Ambassador21: Infidel Interview #57


First I just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. With this interview let's just start with a bit about yourself. Where are you from, how old are you, and how long have you been making music for?

Natasha: Hello! You’re very welcome. We are from Belarus. Well, we are adult enough to know exactly what kind of attitude we put into our music, what kind of music we like, what we wanna say to our audience and who we are. AMBASSADOR21 will celebrate its 15th anniversary in the end of this year.

What does Ambassador21 mean to you guys in 2016? And how does that compare to what the project meant to you guys when it was formed?

Alexey: Now AMBASSADOR21 for us is just what we are. It’s very big and important part of our lives. It’s not a “project”, we don’t use this word anymore. We don’t play roles in AMBASSADOR21, there are no masks, costumes or decorations. This is we are.

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When you first started making music, was there a particular sound or artistic/musical influence that you would say was your biggest inspiration to start pursuing the creative path yourself? Are there any bands that you would say are your "core" or "prime" inspirations when making music? Are there any new bands, or styles of music, that you are currently exploring that may possibly be evolving your sound?

Natasha: Nobody starts from vacuum. We had a huge music background when we’ve started AMBASSADOR21. It’s difficult to point just particular band who inspired us to create AMBASSADOR21 more than others. Many of them inspired us - and still does – to live and enjoy the life. We were connected with music always, were more punk / hardcore influenced – STOOGES, RAMONES, DEAD KENNEDYS, BLACK FLAG and much more. Most of electronic or industrial bands we’ve discovered after AMBASSADOR21 was born. We love and respect many of them, and we still learn from them – SKINNY PUPPY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, SWANS, MINISTRY, NIN, FRONT 242, KILLING JOKE, CONVERTER, ISZOLOSCOPE, NULLVEKTOR and many, many more.

Alexey: As for the new artists, of course there are many of those who bring fresh tunes and ideas. It’s great when new sound comes with real attitude and passion. You always hear it and appreciate. You can’t just say to people “love this guys, they are real, they has attitude”. If it’s not – it’s not, everyone hear it. We are not kind of synth nerds, so for loving music it’s not enough for us just to hear well-done synth build-ups or well produced wobble bass line. It’s fine to hear it, but it’s not enough to consider music as good.

The music you make fuses metal, drum and bass, industrial, rave, and intelligent dance music in a wild frenzy that many have compared to industry legends Alec Empire. Do you guys ever have difficulty writing music that keeps the same sort of intensity and ferocity you are used to producing, while still keeping things diverse?

Alexey: Ha ha ha, it’s difficult to write music in general! It’s not very complicated to use some software and place sound samples in some logical order, produce kick and snare and put it in some places. I mean it’s difficult to write music people would love and feel something special while listening. You always have much more in your head, which you not always able to make other people hearing ;) As about our sound, our style - we just do it on the way we like. If we stick to any genre limitations, we hear that is boring to listen. It can be very intense and energetic, that’s OK, but after few minutes it turn to routine. If it sounds boring for us, it will sound more boring for the others.

Your musics agression, and your strong stance regarding independence and activism, leads me to believe you guys have some pretty strong philosophical and political views. If you had to sum up your general belief structure into a few concise statements, how would you summarize your stance in both politics and spirituality?

Alexey: With all AMBASSADOR21 aggression we speak about only positive things, just in such… hmmm… uncomfortable way. We don’t want to fight, we wish it’s World where we just don’t need to fight! I see there are always many speculations about our views. Like “I like their music, but not agree with their ideas”. What the fuck it supposed to mean? Like “I like their music, but I also like the idea human life costs nothing, i like social injustice, i respect people who fuel wars in other countries, i want woman stay at the kitchen, I like the idea our god is the only true one”?