Russian beatsmith 813 came to our attention with his excellent remixes and his Recolour set, an accomplished collection of day-glo bangers that remains in high rotation on my soundsystem even now. He’s just dropped a fresh set entitled Espoir Voyage, full to the brim with yet more shiny beatsy goodness. To find out more about this talented fire-fighter cum beat maker, we passed him our Q&A, read on…
Tell us in your own words what your sound is.
Hello ! I’m 813 (Alexander Goryachev) from Moscow. So, I’m a Russian firefighter and musician. To be brief I try to make hyper-detailed / melodic / party sounds. I don’t think about genre, I just try to make things which I want to listen to. Generally, I name my style “Hypercolour R&B”, haha it’s funny but it’s a better description of what I do.
Who makes up your band?
My band consist of my soul, head, ears, hands and the belief that the world around can be better.
By the way, to correctly pronounce it is Eight One Three , each number must be read separately.
I was a little boy who loved rap music, and I started my music way as a rap artist. Only many years later I focused on music only. The first time I was truly inspired was when I heard 2Pac’s ‘Changes’ I was really shocked!
Now I like rap and hip-hop also, but mostly I like something mixed with fun sounds and a festive mood. For a long time I was very depressed and one day came the moment when I wanted to escape (haha sounds like history of some gangsta rappers).
What are you working on at the moment?
I released my new EP, Espoir Voyage, on the new American label Apothecary Compositions, with remixes from Obey City, LiL Texas and our Russian man DZA. Also during last few month I worked at some remixes (about 10 or so ) and recorded only one new song ‘Glitter Sand.’ Now I am trying to finish a few remixes and then I will start a new EP. I want to try to make a few songs with my own vocals… Something between Pharrell (as a singer ) and Rustion Mohawke 😉 and Cashmere Cat musically.
In one last reviews on my music I found the words, they sound like : “the feeling that he was sitting at the nights and is always looking for some new synth sounds and a feeling.” These words are true about my work
Do you have a procedure for writing music?
I don’t have any special rituals for the writing, but the basic rule is: I try to make music in the same breath to capture a feeling, the music should convey emotions, it is not necessary to dissect and do sound engineering, it should sound musical, not like a ticking Swiss Watch mechanism
If you could collaborate with any musician in the world, who would you collaborate with, and why?
It would be cool to try to make something with some rappers and singers. I like Sampha’s voice, very soulful. Ciara is also very nice , like her ‘Body Party.’ Aaaaannd Danny Brown, REALLY like this crazy man, ‘Blueberry (Pills & Cocaine)’ spent a long time in my player.
What do you think about Moscow music scene? And if you could play anywhere, where would you love to perform?
So , In Moscow there are many artists like DZA, Pixelord, Lapti, OL, RAD Crew, Hyperboloid Crew and many others. When you live in big city this is similar to the scales because, on one side you have a lot of opportunities, a lot of clubs, a lot of artists and promoters, there is always something going on and this is good. But on other side people start less to appreciate what’s going on here, they see and hear a lot, their interests are blunted, sometimes they are just like a lot of nerds, which are hard to please. Also Russian people in the majority think that Russian artists equal bad artists, despite the fact that the interest in these artists have in many other countries. This is our mentality and it’s a long story.
Who are you digging?
I like Lucky Me’s last release from Obey City. I’m very happy for him. I like Pelican Fly in general. Also, I was really glad to hear the new Sampha. I pretty much listen to my own music and analyse it, sometimes after 100 plays a day, I hate her, but I remember that, before, she really liked me.
Any interesting stories?
I played one party in an underground bar in Moscow-when I dropped my new tune, was a moment when party was so hot , people danced, shouting and when I plan to kill them with the main part of the tune after intro, they heard only the first kick and then the huge building abruptly shut off all electricity! It looked like a final burst with sparks at the end of expensive music videos on MTV!
Where are you playing next?
I need to change my documents now and if i have a possibility to do everything in time , we can see in USA, UK, Italy, Spain, Australia, Germany, Poland, Lithuania and etc. I have gotten some offers!