasion in a shelter, but on the third day, we decided to occupy ourselves with something so that we don’t lose our senses. The first idea that crossed our minds was to help the civilians and our defenders. There were just three of us: me, Markiian Zadumlyvyi and Rostyslav Oleksyn. Then I posted a fundraiser on my Instagram, and we gave $100 each. At first, we would help the Territorial Defense and the Armed Forces fighters but soon started receiving inquiries from lonely elderly persons. Now, we help everyone who needs us: the elderly, single mothers, multi-child families, the disadvantaged, refugees, abandoned pets, hospitals, nursing homes, liberated villages, and other volunteer organizations. Recently, we’ve visited 17 liberated towns in Kyiv Oblast and delivered 20 tons of food, medicine, and other necessities. Also, we’ve now establishing relations with various charities to supply food to the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, as the situation there is now extremely difficult. 


Could you suggest some other trusted organizations or funds it is important to support?


Yes. For instance, these are our friends we’re working together with:


CVIT” — my female friends, a women’s volunteer initiative which helps the military and healthcare workers. 


Port Frankivsk” — my friends who held Detali parties during peacetime and now run fundraisers towards procurement of necessities for the Armed Forces, the National Guard, and the Security Service of Ukraine. 


Hand to Hand” — a fund that helps hospitals and other charities in flashpoint areas across the country. 


How did you record this mix?


I had recorded it at the beginning of the year, having high hopes for 2022. In general, it is a freestyle set: I just collected some tracks I enjoyed back then and mixed them one winter evening. I had been inspired by the anticipation of the next Hypnohouse party in collaboration with the Vtixa promo group. It was planned to take place in Ivano-Frankivsk, a city I love playing in. 


Many people have stopped listening to music at all. How do you find time and energy for it?


During the first 14 days of the war, I didn’t listen to music too. I could hardly imagine how one would do it at such a time. Having returned to listening, though, I realized it helps me relax and wind down — or concentrate and work. 


How did the war affect your musical activities? What did you have planned for this time as an artist and a record label founder? 


It has affected me in such a way that I am presently not engaged in music. On February 28, I received test pressings of a new release which included my first track I wrote with my friend and teammate Yaroslav AC130. The release was scheduled for early March, but I still haven’t listened to the test pressings, I just don’t have the time and energy. I don’t know when this compilation will get released. Also, since the full-scale invasion, I haven’t been digging. I just listen to some old discoveries, mostly jazz, hip-hop, Ukrainian folklore, and, less often, electronic music. 


Tell me more about the history, mission, and activities of Hypnohouse. How did it evolve over time? Was it influenced by your move from Lviv to Kyiv? 


Having founded a promo group in early 2016, I held more than 35 parties. My first event was planned for my birthday. I just wanted to invite all my friends and play the music I liked for them. At that party, I had played all the tracks I had, and it was just four vinyl records (I had come up with an idea that it had to be vinyl-only parties, and held on to it in the first years). The first Hypnohouse, though, has attracted more than 300 people, which was quite a lot for Lviv at the time. That’s how it started. People liked Hypnohouse, and I liked creating it. Like in a cool movie, we had fun wherever we could. Since no club in Lviv resonated with me, we were constantly on the lookout for new party locations: a reservoir, where water used to be stored, the woods, an abandoned restaurant, a cinema, a ballet hall, a cave, etc. Back then, it was more about DIY than quality. Those were warm, homely parties. 


After five years of organizing parties, though, I got pretty tired and decided to take a break. I continued my engagement in music as a DJ and made Hypnohouse into a vinyl label, where parties were planned as showcases. Running a label is something I enjoy more than organizing parties. I like playing, but when you go to the DJ booth at 4 am after an exhausting day of preparations, you can no longer play well. 


In the summer of 2020, I moved to Kyiv, where I planned to get involved in video projects. So I did precisely that and was pretty good at it, I think. Two music videos I shot for Rakim Bongjoev and Sheetel in 2021 are still to be released. 


Are there any current Hypnohouse activities? And what are your plans for the label?


So far, the label has been suspended, although I understand that the fourth release has to be published soon. Now Hypnohouse is Kyiv Angels, that’s about it.


What are you going to do after our victory?


I’m going to return to normal life, play, write and release music, shoot music videos and personal art projects. I plan to make a documentary about the celebration of victory — not long before the full-scale war began I got a vintage video camera for my birthday, and I haven’t used it yet. Also, I want to take an oceanfront vacation and finally move in with my girlfriend, ’cause we’ve been living in different countries for four years already. Besides, I plan to continue helping others, for the times won’t be easy.

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