Russian house music is on the rage right now, and while the likes of Nina Kraviz and Anton Zap get most of the plaudits, there’s a wealth of similarly inclined DJs and producers doing their thing to great effect. With even The Guardian reporting on the scene in the east, these are heady times indeed for a scene that looks set to blow up further still over the next few years. One such collective intent on leaving their own stamp on the scene is Tantsui, who recently perked up on the equally worth checking-out NoPassport label. Here, we picked their brains to find out what makes them tick…
– Was Russia a good place to experience electronic music as a teenager? What were your first experiences of it all?
Electronic music is in the beginning of its way here in Russia, so maybe our country was not actually the best place to experience electronic music. But we didn’t have a chance to choose. We came to Moscow in 2008 and heard techno music in some club for the first time. That was the moment we thought — it’s the music we want to do.
– Do you think it’s better or worse than it used to be there for house music these days? Or just different?
We could tell you more about blues and jazz more than about house music. Genres are blended together nowadays. Also there are always some amazing new sounds that can’t be labeled with any genre.
– Have you ever considered moving abroad? Or are you just as motivated and inspired as you’ve ever been within the Russian scene?
We’d like to have more possibilities for our music. And it will be fair enough to admit that we could have more possibilities abroad.
– Are there ever times were you struggle for inspiration then? What do you do in those instances?
Honestly, we don’t have such times! We’re always working hard at the studio. We can lock ourselves at the studio for some weeks and then just have a break for some time. So we have a passion for making music all the time.
– What do you consider your proudest moments as producers to date?
We hope that all our proudest moments are in future.
– What does it mean to you to have your music released on the likes of NOPASSPORT?
We’ve met like-minded people at NOPASSPORT and had some possibilities to push our music forward.
– So can you tell us a bit about your NOPASSPORT release then? How did it come about?
There are 3 tracks in this EP. No Mercy is a blend of sad and good moods. Rainyman is a track about a weather forecaster that promised rain, but there was snow all day. And Someone To Play is a track about people we always would love to play with.
– Did the EP end up as you hoped it would? Or do you generally go off on tangents when you’re producing?
We’re trying to go off tangents when we’re producing. We just try to have fun at the studio. Each track has its own general idea and our aim is to keep it.
– And aside from yourselves, what other Russian DJs and producers should we be looking out for?
There are some DJs and producers who inspire us.
– Who was the last DJ/producer to really impress you with their productions then? And who inspires you musically when you’re making tunes?
DJ Koze and Raresh.
– Are you very picky about where your music gets signed to? Is it important that the label has a similar ethos to yourself?
We’re quite picky for sure. We’re happy that our music vision with NOPASSPORT is exactly the same. But we’re always open for any interesting offers.
– If you could produce on one other label and with one other producer, what would they be and why?
DJ Koze’s Pampa Records.
– What’s next for you that you’re particularly excited about?
We’re working hard at the studio recording new tracks and preparing our first album. Also we have just filmed an official live video for No Mercy.
– If you were stuck on a desert island, what would you bring?
We will bring our own Friday like Robinson Crusoe did.
– And what albums will you bring?
Beck — Morning Phase
Ozzy Osbourne — Down To Earth, Ozzmosis
Slayer — God Hate Us All
– And what are you most excited for about 2015?
Our forthcoming album.
Interview by Dan Mac
Tantsui’s No Mercy EP is out now on NoPassport Records