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February 16, 2012
Valera Polyakov and Stas Belous unite the indie rock scene of Moscow
- Text by Kristina Voytovich
The Moscow-based band Mosst aims to build a solid bridge between them and the audience with their music. Playing the rythmic and playful mix of indie rock, jazz and funk, the band actively performs in different clubs and cafes. Next Sunday sees a show at the Squat Cafe.
Satellite Voices: How and when was the band formed?
Valera Polyakov and Stas Belous: We started to write songs and work together in late 2009. Before that we played in other bands but it was an entirely different sound. The final band composition was formed only by fall 2011, when we invited the bass guitar player Stas Saveliev and the drummer Anton Zaslonko to join in. This was also when we started doing gigs with both electric and acoustic programs.
SV: What’s the story behind the name?
Valera Polyakov and Stas Belous: The name "Mosst" came up in 2011. It is associated with the Russian word most (bridge), which symbolizes our aim to connect the audience with our music.
SV: Tell us about your music and songs?
Valera Polyakov and Stas Belous: First of all, it's indie rock, which we mix with the elements of funk and jazz. However we have also have a thing for enjoyable dance music. We write the songs about the things that are close and important to us. Most of our songs are rhythmic and light.
SV: How does it feel to be an emerging band in Moscow?
Valera Polyakov and Stas Belous: We do not think that emerging bands feel different in Moscow than anywhere else. You need to invest a lot of time and efforts. Fortunately, there are lots of opportunities for musicians here. The main thing is to have a desire.
SV: What are you listening to lately?
Valera Polyakov and Stas Belous: It’s great that we listen to very different music. We love the old school bands such as The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, and the modern ones like Kasabian, The Kooks, Oasis and Jamiroquai. Speaking of Russian bands, we would recommend on checking out Tesla Boy, Pompeya, Arcus Superior and On-the-Go.
SV: What do you think the secret of a good song is ?
Valera Polyakov and Stas Belous: The most important thing is to be honest and sincere. There are no other secrets. The thing is whether we like the song ourselves or not. People feel the insincerety. Nobody likes flimsy things and we are not an exception.
SV: What are your future plans?
Valera Polyakov and Stas Belous: We are trying to play live as possible in Moscow. We are working hard on a new material. In the near future, we will start recording our EP. Of course, the start is always difficult but to do what you really like is always cool. The rest does not really matter.
Mosst plays on February 26 at the Squat Cafe @
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