You're from Chelyabinsk, right? Is there anything interesting musically?
There is no local electronic scene in Chelyabinsk, only a few more or less interesting artists. Among them I would highlight Anton Neotnas, my colleague from Waxxx. He’s a cool musician, DJ, and collector. Among DJ crowd, apart from our subsidiary funk/soul RoRoWaxxx (Roots Rock’n Waxxx) community, there is almost nobody to highlight: some left for capital, some went to prison, some got stuck in the ’90s or early ’00s, not in a good way. That’s basically it.
Does Chelyabinsk have potential to develop dance culture and electronic music? For example, Siberia has formed something local and unique recently.
There is potential, but something is missing. First of all, it lacks local music scene, as mentioned above. And in Siberia they have one. By the way, I’m planning to visit CTM Siberia festival in September, which will be held in Krasnoyarsk first and then in Novosibirsk.
How did you get acquainted with Slava and Схема?
I’ve heard a lot about Slava since Zhiguli times. Used to listen to some of his mixes, and there he contacts me.
Tell us your DJ story.
At first, during school years in late ’90s there were tapes with trance music, pumping house, and jungle. CDs with various dance music came afterwards; I started playing at school parties in early 2000s. First drum’n’bass records and first turntables appeared in 2002, I played my first set at a club in 2003 and in 2005 I released my first mix. By 2010, I played exclusively jungle/drum’n’bass and dubstep/grime under DJ Saint Man moniker. Later on, all this ghetto shit happened: juke, bass, house, and techno... My new moniker DJ 1985 was coined quite spontaneously (that’s the year I was born).
Speaking of monikers, you have a few. Each one is reserved for particular kind of music, right?
Yes, it's just for my own fun, never gave special significance and meaning to this issue. DJ XXXX is for x-rated ghetto music, DJ 0000 is for ambient, DJ “some year” is for music of a particular year. You can look through my Soundcloud.
What was so special about 2010? I mean, the tastes of the audience did change, and you started playing different music as well.
It is difficult to judge the people’s tastes; can’t argue taste, they say. I can only speak for myself. Dubstep and drum’n’bass vibe, which I personally liked, has exhausted itself out and I had to seek for new sources of musical nourishment. In 2010, I put together a “ghetto-puzzle”: Chicago ghetto-house along with Detroit ghetto-tech and electro were complimented by juke (the Chicago one in particular, I wasn’t interested in later “future” mutations of juke and jungle juke). About that year you could also hear the ghetto-impact in music of many dubstep artists such as Headhunter (Addison Groove), Ramadanman (Pearson Sound), Girl Unit, and others. Although, I would break arms of the journalist who invented “bass music” term, because true bass music is Miami booty bass, which had this name since early ’80s.
Do you write music?
I don’t — just playing with different hardware. The process itself and sounds that you can get, sometimes unexpected, do excite me.
Tell us more about Roots Rock’n Waxxx. What does the collective do?
Roots Rock’n Waxxx consists of Ilya Keepa, Pasha GoodyGoodie and few more DJs who play jazz/funk/soul/boogie/reggae/punk rock. They regularly arrange parties in a charming rock pub. We tried to play electronic music there, but it just doesn’t sound right.
Judging by your mix, you're a fan of old school music. How can you explain this choice?
It’s not me choosing music, the music chooses me. In fact, after listening to the mix, one can say that I'm a fan of gruesome, harsh stuff. Well, fair enough, considering the fact that I played a lot of EBM and acid before. I just can’t resist these aggressive industrial synth-lines from ’80s. Moreover, I’ve recently discovered young artists with acid-type distortion sound such as Kuno, Parrish Smith, and Fallbeil.