Five Minutes With Snoe

Five Minutes With Snoe

Five Minutes With Snoe

A photograph of Russian electronic duo Snoe.

We put on our extra wooly jumpers, hats and snoods before heading over to Russia to speak to the electronic producers Maksim Minenko and Pavel Malamanov who go by the name of Snoe (ok, that’s not entirely true).

How would you describe the music that you make in one sentence?

M: Deep deep space.

P: Melodic and atmospheric (if you look at the past, it has always brought such a character, whether it be IDM, dnb or future garage).

What are your three biggest non-musical influences?

M: Probably photography, travelling by car.

P: Close up people, games, natural phenomena.

You can take five records with you on a desert island. Which ones?

M: Chicane – Saltwater, Albion – Air, Veracocha – Carte Blanche, Solar Quest – Save The Whale, The Future Sound Of London – Omnipresence.

P: It’s a hard question, because a lot of songs got stuck in me forever…here are the most emotional and influential ones (ATTENTION! Melancholy): Sufjan Stevens – “John Wayne Gacy Jr”, Pet Shop Boys – Being Boring, Lamb – Gorecki, Placebo – Without You I’m Nothing, Car-Man – London Goodbye.

If you had to lose one of your senses, which one would it be and why?

M: Complex issue, this probably would be the sense of smell, because, in my opinion this is not the most painful loss.

P: Ohh…actually, I don’t have the answer. I don’t want to live defectively, all of them are important for me.

What makes a perfect music venue/nightclub?

M: The absence of the pursuit of money, competent management of the club, good ventilation finally 😉

P: Totally agree and just want to add: the most important thing is MUSIC and friendly atmosphere.

What’s the best piece of music that you’ve ever made?


P: I love all tunes we’ve made but the best piece of music for me is the track about our native city. It’s called “Murmansk: Empty Snow-clad Street “ and was released in 2007 under the Test Pressing alias. This track is very personal, it’s a reflection of the place we live in.

By the way, now it’s a part of our FREE Test Pressing – Leaving EP.

If you could only say one word for the rest of your life, in any language, what would it be and what does it mean?

M: I do not understand your question, but I’ll answer it 🙂

P: Itadakimasu! ^_^

What advice would you give your ten-year-old self (musical or not)?

M: Do not be lazy.
P: Ask your parents to take you to the music school and don’t abuse with over thinking, life is easier.

What is the strongest emotion for making music?

M: Rather than emotion, mood influences you to create music.
P: If we’re talking about emotional side, then it’s obviously personal inner emotions.

If you were interviewing yourself, what other question would you ask (and what’s the answer?)?

M: What prevents me from writing music? my work and my laziness;)
P: In what kind of music do you see yourself in a year or two? I’d like to try hip-hop and indie music with a lot of piano, flutes and sorrow 🙂

What is your local underground music scene like? What three artists do we need to check out?

M: CalopteryxBreeze and Quadrat

P: Now I’m not so much interested in the local scene, as in mid-2000 (it was a time of IDM and experimental music), but if you like minimalistic dnb and instrumental hip-hop then check out Paiton, this guy has a lot of releases already.

Next is northwest hip-hop crew DANIKTO, which brought together the most proactive and famous in our city hip-hop artists. Less words, just check their official group in VK 🙂

The third one is our mate 2B4U. Not so many tracks on SC, but I know there’re a lot to come. Nice and chill.

Be sure to check out Snoe’s back catalogue of atmospheric and melodic beats on their Soundcloud page. You can also find them on VK (if you speak Russian).

James and Adam

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