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15 Questions to Alexei De Bronhe
March 15th 2012, by Tobias Fischer
Alexei De Bronhe is something of a 21st Century Renaissance Artist. The Minsk-born filmmaker, musician, sound/video producer, and visual artist is finishing a degree in television and film directing at the Belarusian Academy of Arts, fronts the abrasive electropunk band Energy, and releases tranquil, atmospheric electronic music that walks the line between composed and improvised “ambient” music. It’s no surprise, given his extensive work with film that De Bronhe’s live performances are multi-media feasts of projections and emotive, hazy electroacoustics as suited for art galleries as they are for clubs and experimental warehouse venues. The multimedia artist discusses the pluses of oversaturation in the digital era of music, the influences of Cage and Stockhausen on his work, and audio-visual presentations as “tangible”art.
Hi! How are you? Where are you?
It will seem strange, but I’m in a cellar in the depressive city of M. where they activate a cutout switch that sucks the energy out of people.
What’s on your schedule right now?
I am rehearsing with our electropunk band Energy. Going to edit my documentary called STO 24. Create samples for a scratch battle organized by our clan. These tracks will also be included in the rap-musical Romeo and Juliette.
How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city you are currently living in?
Let’s take a 10 points scale. Then it’s 3 - 8 = - 5. Well, there are exceptions, but they are few and far in between.
When did you start writing/producing music - and what or who were your early passions and influences?
I was fifteen and I started using an old tape reel recorder and 8-bit toy synthesizer. I was seriously influenced by the distorted music of the super-duper Russian pop-band Ivanushki International on a jammed tape.
What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic work and/or career?
When I was three, I learned how to put the tape into the tape reel recorder and yelled Modern Talking songs into the mic.
When I was twelve I was drawing my own money and that influenced our home economy.
I was about eighteen when I first heard Bach and started playing contra bass in the symphony orchestra.
Finally, at the age of nineteen, I shot my first film – it was complete and utter trash!
What are currently your main compositional- and production-challenges?