As a direct result of the New York 2020 shutdown, Deep Dive Species emerged.
As though members were located on separate continents, bouncing data back and forth. Logica Abstract and Robotov-Millentrop are only two of Vadim Militsin’s many efforts in the electronic music community.
Sergey Popovich, a guitarist and singer known for a number of projects including Vopli Vodoplyasova, is also a part of this unusual combination.
If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to put together a band like Aquaphilia, you’ve found your answer in this band. “One Hand Clap” a gloomy trip-hop song backed by a David Lynch-esque music video, is the album’s first promotional video and single.
Because it was the album’s first and only track at the time, this video served as a kind of launch pad for the project. Lockdowns that followed hastened or perhaps provoked the release of the record. The record has now been completed, mastered, and made available digitally to the globe.
They spoke at length with Music Arena Gh about their band, ambition, and latest album.
What is your real and official showbiz name?
Vadim: My real name is Vadim Militsin. The project’s name is Deep Dive Species. I do electronics, and the other part of our duo, Sergey Popovich, plays all kinds of guitars.
Sergey: Sergey Popovich.
How long have you been making music and what attracted you to it?
Sergey: Long enough to see several genres emerge and then completely disperse.
Vadim: I’ve been making electronic music for more than 25 years. There is something absolutely magical and mysterious about electronic sound and all those endless creative opportunities which it provides.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
Sergey: My first project was called The Green Horse. It was all an acoustic duo of teenage friends, but we were playing our own stuff right from the start. No covers!
Vadim: It was 1995. My first project was called AUTiSM. My partner in crime and I were playing a simple but programmable Yamaha keyboard and an old analogue synth. I still release music under this moniker.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
Vadim: There were a bunch of bands which suddenly appeared at the same time in the Nineties: FSOL, Autechre, The Orb, Boards of Canada… There was a feeling that this was a real revolution, and I wanted to be a part of it.
Sergey: I was excited about the new-wave and 80th post-punk crowd when I was young. To me, they looked like people from the future, playing their future music. It was a sensation similar to knowing for sure that aliens are amongst us.
What are your friend’s and parents’ thoughts on your career in singing?
Sergey: Many thought that the music I was after was way too strange. That it’s a very niche thing and I would forever have a humble life, from a materialistic perspective.
Vadim: I deeply know, they think I suck at it.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
Sergey: The biggest challenge was to accept that rock-movement have deteriorated and I had to look for a job.
Vadim: The impossibility of rising to the surface in an ocean of diverse and really great music from others.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Vadim: The Internet made it visible to a few. And forgettable for the most.
Sergey: I feel the same as, I suppose, the last of the dinosaurs who did not die immediately after the earth dated with an asteroid.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Sergey: Don’t stop, don’t stop to dance!
What is your current project about?
Vadim: Our latest release is “Aquaphilia” by Deep Dive Species. I really love the album. It’s about everything. It’s 42.
Sergey: It’s a message to the stars: I Am Who I Am.
What does this song mean to you?
Sergey: Better me.
What are your hobbies?
Sergey: Music, guitars, oceans.
Vadim: I grow hallucinogenic mushrooms and I run an imaginary psychedelic toad farm.
What do you do aside from this profession?
Sergey: I’m an A/V specialist and sound engineer.
Vadim: I drink a lot. Thanks for asking.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Sergey: One more time: don’t stop, don’t stop to dance.
Vadim: “Non est ad astra mollis e terris via”.