Theodor Bastard – AlterNation


Castle Party is ahead of us. Theodor Bastard is one of the bands playing during this year’s edition the festival. Here Fedor Svolotch talks about touring, playing and live concerts…

Russia, SPb, KZ “Kosmonavt” Festival “Cyber-Therapy”

Pustota 2014 remaster

Переиздание альбома “Пустота” – результат кропотливого воссоздания и реставрации композиций, знакомых и полюбившихся публике по оригинальной версии альбома, созданной Theodor Bastard в 2004 году. Сегодня, спустя 10 лет, можно сказать, что “Пустота” стала настоящим творческим экспериментом, поломавшим музыкальные стереотипы, сформированные предшествующими работами коллектива. Недаром сами участники группы называют “Пустоту” своим дебютным альбомом – несмотря на то, что на момент его выхода дискография Theodor Bastard уже насчитывала несколько работ.

Переиздание “Пустоты” можно приобрести по почте. Заказывать можете прямо сейчас у наших партнеров – интернет-магазина “Fulldozer”.

New Merchandise

These are the new items will be on sale at all upcoming concerts. Fresh collection reissue “Pustota” (remixed and remastered + 16 pages booklet) and t-shirt design which did Kol Belov (author animated video “Pustota“).
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This is Gothic Rock: “Theodor Bastard – Oikoumene (2013)”


Theodor Bastard is a very talented ensemble from Russia, they define their music as a mixture of World Music, Trip Hop, and Dark Wave; and this is a pretty accurate definition. They are a very interesting entity in the underground music scene of The New Millennium. The most relevant point of reference as an influence of the Dark music in their style is Dead Can Dance: Specifically in the album “Spiritchaser”; which has such a kaleidoscopic array of tribal and ethnic sounds. They are very well established in the music scene of today; different record labels, magazines and promoters around the world have been interested in these very talented artists. They are: Fedor Svolotch (guitar, keyboard, programming), Yana Veva ( vocal, flutes), Kusas – (percussion), Monthy (keyboard), Andy Vladych(drums, percussion)

“Takaya Mijia” is the opener, and they have made a video clip which captures the exoticism and sensuality of this song. Pretty seductive song with lots of oriental influences, those Arabic and Indian sounds are together with that bewitching vocal performance, and you will be captured by this cadenced melody. “Farias” is a mixture of oriental sound, and trip hop with a dark touch. “Gerda” has dark guitar sound, mixed with tribal chords. At the end this song has lots of intensity, and has Ethereal -Wave sound. “Benga” is a really sophisticated musical construction; they have made a pretty fine World Music piece. This song will make you travel to the jungle, creating images in your mind. “Sagrabat” has a pretty unique dark ambient, created with ethnic sounds. “Oikoumene” has some kind of gloomy feeling at the beginning, and later this song evolves in a colorful display of tribal music. “Tapachula” is executed with majesty; this song has passion and is finely crafted, is some of the best World Music that you can find. “Intifada” goes from Trip Hop rhythm at the beginning, to some strong and dramatic Ethereal- Dark Wave sound, and it is another pretty relevant track. “Clean Kron” is so dark and has a very rich and hypnotic sound; is gloomy and seductive at the same time, with those sublime choruses. “Sol De Morte” is a pretty cinematic track. “Anubis” has oriental atmosphere, and Dark Wave music executed with intensity. Track after track, this album seems to be better and better. And the final track is “Benga” made by Fun-Da-Mental, with a very unique sound.

This is an awesome record if you want to expand your musical horizon; “Oikoumene” has some moments in which they have created a very personal conception of the dark music. And the musical performance and the production in this record are flawless. With this album they have created a musical experience which is charming, exotic and entrancing.

Daniel Olvera

Thank You, Vilnius!

Photo by Vytenis Jurevicius

Russia, Kaluga Festival “Wild Mint”

Wild mint
Theodor Bastardwill be one of the headliners.
Performance will take place on Saturday June 14th at 23:00. The concert band will finish their European tour.

Interview Theodor Bastard for the German magazine SONIC SEDUCER. (Eng)

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 Theodor Bastard for the German magazine ZILLO. (Eng)

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”.

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.

THEODOR BASTARD “Orion” (с) 2013

The new animated official video by Theodor Bastard!!!
Creating “Orion” videoclip took almost 6 years!
Director – Art-hur (“Selva”)

Russian tour

  • October 20. – Yekaterinburg. – CK “Urals”
  • October 22.  – Orenburg. – Druzhba club
  • October 24.  – Penza. – DK Dzerzhinsky
  • October 26.  – Nizhny Novgorod. – Festival Hall
  • October 27.  – Moscow. – B2 club
  • November 3.  – St. Petersburg. – Concert hall “Aurora”

THEODOR BASTARD – Live in Dobrolet studio. 2013.

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!

(RUS) Эфир на “Нашем радио”

Our autumn tour is completed.

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.


Finally confirmed all the dates of our summer concerts.

Theodor Bastard on itunes

Wild Mint

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!

Will soon announce further dates of our tour!

Greetings from the road.

We played three shows from our mini-tour. Stayed only Petersburg. Tomorrow – March 29, do not miss!

Thanks Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow for the great welcome! In Moscow, in general it was crazy. Club “16 tons” was full of people, and with the sound of it was very good. Will enjoy the performances.