First of, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard?
My name is Sergey, I am the founder and owner of R.I.P.(Roppongi Inc. Project), and I live in Moscow, Russian Federation, same as another guy behind the project – Dmitriy, both of us are 40 + years ;)
How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?
I like living in my city, it’s beautiful and comfortable. Dmitry prefers the States! Unfortunately, the best years for gothic / industrial scene have passed in Russia! The dawn of the Gothic culture was approximately from 2001 to 2008, followed by a very fast recession of interest. All our influences are not from the Russian scene.
What do you feel separates your music from the rest of the music in the Industrial music scene?
We have our own style, but, we very much love the trance music from 90’s and we use a lot of trance elements in our compositions. I think that it sounds unlike most of groups in the industrial scene!
What would you say are your favorite themes and topics that inspire you to compose? What draws you to those themes?
The answer is in our motto, which we place on all our releases and the Internet –we are influenced by-Life, Death, Reality!
Industrial and Attitude seem to go hand in hand. With global war, civil unrest, injustice, and political revolution being primary musical themes that dominate your music, how do you feel nowadays about the current state of world affairs?
All seems bad now, which is different from our previous history. We will wait awhile longer - perhaps everything at last will change for the best. Fortunately, policy and all that is connected with it aren't the main subjects of our creativity
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What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output?
We don't worry about it. There is no reason to hurry to us. Music for us is simply a hobby. The main time is taken by work and private life.
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?
In line with the fact that I began my own project alone in 2002, I was influenced by the music of such groups as Wumpscut, VAC and, of course, SKINNY PUPPY! From 1996 to 2000 I was the Radio DJ for one of the weekly music programs about industrial music on a popular FM radio station. In 2001, I attended the DOOMSDAY festival where I saw many groups for the first time in my life, including favorites; VAC & SKINNY PUPPY! The desire to do my own music came then. The Japanese horror movie THE RING -pushed me to start and I took the first sample from it and have rushed to develop my own style.