"MindGazm has really become an exploration into electronic music"
MindGazm creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. They are simply music addicted, their studio sessions are based on machine jam sessions as well as digital and vst processing, with whom they create their own sound, their own electronic style. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latest releases.
Hey, where can we find you right now?
We escaped the Dark COVID ridden Gotham of NYC to bask in the sunshine and life of Miami, so we are here in for a temporary refuge.
How did you start your day?
Today was a great day as we visited the Vasczya Gardens near a miami, one can only dream of such a Haven. Built by a billionaire in the early 20th century, it is a blend of italian, french and carib architecture.
Can you tell us a little about your experience?
We both came up in music from a young age. Jenya started classical training at age 8 and Greg started playing at age 14 and still can't stop. Where are you from / how did you get into music? We are both from the eastern block, Jenya is from Minsk Belarus and Greg is from St. Petersburg Russia. Although we both started playing music at a young age we both only fell into electronic music recently in the last few years that we have been together.
Was it all internet based?
Not at all but a lot started with the internet, like our romance. We randomly met on Facebook and one of the reason why we clicked was musical choices. Who knew it would flourish to such an extent. Alot of collaborations performances are now on the internet, but the true force the religion of music is seeing it live. Feeling the moment of the sound and letting every vibration set you into a trance.
Who have been your main inspirations (both musical and in 'life')?
For Greg it would be his father who was also a semi famous musician and poet in his time speaking out against the Soviet Union using cynical comical lyrics as the only weapon. Another great hero and inspiration was an actor named Anton Yelchin who despite his glorious but short life I had the pleasure to know, and who despite his illness and tragedy had really risen to the stars showing us all what can be done.
And how have they affected your sound?
Our heroes have always inspired us to push further beyond just the current trend or standard to try and set a new standard to become the standard, its not always possible, but that is the goal.
How would you define your sound?
MindGazm has really become an exploration into electronic music. Our current sound would really fall under House and Deep house with live instruments. Although genre bending has been an attempt for sometime, the transition from fusion jazz to rock and finally to house and melodic deep house has been an amazing journey.
How has your sound evolved so far?
The original formulation of MindGazm was a rhythm section(Guitar bass drums) as well as a violin and sax player. From T-Monk to Mahavishnu Orchestra the melodic voyages and original scores were too complex to be anything but some eclectic fusion. After getting together with Jenya and playing together for a few years as a rock band the natural tendencies to make the crowd dance and sway was not possible with anything except house and deep house music that was pumping out from the underground as well as above ground reputable sources in NYC.
What can you tell us about your last job?
We played at TREEHOUSE Miami recently for Feb 14 valentine's day. It was a beautiful crowd and it helped in preparing for our latest EP release ' For Travelers' release on Feb 2.27.21
What inspired you?
The latest EP 'For Travelers' was inspired by the many voyages Jenya and I have taken. I think it is our way to express the different phases of travel whether physical or metaphysical. What do you want to convey? The message our latest EP ' For Travelers' conveys is that it is safe to travel but only if you follow the guidelines of safe travel. Travel is endless and most inspirational, there is no avoiding it but only embracing it so it can be enjoyed.
Are you the type of producer who can create music on the fly or do you need to be rooted in a studio?
MindGasm music is always created on the fly. Inspired by situations as well as physical spaces and objects, it is really an attempt to create a musical landscape, a picture. Sometimes it turns out to be a lot of noise, but if you listen close and let your brain tune in you might just find a MindGazm.
What can you tell us about your latest productions?
In the latest MindGazm productions we really try to blend some interesting sounds and genres, while adhering to house and deep house underlying bass.
What did you want to convey?
MindGazm is an attempt to break out of the repetitive nature of house and deep house music and perhaps carve out a new genre in dance music. What next productions can we expect? We are planning on several collaborations with some up and coming artists as well as some industry insiders. We really feel that collaboration is the way to grow and expand your sound and creative process.
What can you tell us about your latest work: For Travelers?
For Travelers is really to help any voyager arrive at their destination regardless of the difficulties of the path.
What did you want to express and transmit in For Travelers?
The message of this EP is that no matter the voyage with some music and a clear path the journey could be inspiring and enlightening.
How are you living the current situation because of COVID?
COVID has been both tragic and inspiring for us. When life gives you lemons you have to make lemonade. There is the tragedy of the sickness and death that has occurred and the financial loss especially in the music industry. But it has also leveled the playing field in a way and made a lot of inaccessible people very accessible.
Has your work affected you a lot?
COVID has affected our work greatly. It inspired us to create a lot more. I think there is a renaissance of sorts coming. All of these artists and musicians that have been locked up not being able to perform have been writing and creating just to unleash it into the world as soon as they are allowed. and we are no exception.
Do you think there is hope?
We don't have doubt for a second that the world is filled and inspired by hope. There is a giant light at the end of the tunnel and a big part of that shining is music and art. Art and Music will get us through any tragedy that has always been the way of man
I feel like the underground scene will continue to persist.
Do you think we can go back to "normal" events and festivals?
We have already played the likes of Elements festival while under COVID which had 2 tests and we played some smaller underground events. I think all of the festivals will come back shortly, people's endless need to gather and dance will never disappear truly it was just put on a pause.
What projects are you working on right now?
MindGazm is involved in several upcoming projects. We are writing music for a one of a kind interactive, immersive dinner experience based on Dante Allgeri's Divine Comedy. We are also working on our upcoming 2 EPs which will be released in Late April and July.
Do you have any final words of wisdom?
Create always create, there is no greater cause except collaboration. Creation and collaboration is the only way towards beauty and enlightenment. There is nothing to be afraid of step forward and let your talents shine.