How are things going with Gost Zvuk label?
Everything is going well, we are doing our work little by little. I think we have time to release two more double albums and a double release Instrument by the end of the year.
Is it easier to release music when there are several releases in your catalog?
Each release is a separate endeavor and experience. We understand how the work should be structured, but you always have to create a unique world, so there is no single recipe.
Are there any options to do press printing not abroad, but in Russia?
We can say that for us there are none, because even the cost of printing can’t be recouped with our capacity. Moreover, transportation from Russia is costly, while the main market is Europe. I dream of times when it would become possible, it would be a new step for the development of the scene.
How did the cancellation of Outline festival impact the Russian scene? What would be the long-term outcomes?
I wish this kind of situations could unite the members of the scene and make an even greater impact on the situation this way. Prohibitions and difficulties give rise to new forms of freedom. NII (a club in Moscow) has recently been on the edge of closing. However, now it is expanding.
How do you manage to find common ground with the government?
NII is working, which is surprising, but nobody knows what will happen tomorrow.
You're hosting a radio show where you present local producers only. Do you receive a lot of good music?
I have enough material to play for one hour per month, but that’s including tracks which aren’t new. I just can’t go on air more often, I don’t have time to listen to everything. Hopefully I will manage to pay more attention to it in the future.
A variety of labels, inspired by your enthusiasm at Gost Zvuk, have emerged in Russia and picked up the wave. Is it about the development of the scene or are they just copycats?
People often start with copying others and then create something original out of it. I am glad that Gost Zvuk inspires new endeavors.
Are you going to release your own music?
My project called 8ousyboy will be the eighth release of Instrument. In addition, Flaty, a local producer, is releasing NII001 in September with a couple of my tracks.
What do you wait for in 2018?