Meshes is a Russian based artist with a very unique style to his productions. With a recent release “Spirit, Joy” about to drop on Sağol, we spoke to him to find out what inspires his personal tastes and interests, and how he likes to evolve his sounds…
Hey Meshes, how are you, what’s good and bad in your world right now?
The whole of this pandemic situation made me focus on music the last year and this is the good thing for sure. I finished a lot of releases and it helped me to connect to many people all over the world. But the bad thing is that it is still hard to come to Europe from Russia, the borders are closed and we don’t have any certain information.
Whereabouts are you based in Russia? What is the vibe like, how does that inspire or influence your music?
I live in Moscow and based in a home outside the city. I decided that in this period of time I like to focus on music & books from Monday to Friday so I can be more productive. And I go to exhibitions and parties in the weekends. The good thing in Moscow is that you can meet a lot of talented people here. The bad thing is that they will always be busy here. I think the main atmosphere in Moscow is the atmosphere of money and ambitions. Sometimes you really get tired of it, but it definitely pushes you forward.
Tell us about looking inside yourself and finding music as a salvation, as per the text in your new EP PR?
My music helps me to understand better who am I, I mean when some of my aesthetic images is captured (became music) I can move forward. In my past I thought that my music is like my diary, but now I see myself more like an aesthetic researcher.
The text also describes you as “post Gulag, hardcore neo-punk sound, mixed with an EBO influence, coupled with driving techno stabs.” what is post-gulag in this context?
I think they wanted to indicate my Russian (post-soviet) roots. Actually I don’t feel myself like a part of some «Russian» scene because I feel electronic club music more like something «worldwide».
How do you evolve your own sound while staying true to your roots and own signature and not jumping on new hype bandwagons?
I think it is important to stay open to all the new things that is around you. The world is changing and it’s cool to change with it. For me it’s okay when the works of an artist is not a monologue but the dialogue with his surrounding. I think it’s right not to copy but pass new things through yourself and create your works like a reaction to it.
Do you make music that suits certain labels or do you create first and worry about that later?
I work in both ways. I mean that if a label wants to release me it means that he wants to collaborate. The collaboration means that it definitely would affect me, but I will work only if that influence is acceptable, if it helps me to uncover something that already was in my works. But sometimes I work in a different way and create music without any specific influence.
What are some of the key bits of music making gear in your current set up?
Mostly I create my basslines by Moog Minitaur, I like the powerful and clear sound of it. And for drums I use Arturia drumbrute impact because of lovely distortion on the board. Deep and dirty cool sound. Aggressive and punishing as I like.
Tell us about your Spirit, Joy EP on Sağol – what inspired or influenced it, where and when and who was it written for?
Actually this ep was influenced by my pre-pandemic life. I was influenced by Jean Genet and Baudelaire and was fascinated by something like aesthetics of evil. Henry Miller in one of his novels (in a tropic of Capricorn I guess) wrote: «Do anything, but let it produce joy. Do anything, but let it yield ecstasy.». The main idea is that to destroy is better than to do nothing. I think it’s the main influence of the ep.
What else have you got coming up/are you working on?
I recently finished my work on a small ep which is going to be released by Russian label PG tune. And started to work on my next which probably will be released by German label Dame-Music.
What hopes, goals and dreams do you have for 2021?
My next goals is to make a video clip in a couple months, to come to play in Berlin in spring and to make friends with an Octatrek (this guy really not very friendly).