Like previous by Gerry Read or B-Ju, our all new podcast aims at the dancefloor. It was mixed by Londoner-based Lokiboi, who you might know from his collaborations with Klic or his excellent Rinse FM mix. Read an interview, download the mix and enjoy the music.
Can you please introduce yourself and tell us what you do outside of music?
My full name is Vladimir Strabykin and I am a Moscow-born producer from London. I moved to London at the age of 8 and since then I’ve been exploring the British culture. I am currently doing my last year at South Bank University and I am writing my dissertation on early disco culture.
Do you know that book by Tim Lawrence? He wrote about the American dance music culture of the seventies.
What made you decide to write your dissertation on disco?
I study Music and Sonic media and since I got on the course I’ve been learning about House culture. On my last year I decided to go even deeper, to the days before House existed. It’s like a beginning of everything for me, it’s like being in love but not really understanding why it’s happening.
Was house music of the nineties that got you into producing?
Funnily enough, it all started with Dubstep for me, that was my starting point. Material from around 2006-2009, the Mary Anne-Hobbs show on BBC Radio 1 [sends a YouTube link] played massive role on my understanding of genres. Even these days I find it incredibly inspirational.
So you haven’t really been making music for that long?
No, not really. I use to play in bands when I was like 14, I played the drums. It all started with the drums.
Are you still connected Russia, your country of birth? What do you make of the rising music-scene over there?
I am going back to Moscow all the time. We recently did a party there, it was absolutely great vibes. The scene is definitely rising in Moscow, things are popping off very quickly. Mujuice is great, personally I think he is one of the top Russian lads, but also people like OL and Lapti.
The first stuff I heard from you were collaborations with Klic, how did that come about?
Klic, now also known as Medlar, I’ve met him at university. Straight away he was the only person in class whose sound I was digging. We had similar views and started exploring House and Disco music together. Straight away we did remix swaps and collaborations. We worked together on the Won’t EP on Top Billin and more recently we had a 12-inch on Kolour Records.
What have you been working on lately, is there any new music coming out?
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