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Friday, November 21, 2003

So it happened, our kollektiv was on Russian Radio (Novaya Zhizn' - 620 AM). We were invited to be guests in the program: "Disco Superstar" hosted by DJ Chkalov. I have never been inside a radio studio, least a part of a program, be it a Sunday late evening, or a long drive to Brooklyn, nevertheless, I had to go. Naturally I felt curiosity and anticipation. We met there with Vovan and had a smoke outside the studio before program started. My first surprise was radio hosts at a station. Behind cool nicknames there were very friendly, likable, down to earth people. Then, there was a striking discrepancy between a voice and appearance. I would never guessed how our hosts looked like if I had judged only on the basis of their voice. The program started with their signature tune, Discotheque Avaria, (not my cup of tea), and DJ Chkalov citing, (very impressive!), poetry potpourri. And then we start talking about us, about kollektiv, RussianMix. We told how it all started, how it's still going, about promotion, commotion and devotion. In other words, we talked a lot about us. In the breaks and during commercials, we continued conversation off the air, usually about same things, but without radio-imposed censorship. Vovan described last russianmix party in Lower East Side, in a place with a conspicuous name 'Pussy Cat Lounge'. The place is cozy (read, not too big), comfy and at the same time gritty, with a strip bar downstairs and a lounge upstairs, overlooking the dancing stage.The last hour of the program had some more music and some more talking. We left the topic of promoting parties and talked about attending parties. Halloween was still fresh in the memory, and kollektiv went to a kick ass party in Pussy Cat (about a week before our party), where fetishists and people with obvious S&M tendencies, who took their lifestyle way too seriously, mixed with Halloween crowd. I guess it spiced a bit radio conversation, but most graphical details were shoved into another commercial break. Then it was time for audience phone calls, the 'chill out time', when the listeners could call and ask any questions. Instead there was a lot of bragging about another radio personality, Masha Shkol'nik. People would call and complain about her and her music, then there were people who would complain about people who just called and it went on and on for about half an hour. At some point it became hysterical, I proposed to call this part of a program 'stress out' instead of 'chill out', Vovan pledged to change his name to Shkol'nik. We were just laughing and having fun in the studio, then as sudden as it started our radio evening was over.
posted by Arturas  # 2:32 PM

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