1. Your latest
from the Other Side" is clearly a new step for
DJ Vadim. Would you say that this is true? Can you
explain the difference, or is there one, between "Life..." and "U.S.S.R.
The latter seems to represent
a lexical history, while the former seems to
exude a more "audioaphiliated" standpoint
How would you describe the
I see it just as a progression
of what came before. The difference now is that
this album I feel is more
rounded, focused, got vocals., the songs have
more structure, arrangement.. feeling, direction...
took the bit's from the first Lp that worked and
added to them - a bit like an iterative process.
about 2 years to record.
2. The genre on "Life..."is
clearly turntablist, do you see any changes in your
style now or in the
future? How long have you been DJing? Producing? Owned
I started DJ'g in 1989, started
producing in 1992, started my own label in MArch
95 on my own label (so
as to release my own music).
3. Another obvious influence
in your music is the great "Mother
Russia." How exactly does your homeland influence
style and the DJ Vadim sound? For the record, what
is the Russian stance on music now as compared to the
past? Is there more creative freedom, is it essentially
the same, or would you say that it is still evolving?
Everything is very different.
Basically Russia is trying to catch up on 50 years
of youth pop culture
in 10 years so things are very slow. Few magazines,
little distribution, no radio play, few shops, people
don't have money to buy the stuff...
4. Do you or have
you ever encountered any opposition anywhere that
is clearly against your upbringing as
a young Russian DJ? What do you think of the current
trends in hip hop?
I think there are good things
and bad within each genre but whatever the climate
there will always be
a remnant of 'good shit.'
5. If you could enforce a
5 year plan to change or "reintegrate" hip
hop into the mainstream as is being done worldwide
nowadays, how would you do it? (i.e. year 1 - mandate
technics for school age children, year 2 - assassinate
the top 40, etc.)
I wouldn't want to, music
is something you discover, work for, love and cherish.
You can't be forced to
like it... you have to discover it for yourself
that's where the fun lies in finding new amazing
stuff by people you have never heard of from towns
middle of nowhere.
6. You release all of your music
on the Jazz Fudge label, your own. What is it like
to own a label and
produce your own blend of innovative music? What
is the mission behind Jazz Fudge and where did the
7. What are some of your favorite labels of all time?
DJ Premier Marly Marl
BOB Mantronix Yarah Bravo DITC DJ Krush Beat
Junkies VInyl Reanimators
Mark B Creators.
8. Who is the most revolutionary
DJ of today (beside
yourself) and what is he/she doing to change the
face of music and/or hip hop? What would you say
be done to this effect?
ISP - what Q bert is doing
is amazing trying to create an orchestra
on turntables also DJ Krush, Scratch Perverts,
Beat junkies, Kid Koala Basically, turntablism
it's infancy, there is still so much more to find
out I think the sex song Q did and the Kid
Koala LP are
probably the best 2 turntable made songs.
9. What is
your advice to aspiring artists/producers who
would like to release their own music on a
self-owned label? What are the pros and cons
of owning a label?
the best advise is 1.
be original, creative 2. work hard, in fact
very hard because you might be the
dopest but if people don't hear you, what's the
use of that?
10. What other artists are
being released on Jazz Fudge? Do you have any
say in what they
sound like as artists
Check www.jazzfudge.co.uk Mark B/ZBlade Isolationist Swollen Members
Mc Mello Phi Life Cypher Task Force.
11. Any little
known facts about Russian music or lifestyle?
The music scene there?
Da Boogie crew Illegal Business
Via Chappa Da 108.
12. How is life in the UK
different than that in Russia now and in the
was it like growing up
with these similar/different vistas? Childhood?
Well obviously there are
more opportunities here in the UK for work...
than in Russia.
13. What about the American
influence in music? How
would you describe this conglomeration? Is it 2-sided?
Well, I like some American
music but I also like stuff from everywhere else.