Igor FLY Mukhin from Flymore on music, America and more…

Igor FLY Mukhin, a leader for the nu metal band Flymore, speaks about nu metal life on the other side of the Globe. The Flymore band was formed in Russia in 2008. The fist LP is Millenium IV V, distributed by the Right Recordings (Great Britain) in UK & Europe. Now Flymore works on its second LP. It is questioning the topic of Funerals of Nu Metal, pushed some time ago by Australian RoadRunner Records. The first part of the album was recorded in Moscow (Russia) and mixed&mastered by sound producer Beau Hill (USA). The second part will be fully produced in USA. Igor FLY compares his nu metal experiences in Russia and USA. - How big is a community of Nu Metal bands in Russia? Is it stronger then another metal genres or, vice versa, less popular? - Definitely, there are Nu Metal bands in Russia, but not so many if to be honest, especially if we say about a good quality stuff. Nu Metal is a kind of subculture in Russia or, even, counterculture. No one would say the genre is a popular one in Russia today, and despite there are a number of bands playing nu metal in small cities around their local clubs time to time, you cannot really follow them since communication is very restricted. I guess Metalcore is much more popular there. Yong Russian people like it much more. - Do you have many metal events in Russia and what are they look like? - I’ll say again nu metal in Russia is a subculture, that is why not a lot is happening around. We don’t have big festivals or other kinds of events. Mostly they are a kind of small jams or “parties” in genre, held by musicians themselves. And even less of solo concerts musicians have. We don’t have such a big events like The Ernie Ball Warped Tour Battle of the Bands or even smaller in Russia. - How big the audience is? Do many people come to see gigs? - The audience is as essential as bands are, it’s in direct ratio. A lot of people do come to the shows of world famous foreign nu metal stars, of cause, but local bands have big problems when trying to sell their tickets. - What promoting and talent booking agencies do for a profit? - I don’t know such agencies working with nu metal in Russia, lol 😉 . If to speak in general, they deal with foreign stars who may cause some profit for them, you know… - Is that why bands dream to realize themselves in Europe and USA? And which regions are most interesting to the Russian musicians? - The answer is obvious. Yes, it is. People desist from concerts so musicians are not eager to develop the style… There are enthusiasts of cause who still try to play a good music, but they are too a few.They think life is different in other places. US is a Motherland of Nu Metal, but Europe is close to homes and transporting is less complicated, so it’s a matter of devotion to the music and your power of Faith – where to present your arts to people. - How do they see the American metal industry from Russia? - Ololo! Very attractive it is. - What did it appear to be when you saw it from inside? - I didn’t have enough time to make any conclusions. We’ll see yet)) - Do you feel any interest to the music from Russia here? Why? - We felt been yet in Russia there was an interest to Flymore’s music here, so we came to our fans to give them some “live”. But we are not a Russian music. We are the Old School Nu Metal. We do not play a so called Russian rock and do not sing songs in Russian. But I can say from my short experience I already have that the Russian rock music, I mean music with Russian lyrics, is of interest to Russian immigrants only, but their children are different already – they are Americans. - What does differ Russian bands and American ones? - The quality of music in the first place. I mean both compositions, presenting and production. Americans are better, not patriotic of me but honest. And a quantity, of cause. Americans are much more. - Do you think it is real for a band from Russia to attract attention here? - I hope it is =) - What do you do to be mentioned and what are nearest perspectives? - We think we are like other bands from around the globe – we have to play gigs, to promote ourselves as others do, to be good for our current and future fans, to do a great music that would be attractive to deal with for big bosses in metal production and promoting. - What is your strategy to promote the band? - It’s a commercial secret =) - Any achievements yet? - Not very much yet. We actually work now to make our start in the legendary Whisky a Go Go. Sure there were a numerous bands who played there and still came nowhere, but we have in mind those who became a real Star. We want to see Flymore in Wikipedia’s list of celebrities who’ve been kicked out to fame with the Whisky A Go Go =).

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