Exclusive interview with I Am Waiting for You Last Summer

left to right: Eugene, Alex, Leo

.

Yazdan: How you doing Alex?

Alex: Things keep going better. Recently we’ve learned that we’re playing at one of the largest Russian instrumental music festival. 8 bands are going to participate in it: The American Dollar, Pg.lost, If These Trees Could Talk, and Tides from Nebula etc.

.

Yazdan: First of all tell me how “I Am Waiting for You Last Summer” started? Gimme a little biography of yourself?

Alex: Well, our story is a bit typical. Eugene and I met each other at a party. We didn’t even think about playing together. But when spring came, I realized that I totally miss playing and writing music and Eugene had felt the same. So we decided to give it a try. As a result, at one of our rehearsals at Eugene’s flat we made Solar Wind. Then Eugene invited his fellow DJ (Leo). We thought it would be great to enrich our sound with his knowledge of electronic music. So this is how our band gathered together.

.

Yazdan: Why “I am waiting for you last summer”?

Alex: It’s simple – we have plenty of nostalgic tracks and the band’s name perfectly reflects them all. Endless, Gu, Sleep, Nevermore are such tracks, they all are devoted to certain people, events, etc.

.

Yazdan: Which bands influenced you?

Alex: Metal music has influenced me much. You can hear some elements of it in several of our tracks. But such bands as Rosetta, The Evpatoria Report, Portishead and some movie songwriters (John Murphy and Clint Mansell) had bigger influence on me.  I also can’t but mention the genre’s legends – Godspeed You! Black Emperor. To cut it short, I like sad and gloomy music.

.

Yazdan: What do you have in your music archive and what do you listen to in general? Especially in post – rock genre and what are the best bands in post – rock genre from your point of view?

Alex: Well, I have rather a big music collection. Now I listen mainly to slow, calm music. A bit of IDM, a bit of trip-hop, low rock and doom jazz. As for the post-rock – Rosetta (though it’s more post-metal), This Will Destroy You , Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Evpatoria Report are, to my mind, the best bands of this genre. For example, The Evpatoria Report’s track Taijin Kyofusho literally made me play post-rock. One of the most beautiful tracks in post-rock, in my opinion.

.

Yazdan: You are a post – rock band. What’s the definition of post – rock in your opinion?

Alex: Well, post-rock is sad instrumental music with guitar delay effects and way too long themes. Of course, there are some typical elements, which are used by many bands, but on the whole this genre is still an experimental one. And experiments are currently what we do now. For example, recently we’ve released a single («Medley Season») in which we tried to blend dubstep and post-rock. And we’re pretty happy with the result. But on the whole – in each of our tracks we try to preserve a certain atmosphere, account to the listeners› feelings and of course we try to create a new sound.

.

Yazdan: And why did you choose post – rock?

Alex: About 2 years ago, I wrote a demo and sent it to my friend. Later he called me and told that there was a guy, who wanted to play some post-rock with you. I was rather surprised by this fact, because I thought that in our town nobody is interested in this kind of stuff. It’s a town of punk-rock and metal music. So it was my first post-rock band, which existed for 3-4 months. And this experience was especially useful for me.

.

Yazdan: You don’t use vocals in your songs just like the most of top post – rock bands. Why instrumental?

Alex: From the very beginning we thought that our music is all-sufficient and that it is extremely hard to find a good vocalist in our town. So we didn’t even try to find a singer. But now we’re open for various collaborations. I hope you’ll hear some tracks with vocals in the near future.

.

Yazdan: Each title of your instrumental songs is a metaphor of the story behind the lyrics of those songs. Could you explain about some of them? Whichever that you want

Alex: The titles are given to the songs mainly according to some simple associations, which come to our minds during the creation of the music.

.

Yazdan: Where does post – rock stand between other genres of rock and metal? Does it belong to the future? Or do you believe it’ll vanish like nu metal or punk?

Alex: It’s rather a complicated question, because it’s hard to guess, what will happen to this or that genre in some time. It’s almost impossible. But the main thing for such music is not to become too popular. As the mentioned nu-metal some time ago, for example. If this happens – then post-rock won’t last for long. There is a tendency of it becoming popular now, but I don’t think it will repeat nu-metal’s destiny.

.

Yazdan: Post – rock has been growing in countries like U.S, France, Scotland, Canada, Japan, Russia, Iceland, etc. why do you think it is? For example, in the U.S, the most of rock bands are majorly weaker than British rock bands, except bands which are tagged as post – rock. Do you think weaknesses, strength, fan quantity and the influence of these music styles has something to do with geographical factors?

Alex: As for the post-rock, I think it has. There are plenty of opportunities for inspiration here, which is necessary to create such music. It reflect the musicians› emotions perfectly (though sometimes a bit covertly). And the modern world has plenty of problems, when it comes to the emotions› reflection. People become more and more solitary; they put barriers between them and the rest of the world. And it is typical of Russia mainly, so I’m not surprised with the fact that post-rock is so well-developed here. Or Iceland as an another example. You listen to Sigur Ros, Ólafur Arnalds, Worm is green, look at some photos with views of the country and realize that it’s impossible not to grow a beard and not to play such beautiful and melancholic music.

.

Yazdan: Why Russia does has such awesome and high level post – rock bands? For instance, Scandinavian countries are so powerful in doom metal genre and you can actually feel the darkness and coldness of their climate in their music. You have the same freezing atmosphere in Russian post rock bands. What do YOU think about this?

Alex: It’s natural that our weather conditions influence the atmosphere. The mood depends on the weather. If I lived somewhere in Brazil, I would have played merry dance Latin music. I find it great that except some personal emotions of the musicians, any good music (and especially instrumental) reflects the culture, the atmosphere and the spirit of the country.

.

Yazdan: What’s your goal? What do you want to get to in music industry? In Russia or generally in the world?

Alex: Right now we don’t have any goals concerning the world’s or Russia’s music industry. We’re just doing what we like to do and it’s really a big pleasure for us that people listen to our music and support us. To tell the truth, it would be just great to earn for a living with the help of music. Because it’s what we like most of all.

.

Yazdan: You are all young and comparing to your ages your music is so deep and thoughtful. Well, that’s actually marvelous

Alex: Thanks, it’s nice to hear that.

.

Yazdan: You’ve uploaded your song on last.fm for free downloading. Doesn’t that bother you?

Alex: For the current moment it doesn’t bother us. If we didn’t do it, people would have never heard our music.

.

Yazdan: I’ve recently listened to your last EP, Come Full Circle. It was sensational, especially “Nevermore”. But I believe “Endless “was a masterpiece even comparing to all post rock song I’ve ever heard. Tell me more about this masterpiece

Alex: Well, I think «a masterpiece» is a too exaggerated definition, but thanks, anyway. It took me 2 days to write this track. I had some personal problems at that time. And even a problem is a nice source of inspiration, to my opinion. So after I finished it, I sent it to the guys and we finished the track to make it sound good.  In future I want to do a remake of this track with a violin in it.

.

Yazdan: Thank you for participating in this interview. On behalf of myself and all of Psychedelia Music E-zine Readers, I thank you.

Alex: Thank you as well. Listen to good music and read books.

.

.

Read this interview in Persian

.

.

.

See Also :

Facebook

Info (Russian)

Info (English)

Last.fm

Bandcamp

Advertisements