Interview: Borusiade


Ok, I confess, I have a thing for the Cómeme label, and it’s not just because of Matias Aguaio‘s quirky charm. There’s so much great music and talented artists coming out of that label, that would be a pity not to talk more about them, and in this particular case, about Borusiade.

I first heard Borusiade playing a couple of years ago, in Bucharest, and even back then, you could tell that she had a peculiar, almost mesmerizing style of picking the right tunes and mixing them in order to create an atmosphere that gets you out of your comfort zone, but introduces you to a whole new world.

And here you are, one step closer to finding out a bit more about Borusiade and her journey. So click play, and read away.

LSD: How did you chose Berlin? Why Berlin and not Amsterdam for instance? Or why not even Bucharest?

Borusiade: It sounds funny but I feel somehow that Berlin chose me. Bucharest is still my “playground”, even if I don’t reside there at the moment and I have never been to Amsterdam yet. Berlin is the kind of city that either accepts you or spits you out. Few are the ones that “survive” and find a place here, deciding to stay. I was about to quit the idea of succeeding to find a place in the electronic music landscape of Berlin (I had come the first time here with this dream…) and try somewhere else, when things started slowly to fall into place. I suddenly felt I was the right person at the right place. I guess Berlin had accepted me.

LSD: There are obviously differences between Bucharest and Berlin in terms of opportunities and openness towards a wide variety of musical genres. Do you think that is there something a city can learn from the other? And also, is there something you miss about Bucharest and its club scene?

Borusiade: Well, while Berlin has been a popular (and I deliberately say “popular” and not only electronic) music Mecca since at least the 1980’s; a hot spot for musical genres, alternative life-styles and a magnet for people from all around the world coming here and participating to the personality of the city, Bucharest has experienced for many years, due to its history, due to the local mentalities ?! a certain isolation. The scenes of the two cities are not comparable. Still, I notice that Berlin, even if it is still pretty effervescent, has the tendency to saturate, while Bucharest has slowly but surely gained a youthful enthusiasm with a few venues and festivals that make a difference and this is giving me hope.

LSD: At the end of last year you were chosen by the legendary and talented Gudrun Gut to be part of the Expatriarch Generations project and you also played your first live set sharing the same scene with her. Do you see this as flattering or maybe somehow intimidating? Do you think it sets the bar high for you or this is actually something that motivates you towards higher goals?

Borusiade: The encounter with Gudrun Gut felt like a confirmation of the path I have chosen. I can not say that I didn’t feel flattered; I definitely did not feel intimidated but rather encouraged to continue what I started. It was a challenge for me to break the ice and play my music for the first time in front of an audience, in December in Schwuz and her support, as a mentor in this Expatriarch Generations format for all what is to come, was extremely helpful. We are still in touch and I am very much looking forward to send her my first release.

LSD: Could you describe your first encounter with music? What was your “musical’’ identity as a child or teenager? I’m sure this has a lot to do with you choosing to be a DJ and producer. Or maybe it was the other way round, DJ-ing chose you?

Borusiade: I remember the sound of my parent’s records, loads of Bod Dylan, Cat Stevens and The Kinks, then the Vienna Boys Choir and Bach, on tapes that my uncle was sending me as I started my twelve-year long children-choir-singer career. That was when I was six. In school I was drawing the personalities of friends by making them mix-tapes. When I started going out and discovered the tiny alternative clubbing scene of Bucharest: The Web Club, I thought I would very much love to play the music that I like, to others. That is how DJ-ing became an option. I was nineteen years old. From then on it was all a question of passion and perseverance.

LSD: Your music and mixes could be described as having a dark and almost gloomy atmosphere. Would you be able to categorise your style, to put a label on your sound? Or are you still in search of THE sound?

Borusiade: I should start by saying that I don’t like to go by labels and genres when it comes to sound (and not only…), so I don’t think I could describe my sound more than it describes itself. I don’t believe that a musician can have only A sound. A life-time of passion for music, or we can call it a career, is an endless playground with infinite opportunities for invention and experiment. If I would have to channel all my efforts in one massive direction, I would probably stop doing music. I would find it completely boring.

LSD: Where do you draw your inspiration from, either for choosing tracks for a mix or when producing your own?

Borusiade: I’m always curious about how and where other people discover new music. For me, inspiration lies everywhere and in everything. Discovering new sounds and new tracks is to me all about digging passionately, spending time, several hours a week just researching and listening, reading. One discovery leads to another and the satisfaction is enormous. Digging for music is one of my favourite activities, be it at home at my computer, in record stores or on fleamarkets. You never know what you can find.

LSD: Do you have some current favourite tracks/artists you might want to share with us? And is there someone with whom you would like to collaborate in the near future?

Borusiade: I discover interesting artists and tracks every week, from the past and the present of the musical landscape and it is hard to choose also because I know i will let lots of names out but I will try to drop a few fresh names that surround me right now : Die Wilde Jagd, Tzusing, my friends from Bucharest Khidja and Future Nuggets Crew, friend MAUD from Berlin and her obsessive tunes, Maoupa Mazzocchetti, past and future Cómeme releases…. My latest thought is to start a psychdelic-folk-experimental side-project with some other musicians. I would love to sing something of that kind.

So while we wait for that project to become reality, here’s her latest Serial Experiments guest mix for whypeopledance.


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