Hi Cape Cod, thanks for taking the time out to allow the DFD chefs to pick your brain.
Thanks for support, appreciate it! And hello from Kiev.
Firstly, Cape Cod is an awesome name! Tell us how you came up with it. Is there any special meaning behind it?
Cape Cod is one of the quietest places on Earth. Originally it was a project with my friend from St. Petersburg - guitarist of post-metal band Euglena, which had to be something at the junction of the freak-folk and post-rock. You know, I'm a former black metal fan (laughs) (before I played bass guitar in a mathcore\hardcore band +\- (plus\minus), that's why I love to use powerful bass and piano chords due to guitar distortion. It breath more life into my music. Further, this name stuck for collaboration with Stas Shmelevskiy. We planned to do a modern r'n'b project - a cross between SBTRKT, Weeknd, and Craig David. Unfortunately for personal reasons had to freeze it all, even though the material was on the whole EP. This is such a turn of events interconnected I came to what is now.
On to the musical side of things. At what age did you first start producing and what was the reason behind this?
Well, I bought my first bass guitar at age 16. A year or two I worked independently, but then finally decided to go to a music school. Two years later, I dropped it because it became boring to play ethnic motifs and I engaged again in self-education. Video lessons and fulltime sitting at home, trying to create my own kind of technique. I always tried to use the bass guitar as a guitar. It was a fun and exciting time, which I greatly obliged . And production in electronic music I started in 2010 . Long evenings at home, watching a lot of tutorials, trying to understand what I ultimately want .
Were you classically trained as a musician on any instruments?
Yep, bass guitar. I also play on classic guitar and keys. And now learning drums
What software do you produce in and do you incorporate or use any analog elements or live instruments?
I gradually turn on the analog sound, as I initially instrumental musician. To me it is closer, it is possible to feel the instrument. But now I work in Ableton - I like his noisy overtone, does not give the tracks to be licked. And also preparing live program, but so far it's little surprise.
We first heard your stuff a while ago and even then you had a distinct choppy and very old school House sound to your production. Has that always been your sound?
Nope, I came to electronic production inspired by Burial, James Blake, Jamie XX and drag music, because for me it is quite adequate projection of black metal to electronic music. Of course the total number of bedroom artists created anti hype on this. I still love first album of Salem for their experiments with southern hip-hop (which in fact was reflected in my very first produced the track - a remix to Ace Of Base "All That She Wants). And of course I find inspiration in old jazz and soul, that I was fond while being in my first band. So I don't think that the house is the ultimate form of self-expression - just as long as it is the most eclectic of the existing for me.
In regards to your eclectic sound, can you name some of your musical influences?
All music. In my life I listened to everything from muzak to techgrind. I still like the bands like Converge, Poison The Well, Dillinger Escape Plan, Blood Brothers. Also in love with no-wave scene of 80's, Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective, Ray Lamontagne, Admiral Angry, Cult Of Luna, Erik Satie, Rafael Anton Irisarri, George Fitzgerald, Taneli. I'm trying to display all the music that influenced me in the past, it is very important.
Lovely, now we've been lucky enough to have you do a special DFD mix for us. Is it primarily your own production or a mixture of tunes?
Some of my fresh tunes + songs I played and like for this moment of my life. Some sort of house bowl - from raw deep to jacking bass. Tunes from Low Steppa, Dusky, Laszlo Dancehall, Ultra Knites, Fabio Monessi, The Upswing Project.
Can you tell us a bit about your latest release, "Let Me Drown" feat. Austin Paul?
Well, first of all, my latest is http://soundcloud.com/capecod/cape-cod-where-i-belong It's gonna be pressed as 12" soon with remixes. But about "Let Me Drown" - these track was made soon after remix Ace Of Base, just been postponed shelved for the time being. Only after this tune I wrote We Don't Have To \ Put U Down (which gonna be re-released on Kiev House label 19-th November). So Austin found me on soundcloud and wrote to me that he really liked my sound and he would like me to do a remix for him. So there was a track http://soundcloud.com/capecod/till-you-feel-cape-cod-remix And after that I asked him to do for the original track. That's how it happened.
Lastly, what has 2013 got in store for Cape Cod?
First of all fresh tunes and debut 12". My collaboration with producer Koloah - three tracks which gonna be published as 12" on Loveless Records (Brooklyn label). Also I'm producing collaboration with my fav guys Cream Soda: http://soundcloud.com/capecod/feeling-free-snipp And making my new EP and filming debut video. So, alot of thing to do till the end of the year. And the main thing finally get some sleep (laughs).