Live: Grisly Faye (Ua)

Die Ukrainerin Grisly Faye, aka Margaryta Kulichova, verbindet in ihrer Musik die Klänge von Stadt und Natur und hat sich dafür gleich ein neues Genre ausgedacht: „Outdoor electronics“. Dafür sammelt sie Töne zwischen Warschau, Kiew, Krakau und den Karpaten. Am 7. Februar spielt Grisly Faye ab 21.00 Uhr (Einlass 20.00 Uhr) in der Mainzer Dorett-Bar, der Eintritt ist frei.

On your Facebook page it says that if you want to know some facts about the band, there is nothing more interesting to know about you than your music. So please introduce us to your “outdoor electronics” in your own words.

Outdoor electronics is the first impression that comes to my mind when I think of Grisly Faye’s creative process. Sound production requires a lot of patience, sitting and listening. I like changing studios, landscapes and countries. Whenever I have the opportunity, I go to my summer house and work outdoors. Just imagine how great it is to work on sound design and write beats, when the soft wind is touching your hair, you can reach out for some berries from the bush, and once you feel a little tired, you can go swimming. Of course this is only one part of the job, because after having this kind of creative session I am returning to the regular studio where most of the production is being done.
And instead of singing about humans I go :

“I want to grow my own tree

Somewhere deep in the forest

So among all other trees

This one will be the most honest

To me”

You are using field recordings as your main instrument, collecting sounds where ever you go. Where do you find inspiration?

There are three things that inspire me the most – urban landscapes, nature and humans. One of my songs, “Carla”, is entirely made of my breath, singing and body percussion. I like recording street musicians, choirs, my friends or strangers. I already told you about my guilty pleasure – working outdoors, and as a continuity of this topic – I remember myself recording vocals in a tree forest plantation on a very cold and silent day.

I have this recording on the song “Tree” –  and if you listen carefully, you can recognize some cracking sounds. Also I like recording acoustics of the different buildings or percussing on different constructions. The whole beat for the song “Glass”  was recorded on a huge bridge (it’s construction was frozen for 10 years already and it is one of the biggest and picturesque bridges across the river Dnipro). I was hammering different surfaces, making small windproof constructions from the scarfs and jackets, finding the proper resonators etc. It is another way of telling the story. I am transmitting the message not only with lyrics but with the character of the sound.

You like giving outdoor concerts. Do you feel, your outdoor audience responds to your music differently than indoors?    

There is a slight difference between making an outdoor concert in the city or in the nature. Last year I made a big outdoor concert for the organ and electronics in the city called Slavutych (the youngest Ukrainian city built shortly after the explosion on the Chernobyl nuclear station).  I’ve done some location scouting and have chosen a place that in my opinion would be a great resonator. A V-shape 3-floor music school located in front of a wide ravine. FOH and organ itself were located facing this complicated system of resonators. And our audience had a choice – to dance close to the speakers, enjoy the sunset lying in the ravine or walk around the city center surrounded with light and warm sound. Honestly saying, no matter where concerts take place, the main thing is to make it somehow special and to provide the audience with a unique and memorable experience.

The lyrics of your latest release “Khvylyam” (“waves”) are in Ukrainian, the track was produced using sun and wind energy only. Is there a connection between the title and the alternative sources of energy you were using? Why did you chose to sing in your mother tongue?

Many things are “made of waves” – like sound, light or water. Even when I think of relationships between people I imagine some kind of waves connecting and reflecting one another. And most of all I like this expression in Ukrainian language “khvylyam” – meaning “dedicated to waves”. I didn’t plan to use alternative energy, it just happened. And Ukrainian sounds very sweet, doesn’t it? 😉

Please, tell us something about the music scene in Ukraine. Do you appreciate, having your roots there? Who else should we listen to?

Well, being in Ukraine I feel how different I am from my friends and even from my family, but touring around the world I realize how much of Ukrainian mentality I carry in myself. The way I dress, the way I greet strangers, the way I sing, the way I observe the surroundings.  Ukrainian alternative music scene is blossoming right now. And even now, replying on your interview, one of my friends sent me a link to one band that I’ve never heard of before. And I really like what I hear.
Speaking of Ukrainian music I am proud of:

I mentioned only those I know by heart, and there are much more of them.
But this is a topic for a whole new article 🙂

Thank you so much for the interview and see you on Wednesday at Dorret Bar – inside! 🙂

Photos: Grisly Faye Press

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