Producer Proxy’s unique background of living in Russia where he was governed by fewer but more severe rules than found in the States is definitely apparent in his music. Mixing drums and bass with vocal samples, he creates a unique blend of hard-hitting dance beats in a dark, electronic style. This synth-line and siren-wielding producer recently signed with Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label, and his plans for Western world domination are in full swing.
Without further ado, here is my Q&A with the man himself. (Answers all in caps by request of Proxy)
How did you first hear about your idols Prodigy?
IT WAS IN THE ‘90S. SOME FRIEND OF MINE JUST GAVE ME A TAPE WITH THE EXPERIENCE ALBUM AS I REMEMBER AND SAID, “HAVE A LISTEN THIS PIECE OF SHIT, I DON’T REALLY UNDERSTOOD WHAT IS IT.” SO I LISTENED AND WAS SO IMPRESSED, AND I’VE LISTENED TO THAT TAPE LIKE A MILLION TIMES. IT WAS LIKE OPENING MY EYES TO ALL ELECTRONIC MUSIC I LISTENED TO AFTER.
What influence did growing up in Vladivistok have on your music?
IT’S FULL OF CONTRASTS. EXTREMELY RICH AND EQUALLY POOR. IT IS AT ONCE BEAUTIFUL AS IT IS REPELLANT. THESE CONTRASTS EXTEND TO THE WORLD OF MUSIC. THE LANDSCAPE IS RIDDEN WITH SHAMEFUL CLONES OF EXISTING INTERNATIONAL STARS. THERE ARE DUBIOUSLY ENTRENCHED LOCAL DJS WHO HAVE NO DISCERNIBLE MUSICAL BACKGROUND BUT END UP PLAYING WITH TIËSTO, WHILE SCORES OF TALENTED PRODUCERS COULD NOT EVEN BARTER THEIR MUSIC FOR PRISON-GRADE CIGARETTES. THE CLUBS DESPERATELY GRASP AT SOME NOTION OF GLAMOUR, WHICH TO THEM SEEMS TO MEAN DIRE COMMERCIAL MUSIC, COCKTAILS, AND GIRLS IN THEIR DRESSES. IT IS A THIN ILLUSION, THE POOR ATTEMPTING TO RESEMBLE THEIR IMAGINED BETTERS. TO ME, THIS IS NOT SERIOUS WORK; IT IS WELL BENEATH THE POSITION I HAVE FOUGHT TO ATTAIN.
What led you to submit your demo to Tiga’s Myspace?
AS LIKE MANY OTHERS IN RUSSIA, I LOVED HIS SONG “YOU GONNA WANT ME” AND THEN I FOUND HIM IN BOYS NOIZE’S TOP FRIENDS. I JUST SENT A MESSAGE AND SENT IT TO HIS PROFILE WITHOUT ANY HOPE HE WOULD REPLY. BUT THAT HAPPENED!
Music from the Eastblock Jungles is being released in two parts. Was there a creative process difference between the two parts?
THERE WAS SO MUCH MUSIC I MADE IN RECENT YEARS THAT PART 1 KIND OF COLLECTS ALL THAT TOGETHER. IT ALSO INTRODUCES THAT WORK OF MINE TO THE PUBLIC AND SETS UP PART 2 FOR 2013, WHICH IS FULL OF NEWER PRODUCTIONS. IT WAS JUST SO HARD TO TRY AND FIT TOO MANY TRACKS INTO PART 1.
How was it working with Boys Noize on the track “Let’s Buy Happiness”?
WAS AMAZING. I’M A BIG FAN OF HIS. BUT AFTER ALL THIS TIME, I DON’T REALLY REMEMBER ALL THE PROCESS OF MAKING THE REMIX. I JUST REMEMBER BEING HAPPY WITH IT. I THINK HE WAS TOO!
How did you feel about John Roman’s remix of your track “Shut Up!”?
I LOVE IT! ALL MY FRIENDS LOVE IT! SO MANY DJS ARE PLAYING IT, WHICH IS ALWAYS GOOD. I JUST LOVE IT!
You finished up your U.S. tour in San Diego. What’s next for you?
I WANT TO COME BACK HOME FOR A FEW DAYS TO PLAY SOME ONLINE SHOOTERS AND THEN BACK ONBOARD. GET SOME VISA BITS SORTED AND HIT AUSTRALIA AND EUROPE WITH THE TOUR.
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