Sergey and Sasha alias Simple Symmetry have just released their remix for Adam Port’s track ‘I Never Wear Black’ and it was not the first time the Russian brothers draw attention to their releases. So far the duo has had appearances on labels such as Multi Culti, Disco Halal, Correspondant or Keinemusik to name a few, introducing their multilayered and diverse sound to a wider audience. In their interview with Torture the Artist Sergey and Sasha reveal some Moscow basement secrets as well as the shape of their music if it were a Russian food dish.
I would fly into Manfredas studio and ask: ‘Where’s the remix?‘
Torture the Artist: You guys love Moscow, because…
Sasha and Sergey: … there are so many good friends living here!
Torture the Artist: Name a track that sums up Moscow’s spirit with all its contradictions.
Sasha and Sergey: ‘Yakety Sax‘ from Benny Hill’s show.
Torture the Artist:When was your first date with electronic music?
Sasha: I‘d say 10 year ago. There were wild parties in Moscow called ‘Idle Conversation‘ and I went there regularly.
Sergey: There was a club in Moscow called ‘Solyanka‘ which was the best place ever. My interest for electronic music started there.
Torture the Artist: What made you decide to go on a second date?
Sasha and Sergey: A strong desire to make music ourselves.
Torture the Artist: You have remixed renowed artists such as Nicola Cruz, Zombies in Miami and most recently, Adam Port. Besides being famous, what other criterion do you look for in a track before you decide you’d like to remix it?
Sasha: There should be something in the original track, even a very small element, that englightens me and gives me an understanding and a platform so that I can build my own beautifuly story. And of course, a personal liking to the artist.
35% of the inspiration comes from the basements and streets of Moscow and 65% of the inspiration comes from people and cultures around the world.
Torture the Artist: Your Keinemusik Radio Show mix, put out in August, is considered an inspiring piece of music. Did you draw your inspiration for it from ‘the basements and streets of Moscow’ or ‘people and cultures around the world’?
Sergey: 35% of the inspiration comes from the basements and streets of Moscow and 65% of the inspiration comes from people and cultures around the world.
Torture the Artist: How many attempts did it take you guys to release your music on Multi Culti and Disco Halal?
Sasha: I’d say everything happens the way it’s supposed to, so there wasn’t really any attempts, just the right time for us. We work very hard because there’s a great enjoyment in doing what we love and one day the doors just sort of opened and we found ourselves on the next level of the game. This in itself gives you more energy to keep going.
Torture the Artist: What’s your favorite Simple Symmetry track, and why?
Sasha: ‘Voodoo Your Ex’ because although it was one oft he many many tracks we’ve made, it turned out to be a real hit. I don’t know why, that one’s a mystery for me and it’s beautiful.
Sergey: I think we still have to produce it.
My voice, my nipples, and my new Juno 106.
Torture the Artist: Imagine you are a fly on the wall. Whose studio would you fly into, and why?
Sasha: I would fly into Manfredas studio and ask: ‘Where’s the remix?‘
Torture the Artist: Name three artists or tracks that have left an impression on you lately.
Sasha: ‘Moonlight‘ by Balagan, ‘Maos Pensamientos‘ by El Alamo, ‘Golden Clouds‘ by Lee Perry and the Orb.
Sergey: ‘Father’s Shout‘ by Pink Floyd, ‘Museum of Old and New Art‘ by Die Orangen, ‘Red River Valley‘ sung by Harry Dean Stanton in the Twin Peaks series.
Torture the Artist: Sasha, name three things that you think Sergey appreciates about you. Sergey, what do you really appreciate about your brother?
Sasha: My voice, my nipples, and my new Juno 106.
Sergey: His new Juno 106, his voice and nipples for sure.
Torture the Artist: The fact that you are brothers, produce music and play gigs together means your lives are very intertwined. Name a song that describes the relationship between the two of you?
Sergey and Sasha: ‘Yakety Sax‘ from Benny Hill’s show again.
Torture the Artist: Do you often eat instant meals?
Sergey and Sasha: Not often, but why not?
Torture the Artist: If you were to compare your music to a traditional Russian food dish, what would it be?
Sasha: It has to be Borstch + Blini + Vinegret + Pelmeni blended with Hummus, Tahini and Shakshuka.
Torture the Artist: What’s a profession you would also be good at that’s not being producers.
Sasha: I would love to be someone who records the sound of seals sitting on an ice cube in Alaska or who records birds love songs in the Balinese jungle. That sounds like dream work to me.
Sergey: I don’t want to think about it, because I’ve just quit my day job.