Andrey Pushkarev, who is familiar to all of us, is about to visit our small country this weekend. We asked him, as we are preparing for the bash, to share his thoughts with us throuhg the interwiev below.

More than 20 years as a musician, your career begun in your hometown, Votkinsk. What kind of music influenced you initially? Who was your role model?

Drum & Bass and Techno. Artists like Underworld, Chemical Brothers, Laurent Garnier were my main inspiration at the time.

You stem from Russia, that is the largest country of all. In a previous interview you said, that theres no genuine e-music scene. Meanwhile, we found that in several former soviet states, the opposite is happening. What shall be the reason, that the scene could not grow big in Russia?

Electronic music arrived in Russia in the late 80’s/early 90’s and went through different phases.
What’s happening in countries like Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan or Kazakhstan today, we experienced it around 30 years ago. Nowadays, the young generation in general is not into electronic music – the most popular genre in Russia is hip-hop. The underground music scene mostly exists in Moscow and St. Petersburg but not so much in the rest of the country.

Who are those Russian DJs and producers, that are worthy of paying attention in the future?

Pavel Iudin, Low Tape, Korablove.

What would you deal with, if your place was not in the music industry?

I hardly ask myself this question and to be honest I can’t think of an answer. I feel I am in the right place in the right time.

A documentary was shot on your touring. This is not the conventional, cheery road movie, like Djs usually depict their journey. Tell us about the seamy side of your profession, what are those things that frustrate you the most?

The loop between airports and planes, lack of sleep, different time zones and food which you are not used to eat. The language barriers might also add some complications to your travel-work experience 🙂

In this documentary you mentioned, by your opinion, the future is in daytime partying. We had the same esteem at the time and it indeed occured. What do you think the future holds for the scene?

Daytime parties could create a new (and perhaps healthier) way of partying – it could open new possibilities to performers and attract a new audience. Of course there is always something magical about the night, but I would be happy to see how the day time events will develop further.

You played in Budapest in 2010 for the first time. You cherish a legendary relationship with the home audience. What makes Hungary such a special place for you?

Hungarians are good listeners. So far they have been always in tune with my selection: my sets can be a blend of melancholic, deep and sometimes darker music. I play different genres and styles and see people following with enjoyment. I appreciate this a lot and I’m thankful to everyone who spends hours on the dance-floor with me.

Your marathon set was the closig attraction of Alkotótábor for several years. Yet, you came under the halo of the most influential promoter in Hungary lately. What happened exactly?

Alkototabor was a great experience and I’m very thankful to the organisers and all the people who attended the events. Be My Lake approached me after, and it felt right to collaborate. So far I’m very happy about it.

After all, the apropo of the interwiev is your gig at Akvárium club, so it is obligatory to ask, what can we count upon you on the 23th of march?

I already prepared my bag. You can expect lots of different stuff with a cold Russian bear touch 🙂

Thanks, see you on saturday!