OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: DOMINO'S (OTHER) MAN IN RUSSIA
Alexey Aliaev. Ex-Hodorkovskiy employee & second hand vinyl trader. Nowadays push good music in Russia under SOYUZ roof.
How did end up working in music and with Domino?
No A&R guy in the world can miss Domino acts.
What do you love about music?
My life & love battery.
What’s your favourite Domino Artist and song?
Clinic “Gideon”. Real psychedelic! The guys caught the flag of Rocky Erickson!
What is the best live show you’ve been to?
Iggy Pop at Tushino open-air festival 2002
A snap shot of where you are:
Moscow - my city. Tough & lovely. Full of luxury & poverty. You wake up today & it's damn good thing - we can't predict what is going to happen with our land next year but we always dream. Life here is not easy but full of fun - you just need to find the right angle. We live at full force.
Work hard, drink hard, love hard.
Are there many different music scenes where you are?
I’d say that any music style is presented. There are special clubs & communities for different kinds of music with sufficient amount of bands.
Where are the best places to hear new music?
IKRA Club, AFISHA Picnic Festival, AAVANT Festival, ZDH Book Festival, Mezzoforte Club, OGI club, DOM club
Which local/national new bands are ‘breaking through’ and getting popular at the moment?
Besides commercial mainstream shit (which is always popular due to obvious reasons), we do have original artists mixing Slavic music & poetry culture with western styles:
BARTO – rough electro with antiglobal lyrics
GULAG TUNES – surf versions of Soviet/Russian jail songs
Anatoliy Blagovest – Slavic orthodox garage punk with opera tenor vocals
PROHOR & PUZO – Russian version of Biafra/Nixon duet
If your city was a Domino record, what would it be?
’Four Tet - 'Rounds’ – a mix of cultures and tastes, complicated and compelling in equal measure.