Monday, July 07, 2014
Seven questions with … Vitaly Beskrovny
Vitaly Beskrovny is a musician who deserves more attention, certainly more attention from me. His compositions are modern, minimal and delightfully neo-classical; he plays the piano with such finesse and an understated touch that is both elegant and expressive.
I recently got the opportunity to pose my seven questions to him ... this is what he had to say.
1) Who are you and what do you do?
I am Vitaly Beskrovny, from Novomoskovsk, Ukraine. I have loved listening to music since my childhood, because my father was a music lover and had a collection of old reels and tapes. I became interested in composing music in 2004, as soon as we had a personal computer at home, and I first became acquainted with the music sequencer (then it was FL Studio). I love listening to music of all genres, although in my heart there is place for only one song (“Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven) and one musical instrument – the piano. I am studying piano at home (I have no musical education) and at the same time compose melodies that were previously on my music sequencer, and which now I translate into a minimalist piano sound. So, I am listener and a student.
2) What are you working on at the moment?
I am composing some new songs for the piano. Once I have finished the material, I will think about how to record it.
3) Who inspires you?
- Name an artist who has inspired you.
Ludwig Van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Yann Tiersen, Max Richter, Philip Glass, Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, and many more great artists
- Name place that has inspired you.
My living room
- Name some “thing” that has inspired you/
Love, friendship, books, and, of course, music!
4) What drives you to do what you do?
I can’t explain it. I consider myself an amateur, because I just do what I like doing. I like to listen to the music, playing the piano, writing/composing, and enjoy doing what I like :)
5) What values do you wish your creativity to express?
Each song is part of the emotions, events, and/or stories from my life. I just write “musical stories” and share them.
6) What role does community play in what you do?
A very important role. With the help of social networks has become possible to find like-minded people: creative people, interesting people who are interested in listening to you and that can inspire you to create something. For people like me, with a family and circle of friends who are not like-minded (musicians, writers, etc.), social networks and the Internet have a very important role in the formation of my personality.
7) What is next for what you do?
I come home from work, sit down at the piano and play, play, play. Who knows, maybe something will come of it ...
My thanks to Hayden from Preserved Sound for facilitating this interview. I have embedded Beskrovny's music from Preserved Sound for your listening experience ... if it is something you like, please support both the artist and the label.
--- I also include "Highway", Beskrovny's release on Twice Removed: