"Rave is gasping for breath; he needs a new impulse"
Namesis begins his independent work. This uniquely inspired musician, who has made a name for himself through a handful of tasty songs.
His music is unclassifiable, but it has no rival. Close your eyes and let the sensations flow.
Hey, where can we find you right now? How did you start your day?
Hey! At the moment I live in one of the districts of Kaliningrad. Today is a day off and I was finally able to take the time to chat with you.
Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music? Was it all internet based?
I’m from a small provincial town in the Kaliningrad region. I don't know how it all became part of my life. Tell me before that I will write something like this, I would not believe it. I have no musical education; besides, I have chronic bilateral otitis (one ear does not hear high frequencies and the other, on the contrary low frequencies), but this did not stop me. From the equipment I have a laptop, sound card, microphone, headphones and wires. At the time when I released the first release I only had a computer, that time the internet (more or less accessible) just appeared in the city, so I started communicating a lot with the musicians and through one friend I sent out demos which were eventually approved and released. And that's how it all began.
Who have been your main inspirations (both musical and in 'life')? And how have they affected your sound?
Family is my main driver. My older brother got me hooked on the right music in my opinion (Nirvana, Deftones, Korn later: The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, etc.). Corvad, whose music inspires me, has always supported, helped with deeds and advice and also became the one who gave me the way to the Soma label. It is thanks to them and my girlfriend that I get inspired and improve all the time. As for the sound, this is a different story. I still listen to alternative rock and grunge as well as electronica, techno. I always try to mix it up to get something interesting. Musical chemistry let's call it that.
How would you define your sound?
I am often asked what kind of style you write?!
Man, I don't know myself, I just do what I like. It is dark, depressive, slow electronics with a touch of industrial. I hear it this way.
How has your sound evolved so far?
I started more than 10 years ago when drum'n'bass was popular in my city and of course I started doing something in this style. A little later I wanted to do something slower and more danceable and that was Breaks. Sometimes I’ve stopped making music. I was looking for inspiration. So over time I switched to techno. But something always didn’t suit me. And so I came to a slow sound. And I realized that it was mine. By this time I have learned a lot, but at the moment I do not stop experimenting. Let's see what will happen next...
Are you the type of producer who can create music on the fly or do you need to be rooted in a studio?
No, I am not rooted to the studio, I will say more, I have never worked in a studio. The main thing is that I have my laptop at hand, the rest is not so important.
What can you tell us about your latest release “Rave is Dead”? What have you wanted to convey?
This is a kind of scream of despair. Rave is gasping for breath; he needs a new impulse. I tried to do just that.
Do you think the Raves are dead or paralyzed?
I hope this is all temporary. It's not worth talking about the point of no return...
We can only speculate here. Nobody knows for sure the answer to this question. Everything changes, transforms. Both the style in music and the raves themselves.
Does your album work as a tribute to the raver past?
Yes! I don't even have anything to add here...
How are you living the current situation because of COVID? Has your work affected a lot? Do you think there is hope?
It seems to me that it influenced everyone in one way or another. The most difficult time was in the first wave. You are locked in 4 walls. The city warning system constantly repeats that it is impossible to leave the house. This is familiar to everyone... At that time, I sat down tightly at work and wrote almost all my free time. Then I wrote the EP "Rave is dead". No matter what happens, there is always hope!
I feel like the underground scene will continue to persist. Do you think we can go back to "normal" events and festivals?
I am sure about that! Here the question is rather different - when?! When all this shit is over.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
At the moment, I continue to work on new releases. I am finishing the existing demos. I am also looking forward to an album that will come out this year from my side project together with Sunko- "Nineties" this summer.
Do you have any final words of wisdom?
Be sure of what you are doing, and you will succeed.