Cxemcast 046 – Poly Chain
What did you do in Kyiv before moving to Warsaw?
I studied art theory at the Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, and played keys in a shoegaze band. I was a bored teenager back then, craving for adventures. Now I would love to come back to the same faculty, though. Reading books, talking about art and philosophy, surrounding myself with avant-garde art — that’s wonderful. However, I don’t have this option for now.
How did your move to Warsaw influence your music?
It’s studying in Poland that has influenced it. I studied graphic design at a private University in Lodz and became interested in video and 3D design. It was a truly fascinating practice, especially synchronizing sound with effects or 3D objects. Also, graphic design has helped me to develop focus and patience.
What are you currently working on?
Basically, I work as a graphic designer and write music. Together with Eltron and Zambon we’ve just made last corrections to the record that will be released soon on Transatlantyk, a label which is based in Berlin and produces artists from Eastern Europe. The Transatlantyk release will be followed by a cassette which is to be produced by my friends from Warsaw, Pointless Geometry. It will contain several tracks recorded with a few particularly talented individuals. Currently I am preparing another podcast for Trzecia Fala, a Polish music portal. I also play at different parties in Poland and collaborate with other Polish artists.
How does creative life in Poland differ from that in Ukraine?
I haven’t been to Ukraine for quite a long time, so it's hard to compare. I find out about what is going on by word of mouth, and that’s not the same as having a live impression. In Poland, it is easier to get a grant or to go to another country for six months for an exchange program. And in Warsaw, for example, there is a club that constantly invites electronic scene “stars” from abroad.
What do you think of Warsaw’s nightlife?
There are regular techno parties called Brutaż: usually held in Warsaw, but sometimes in other Polish cities, or even in Berlin. They have a distinctive feature — the artists are not announced until after the event. The organizer of Brutaż also makes another party series called Swiatło, it’s mostly house music. There is Wixapol, a wild gabber party. From time to time Dunno Recording organizes events with their artists. And, of course, there is underground scene. For example, three underground labels (Pointless Geometry, Audile Snow, and Magia) can co-host a party. Some of their artists have also played at Unsound Festival and other major festivals.
You are also performing at Unsound Festival this year. How did you get invited?
I don’t know, probably because I am super good.
What do you expect from the show?
Nothing in particular. Compared to the terrible fuss with deportation issues and losing a job, I do not feel that performing at the festival is something special. I would love to listen to my favorite artists, but I won’t be able to attend all the events because of my work. Very sorry to miss Dean Blunt.
Do you only play live?
Yes, I do, so far. Once I played a set, but only because the synthesizer broke during the soundcheck.
If you played a DJ set, what kind of music would it be?
I have time periods when I’m interested in different kinds of music. This year, I really like artists from 100% Silk label. I guess their records would work perfectly on the dance floor.
What gear do you use for your lives?
DSI Prophet ’08 and a Boss looper. They are connected to the mixer via audio card, to control the sound level. I had tested different synthesizers; however, as soon as I have got the money, I decided for a Prophet recommended by my bassist friend. It has, however, some drawbacks: the knobs wear quickly. By the way, I’ve just received new ones today, directly from the factory.
You’ve been speaking about different joint projects with other musicians. You like collaborations, don’t you?
Yes. I would like to find someone to collaborate on a long-term basis. In general, I am fond of jamming, it is always such an adventure. You can sort of predict everything, because you see the instruments in front of you, but unexpected turns can sometimes occur, and that is just incredible! I have some material on tape, recorded during a series of workshops on field recording. Half of the participants were from Lviv Conservatory and the other half were Polish musicians. The last track is our final jam with samples that we had recorded during the workshops.
What does Poly Chain mean? Does it imply synthesizer terminology?
Yes, that’s a type of synthesizer input through which multiple synthesizers can be connected. Well, it also sounds like a girl's name, so that is perfect indeed.
Interviewed by Bohdan Konakov.