сряда, 27 май 2015 г.

mother spit is back!

Four years after our last show me and Martin Lukanov (gokkun) will be playing as mother spit again. What may sound as just another collaboration exploring the drone / noise music is actually one of my favorite sonic endeavors. Even if 2013 saw the release of our 3" CDr 'carve' (on Aetheric Records) the concept behind mother spit has always been - play music that lives on its own. 

We don't talk before or during the collabs. We don't know what the other has prepared whenever we are about to play. We don't exist as a studio project, but do everything only in front of the audience. We're not musicians here, but mere transmitters of sound. Our first show and probably a last one for another couple of years to come is happening in Sofia on May 28th. We're playing alongside a debuting collab project called dwaal, formed by two good friends of ours.

After our separate sets we'll do a quadro improvisation. Recordings may follow.

неделя, 17 май 2015 г.

сряда, 13 май 2015 г.

A new collab - Minoar "Unsullied"

Recently I started collaborating with Bulgarian aseasonal clothing label MINOAR by designing sound / music for their collections. Their approach and designs are a huge inspiration and it's one of the most inspring projects one can wish for. This week we revealed some sounds for the first time. You can check out the MINOAR 'Trails of Vicinity' feature on Sixth Finger Magazine.

Minoar 'Trails of Vicinty' // photo: Yoan Galabov & creative: Tea Avosaps

Below I embedded two tracks I've written for them. Oh yes, I added a personal Soundcloud accout only for commisioned works and media music, separate from my solo work as Mytrip or Dayin.

Feel free to follow: https://soundcloud.com/angelxsimitchiev

вторник, 28 април 2015 г.

Leaver - back on May 30

Leaver has been silent for quite some time, almost an year actually.
We're playing a show in May, opening for King Dude and amazing Foie Gras.
I'll never finish the album.

събота, 25 април 2015 г.

Mytrip & Conjecture Tour - Days 13-15 - Novi Sad, Belgrade, Plovdiv & The End

22/04 Novi Sad and oh we're DJs now lol
After 2-3 hours of not so easy driving through country roads, which were at least sometimes picturesque we manage to reach the Romanian - Serbian border, where we spend the next 30 minutes as the 'super kontrola' is convinced we have drugs. They bring the selfie-stick and check our car big time. At this point the trunk is stacked with vinyls, both from the Ugly & Proud Distro that Niki's bringing on the tour and from our own hunts. They ask him if he's a DJ, he says he's not ahaha. Anyhow, after a half an hour they let us go and after maybe one hour and something we reach Novi Sad. After getting lost for a bit we manage to find the place where we're supposed to find Boyan from Rebuild Collective. He's at work, but he's managed to find us both a sleeping place and a gig that we can join. So we briefly meet him and then head to Culture Exchange, a biker's place, with a cool library, nice coffee and the bartender greets us with Fall of Efrafa blasting from the speakers. After a cup of coffee we go for a walk around the city with Goran, who used to play in Furtive Forest with Boyan back in the day. Around 8 we're back at the place which is slowly getting crowded (it's not too big anyhow). There's a guy playing an acoustic set. He mostly does covers, sometimes girls join him 'on stage' and sing with him. People are sitting on tables, clapping and moving their lips as if singing. I wonder if they are all schoolmates. Me and Vasilis are wondering what should we do tonight because our stuff will probably piss on each and every party mood. We decide to do a short DJ set. We have a bit over an hour before the place is closed so we play our current favorite tracks jumping from IDM to Industrial and whatnot. Some people leave, others come and say they're a bit sad we didn't really do our live set. Still, we're happy how this all turned out still it seems we'll have a reason to come back.

On our way to the Novi Sad fortress
A bit after 12 pm we grab something to eat and go to sleep in Crna Ovca, Rebuild Collective's DIY heaven, full of vinyls, zines, films on vhs and comic books. The Greek people ravage the place and buy a tons of records, while me, Niki, Goran and Boyan chat about whatever. Around 1 we call it a day and cool thing is no need to hurry tomorrow.

23/04 Belgrade, but falafel first
Our next actual show is in Belgrade. It's actually the pre-final gig of this tour. However, the ride from Novi Sad to Belgrade is pretty fast so we go on another walk in Novi Sad. We go to the fortress and it's nice, but even better is when we sit in Ananda, an awesome vegan place in the city center where we get served great stuff. The falafel in this place are out of this world. I will be bold here and say they are as good as those in Poznan... Okay I did it and it's true. Since Novi Sad is far closer to Sofia I guess that's my new Poznan. After we pick our stuff we go to Culture Exchange for a quick coke, because that's what you drink after falafel and you know that. About 4 pm we're already on the road and Belgrade here we come.

The Belgrade venue!
We easily find the spot and it's awesome. A building with only walls in the most hipster area of the Belgrade city center. Right next to the river. After some pizza, few issues with the PA we're good to go, just waiting for some people. And quite many of them actually show up. It seems Srdjan and Sofija have managed to do some great work on this event and we manage to play in front of a pretty big crowd, actually one of the biggest for this tour. It would have been cool if the people would shut up for a bit but meh, whatever. I really dig the sets of both Raven and Lomz, especially Lomz I'd like to hear in a bigger venue with a longer performance since we were all kind of shortening our sets to fit the curfew and not piss of the police (and the neighbors, who actually all came to bitch about how loud our show was). After the show we chat with some cool people for a bit and then decide to head to Sofia right away. The trip is pretty smooth. We don't stop, just blast Rado Shisharkata and some mega folk hits, which Vassilis and Philip already know the lyrics of and here we're at home for the first time in two weeks. Now some sleep so we can go to Plovdiv tomorrow and finish this tour.

Surprise harsh noise set from Srdjan.
Oh yes, the kittens are bigger and cuter, I don't want to give them to anybody. THEY ARE MINE.

24/04 Plovdiv, the grande finale of this tour
Shower, breakfast, fun times at the change burreau, because Vasilis is a financial guru and we're already on our way to Plovdiv. We get there around 6 pm and the doors are already open the sound is set. We quickly plug-in, soundcheck I leave a playlist of hipster music and go to grab a bite. Me and Niki get a huge pizza because after Novi Sad and Poznan the thing that they call falafel in Plovdiv will be simply embarassing. We sit in the park, eat, feed the cats, we do the crust-punk thing. Around 8 pm we're in Kosmos again, which is probably in the Top 5 venues of the tour. I meet some friends, some of whom have travelled from Sofia for the show and around 8:45 I start playing. There are quite some people, but I'm not really sure most of them know what this show is all about - deep dark music and obscure visuals. Anyhow for both our sets there are people hanging out and watching / listening so it's a pretty nice evening. Petko (nemko-fi from Melformator) does GREAT job with the live visuals and I can't wait to collaborate with him again. After the show we pack and head straight to Sofia. I'm not sure any of us is realizing our 15-day-long tour has just come to an end. Yes, it might feel okay now, but I'm sure I'll have to face the sad truth when next Monday, instead of going into the car to head to another city I'll have to take the tram and spend the next 9 hours writing.

To sum things up.

5500+ kilomtres, 15 days, 15 cities, 14 shows, great food, great people, awesome promoters everywhere. Definitely worth it... as touring in general. Thanks to everybody who booked us, hosted us in their house, cooked us food, supported us by getting some merch. Huge ups to Niki for driving relentlessly, to Philip for helping us get proper sound everywhere, to Vasilis for enduring this tour despite everything and to me for working on this shit for the past 5 months.

сряда, 22 април 2015 г.

Mytrip & Conjecture Tour - Days 10-12 - Poznan, ?!?!, Oradea

We wake up after the awesome night in Dresden and we sit in the place where we played last night and have a great breakfast. Actually a power electronics breakfast, which turns into dark ambient breakfast when Ulrich changes the music to Inade so we don't get too misanthropic in the morning. After few cups of coffee, fruits and everything needed for a great start of the day we're packed and on the road to Poland.

Okay, so I have to admit I've booked this tour with reaching Poznan and the best falafel in the universe as my main destination. No, seriously, this is some highlight stuff. I spent the past 3 years talking about the falafel heaven Kebabistan so I'm excited! After few hours on the road we arrive in the city and go for a walk. Our meeting with Konrad, who's doing the show tonight is in 2 hours so we have some time to kill on the Sunday streets of Poznan. It's as beautiful as usual, Polish ladies included. We finally land in front of the venue and Kristian, who's running LAS shows up. The place is great, we hang around, quickly set up and check and we're good to go. Some people start showing up, including my Plovdiv friend Petko, or should I say Gdansk friend, as that's where he came from to hang out with us. It's time I start this show and I do it. I fucking love the sound, fat drones fill in the whole space, I see people with closed eyes and I get really into the music myself. Conjecture starts right after me and the sound is so good that I wish he had played longer. Actually it's when I realize this tour could have been even better if there were more local acts on those shows, since we're mostly playing these shows alone.

After the show we hang out for a while and on our way to the hostel WE GO TO KEBABISTAN. And oh the pleasure... It's like breathing for the first time. My biggest fear these past 3 years was that they will somehow fuck up those falafels, but man. That stuff's eternal. Now I can sleep... forever.

20/04 Highways, anarchists, night snacks...
We wake up around 10 and around 11 am we're out on the looks for food. Sadly Kebabistan is not open before lunch and the one that's actually working has no falafels. Fuck my life. Anyhow we leave Poznan a bit worried since last night we got a call and few messages from our friends in Bytom saying that the whole crew, who was running the place where we are playing was... arrested after a protest action in Katowice. Some info you can find here, don't know how reliable the source is, but I guess that's all we know as well. 

So we decide to directly head to Oradea, which is some 800+ kms drive. I won't go into details how 'exciting' 15 hours in the car are, especially for Niki, who once again proves he's the king of driving. Let's just say we make it to Oradea at about 8 am after several wi-fi, food and sleeping pit stops on gas station. Thankfully we're safe and sound, even if tired as shit.

Forest, my main cat mate in Oradea
21/04 The cats of Oradea
Our host for the morning is Razvan. He and his girlfriend Lavinia let us sleep in their place until the afternoon and then head to work. But we're not alone! We spend the next few hours in the company of their 4 cats. Some hang out with us, others hide, but whew. It was high time we spent some quality cat time on this tour. At some point we're all refreshed and awake, and Razvan gets back home from work early so we can hang out with him as well. He's also playing tonight. Actually doing his first TAUUSK show in Oradea.

TAUUSK and his monster drones on stage
Few hours later George, who's running Moszkva comes to bring us there. We get to the place, which is great and huge. I'm kinda sad we'll never have such nice things in Sofia, because... people. Anyhow, we drink coffee, talk shit as usual and in the meanwhile thanks to our mate Boyan we manage to score a last minute gig in Novi Sad for the next day to replace the Timisoara show that got cancelled (still haven't heard from the promoters haha). We set up our gear, the sound is promising, the atmosphere is perfect and we're good to go. TAUUSK opens the gig with a great guitar drone / doom set with perfect melodies, build-ups and textures. Then it's my turn and even if I kind of fuck up the beginning of the set I think it gets pretty okay in the end. Conjecture plays longer and does few tracks we haven't yet heard on the tour and they sound awesome. Definitely one of the top 3 gigs of this tour. Big ups to everybody involved. I finish my second veggie burito, cooked by Lavinia and off to the sleeping place we go. Next stop Novi Sad for a semi-day off / semi-gig thing. 

неделя, 19 април 2015 г.

Mytrip & Conjecture Tour - Days 7-9 - Kassel, Berlin, Dresden

16/04 Kassel and a bunch of the wrong Bulgarians
So after a decent sleep we head on a walk around Frankfurt so I get myself a new charger, since mine is in Prague. Till lives on a great spot and some 30 minutes of walking we reach the pretty busy center where I find all that I need. Next stop is a café on the small square near his place again, then falafel times and we’re on the road again. Our next stop is Kassel. Where we’re playing a show with Berlin’s raw punk band Piss. We get to the place an hour early and we go for a walk. It’s an immigrant area and me and Niki are not really surprised to hear a conversation in Bulgarian between a dude hanging on a block balcony and another one who has just “found a bike on the street” that he’s about to sell. We don’t introduce ourselves to these people because we kind of have some stuff they’ll be probably really into finding on the street as well.

Piss killing it in Kassel
After several minutes of wandering we’re back in front of the venue to see one of our kind hosts Joscha (also playing in Abest, whose LP I recently reviewed onDIYconspiracy) arriving to show us around the awesome punk house we’re playing tonight. It has it all – a neat kitchen, hang out area, large PA and as we’re about to find out a bit later – many nice people. In a bit Steffi, the other person responsible for the event also shows up. Few drinks, neat talks and we’re ready to set up. Piss arrive, do a fast sound check and me and Vassilis put a table in front of the drum set and we also check for a bit. After Joscha cooks us rad vegan pasta the show is ready to start with me, and there even seem to be some people enjoying it. We don’t do a break, Conjecture merges with the ending of my set and he does his thing as well. I see some heads moving so I guess it’s cool. After us is Piss. They play a fast and primal punk, with an almost black metal feeling at times so I’m all for that. Somehow reminds me of UHL, whom I haven’t heard in ages. I’m really glad Joscha and Steffi decided to do the gig that way – mixing genres one would not really often see on the same stage. It allows the night to really stand out. Few hours later we’re already in our sleeping bags as on the next morning we’re leaving early, because Berlin and its record stores and vegan places are waiting for us.

17/04 Berlin and okay we’re now poor
It’s about 9 and we’re already on the road, because… Berlin, man. There are at least 2 record shops we have to check and here we are. First stop is Static Shock, Niki does a trade, I score some hipster stuff, Philip indulges his secret desires for heavy metal and Vassilis, hm I don’t remember. Okay he’s telling me now – he gets a Coil record and we do an oil fight over a Lustmord record, which actually nobody gets. Next stop Yana’s place. We take her from the heart of Kreuzberg and Bis Aufs Messer here we come. I score the new Fvnerals and a record I don’t really know, Vassilis gets the Merzbow / Full of Hell collab and the new Correction House, Niki scores the Unbroken discography, the new Blacklisted (cause he wants to be trendy sometimes) and Philip gets some hairy black metal – Lychgate and Death Karma. The guys at the store even stock few copies of my 7” so yeah, if you’re around go for it, for sure you’ll find something worth starving for. Then we hit Yoyo for some vegan magic. Time kinda flies in Berlin and so do our money. On our way to Ma Thilda, which is situated in Neu Koln we go check an exhibition of a Lithuanian artistShaltmira, who I knew only from Instagram. The works she’s presenting are really good, but the space itself is a bit small, especially for the bigger drawings. I’d really like to see them exhibited in a larger gallery since I think this way they can interact more with the space itself and… actually breathe.

Bis Aufs Messer, okay I'm home
Anyhow it’s cool we manage to see this as well and we’re heading now to Ma Thilda to end an already great day with a show. Around 20:30 my buddy Adi, who’s been kind enough to let me play there for two times already arrives and we set everything. An awesome Polish visual artist, I think named Yann, lets us use his beamer and around 9:40 I start the show. Some friends show up, including Daniel and Stefan, and knowing they’ve also seen me playing 1, 2 times I go for a slightly different set, which in the end I think works out pretty fine. At least that’s what they also say. Conjecture hits the stage after a small break and he sounds good even if he looks a bit tired, but Ma Thilda looks pretty full, we hang out, have fun and play our thingies so I guess we did finish the evening the best possible way, or actually not yet. Best thing comes an hour later when we invade Joro and Ina’s place and we open the snoring factory, especially the Greek division (at least that’s what Niki claims, I just sleep there as if I was slaughtered).

18/04 Dresden, tofu and what a sound
We leave Berlin at about 9:30 since Ina is taking a part in a comic convention with her illustration series 'my beloved friend'. The drive to Dresden’s a pretty easy one so it doesn’t really take us too long to get there. Still we have quite some time to kill before meeting Ulrich from Club Debil, who’s taking care of us drone kids today. Loshwitz seems to be quite a fancy neighborhood and while on the hunt for something fast to eat we kind of drag the attention of the locals because… Well, to put it that way, because we do look like people, who spent the past 9 days in a car.

Loschwitz seems quite livable, right?
We manage to find some food not too far from the venue, then we sit in a fancy café and before we realize it it’s always 4 pm and it’s time to meet Ulrich and check out the venue. Our promoter has a birthday today and we’re really happy to be a part of it. Tonight we’re playing a former fire brigade building, which has been restored and is now used as a cultural center. We do some preparations for the show later, but since we’re still waiting for the sound engineer we also go for a walk along the river. Dresden’s a pretty spacey city. With a lot of air, a lot of green fields, nature, even farms with horses so it’s pretty much hanging out in the country in the same time as being in a pretty lively city.

Back in the venue we sound check and Eric, who’s in charge of the sound tonight, does great job giving us probably the best sound for the tour. A lot of bass, one that you can actually feel is filling the cellar of the building and we know we’re in for a good night. It’s time for food and Ulrich cooks us rice with tofu, beans, pickles, peppers and whatnot. After this vegan delight I’m struggling hard not to fall asleep, I attack this instinct with a cup of coffee and as I’m halfway done with this report Vassilis and Philip come to read it and laugh at the image I’m building for them (quite objectively actually haha). After a few conversations about who the Greek Johnny Depp really is and am I actually touring with him it’s time for me to play and it feels really good. There are some people, who seem really into what I do (according to Niki) and I guess it’s a nice set as the bass is slowly creeping in the whole room, pierced by slightly distorted highs. After a short break it’s Conjecture’s turn and his music also benefits from the great sound. He even plays two tracks we haven’t heard on this tour so far. As I write this Ulrich’s birthday party is going with full force, let’s see how much our batteries will last before teleporting to our sleeping place for the night, which thankfully is just two floors above.