Tapecut is a relatively recent discovery, but his versatile style immediately got me hooked on his tracks. Today we're peaking into producer's sound world with a solid trap / electronic selection which he crafted for our mini mix series.
If you want to know more about Alik and the journey of tapecut so far - check out our interview below!
Hey man, thanks for the interview! Before anything - could you introduce youself with a few sentences? Also, why tapecut?
Hello there, my name is Alik. I was born in Armenia but i live in Russia, Saint-Petersburg. I make multi-genre music and my goal is to create something really new.
Why tapecut? Because I used to cut samples from old vinyl records. TAPE- like some record.
What was the main inspiration about the tracks selection for your mini mix?
The inspiration for my mini mix were the artists I usually listen to and the artists that usually listen to me. So, I decided to put them together into a 30 minutes long mini mix, which describes my musical tastes at the moment.
How does an average day look like for you? Is producing a full-time thing for you right now?
Usually, I wake up, turn on some of Soulection shows, exercise, take a shower, eat and after all of that I start making music... of course if I don't have any household choirs. Then rinse, repeat.
You're living Saint-Petersburg. What's the beat scene out there and in Russia in general?
Yes, I live in Saint-Petersburg. The musical scene here is pretty useless, but as elsewhere we do have some talents, such as BMB Spacekid with whom I've collaborated with on a track called "Ya Male".
Besides that there are a few decent guys in the city and also producers across Russia, which I would highlight like CVPELLV, 813, GILLEPSY, ARAATAN etc.
You're part of Borgore's buygore label and our friends Alaya and Zen Supremacy - how did all those partnerships came to life? Did they reach out to you or it just felt like a natural fit for everyone?
Yes, I am a part of each of these labels. Things are moving forward! Firstly, there was blvnt records and now it's buygore. For each label - a different style of music - as I said, my music is quite the blend and differs a lot.
You have quite a few collaborations including your latest release w/ Vada. Do you prefer working alongside another producer or rather a vocalist?
I am very pleased that we have found a common language with Vada and we had a magnificent composition, which, I am sure, sunk into the soul of many people. In general, I would like to work with many other artists, but that's in the near future.
Who has been the biggest inspiration when it comes to producing?
Certainly and obviously, the biggest inspiration for me was mr.carmack, as I find his taste closest and also really interesting to me.
What's ahead of tapecut in 2017?
All that relates to future projects will remain a secret.
Thanks for the interview! Any last words of wisdom?
Yes, I wish good luck to all the beginning producers, because there are a lot of talented guys among them.