Interview by Annalee
They come from Minsk, Belarus, just over 400 miles
from Moscow. Egor Kunovsky and Denis "C4" Korabkov,
met when Denis used to play guitar with a local psychedelic
reggae band and in 2000, they teamed up as Dreamlin.
Their music was an instant phenomena, taking off in
several underground films and videos worldwide. They
also hit the #1 artist spot at Ampcast in the summer
In 2002 Dreamlin started playing live and soon became
the most requested electronic act in the country.
Their constant love of mixing electronic and live
instruments brought on stage people who played guitars,
drums and electronic drums, flute, all kinds of percussion
and a vocalist. By 2004, Egor was playing most of
the gigs together with multi-instrumentalist Andrey
Karpovich, while Denis focused on working in the studio.
Their collaborations do not just include local live
musicians. The geography of people who have worked
with Dreamlin spreads from Finland to Hawaii. Egor's
activity is not limited to recording and playing his
own music. He also DJs, organizes and promotes parties,
festivals and bookings of live acts and DJs in Minsk,
runs a record label and promotions website Electrokids.org
at http://english.electrokids.org), writes lyrics,
and does his best to promote electronic music from
We still have not touched on one of the main questions
that a listener would ask: what is the style of the
music that Dreamlin produces? We have a reason for
that as the style is not limited to a genre or two,
no matter that on most flyers Dreamlin is listed as
downtempo, you can hear almost any kind of electronic
music except trance in their sets. All kinds of broken
beats are preferred, but mellow, chill-out house tunes
are also quite likely to be heard.
Interview with Egor of Dreamlin
Born: January 31, 1980
Years spinning: Not sure really, been DJing back
in high school at school parties, then paused for
a couple of years, then I guess, nonstop since 1998.
Music types: Lounge and Downtempo, Nu-Breaks, Funky
Breaks, Breakbeat, Bastard Pop,Mash-Ups, Latin and
Vocal Drum'n'Bass, Electro
When it comes to producing our own music, it's: Fugees, FatBoy Slim, 9 lazy
9, Manu Chao, U. N. K.L.E., MeatBeat Manifesto, dj Shadow, and Beastie Boys.
And Norman Cook when it comes to DJing. The latest discoveries in the world
of DJing for me where Ramilson Maia (Brasil) and The Phat Conductor
How did you get started?
Well, there has always been some music that came out of my head. It just
took me some time before I had a PC that could be used as the studio at home
and before I made friends with all the people who could help me when I did
not know anything or could not do something myself. I guess it's not how did
I get started, but why on Earth I did not do that earlier.
What was the 1st record you ever bought?
Snow - 12 Inches of Snow.
What/Where was your 1st gig?
I started DJing at the holiday parties in high school, but I would not call
that "my gigs", as there where several people we did this parties with,
everyone spinned blocks of several tracks each, and had we were mostly
having fun than actually DJing. Then the first real gig, with our own music
was some evening chill-out party at a restaurant "Amadeus" here in Minsk. I
had a terrible fever then, so I was not strong enough to stay at the party
after the set ended. My family, they said I should not even go there, but
well, it was
a real breakthrough for me, I could not just stay at home. The party and
the gig was quite aright, people said.
Do you currently have any residencies?
Used to be a resident in the New Club in Minsk till this June, when the
club got closed due to the problems with the local authorities. Anyway it's
summer pause now, time for open-airs and closed small parties. I'm also
involved with a promo-group called Electrokids, means I play or most parties
we organize. It's in different places around the city at least every 2
Do you currently have any albums out?
Yes, a small run of our album was released this winter in Belarus and it's
going to be re-released in Moscow in a few weeks,
as soon as we finally decide on the design of the
CD cover that will be a bit different for the Moscow
Are you in the studio now, do we have anything to
look forward to in the near future, maybe some collaboration
with someone else?
In fact I have not produced anything in the last
half a year, was too busy with other things, including
promotion and managing the small label I run. Plus
my computer desperately needed an upgrade. As my studio
is computer based, it matters. The last things done
music-wise are not supposed to be recorded in the
nearest future, as they involve another guy playing
guitar live during the sets and I guess we still need
to test it on the audience a lot before it can be
released. The other thing on the to-do list, we have
made a collaboration project with the other artist,
who normally produces experimental music under the
name H.H.T.P. This new project of ours, for which
we do not have a name yet, is experimental IDM-like
hip-hop produced by him and me rapping over it. We
even had a live show with it on a festival here once,
what remains is to get the voice recorded, been trying
to find time for that for a couple of months already.
Do you have radio stations that play electronic
music where you live? If you do, how do you think
it effects the scene?
We do not seem to have techno on the radio here in Belarus, it's mostly
pure pop music, but I believe if we had it here it would be good for the
What type of music do you listen to when you are not spinning?
Well, I was not that aware of it myself before, but recently I have
installed a special piece of software that gives statistics on what
music gets played on my computer, and it says that I'm mostly listening to
dub and reggae.
Have you ever worked on a Movie Soundtrack?
He had our music used in independent movies and movies made for
festivals, but have never created anything especially for the movies. We
just gave permission to use the existing music. And I still have not seen
all of these movies. Either I was too lazy or the guys who made them finally
forgot to send us the copy.
Do any favorite moments in your career come to mind?
I always tend to think that the most exciting moments are to come. No
particular past event can be as thrilling as what will come tomorrow. And no
particular gig or event lasts in memory for long, unless it was something
that happened for the first time. I guess I would never forget things like
the first radioplay of our music, or the first person half the planet away
coming to my ICQ saying that he has bought a compilation CD with our track
on it and liked it.
In the many places you have performed, which venue is your most
I guess I would like to return to Griboedov, it's a small club in
Saint-Petersburg, Russia. No use recalling the best places here in Minsk,
as they close way too often here.
How has your creativity changed over the last few years? Do you tend to
stay with your own styles/ideas or do you allow the mainstream to influence
you and your work?
It's not really a mainstream influence, it's the way the impact from the
audience influences you. As we have started with almost chill-out music and
only a few things you can dance to, almost at once as we started playing our
music live, not just producing it in the studio, we could see more reaction
during the danceable tracks, and, whether we really wanted it or not, we
started to make more dancefloor-friendly music. This might as well be
described as mainstream influence if you do not know that has really caused
Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
Can I limit it to 5 years for now, because as I see the way things
changed in the last 2 years, in 10 years I can be absolutely anywhere.
What would you be doing right now if you never bought that 1st record and
became a DJ?
I'm not limiting my activities to djing or producing my own music, I also
run a small label and a small mail-order, I'm freelancing as a
journalist and do some web-development from time to time. I know several
languages, means I can translate, and I have a diploma of teacher of Spanish
and English, and I always can do some design or writing for money, so I
guess I would be doing all of these things at once, as I do now.
Last question... What, in your opinion, is the
greatest aspect of being a DJ?
You always are in search for something new, new music, new people, new
places. And you always have some new music to surprise people with.