interview with Electromush

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes, we all have played in other bands. We'll tell you more, some of us have parallel projects.
How is it that you started playing music? All of us have musical education, so for us all it was the choice of life. Or the life of choice :)
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Petra, singer/songwriter
Sergey Usik, bass
Bohdan Butov, keyboards, back vocal, arrangements
Mykola Tomasyshyn, drums, percussion
Nikita Budash, back vocal, percussion
Konstantin Kostenko, sound producer, arrangements
Dmytro Lysiuk, lyrics
Did you make music even when you were young? Some of us, yes. Petra wrote her first song when she was 11.
Where are you from? South of Ukraine, Kherson, the land of steppes and watermelons.
What year did the band form? 2013
What's your style of genre? We began in the ranks of wold fusion music. In 2018 we released an album named ElectroMush, and we made a big concert programme with traditional folk songs from various coutries and regions.
What inspires you? One may not hear the hints to our favourite bands and musicians, but we were inspierd by Dead Can Dance, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Eivør to name a few.
How often and where do you reherse? The process of rehearsal and recording is permanent.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Most of us are inseparably tied to the music, so our interests outside the band are mostly conneted to the music. Some write soundtracks to the films, some make drummers'  show, recording and producing other bands, etc. Read books, watch films, write poetry, dig into history, follow the hunt for exoplanets, draw pictures, grow exotic plants, etc.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Yes, and very hard. We strive to introduce the western listener to our music, to our view of multicultural existance, and we do not want it isolated within one country. We are open to opportunities.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We are open to opportunities. Yes again.
What made you decide to make this music? In our first album, we wanted to represent ancient traditional songs as if written today. We perform them in the original languages in order to show the melos of each tongue.
What are your songs about? We live in the world where ancient rituals coexist with extra modern techologies, where the spirit of the forest lives on the centre of The Lagre Hadron Collider. We may not notice it, but it is so.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Petra writes the original music. Dmytro Lysiuk writes most of the original lyrics.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Music.
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Mostly at the grand piano. But some tunes come while walking down the street.
Have you done any covers live? All traditional songs are covers in some way. But we had totally rethought and reworked them. And we have two covers of pop songs by Kate Bush and Einstürzende Neubauten.
What language do you sing in? Ukrainian, Swedish, Lithuanian, English, German, Brezhoneg, French, Polish, Japaneze, Kazakh, Turkish, Yiddish, Serbian, Macedonian, Irish, Spanish, Slovac, Crimean Tatar. And counting.
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? From 15 attendees to about 80 thousand people.
What ages are most of your concert attendants? The majotiry are 18-35 years old. But we have some younger and older fans.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We vary the repertoir depending on the place and cause.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? No.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? We share the idea that if you want an author to keep writing new books, you need to support him by buying them.
What do you think of my work? You do a great job. Due to the informational revolution, the listener is overloaded and can get lost in the floods of music. The resources like yours, help us to keep up with modern trends and find something to one's taste.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? We hope it will ;)
Do you have any role models or idols? No.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Never stop.
Do you have any new material? Recently, at Metropolis Studios in London, we have begun recording a new album of totally original material. It will be geared with what in literature is called Magical Realism. A mixture of mystic and high technology spirit. The lyrics will be multilingual - two or more languages in one song. Perhaps, your readers will recognize a couple of words in their native language :)
What are your web sites? electromush.com
Do you have something to add? From the very beginning, the feature of ElectroMush band was the use of the instruments, which are not actully music instruments, like: hoses, barrels, plastic bags, newspapers, waste bins, sounds of conctruction works and coffee machine and other post-industrial trash.
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