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PASHA - Interview by Belinda Cooper




Belinda Cooper :
Where did you learn music?

PASHA :
I studied percussive instruments at a very small and experimental school in Moscow, where I learned the basics of the subject - basics in a broad sense, so I would say I became almost a professional there. I've developed my skills on my own since then.



Belinda Cooper :
How long have you been playing the drums?

PASHA :
I've been playing drums almost all my life. I started when I was 14 years old, and I became a Drum Solo Artist at the age of 25.



Belinda Cooper :
What other instruments do you play?

PASHA :
You cannot classify it as "really playing" but I can find my way around a piano, guitar and bass...



Belinda Cooper :
Why did you become a musician?

PASHA :
I didn´t have any other choice! I cannot live without it, I love it more than anything else, it is the best way I can express myself, AND: nobody else out there can do what I can, and I will prove it on Hyper Dance!



Belinda Cooper :
So what exactly do you do?

PASHA :
It's called semi-rhythmic drumming some people also call it polyrhythmic drumming. It is a technique used for executing two or more rhythms, or rhythm and solo(s), or two or more solos simultaneously.
Usually, if at all, semi-rhythmical drumming is used for enhancements of drum solo acts, and I do that too, but that's not the direction I am currently exploring. In the drum solo project I am working on, I will use an enhanced semi-rhythmic drumming technique that I call "Floating Feet."
This technique allows me to play more than two drum pedals with one foot. With that alone, I am able to create a complex rhythm section using double bass, two snare drums, hi hets, and a cowbell to rhythmically accompany instruments like bass, guitar, string section, and keyboards, while simultaneously playing a "duet solo" with one of them on toms, floor toms, roto toms, snares, cymbals, and/or percussion using sticks and brushes.
So what I intend to do is: to use enhanced semi-rhythmic drumming techniques for accompanying and simultaneously soloing within a musical composition!



Belinda Cooper :
What music do you enjoy?

PASHA :
Classical: Tchaikovsky is one of my favorites, also Vivaldi and Bach, to name a few. I also like to listen to Cher, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Stratovarius, early Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Cure and that´s about it. I respect jazz, but I don't like it to listen to.

I´m very picky when it comes to music. For me to like it, music has to have a very strong rhythmic base, very high recording quality (where every breath can be heard), and great performance/musicians recorded on the album, not to mention a great composition, which is very important to me too.


Belinda Cooper :
What´s on the CD player right now?

PASHA :
Same thing that´s been there for over three months - Mozart´s Requiem.



Belinda Cooper :
Favorite food?

PASHA :
Music!


Belinda Cooper :
Favorite drug?

PASHA :
Music!

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