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5 Minutes With... YANSIMA

It's no exaggeration when we say Yansima is one of the most exciting producers we've stumbled across. A participant and the founder of the project 'Trecut Duo', the sound designer from Ukraine has got an absolute sense of rhythm and groove and hits right at the intersections of house, breaks, micro house, techno, minimal.

Normally we base these interviews around a release as you know. Not so today, we just had to get to know the man behind the sounds, and spent 5 Minutes With him below. We've also picked a couple of our favourite releases plus a mix of unreleased self-productions to show you why we're such big fans...


1. Give us the lowdown on your most recent release…

This year and the previous one turned out to be quite productive in writing compositions, the last 2 issues that I managed to publish officially came out almost simultaneously, I was lucky to become a part of the R&S records team, where I published a solo vinyl "Tweede Cans' and the Moscow label "Ouvert records', on which I also released 4 tracks solo Ouvert004

2. If you had to pick one, what would be your biggest career highlight to date?

It’s difficult to say that I’ve passed some certain stage which I could call a career. In spite of the fact that I’ve been practicing electronic music for 14 years already, it seems that everything is just beginning. For rather a long time I’ve been hesitating about my material and I wasn’t sure I was ready to reach a decent level on the electronic music stage. But due to the fact that R&S Records (Renaat Vandepapeliere to be exact) paid his attention to me, my works got leaked to the masses. And almost immediately after the release many people started inviting me to play my music. Also, one of my works was highly appraised by Ouvert004 Yansima - Spel [b2].

Most regrettably I had to cancel all the summer road tours because of the pandemic. I can’t say that it has become a certain problem for me as it motivated me to create something new, more interesting. In addition, I got much free time to work with new compositions .

3. If we were allowed to be out partying, what current records would you be playout out every set?

At the moment I’m trying to learn the people I’m going to play for. It’s very important for me that promo groups could clearly realize what exactly I want to get over to my listeners. I’ve met a great number of like minded people who really feel my vibrations and this is exactly what helps me to select the appropriate material.

The compositions I produce on labels don’t quite characterize my style as I can extemporize both on speed bpm and on mix format. It mostly depends on the beat given by an artiste before my performance. I like to start playing increasingly, when I can maximally dispose the many-sidedness of my oeuvre. To begin with House rhythms, mix it with electronic music and to reach the sonorous contemporary breaks or break beat. Here are a few tracks that can become exemplary today. I see them as a special vibe:

Botanic Minds - A1. Track001A

Premiesku - In Sfera

Mariel Ito - Lovely

Lee Coombs - Future Sound Of Retro

4. What’s coming up next for you?

This year I’ve got a lot of various collaborations. If everything goes to the plan, I will release 4 disks at once, this year and at the beginning of the next year. One of the disks is solo album, the rest are made in collaboration both with producers and non obscure cool vocalists.

I’d like to give you more information about it, but I don’t want to guess at the future…

5. If you could spend '5 Minutes With…' anyone, who would it be and why...?

I guess there is a lot of interesting people I used to spend my time with, both playing music and just talking to. I don’t have any idol as I am respectful to every musician, and it doesn’t matter what format they prefer, all the musicians are really interesting personalities. Well, there is not always sameness of character, but there’s always a feeling that we are in the same boat.

When I’m listening to a really cool composition I can distantly feel the energetic of a musician and in the same breath start to understand his/her temper. Of course, there’s a wish to get to know better this person and to communicate. There are a lot of talented guys… Well, this question is as tough as the question “what is your favorite movie?”

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