7 6 S t . P e t e r s b u r g D J s
Chikalilo, Eugene and
Demidov, in our opinion, are
the most serious DJs in St.
C h i k a t i l o with his girl-
friend Lera and a greyhound
lives in a penthouse studio.
Studied at a technical school
and worked at factories.
Hence his love for industrial
C : Once I worked at the can
factory. Two dozen presses
made intricate percussive
rhythms. Then I heard
Kraftwerk and Cabaret
Voltaire. Psychedelic stuff! I'm
a fan of analog synthesisers. I
prefer scientific approach in
music. I like Potuznik, Boo
Williams, Like a Tim, Gemini,
Rob Hood and Jeff Mills.
D J E u g e n e
Eugene started DJing with
Compass Vrubell at the leg-
endary LSDance.
E: I studied drums at the ja zz
school for three years. Played
in bands. Dva Samoliota, for
instance. Couldn't imagine
this vinyl stuff'd be so addic-
tive. Its hard to work in a
group of people. N o w I work
in close contact with machine
and it's more productive. As
for styles, I like mixes most of
all. Thai's the Dl is for!
D J D e m i d o v
Very young 118] but serious
Dl, who spend six hours at
the turntables plus six hours at
the piano daily. Planning to
buy synthesiser and drum
machine. Wants to get the
highest musical education in
the Conservatory.
4 6 T A
D w a r f s a n d I
b y E g e r R a d o v
..."Yo u can find a dwarf
myth in every culture.
Egypt, China, Aztecs.
.. Dwarf is a real phenom-
enon! There is no such problem as small peo-
ple," told me Vladimir Fedorov [former nuclear
physicist, former dissident, now actor], "There is
a problem of small personality."
I remembered Nietzsche's most disgusting man
who in spite of his ugliness and physical weak-
ness was a real prototype of Uebermensch.
They say it was Nietzsche's self portrait, though
he wasn't a dw arf.
"Some of us sink in alcohol, but is there less alco-
holics among so called normal people?" says
Fedorov. "I find the joys of life through my own inner
resources I didn't have youth. I suffered with pain but
at last I appeared in this life. And now I'm happy
with my third wife and four children.
.. And you know,
one day I gonna do that.
.. like, 'singing in the rain'."
"O n e cannot count the number of human deformities,"
he continues. 'But why, for instance, the white race is
dying out, death rate exceeding birth rate, and black
race, at the same time, multiplies? Because it is
stronger, more resistant having been oppressed for
longer time. The nature will even everything out, not
Hitler, not Goebbels who wanted to build a crazy
super-normal race.
.. Take Stalin. He gathered short
people around as he himself was short. W hat did it
change? W h y, life is worth living if it lasts.
And there should be dwarfs, I thought, and Giants.
And beauties. And beasts.
..."I once was in a movie theatre", told me Valera
Svetlov, an actor, musician and philosopher. "It was
a Soviet film about Lenin. And suddenly this funny
feeling strikes me: why am I here, what am I doing
here, what do I live for? And then Lenin turns on the
screen, points at me with a huge finger and goes,
"And your duty, Comrade Svetlov, is to build and
protect bridges".
..." W h o is it, Dad?” an ordinary youth of about sev-
enteen asks Fedorov, looking politely at me.
"A journalist. He's interviewing me."
Thank you, Dwarf! Your duly, Comrade Radov, is to
be not a dwarf, but the one you were born to be, not
on Jupiter, no, on this Earth, that is at this very
moment to be a journalist. Making interview. But in
case I wake up next morning in form of a horrible
insect I wish I could break out of my thick coat of
scales and, a happy caterpillar, crawl out of this
nasty physical body! Singing in the rain.
7 5 D J
P: H o w did
you discover
dance music?
Y : W hen I first
heard Nitzer
Ebb I was sur-
prised with a
match between
rather hard
music and
dance beat. I
liked Skinny
Puppy, Nitzer
Eb b , Frontline
Then I heard
techno. O nc e,
in Paris, I lis-
tened to a
techno station
for 2 4 hours.
P: You are resi-
dent Dl at the
Radio Station
10 6 .8 . How
often do you
play clubs?
Y : N o t often.
A good parly
is a rarity now.
There is no
venue with
standard quali-
ty music. Like
the late
P TU C H Club.
M o s c o w S q u a t s
'W e called our first squat the
'kinder garten'," says the
famous Moscow performance
artist/musician German
Vinogradov. "This ancient
building actually had been a
kinder garten.
But it was
deserted when
artist Kolia
Filatov, Sasha
Gradoboyev and I got job as
guards there. W e arranged a
stone garden there using trash
metal and boulders. It was like
dream, having a huge space
for our artistic needs, not pay-
ing. That was us who was
paid 9 0 roubles per month, it's
probably about 4 0 0 bucks
now! W e made exhibitions
there with friends artists like
Dmitry Prigov, Ilya Kabakov,
Ivan Chuykov, Lesha Tegin,
Nikita Alekseev, Sven
Gundlakh, Sergey Anufriev,
Sergey Shutov, Georgy
Litichevsky and many others.
Katia Mossina-Mikulskaya
(PTUCH 8) was our own fash-
ion designer. She made the
first ever underground fashion
show/exhibition with Lena
Zelinskaya and Katia
Ryzhikova. Ilya Kabakov said
once that our 'kinder garten"
was the major event of 80s.
But one day it became clear:
we are being watched by the
K G B .
.. It was 1 9 8 6 .
Petlura and his crew occupied
a series of unused buildings on
Petrovsky Boulevard in 19 9 0 .
"I'm sure”, he says, "this good
vibe we had at Petrovsky
Boulevard was because we
did everything together.
Festivals, performances, repairs
and cleaning.
.. Then in 19 9 4
they cut us from the gas and in
19 9 5 they started collapsing
the buildings. At the beginning
we kept all-night watch,
because they threatened us
with the police. Then some
squatters would go home (if
they had one) 'to take a show-
er' or 'drink some coffee'. It
was all over."
8 C
M o s c o w
5 0 0 0 ravers that came to the Rave-
Orbita II to dance to their favourite
DJs Fish, Spider, Vorontsov and spe-
cial guest Chris Liberator were disap-
pointed when at 2 a.m . they were
asked to leave the dance hall
Plastica. Promoter Timur Mam edov
announced that a phone terrorist
called the police and reported a
bomb. The bomb was never found
and after the two hours break the
rave started again.
Halloween has become a truly
Russian holiday. This year the most
beautiful and coolest crowd gathered
in Bagels Club and then moved to
the new Banan for an after-hour.
Since P TU C H club, Hermitage and
Aerodance were closed earlier this
year there are few venues in
M oscow open for the really progres-
sive peo-
R o s l o v - o n - D o n
In 19 9 6 a techno movement explod-
ed in Rostov-on-Don, a provincial
center at south of Russia without even
rock history but with Radio 103 as
the highlight for young people. This
year the radio promoters at Radio
10 3 and a DJ/host Sergey Pimenov
decided to make a daily eight-hour
program of non-stop lechno/dance
music. They made a rave/presenta-
tion of this program and initiated the
Association of the Slow Ravers (ASR)
which soon became a quality label
having made a dozen raves in this
virgin city. DJ Django who recently
visited Rostov reports that the city is
“prepared for the serious techno
product” .
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