When it comes to transferring emotions to music, Yuriy Popov has a special knack for sharing the deep, dark, and moody side of his soul through sound. A guitarist in the post-metal band NUG, Yuriy is used to expressing heavy music through his instruments, a task which he takes deeper into the electronic realm with his ambient project 58918012. Spontaneously recorded sounds, analog tape effects, and self-constructed instruments compose the essence of his productions and serve to create a completely unique style that transports listeners into his world.
With his Chillout Sundays guest mixes in October 2020 and January 2021 introducing 58918012 to the FRISKY audience, he will be bringing a 2-hour set featuring his own productions as the CHILL Featured Artist this week. Tune in live on March 24th at 2 PM EST [convert timezone] on the CHILL channel, or listen on-demand anytime after with FRISKY Premium. Before you do, get to know the man behind the mood.
I have to ask (but understand if it’s a secret) – what’s the story behind the name 58918021?
Hello, Frisky Listeners 🙂 Actually, it’s not a secret at all. I just had no chance to talk about it with somebody. And the story is pretty simple 🙂 On the day when I decided to release my first ambient album, I asked myself — so, what will be your scenic name? And the only thing that came to my mind was my reversed birthdate… As you can see, I was born on August 21st of 1985 😉
What first started your interest in dark ambient music? Were there any particular artists who first introduced you to that sound?
Sure thing! A pretty long time ago (probably in 2005), I’ve found the album “Calling Down The Sky” by Robert Rich on some torrent tracker (yes, that was the time of torrents and pirates). That was an incredibly deep experience. Before that, I usually listened to metal music, such as Cannibal Corpse, Death, etc… But since that day ambient music put its roots into my brain. Personally, for me, the most influential ambient artist are: Robert Rich, Lustmord, Steve Roach, and probably The Carbon Based Lifeforms.
What other types of music are you passionate about? How does working on dark ambient compare to the other styles you play / produce?
As I said before, I also love heavy music. Actually, I play guitar in the post-metal band called NUG. In general, I am running a music blog (Faeton Music Blog), and there I am posting a bunch of styles of music. From ambient to brutal death and beyond. Probably, the only thing which unites almost all music I like — is the mood. I prefer sad and dark music in general. Doesn’t matter if it’s folk music or techno.
What is something that is consistent throughout all of your music?
First of all, the fact that it was written by me 🙂 In my ambient music, I am using a lot of spontaneously recorded sounds. It can be a sound of an engine of a big truck on the road or the sound of wind / birds / anything else. I am collecting those samples for some time, and when the time comes, I am starting to listen to them, and think about how to transform those sounds into music. Also, I am always trying to refresh my sound and use some new instruments and ideas. For example, on my new album “Signals” (which will go live on March 1st) I played some parts on glasses with water, recorded it to the tape, and slowed down to get that warm lo-fi taste.
Do you have a particular focus or intention when it comes to your music production?
I think, the most important thing for me is to convert my emotions and inner feeling to music. Because otherwise, they may overload me. Probably, I am trying to put myself into the listener’s shoes, and figure out, what feelings provoke my music. If I like the vibes, then the track is finished. But on the other hand, I can’t say that there’s always some certain idea behind each composition. Sometimes I am just opening my DAW and starting to search for interesting sounds (which may take hours and hours), just to escape real-life for some time. That’s kinda my therapy.
Is there anything that you aim to communicate through your music?
Any work of art, in some way includes some author’s ideas for sure. But a lot of things appearing individually for each listener / watcher. That’s the beauty of the art. you know, it’s easier for me to think that my answer is “no”. Because if I will try to dig the truth behind my music, then this interview will take like 50 pages 🙂 In any case, my music is definitely not ideological.
How would you say that your music reflects your personality? Are you more of a “darker” or “quieter” personality or is your music an outlet to a different side of you?
In one of my previous answers I’ve already said that I prefer sad / dark stuff in music. I am no a psychologist, but I think that I am a total introvert. I like to be alone. I think that my music is more continuation of me rather than the portal for my other side.
What are some of your favorite sounds (for example: in nature, a synth, an instrument)?
That’s a pretty hard question. For sure, I like the sound of a distorted electric guitar. But in general, I just like to listen to the world. Even in the ugliest sounds, you may find beauty. It’s a bit easier for me to say what smell or taste I like 🙂 I like the smell of the fresh spring air, with shades of blooming cherry plums and violets, and I like the taste of the black tea in the morning.
When it comes to making an ambient DJ style mix, what is most important to you? What do you think makes for an exceptional set?
Emm…it’s all about my inner feelings for sure. I just need to feel that the order of tracks resonates with my current inner mood. It’s much easier to mix ambient music than for example hip-hop. you don’t need to use “fast mixing”, scratching or anything else. You may just use fades and a bit of equalization and, maybe, reverb. Since all music in my mixes written by me, and I remember almost every track. I am just trying to close my eyes and imagine the next track…then I am opening a folder with a certain track and that’s all.
Is there anything special or in particular we should keep an ear out for on your CHILL Featured Mix?
Well, there are 7 tracks from my upcoming album “Signals”, and a few more unreleased compositions, so, that’s exclusive stuff overall. But I prefer to think that people will relax, not strain with any questions and details about music they hear during the set. You always can use google to find my music on Spotify or Bandcamp. In any case, I am happy to be a part of Frisky Radio. Thanks for this opportunity and enjoy the music <3