Keeping with the summer vibe we’ve got going on this week, Siberian DJ and producer Vaomm takes a moment to talk to the Robot Bodypop and mixes up a 40 minute wonder filled with beats that are making him and his fellow Russians skank harder than the Kalinka.
Russia seems to be flourishing with some great producers. What do you think has influenced them into making underground bass music?
Ooh, I don’t know for sure, of course, this question is really personal, and I can just assume the main reasons or influences. From one hand, it can be kind of fashion, trend, of smth like that, cause all modern electronic music came from UK, and it can be “cool” to do stuff like they do. But, from the other side, it can be just a “call of soul”, if you know what I mean, and, I guess, there are more producers from the second variant, than from the first.
When making music, do you have an idea of what you want to make or do you go with the flow and see where you end up?
Mmm, sometimes I have an outlined concept in my mind, and simply try to take it out from my head to waveforms. Sometimes I have only an idea about melody, percussion or bassline, and build all parts of the composition on the basis of one part. But cause of my hard study in university, unfortunately, I have a little time for music, but I have lots of concepts, thoughts, ideas, hope to make them all soon.
What have your influences been, musically and otherwise?
Difficult question. You know, I’ve been listening to hip-hop for many years, and my favourite hip-hop groups and artists are Dilated Peoples (especially Evidence), Gang Starr, Tech N9ne (all Strange music label), Royce da 5’9”, and others. Sampling funk and jazz and soul…that makes a profound influence on me. Later, I’ve started to allocate bass and drums, these things lead me to dubstep sound with dark dirty vibes, like Skream, Kromestar, Silkie, and Deep Medi label. Here comes UK bass scene.
As for my music, I’m trying to catch everything I feel, see, hear and can pass through myself, that’s all
We like to keep the selection diverse on the Robot Bodypop show. How important do you think it is for people to try new things and create new sounds?
When you create something, you grow up and develop yourself. It doesn’t matter if it’s music, paintings, science or anything else. Creation is a movement, and movement is the most important thing in the life, I think.
Do you keep in close contact with your followers either at gigs or through social media?
Hahah, i’m open to everyone, but I want to say, that my parents, two cats, one dog, and a couple of friends, and that’s all, when I talk about my followers and it’s not so difficult to keep in close contact with them.
Tell us about the scene you’re involved in and how it works
So, i’m from Novosibirsk, it’s the city, which is called “The capital of Syberia”. Although, it has 1,5 mln population, there is a very weak bass scene here, bass producers can be counted on the fingers of one hand, I can allocate Pixelord (althouth he lives in Moscow, his roots come from my city), Melamin (Dubline Records), and, unfortunately, I can’t remember anyone else, except a couple of guys djs, who plays bass music during rare specific parties here, surely, most often it’s mainstream dubstep/dnb sound, but sometimes there are exceptions! Also, recently we’ve made some kind of community called NBD (nobody) Collective. It consists of me, Elmah and MO’ STRBLGHTZ, who presented me an exclusive dubplate, which I’ve put in my mix for your show.
Do you have an idea for a dream collaboration?
Of course! It will be great to collab with Swarms, Clubroot, Burial, Phaeleh, Synkro and others and others, but, it’s only dream
Nice. Some of our favourite producers there.
Whats your favourite song in your collection and why?
There are lots of them in different genres, but at this moment, when i’m answering this question, the track, which I prefer to listen again and again, is Clubroot – Waterways, because of its deep, highly atmospheric and very melancholic sound.
Tell me about the best night you’ve played at and what made it memorable?
It was november 2011, I was one of the promoters of these party, it was called: “Bass to ya face, London!”, and all night there are a lot of djs playin the music from Britain streets like breaks, jungle, dubstep, etc. It was awesome, and there are many people, many happy smiles and good mood.
Whats the biggest animal you can throw over a crossbar?
What?…maybe my dog, lol