Fate and poor care for a record both had a helping hand in meeting Synkronized.
Late last summer, I picked up a copy of his Flaw Of A Teenage Witchcraft EP in the recommended electro section of Berlin’s Space Hall. Weird-ass artwork, an almost naive approach to techno and acid and the heart-melting chords of A1 Dance With Drunk Teens meant this one was a keeper.
Arriving home and throwing the record on, I noticed that said A1 had a massive scratch just before the breakdown, rendering it rather impractical to play out. Feeling somewhat cheated and baffled by my incompetence to notice these kind of things BEFORE actually buying the records, I reached out to the label, Dubfusion, to ask for wavs.
Turns out they’re great passionate guys, have been running the label out of the picturesque Russian town of Nizhny Novgorod and Flaw Of A Teenage Witchcraft is their first release.
Label boss Synkronized was kind enough to get in the Faze Time chair to tell us all kinds of intimate information we shouldn’t know about him. Read on and keep your ear to the ground for the label’s upcoming releases.
My name is Sergey, but you might know me as Synkronized. I was born in Gorky (now it’s called Nizhny Novgorod – 400 km east of Moscow), Russia and grew up there. When I was a child my idol was Aphex Twin, because his music wasn’t like anything else, I’d heard before and his videos animated my imagination. When I was 15, I started searching for music that I liked on vinyl. And learnt how to mix using old soviet record players. It was not that easy, because these players hadn’t been designed for that. But when I started to use Technics mixing happened by itself. I started writing my own tracks years later – when I was 28. It was then when I realized that listening to music was no longer enough and there’s a need to make my own tracks. Then I decided that money that I’d used to spend on vinyl I would spend on synthesizers and drum-machines. The first ones I bought were mfb-522, TR-707, TT303 and DSI tetra. This stuff I’ve used to write tracks for my first release. Since then I’ve caught a «synthesizer» sickness. I buy and change my equipment constantly and spend almost all spare time in my home studio.
One of my best gigs I played was in «Mosaique», Saint Petersburg. I think, that’s one of the best independent clubs in Russia. I also like playing on New Year’s nights – people are so open to music and dance like that’s their last time. And, of course, I love live gigs more than anything else. Cause it’s such a strange feeling when people dance to your music.
One of the best gigs I have been to was my first rave in my native Gorky. It was 1998. I can’t recollect, who was playing there, but I remember that atmosphere of dancers’ unity. Also I loved Legowelt’s set in ARMA17 (Moscow) and Matrixxman’s one in Studio80 (Amsterdam). Once we were in a club which looked like a squat in Berlin and that was really great and unforgettable but I don’t remember the name of the club.
Now I live in Nizhny Novgorod with my wife, Sasha. In my house you can find a small home studio, lots of books (Sasha’s fond of reading) and tons of vinyls and my fridge is usually full of cheese. I enjoy good craft beer and nice cheese, fish and pasta (can eat it literally everyday). I can spend hours with my synthesizers or I can just listen to new music. I can spend half of a day with a good book if I really like it. One of my favorite places to visit is «Buffet» and «BU» – these are two popular places in Nizhny, because a lot of great stuff happens there. And I can always meet my friends there and have a really good time.
On weekdays I work in a local football teem as a massage therapist. And on weekends I usually spend time on my synthesizers. I can play in one of the clubs on Friday or Saturday night. Also I enjoy cycling especially in beautiful places. We have a lot of breathtaking sights in Nizhny Novgorod, e.g. confluence of 2 rivers (Volga and Oka). Or just walking around with Sasha in one of the city’s parks.
My favorite song at the moment is ohhh… I don’t really know.. There’s so much music in my iPod now. Ok, the one with words in top-25 is Youth Code – Let the Sky Burn (Silent Servant Remix).
A film I watched lately and liked was «The Holy Mountain» by Alejandro Jodorowsky. The last series I watched and loved was «Mighty Boosh». But I’m not a series kind of man.
I am very inspired by people who struggle for their dream till the very end. And music, of course! My dream is to make music only. My worst nightmare was when my hard disk ruined and 2 years of hard work, all my projects were gone.
I love learning and hate wasting time.
I am addicted to music, I just can’t stop listening to something new even if I’m late for work.
I get totally fucked up, when I see that people are not honest. The next day I need to sack up.
Local Suicide reminds me of all the great music that exists on Earth and hasn’t been heard yet.
Tomorrow I’ll take a walk to the Black Sea (I’m in Sochi now).
Next month I’m going to produce a tape-compilation where I’d love to gather all Russian interesting young artists.
Next year I’d like to produce a release on one of my favorite European labels.
In 10 years I hope to play and release a lot.
If I wasn’t a coward ass, I would be an alpinist.
If my life was a Hollywood movie, it would be a very long movie about self-motivation.
If I could have sex with anyone, it would be a high school teacher of Russian.
If I was a car, I would be Batmobile.
If I was an animal, I would be a chameleon.
If I was a drug, I would be psilocybin.
If I was an invention, I would be a teleportation machine.
If I was an object, I would be a desk lamp.
If I could date myself, I would go totally mad.
If I could play with anyone it would be Traxx (Melvin Oliphant III)
I would like to collaborate with Traxx, JTC, Silent Servant, June, Beau Wanzer, Maoupa Mazzocchetti
If I had only one wish, it would be to see our civilization outside the idea of commonwealth. I’d like to see future people, maybe they would become more free and conscious.
I would never judge anything categorically, because attitude about things changes through life.
My word of advice to the reader would be to do things you really love and to be attentive to people around.