Interview Fedor Svolotch (Theodor Bastrad) for the German magazine SONIC SEDUCER (10/2013)
Q: You’re-until August, 24th,, touring in East Europe. How has the tour been so far? Are you concentrating on your Full-Length “Oikoumene” as re-release?
Fedor Svolotch: The tour was really great! The audience kickback was awesome. I think we have picked the concert program correctly for the first time in many years . We played songs both from “Oikoumene” and new as well, as we wanted to test our unreleased songs in public. And it worked: the reaction of the audience was as we had planned it. In short – it was a complete delight! We drove almost 7,000 kilometers, visited 7 countries – Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, played 8 gigs were headliners on 4 of them. It was something insanely cool!
Interview Fedor Svolotch (Theodor Bastrad) for the German magazine ZILLO (10/2013). English.
Q: Could you please name the band member(s) who/which answer(s) these questions, as I have to integrate that within my article? Thanks!
Fedor Svolotch: The project founder, musician, sound producer.
Q: Could you please give us a short presentation of you? Band history, members, musical conception?
Fedor Svolotch: I begun as a solo musician with experimental noises at my home studio at the beginning of the 90th. This part of our history is described in detail at our site. I’m on tour in Eastern Europe at the moment, so I apologize if my answers are not extensive. But in brief, everything changed when our vocalist, Yana Veva joined the band. When we begun to perform live for the first times I was amazed by her voice and what hypnotic influence it had on the public. In my opinion Yana has a rare and unusual manner of singing. She is a unique vocalist who can work at the studio and record vocals with first try and sing live almost identical to the record. Actually, Yana would have to give this interview, but she never gives interviews as she thinks that the music and the songs tell more than words on paper. So it is my burden to speak on her behalfe.-)
Das russische Projekt Theodor Bastard wird – soviel schon vorweg – auch mit ihrem neuen Album “Oikoumene” nicht jeden Hörernerv treffen, vereinen sie doch in ihren Songs Klangwelten, die unter die Rubrik Weltmusik gelistet werden und damit nicht nur ethnisch gefärbt sind, sondern auch orientalisch anmuten.
Diese Kombination mündet in ätherisch-atmosphärischen Songs, die insbesondere vom Gesang Yana Vevas und den begleitenden, permanent vorhandenen Percussions leben.
In German label “Danse Macabre” was released our CD “Oikoumene”. Offered a contract for us – Bruno Kramm vocalist Das Ich. Surprising and pleasant.By the way, the cover is slightly different. On the original Russian edition of our designer just cut the fingers of the girl on the cover. Boris Indrikov – painter, was very upset about this. Justice and fingers have been restored in the German edition.
Friends, here is finally ready to live-studio concert, which we hope will be a boon for you! Especially for those who could not get to our semi-acoustic chamber program this spring. We have decided that it is impossible so to so much effort to develop it, remembered only in concerts and … upon return from Moscow immediately recorded part of the program alive in the St. Petersburg studio “Dobrolet” and filmed the process on video!
We are back home after our summer tour. We had a wonderful trip. Thank you very much to all of you for such warm support, in particular – Alba Iulia, Budapest, Kaliningrad, Minsk, Kiev, Lvov, Riga! It was something incredible! Our tour was just fine. We drove almost 7,000 miles, visited seven countries played 8 concerts.
Now we are preparing for the autumn concerts. Schedule and details of which will be issued in the near future.
Returned from the festival “Wild Mint”. Incredibly tired. But the experience of the weather, the public and the organization of the festival – the positive. At the festival, besides us playing Shined o’connor and many more…We played very well! And many thanks to our wonderful dancers: Anastasia Yarova, Yana Tanzu and Daria. As well as our backing vocalist Valerie Atanova. Thank you to all who have been!