Having emerged from Moscow’s underground electronic scene, Pavel Milyakov, AKA Buttechno, has become a unique force of nature. His brand of electronic music, combining industrial soundscapes, fidgety beats and trancey synths, defies categorisation. He’s best known for his affiliation with the elusive Moscow creative community ‘Johns Kingdom’, as well as a recent collaboration with fashion heavyweight Gosha Rubchinskiy. However, his music is something of a world within itself, a soundscape for a post-industrial reality with a human voice.
Straight off the inaugural release from Milyakov’s newly forged Rassvet Records, ‘Сxema’ is itself quite different to the rest of his work. Premiering below, its percussive synth line and pacey beat differ from his signature heavy reverb and sparse instrumentation. One mood is organically supplanted by another, as a throbbing ’80s electro beat slots in halfway through the track. The track, part of his collaboration with Rubchinskiy, is testimony to Buttechno’s constant capacity for innovation. We took this as an opportunity to ask him a few questions about his influences, style and working process.
1984 is out October 23rd on Rassvet Records – pre-order the vinyl here.
When did you start making music?
I started making music in 2010, I created a band called Midnite Cobras. We used to play and still play experimental guitar music.
What music influenced you most of all when you were younger?
The music that inspired me when I was young was Grateful Dead, Spacemen 3, Alan Vega, Earth, Zvuki Mu and many others
It seems to me that you can divide ‘Cxema’ into 2 parts: in the middle, a new beat and a new atmosphere takes over. Why did you decide to do this?
About the track — yes, it consists of 2 parts, it is more a jam than arranged session so this transition is natural.
You’re right, the transition feels incredibly organic. Do you often use jamming to create this effect in your tracks?
It depends on the setup, sometimes it’s a jam and sometimes it’s a session.
For me, the word ‘Cxema’ connotes something mechanical, even mathematical… Why did you name the song this?
The song is named that after the coolest party in Kyiv’s underground scene. They are my huge friends and I used to play a lot of their parties so this inspired by this party and people.
Is there a specific synth or equipment that you have used particularly in your songs?
I use a lot of software and hardware to create music, for me it doesn’t really matter, it is just an instrument.
1984 reminds English-speakers of George Orwell’s novel. Why did you name your EP this?
This EP is called 1984 cause actually it s a soundtrack for Gosha Rubchinskiy show where this “1984” title was main. We have this book here in Russia too so for us this title means the same.
Yours and Gosha’s work is a very interesting pairing. It seems to me that he draws heavily from the past, particularly the Soviet era. Is this something you like to do with your music?
Yeah, I dig a lot of Soviet music, theres a huge inspiration and true spirit in there. You can hear it on this release as well, A1 and A2 tracks using samples from tapes with old Soviet rock.
Your music now influences a lot of international artists and is loved by a lot of listeners around the world. Do you still consider yourself a ‘Russian producer’ or an international one? Or something else?
The place I was born and raised inspires me a lot, this land and its energy influence on me and my sound.
What are you planning to do in the near future?
In the near future I’m going to release local talents and my own productions on the RASSVET imprint.