Here in Kyiv we complain about the parties and the state of music scene. How is it going in Kropyvnytskyi?
There is techno in Kropyvnytskyi for sure. We take care of it and protect it. We organize parties rarely but for the next year we have big plans. We also have techno in Dnipro, which is my favorite city, and I always look forward to coming back there. Even when I was living in Kyiv and had an opportunity to visit sessions featuring world “techno stars”, Dnipro still held the position of my favorite city. There are parties, friends, atmosphere, and techno music.
Is it hard to make something happen at the periphery? Do you find it possible to popularize non-mainstream music there under “Manchester scenario”?
If you have the audience, you can organize parties anywhere. The only issue is welfare of the audience. Techno or, to be exact, house music has won worldwide recognition a long time ago, and we all see the fruit of it. Recently, the world witnessed Surgeon playing at Lady Gaga concert. It‘s a pleasure to see pop stars with such a good taste. However, I’d rather not see techno follow the lead of house, trance, and dubstep, completely destroying its authenticity along the way.
Techno should remain in the underground and cherish being authentic, shouldn’t it?
Berghain gathers kilometer-long queues of techno fans from around the world, and not everyone will pass strict face control. The number of subscribers of good producers goes beyond hundreds of thousands. Is techno still underground? I guess it’s not. However, the thing is that techno still continues to develop.
Tell us a bit about Techno.UA public page. What is its main goal?
It was created in 2009. At that time, social networks were kind of Wild West, not yet colonised by major labels. You could freely chat with Luke Slater or DJ Bone via Facebook, and Anton Zap hadn’t even signed up for VKontakte (Russian social network, popular in post-Soviet countries). Techno.UA was started in part by coincidence. Social media communications have just emerged in Ukraine, and Kolia Sviaznoi, one of Techno.UA founders, was working as a social media manager in a digital agency. The tools were familiar, the objectives were clear, but the way to attract the audience was not. The page has become an organic continuation of our vision, and also a field for experimentation. We learned to communicate with the audience, analyze its needs, and inform the subscribers about our activities.
You're a connoisseur of classic sound, that’s an easy conclusion from your mix. Do you believe that classic techno will always be superior?
There is very little techno in my mix. It consists mostly of electro and acid. Classic techno will live forever! Technology is constantly evolving, and techno moves with the times, still sounding fresh and trendy. Jeff Mills, Surgeon, and many others are the living example.