A few words with Nami and Mailky

Words by Matthew Scott

Addictive Behaviour Records’ fifteenth release has just dropped, featuring three cuts from Eastcolors – a remix of Detail and Tiiu’s tune ‘Delusion’, and two collaborations called ‘Times’ and ‘Bounce’. We were lucky enough to grab a chat with the collaborators, two emerging producers from Russia and Ukraine – Nami and Mailky respectively. We talk Russian drum and bass, dream three course meals, and of course find get the lowdown on the new release…

Hello guys, and thank you for agreeing to speak to us today. How are you?

Nami: Hi, everything is cool, and the work is humming.

Mailky: I’m very well too thanks; I am on holiday until mid March so I can spend some quality time with my family and friends, and also devote some time to myself and my music of course.

Can you both briefly introduce yourself, tell us a little bit about your first exposure to drum and bass music, and how you got into being a fan of the genre?

N: My name is Alexander: I’m 25 and my home city is Vladivostok, but I relocated to Saint Petersburg three years ago. All of my work is centred around the sound. It was in secondary school when I first heard about drum and bass – and I disliked it at first! But sometime later my friends invited me to a party called ‘Decoded’ hosted by DJ Traffic and his team. Since then, drum and bass has been my true music companion.

M: I’m from Lugansk in Ukraine, and at the moment I am the only drum and bass producer in my town. I’m 20 years old and I’ve got a couple of previous releases on labels such as Bad Taste, Addictive Behaviour, Live History, and You So Fat. I remember in December 2011 I noticed a billboard ad for Techstep/Hardcore/DnB parties, and the guys who did those events invited a special guest called Counterstrike and some other local DJs to play. At that time I was just 15 but thanks to my older friend I managed to slip into the party, and it was one of the best nights of my life! I fell in love with it and for the next few months I felt that other music genres simply didn’t exist.

How did you go from these origins, attending local parties as teenagers, to wanting to produce drum and bass yourselves?

N: What’s happening in my life gives me a boost to create, move on, and make improvements. I would say that I get an idea and then with the help of music, i.e 170 BPM drum and bass or faster, it becomes possible to shape that idea, or to link some stories together, or to portray an image…this kind of thought process is the backbone to my DnB productions.

M: For me it was just pure interest; with my eyes wide open I watched those guys who played in the clubs and arenas and who threw those themed parties, and I dreamed that one day the audience would be listening to my music and coming to my parties.

How would you describe the sort of drum and bass you try to create?

N: Like a sniper – no one knows, not even me, when and where it’s going to come out of thin air and hit straight on the target.

M: I’m a bit like a shaman preaching ‘animism’ (I put my heart and soul into my music and I do so for the sake of others). I also try to impress the audience with something unusual; for instance, I like to mix good old jungle with some of the newer neurofunk.

You’re two of many Russian and Ukrainian drum and bass producers such as Enei, Electrosoul System, Bop, and of course Eastcolors who are now getting heard across Europe and in the UK. For our readers here in the UK, what in your opinion is the Russian drum and bass scene like at the moment, and how has being based in Russia influenced how your sound has developed since you early days of production?

N: The whole scene is evolving; new guys are stepping in and they are making some quality music. Also, there are lots of parties – Bop throws cool parties called ‘Grechafunk’ for instance, and just a couple of days ago there was ‘Pirate Station’, then before that – ‘World of Drum and Bass’, and then many other local parties on top of that as well. Everything keeps on moving, everything is going well, and I believe it will get even better! Speaking of Russia…well, I see no frontiers!

M: Yeah, lots of interesting stuff is going on now in fact; the majority of fans and producers are also now waiting for DJ BES’s next podcast ‘Neuropunk 39’, which’ll be introducing lots of talented musicians and exciting drum and bass produced exclusively by Russian artists!

Let us be the latest to offer our congratulations for your recent vinyl release on Addictive Behaviour with Eastcolors. What does it mean to you to have a release out on one of the most consistently impressive UK drum and bass labels, and moreover what does it mean to be having some of your music pressed on a beautiful piece of translucent clear vinyl?

N: Thanks a lot for your kind words! It’s no secret – I am very happy about the release!! And hopefully some of my music fits comfortably on a piece of vinyl!

M: Indeed, thank you for your wishes; this is my first vinyl release. To be honest I am not a big fan of vinyl and rarely spin vinyl at parties, but I believe that it’s a real success for me to be able to hold in my hands the music recorded together with Eastcolors.

Yeah of course both of these tunes are collaborations with Eastcolors, who has been flying the flag of Russian DnB for Addictive Behaviour for some time now. How did you each link up with Eastcolors to make these tunes, what was the process of making them, and what is it like working with someone as experienced and talented as he is?

N: I am not a heavy internet user and I don’t have internet in my recording studio; but luckily there was internet in the shared toilet, so that was the place where I got the stems and the first outlines of ‘Times’ from Andrey Eastcolors. That said, despite the fact that we spent the vast majority of time working together on the track in my studio, in the end I was kind of fed up with having to use that shared toilet! Yeah, Andrey and I, for this tune we were both on the same wavelength and everything came together just fine.

M: I met Andrey in the beginning of 2015 when he posted on his vk.com page that he was going to record a mix for ’60 Minutes of RAM @ BBC Radio 1Xtra’. He said he would single out one interesting track at the end of the mix; and ultimately he chose my track ‘Big Up’ which had been released on Live History Records. After that, I continued sending some of my tracks to Eastcolors, but in truth he had so many parties to play and so little time to do anything else! Finally we made some progress: I sent a track with a melody, percussion and vocal on it, and Andrey listened to it carefully and finished the tune off. In my opinion, the completed tune is great, and it sounds great on the stage too. It was easy to collaborate with Andrey: you get an idea – and then you get straight into action.

Do you have any other releases coming out in the next few months to tell us about, and will you be working with Addictive Behaviour again in the future?

N: On the 9th of March a new track called ‘Generation’ that I made with Black Barrel will be released on his ‘Run Away’ EP. Other than that I’ve got lots of tracks ready to go, and you’ll be able to check them out before long! And yes, Addictive Behaviour is a great label with a great team behind it, and I think we’ll continue working together in the future.

M: I’ve got a solo release called ‘Moto’ that’s coming out on Russian record label ROMB in a couple of months. Addictive Behaviour is an awesome record label – I have to send a massive special thanks to Clayton and Saunders for helping put together this release.

What other Russian drum and bass producers should we be watching out for in the coming months?

N: Evgeny (Black Barrel) is a producer with a lot of talent, as well as Arthur (Ghostek) – he has lots of 130-170 BPM tracks that are definitely worth your attention.

M: In fact, there are lots of them; I’d like to point out the Gydra and oneByone projects in particular, they are the guys tearing Russian charts to shreds.

Finally…we like food here at OHOD. So, given unlimited money and options, what would your perfect three course meal be?

N: OK, here we go, my classic three course meal: Duo Infernale – ‘Pipe Dreams’ for a starter; Break – ‘No Company’ for the main course and Trei – ‘The Other Part of Me’ – to round off the dinner. Drum and bass: my favourite kind of food that I seem to like even more and more as time goes on. Bon appetite!

M: I’m kind of on a diet…

Not from drum and bass though! That’s it, many thanks for speaking to us guys, and congrats again on the release!

With thanks to Anastasia Zhuravel for translations.  

‘Times’, ‘Bounce’, and Eastcolors’ remix of ‘Delusion’ are out now on Addictive Behaviour Records. You can buy all three tunes direct from the label by clicking here, and there’s also a clear vinyl for you to get your mitts on as well. Plus, don’t forget to check out Nami and Mailky on Facebook (here and here). Finally, see below for a corking podcast by Nami and Eastcolors…



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