Hello there friends! We have got something very cool for you, which we didn’t have on Cold Tear website for a while. It’s an interview with an artist from Russian Federation, St. Petersburg city, who has recently released his first full lenght album called “The Dark“, and he did it on our label.
On this interview Brickman had some really good points about dub techno scene, music and his own stuff. Enjoy!
Hi there, how are you?
Hey, I’m good, and you?
How important is your latest album “The Dark” for you, for your career as a musician and for you as a person?
Well talking in a context of a career this is my first album, so it’s really important for my career. It was my first big project, and job I’ve done on this project really influenced on me as a musician and as a person. I’ve broadened my views on music and I can say that this album is much more deeper and experimental, than my previous works.
Why did you call it “The Dark”? Also, one of the tracks is called “Living in The Dark”, is there a connection to the meaning of the whole album?
Yes, this track is like a last word of this album. You know, recently I’m like living in the dark, that’s why I called album “The Dark” I don’t mean that everything is bad and something awful going on with me, not those things. I mean that we are living in strange, dark and unfair world, we have a lot of good things to do to bring light in this world and there are a lot of things to change in this world. Certainly I was thinking about these things when I invented the name of this album.
How long did it take to make this album? And how much effort did you have to give to produce it?
Honestly I can’t say accurately how much time I spent working with “The Dark”, but I can say that some of these tracks were produced maybe a year ago, and from that moment I always worked on some tracks for this album.
What other Brickman releases you think our listeners should check out?
He-he.. I don’t know, maybe all. There aren’t so many releases, so it won’t take a lot of time But seriously, I think every track is interesting in some way, so I can’t exactly say which release good and which not. By the way, I’m not the judge to judge which of my releases are good and which not, I’m not objective.
Your name came up in the scene quite quickly and suddenly, can you tell us how did that happen?
Well I was already making music for 5 or 4 years and in most of these years I was just sitting at home and was improving some skills every day. I can’t say that my skills are good enough now, but at some moment in the past I realized that music that I was doing was good enough to put it on the internet. And that was the start, suddenly some people liked tracks I’ve done. Other people offered me to release my music. And then I found myself involved in the game.
Yes, there is a statue of Antony Gormley called “Brick Man” and once it inspired me so much, I decided to take a pseudonym Brickman.
What do you think of todays dub techno scene?
Well I like a lot of things that going on with todays dub techno music, but I don’t like only one thing. There is too much of dub and less techno in todays dub techno. It’s not bad, and of course there shouldn’t be a lot of danceable techno in intellectual genres of music. But all things need to be balanced and I think, at the moment that balance is broken into ambient music. I’m not fan of dance music and things like “dance for all night long” you know, but it’s always a big pleasure to see how people dance to your favorite music. Recently I was on a set of Moritz von Oswald and I saw how great it is when people are dancing to dub techno. Honestly, I can’t imagine how people could dance to todays dub techno music. But if we try to make danceable music it’s very important not to lose those intellectual components of dub techno.
Who are your favorite artists?
Well I can’t say about artists, the most important thing for me is each one track. But in my player I always have tracks from Fingers in The Noise, Marko Furstenberg, Deepchord, Echospace, Kabana, Quantec, Giriu Dvasios, Moritz von Oswald, Luomo, Minilogue, cv313 and others others and others And of course some classics from The Doors, Pink Floyd and Kraftwerk.
Who is Brickman in real life, if that’s not a secret?
Just a usual guy who studies journalistics (you know, not the best choice – to brainwash) and wants to live in forest. Nothing to talk about
Future plans? Upcoming releases?
I got some unreleased stuff now, so I’m looking for labels and starting some new projects. Also i have a planned release on Entropy records and some minimal/house EP on Seesaw Records. And playing at some parties at hometown.
Thank you for your time! Keep doing a great job.
Thank you for an interview and for a great label See you!