Infidel Interview #132: Dark Phenomenon

First off, 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?

Hello, my name’s Roman Radchenko, I am 32 years old. I am the author of the lyrics and music for all Dark Phenomenon songs. I also create all the arrangements and play almost all the instruments on the recordings. Besides, I also sing my songs. In short, Dark Phenomenon is my creative pseudonym. I am the Dark Phenomenon. I was born in Krasnodar, this is quite a large city in the south of Russia, near the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. Since my birth this is my hometown.

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?

Well, the fact is I did not live anywhere except Krasnodar so it's hard to imagine for me. I visited some cities in the European part of Russia, but I didn’t spend a long time there. The grass is always greener on the other side. The only thing I can say that my town has a relatively warm climate. It is a rarity to see the snow in this place. I don’t like cold winters, so I think I will feel very uncomfortable if I live in the north regions. I can definitely say that the local scene did not affect me in anyway. Synthpop/New wave scene doesn’t exist as such in Krasnodar. At least I don’t know about any ideologically related bands with whom I could performing together or cooperate in some way.

What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output?

In the near future my energies and thoughts are focused on a new album. I've been working on it for many years and it's almost ready. About what the distant future will bring us I think it’s hard to imagine. Perhaps, if I did not give up my music at 30, I will continue to do this until the end.

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What would you say are your biggest influences when it comes to art and music? Are there any bands that you would say struck you with the chord that inspired you to peruse your current path of musical aspirations?

I love a huge number of bands with a huge range of genres - from Abba to Sex Pistols. But I definitely can choose the so-called “Big Five” of my favorite bands. There are: Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, New Order, Iris, Oasis. I thank all of them for their inspiration and influence. In other words, these are my creative teachers, and I am very proud of this.

What are your thoughts on genres in general? Do you find them creatively helpful as a template to work with? Or do you find them restricting? Or possibly somewhere in between? Now that the internet has caused so much crossover in music, would you even say genre labels are relevant any more?

As I said above, I listen to a wide range of music genres. Of course, it puts an imprint on what I'm doing. So, I decided to make my own songs in absolutely different genres. At the same time, I decided not to change the name of the band and not to be divided it into several music projects. This is a very difficult way. As a rule, listeners prefer to choose music in narrow genre direction. I understand all the risks of this, but I cannot go the other way. So the new album will be conceptually consist of two absolutely different parts. One part will deal with old school synthpop revival, but the other side will consist of guitar based rock songs.

So much has been said, and it sometimes feel that every word combination has every been taken. As a lyricist myself I know the pain of how hard it can be to articulate something in a way that is both engaging to the audience and uniquely artist. How do you find inspiration for your lyrical poetry?

Any negative facts and feelings that abound in the contemporary world and life are an excellent source for poetry inspiration. And, in some ways, this also applies to music. The more stress, the worse the life, but the better the songs. I'm not looking specifically for some sources of my lyrical poetry. I constantly feel the overdose of pain, injustice, suffering, hatred and other things, it fills up my lyrics like a floodwaters.