TV
, BE OUR ALLY!
It's a well-known fact that our TV doesn't do anything to make young people like it. Television here refuses to see young
people as proper audience as most of them
keep TV sets only as a mon
itor for their VCR
.
When w
ill th
is situation change? We hope, soon
. TV
, please, show
us your front! So far we have been seeing only your
dark rear. We've got used to it so you are runn
ing the risk of losing us forever. What w
ill you do then?
TUTTA LARSEN
BIZ-TV Music News program
; 2x2 Moscow Channel; Monday through Friday; late n
ight; a boy/girl next-door style.
Tutta Larsen also fronts two bands: electronic Thaivox and grunge Jazzlobster.
P
: What was the story w
ith your screen-name?
T: I love fairy-tales! I just m
ixed Tutta Karlson and Ludw
ig Larsen 14th
. Now I feel as if it's my proper name. I introduce
myself as Tutta Larsen
. And how
it reads backwards [ne srala tut -1
didn't sh
it in here] I learned from
a viewer. At first I
got uptight but then I thought, "it's my motto!"
P
: Why do you promote grunge?
T: When we started
, three years ago, it was pure underground and I was into it. Grunge is not the po
int. I just want to
talk alternative music in my shows. I'd like to tell the viewers about trip-hop and jung
le if I had more information/ /
P
: What do you w
ish your viewers should be?
T: I w
ish my viewers feel sick of bad music and bad TV show
. I w
ish they feel what is sincere and
where there's just money. Actually, it's easy to comprehend
. For me Ru
jg
jgn pop is a sheer mystery!
The th
ing is, it's not about money, it's
about people consum
ing it and feeling
happy.
ROMAN
SKVORTSOV
POSTmusical News; TV-6 ; WS
daily; Russian music, cool design, good-looking hosts
P
: I don't know
about you but I th
ink POSTmusical News program
is a b
it boring
. Only
[Russian music. Don
't you think?
R
: For me it's not boring
. It's our special politics. Our boss Ivan Dem
idov often says, you
broadcast not for two or three acid-heads hanging around in Moscow
, there's also a trac-
tor-driver w
ith a tape recorder in Cheliabinsk. That's h
im
we're working for.
P
: Don
't you want to teach th
is tractor-driver some good music, make h
im
civilised, not savage?
R
: Yeah, raving all night long and then in the morn
ing on h
is tractor.
..
P
: I mean there's not only dancing. There's serious electronic music, Madonna, classics, Pavarotti.
.. You could.
..
R
: This guy has his own culture. Fo
lk music. I could give h
im
Russian folk, chastushki.
.. And if you go for his education
you have to give h
im
the history of world music from
day one.
P
: So, you'll better support th
is squalid Russian pop?
R
: Not support, but try to comb it out.
ILYA LEGOSTAYEV
"Sharks Of The Pen" - an audience of angry journalists barking at a pop/rock star/producer/pro-
*moter; TV-6; Monday evening
.
The most intelligent and delicate young host on Russian TV
. A
lways good-looking
, calm
and sm
iling
.
P
: OK, you are always looking like a gentleman
, but many journalists' image is.
.. urn.
.. in need of
mprovement. How do you select Sharks?
I: Unfortunately, we cannot talk of any strict politics here. Russian musical journalism
hasn
't been
instituted yet. There are people making interviews, concert reports, but we cannot call them
music
journalists. Worldly interest in Russian music is dom
inating
, which is probably right because
it's too early to be professionally interested in our musical scene. Our viewers are students,
housew
ives, school-children
, young working people etc. The all have their own questions for
their idol. So we try to make their interest audible. There must be a serious professional jour-
nalist, hysterical woman, rude fellow
, some orthodox rocker.
.. And a viewer sees, he is not
alone in th
is world
, there's a character on TV who is able to deliver h
is thoughts.
P
: What's going on in our youth television?
I: We live in a huge country w
ith a lot of young people. There are young people in Moscow
,
they go clubbing
, having fun
. One kind of youth
. There are young people in St. Petersburg
,
they go to different clubs. Second kind of youth
. Young people in Sverdlovsk, it's the th
ird
kind
. And between Moscow
, St. Petersburg and Sverdlovsk lives the fourth kind of youth
, and
it lives totally d
ifferent life. And TV works for all of them
.
ILYA SMOLIN
|Was born 1972 in Sevastopole. Son of an animation artist mother. Graduated from
the
llnstitute of Cinematography. Made a scandalous program
"Hands Up!" about Moscow art
life on 5th channel. Became well-known for his video for Lika's "More Than Love" and "Fallen Angel" and Bravo's "Zhar
Ptitsa". PTUCH
assumes that th
is man's contribution can change a lot in Russian youth TV
.
P
: Why was the "Hands Up!" show
closed?
I: We couldn
't handle the rhythm
. The program
was too sluggish
, d
ifficult to watch. Our TV needs a quick and aggressive
cut, totally new
characters. I want to make a program
, someth
ing like Jean-Paul Gaultier's Trans Show
. It w
ill be d
ifferent.
P
: Really? What channel?
I: I'm
not telling
. The script is not finished
.
RITUAL
SQUATS AND
PEOPLE
In
th
is issue we come
back to the topic of
squats and people (see
PTUCH
N°7, 'Report
W
ith A Joint' about life
of an international
Amsterdam
squat). Now
it's time to tell about
squatting in St.
Petersburg
.
"...Squat is not merely a
flat. It is more of a club
,
where young people
making alternative cul-
ture find each other try-
ing to
do it together. As
a rule, it seldom
hap-
pens. There is one tal-
ented and creative
squatter in th
irty lazy
bums pretend
ing they
are artists. Anyway
squatting is reality and
squatters are at least
people interesting to talk
to
. The artist Timur
Novikov to
ld as about
h
is squatting experience:
"It was eighteen years
ago. Can you imagine?
I rented a church from
some o
ld alcoholic
woman
. The name was
"The Church of Cyrill
and Methodius". Among
regulars of that squat
was Georgiy Gurianov
(ex-Kino drummer) and
many others. We organ-
ised exhibitions, made
parties and th
ings like
that. But once the police
came and busted every-
body. That was the end
of th
is sad story.
.."
SIBERIA
Do you know
that Siberia has
its own house music? That
young people there wear not
only Soviet geologists' robes
and Chinese sports costumes?
That in computer stud
ios there
people create video-art master-
pieces? That the most extraordi-
nary Russian industrial music
project was born there. And
nature? Siberia is the b
iggest
chill-out zone on the p
lanet!
DRUGS
Story Of Drug Rehabilitation
Hospital
"...The main body of patients
consisted of alcoholics and it
was only four or five of us, the
Knights of the Syringe. One
was a vint-addict (vint is a
home-made stimu
lant Pervitin),
another one, by official ver-
sion
, was getting treatment
from
LSD
but actually he was
here because police had found
"Petersburg acid" at his flat.
The alcoholics radiated some
thick, rotten air around them
as
my fellow-junkies were livelier
and way more positive. Past
cases of long and inevitable
junk-sickness seemed to harden
their spirits.
..
"...'You sure you want to kick
it? Because we only help
. If
one doesn't want to get cured
no one can help him
.' - 'Yes, I
DO
wanna kick it!' I claimed
.
'You are lying,' the doctor
said. 'Why?' - 'Junky always
lies. Even when he says hello
,
he's already telling lies'.
.."
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