What’s up with your releases? Do you currently release your old stuff?
Usually, these things don’t go as planned. The first release was ready almost a year before its actual release. I was looking for a label, waited for remixes to be finished, but eventually faced problems from both directions. I was fed up with it and sent two tracks to Rob from Dred Collective (back in the day they had Free Track Thursday section). I thought that it was better to leak these two tracks rather leave them on my Soundcloud with a hundred subscribers. However, in the end, Rob liked the material and offered to help with remixes and release the EP on his label. Hyperboloid records release also came up quite accidentally: I have been periodically sending my demos to Lesha Pixelord and one day he offered me to write a song for a 20-track compilation of post-Soviet producers (half came out on vinyl, half on cassettes). This release did go relatively well, but not without oddities. Afterwards I was “evicted” from Kyiv a lot. After the release, Lesha was interviewed about the compilation at Sindrom Bolelova, a radio show at Moscow FM, and Zolaa. turned out to be a producer from Kazakhstan, then from Donetsk, and in another review from Hungary. The latter is quite justified: I have long been familiar the works of Zolaa without dot (haha).
However, that’s just fun. The main problem was that my tastes and work attitude has been changing quickly, and everything else has been changing very slowly. So, I’ve dropped many of my projects and for the past year just followed how the belated releases of friends with my remixes were published. Now I've collected enough material and firmly decided what exactly I want to write and play. I hope that you will hear it soon.
What about your plans?
I’m afraid to talk about future plans now, because everything is constantly going the wrong way if you don’t keep it in secret. However, in the future I definitely plan to return to non-electronic music and record a one-man-band album at home. As they say, there is no former black metal player!
You're talking about a quick change of preferences. Can you give a retrospective of your artistic way? And don’t you think that frequent changes can be harmful?
There are few advantages to such changes, sure. I was making radically different music before and because of that had to smoothen the transition from one style to another. However, it turned out different from what I’ve planned. The retrospective is not broad: juke and the stuff around, bass, house, and techno. Speaking of transition, I can’t point out any milestones. Everything changed gradually and transformed somehow. I still use techniques from my “musical past”.
Do you think juke can rock the dance floor again?
I don’t remember any time when it did. There was no hype around it in Ukraine, except for a few events at Xlib. Dj Rashad came out as music for home listening and may get back the same way, that’s what we’ve talked recently about with guys from Bereza. There is plenty of room for experimentation in this genre, and if music develops in a spiral, now it seems to be the right time for a new round. It's time to go back to basics! I might work my way up to 160 bpm once.
There’s a lot of tracks from local producers in the mix. How important is it to preserve the locality in music?
The mix mostly consists of tracks by close and not so close friends. I believe that collaboration and mutual support in music is vital, especially in the case of local collectives, which often have a special, easily recognizable sound. In this regard, I give props to Oblast, a group of producers from Samara, check them out! By the way, it was founded by a notorious juke producer. There are many similar examples in the neighboring country, like Gost Zvuk or John's Kingdom. In Kyiv (and in Ukraine in general) there are many cool guys and it’s a shame that we can’t give a similar example of an interesting collective. Speaking of acquaintances, I have got a lot via internet and know some people personally: Youngg P, Recid, Voin Oruwu. One day I'll meet Miles Lone Dancer and Lesha Nissan Groove, I bet!
What can stimulate DJs and producers to unite? Maybe, some ideas and concepts?
Difficult to say. I don’t think that idea or concept is the only necessary thing. Some ideas have already slipped. I guess we should share and exchange more with each other... And here I am speaking it out, even though I am very shy to send something to my friends for evaluation.
Where are the local labels then?
Ukrainian labels... Everything is simple: establishing new ones is expensive and not profitable. Music doesn’t sell in digital format in Ukraine, and vinyl or other physical media won’t sell either. I'm speaking about mass market, naturally.
What is going on with Kiev House label?
Kiev House is currently on a Kyiv-vacation! However, it is going to return pretty soon and will be presenting a pleasant sound from a young and previously unknown Kyiv guy!
Don’t you think that Kiev House has been on vacation for too long?
The main kiev-houser (Cape Cod) had a lot to do. I have a new MeloRing now, you should call me to check it out. The vacation is justified!
One of the tracks in the mix is from a new project of Dima Koloah. Can you reveal the essence of his new project?
The point is simple. Dima began to make the music that he likes himself, not the music that a certain amount of people would like. He is a talent, I’m really looking forward to his public debut with a new project!
You mean that under Koloah moniker the music was published to appeal to specific audience?
I mean that Koloah is a more commercially aimed project and Voin Oruwu is for the soul.
There are rumors about a new season at 56 club. What does this place mean to you?
It’s a place like home! A pleasant venue I have a lot of memories of, despite the fact that I spent there only one season. I can compare it to Xlib, at most! I want to go back, behind its bars!