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INTERVIEW: MITYA

Hi Mitya, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Great, it’s an honor to talk to you, my friend!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fabula Spatium”?

Yes, it’s the first single I released from the upcoming album. The concept of the whole record was pretty fun: one night I stuck mixing an album I’m working on for 2 years. I wanted to refresh myself, so I decided to record an album in a night or something. So all the melodies were completely improvised and recorded from the very first try, I didn’t even know what my hands were going to play – the record process was absolutely subconscious and fun. I used these tracks as a OST for the funny Russian SuperCop movie I directed and felt satisfied. But some time later I realized that those songs were quite unique and I have to work on them properly and release em. So now I’m finishing the record and even released one track «Fabula Spatium».

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

No, just it was a quite normal crazy winter evening. But it had a special moment for me: the first time I recorded improvised guitar solo.

How was the film experience?

Pure magic! I was crazy about Mœbius art and one night before going to bed I was surfing Mœbius related paintings and somehow found Gustaf Holtenas page. I fell in love with his works, style and game he is developing and decided to act courageously. I wrote him a letter. One month later this video was done! He just knew exactly what I wanted to tell with this song and created this beautiful Universe.

The single comes off your upcoming album Meta – what’s the story behind the title?

This album is sort of Don Juan for myself and I believe for other people too. It’s a sonic guide, your own inner galaxy, it’s someone that you want to follow, something deep inside that already knows the answers. It also means a «changing condition» – so every definition of this word is gold and exactly what I wanted to say with this record. Plus it sounds funny side by side with my name.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was special and surreal. I remember I found myself at 5 am recording talkboxing guitar.

Known as a beatboxer, what draw you into psychadelic music?

My life changed after the musical program in the U.S. called OneBeat. I participated in 2013, arrived there as a beatboxer/looping artist, came back to Russia with a NI maschine, cheap Fender, Shure SM7B, even a mic stand and a reinvented mind. I started recording music, singing and playing instruments.

How was the transition?

It was unexpected, especially for the YouTube subscribers, who were crazy about my kitchen beatboxing. But I felt like this transition was the way I want to explore and felt confident inside.

Does Beatboxing in some way influence your music?

Now – no. At the moment I’m influenced a lot by 70’s music. Prog, art, psychedelic rock; those crazy drums, beautiful harmonies, fuzzy guitars and endless delays with crazy panning – that’s what gives me goosebumps.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I just let them happen. I mean I always fail at recreating something that I hear in my head while dreaming or something, so I just take instruments and start playing when I feel like doing creating something. Something always comes to you, you just have to imagine it and let it flow. Lot’s of fun: when I write lyrics, for example, I act like I’m another person.

Any plans to hit the road?

I love to travel to make for shows, get excited and then come back to a city where I can meet my family and friends and make music in my studio. But who knows, maybe I’ll leave for New York or some other crazy city soon for a while. It can be true.

What else is happening next in MITYA’s world?

I just arrived from Japan World Leaders program, where I spent 2 months on the ship in the middle of the sea. So now it’s time to rock. I’m going to finish and release 2 albums, start playing live with my band again and shoot some crazy videos. Maybe NY, I almost forgot.

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