WOO YORK. FIRST TIME ON SOMA FIRST TIME IN RUSSIA

Armed with drum machines, samplers and groove boxes, Denis and Andrey are experienced enough to know how to bring a dance floor to life.

Monasterio:
- First, we would like to know how/when did you get into electronic music. How did you meet each other?

Woo York:
- I met Andrey while studying the first year in university. We used to be students of the Information and Computer Technology faculty and lived next doors in the dormitory. At certain point we eventually went to Cinema Club that was arguably the only place in Kiev around that time where you could listen to underground electronic music on a huge sound system and with mad crowd around you. The room simply didn't have anything else apart from DJ booth, large speakers and brick walls. It was this place where we actually got acquainted with techno music, and we've never stayed the same since then. Immediately after leaving our first party at Cinema through the club's doors, we became obsessed with the idea of becoming those people who are responsible for creating such magical sounds and are capable of controlling the floor's energy just by means of music. Driven by this desire, we started our very first experiments with virtual instruments and began our attempts at synthesizing sounds at home.

Monasterio:
- This Friday you are playing with the Soma Records crew and alongside label owners Slam. What's your relationship with them?

Woo York:
- We got in touch with the Soma crew for the first time soon after we played alongside Apparat at Cinema earlier this year (needless to say we had been residents at the club for quite a while by that time). We were billed to play after him and decided it would be a good idea to showcase some of our deeper and more hypnotic tunes. We were known to be playing proper four-to-the-floor techno almost exclusively before, but this was a rather special occasion, so we thought 'Ok, why the fuck not? Why not play some spacey stuff? The guys from Slam have always been enthusiastic about our music and always left us their pleasant feedback in numerous promo pools, so after we were done with our set, I took its digital recording and sent it to them to check out. They instantly replied, and literally two weeks after that our set was released as their Slam Radio podcast. Since they were into our live set, they would like our new tunes as well, I thought, and sent Slam four brand new tracks of ours as well. Some negotiations took place, and we ended up with two vinyl records being scheduled for release. The first one has just seen the light of day recently, and we'll be revealing details on the other one pretty soon ;) Unfortunately, we haven't had a chance to meet Slam in person yet, but this makes the forthcoming gig at Monasterio even more exciting.

Monasterio:
- We can read that "Woo York recent activities prove that in full extent with the main evidence being their shift towards "mature" side both sound-wise and in terms of technological development". What do you mean by 'technological development'?

Woo York:
- Everything of decent value comes with experience! If you listen to our first releases by chance, you will immediately see the difference and notice how we've evolved with time. Since our first steps in that direction, we've been constantly trying out new instruments, techniques, mixing methods etc. On the other hand, we are always in a permanent quest for high-end quality gear that may significantly expand our possibilities of working with sound. Our live set-up is also evolving, albeit not as quickly as we would want it to, but this is just a matter of time really.

Monasterio:
- You are running the underground techno scene in Kiev for many years now. Could you tell us a little bit more about what's going on there?

Woo York:
- Kiev seems to be run by trendy clubs and trendy DJs when it comes to parties. I don't really like what's going on here generally, but there's also some interesting stuff. There's my favorite Cinema Club and there are some promoters with rather small events bringing decent house and techno artists and knowingly losing their money on that. For instance, Cinema Club's opening party in September featured Octave One live, and our friends from Addicted crew are currently preparing their new event at a different location. Another example of interesting happening is Nexsound Festival that took place in May and brought people like Jan Jelinek, Kangding Ray and Cristian Vogel to the city - I wish there were more events like this! I would call them exceptions from a predominantly boring routine though. Hardly anybody here really values something unique, as being able to sell your product, look fashionable or become 'friends' with certain individuals seems to be the main priority for many people. This is not something for us, so I'm not very surprised by the fact we don't play in Kiev that often.

Monasterio:
- What is your typical performance setup?

Woo York:
- Currently we use two laptops for a live set, the first one acting as a host for Ableton where I control all basic loops and elements, with all different sounds like percussion, effects, synths, drum patterns, kick, bass etc being segregated and triggered separately (16 channels altogether). We have switched to the 'out of the box' mixing lately, resulting in multiple signals being sent simultaneously by DAC Beringer ada 8000 that is serially connected to RME FireFace 400 interface via the SPDIF optic protocol. The second computer is used for NI Maschine where Andrey switches on drum loops and effects real-time (Roland TB303 emulator we recently added to his virtual set-up deserves a special notice). In the end there are 18 channels feeding to the Allen&Heath ZED 22fx mixing desk that I'm taking over myself for a final mixing process. We also use analogue exciter Aphex 204 for sound processing at a master buss and are thinking of adding an analogue synthesizer to our live set soon. We already have some options in mind, but you really need to know what to expect from a device, so we're taking our time to make a sure shot.

Monasterio:
- It's your first time in Moscow. How do you feel the Monasterio venue?

Woo York:
- Yeah, it's going to be our first time in Moscow. But what I'm really looking forward to is not the big city itself, but playing at Monasterio. We've been following the club since its early days, and it always seemed like the right place to be at. It is obvious that the people behind the club care about music and they manage to book line-ups Kiev could only dream of. Moreover, I've seen lots of positive mentions of Monasterio on twitter from the artists I admire (the club's sound system seems to have made the biggest impression on everybody). And I've also been told the food there is delicious ;)