Photo by Olga Zarutskaya
Pavel ‘Nattsol’ Zarutskiy
What was the very first record you bought?
Danielle Dax – Yummer Yummer Man 12”. I think I was 20 or so and was absolutely sure that collecting records is too expensive for a student so I was focused on CDs, but then I visited a record store and found this record, the first LP of Theatre Of Hate and other great stuff at very cheap prices which I eventually bought there. But I’ve lost my record collector’s ‘virginity’ with this Danielle’s record and I think I can be proud of it.
What is the most expensive record have you bought?
I usually don’t pay more than 100 EU for a record so perhaps it’s the recent box-set reissue of Greek ‘gothic’ legends South Of No North as it was exactly 100 EU. Or maybe I’ve forgotten something.
What are your 5 very favorite bands ever?
UK Decay, Clair Obscur, Γενιά Του Χάους , Virgin Prunes, Rudimentary Peni
Name 5 bands that have changed your life?
That’s quite confusing for me to separate favs from life changing experiences as to me it’s nearly all the same. On my arms I have tattoos referring to Γενιά Του Χάους , Rudimentary Peni and Part 1, so these bands have changed my life for sure, but still, as I have to limit myself with 5 acts, it would be more honest to list these:
UK Decay, Clair Obscur, Γενιά Του Χάους, Sex Gang Children, Cindytalk
Name your 3 favorite Gothic Fests?
Sadly I don’t manage to travel as much as I would like to and not that sure how much ‘gothic’ these are, but Drop Dead Festival and Unpleasant Meeting are great. And in addition to it even though it’s a bit unfair and personal, but I’d like to add the parties we organized in Saint-Petersburg with my old fanzine’s team – Grave Jibes parties. In three years we’d built a small but really united scene and sadly since we’ve stopped in 2012 I don’t have such feel any more even though I still organize events from time to time.
Name your 3 favorite gigs as a musician and as a fan.
Surely Drop Dead Festival 2010 in Vilnus where I played with my first band Grotesque Sexuality and also have seen gigs of my favs, such as Sex Gang Children, Zounds etc.
UK Decay / Silent Scream etc, as not only I saw for the first time one of my favourite band ever, but also was invited on stage to sing with them ‘For My Country’. That’s a really strong memory.
Also I will mention a recent (and so far the only) gig of a project in which I take part – Эвридика ВА2О37, it’s more minimal synth/industrial act and of course not everything was perfect (can it be at first gig?), but I was really satisfied with my stage presence, a rare impression when the initial plan doesn’t differ to the eventual result.
Name the most 3 influential albums for you as an artist
And for the third time I have to list some of the aforementioned bands, but I don’t have many bands whose music I feel flowing in my veins, even though I find my record collection decent and I do listen to a lot of music. But these would be:
Rudimentary Peni – Cacophony
Cindytalk – Camouflage Heart
and not an LP, but a 7″ that I also find crucial for me as an artist:
The Pop Group – We Are All Prostitutes
Describe yourself with 3 adjectives
Indifferent, contradictory (only internally though), outsider
What is the most overrated gothic band?
Lebanon Hanover if they can be called gothic. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t get annoyed when I hear them occasionally, I even have their first CD somewhere and I do respect that they develop from record to record. But I honestly don’t understand all that buzz around them as not only they’re ultimately boring, but the whole thing is based on the exploitation of what’s already been played millions of times.
What is the most underrated gothic band?
In my opinion, it’s Ritual. As far as I know, the musicians are not interested in any re-release so it remains a hidden treasure for ‘goth punk’ collectors and connoisseurs. Luckily I’ve managed to find all their three releases including the ultra-rare tape.
In which band would you have liked to play live?
I’ve been involved in several bands as bass player and as vocalist/performer and as the former I’m always open to variety of music as it’s always different to listen to it and to perform it, but as the latter I surely would’ve been happy to play in Virgin Prunes, early Clair Obscur or any band that has the performance art approach.
Name 3 new gothic bands that have caught your attention lately?
Sadly I don’t see many around. At the time when I formed Salome’s Dance (2012) I was really inspired by the emerging wave of ‘g-beat’ bands like Lost Tribe, Anasazi, Cemetery etc. But by now this wave seems to be dead. Although I find very promising ex-Lost Tribe’s vocalist new band The Wraith – even though they don’t offer something new, they’re raw and obscure to the highest extent. Also I’m impressed by the third LP of Belgrado. I’ve never been their huge fan (though like them enough to have their records in my collection), but it’s great to see how they’ve overcome the narrow-mindedness of the genre and have developed further. The same, but with another approach I see in the latest album of Silent Scream who remain a ‘goth-punk’ band, but keep on being creative enough to try various conceptions and attitudes.
Gothic Rock or Post Punk and why?
Post-punk as I don’t like the word ‘rock’ at all which to me symbolizes all the possible clichés in music. Perhaps it’s because rock for me is purely musical thing and punk/post-punk may enter the other fields of artistic expression like performance etc.