BARDAK is a really cool band that I just recently gotten to know. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-Well, we founded that in our music the message should be as clear as possible. For that reason we changed our music a lot – it became more powerful, it got much more drive and I’m sure that our listeners are understanding us better that way. And now we want to return the great early times when Russian rock was a real power in our society.

Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-Moscow, the city where I come from, is a pretty cool place. But we like very much musicians coming from some small towns. It’s much harder to make music there, so we respect them for doing it.

When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-We go forward anyway. Our new album will be different – for sure. But of course it will be a Bardak album, I have no doubt in it. That comes organic. If you try to do something artificial, people hear it and it’s not good. Rockers should be honest to their fans and to themselves – this way it will be pretty easy to make some great album.

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-Oh, that’s pretty easy – you take some Joe Cocker’s or Johny Cash song and just write Russian lyrics for it. Joke. There’re many ways to make something cool, but the biggest challenge is to finish the record. Sometimes you read some rock-n-roll memories such as The Life by Keith Richards or Please kill me and there they write: We had only 3 days to create our new album! And you think: you are really lucky motherfuckers, in 2018 that doesn’t work at all! You can spent months in the studio and it will be still half-ready.

I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-Nooooo actually we aren’t such a perfectionists! I guess we never record anything if we go analog, that’s too complex for us. Although you can make really old-school sound if you use an old-school technologies, we prefer to mix them, that’s easier.

What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-That’s great! An impression of a huge work finished, and that’s really cool. The only thought in mind: Yes, we did it! At very that moment you don’t care about other people a lot.

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-In Russian rock lyrics are extremely important. You have fast no chance if your songs are senceless, so we have no other way. We promote traditional rock-n-roll values, freedom of mind at first.

Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-For me too! That’s why we have a designer who makes all the arts for us. It’s very important, I agree.

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Yeah, sure. People start to sing your songs with you, that supports us very much. In some small cities they learn our lyrics by hard even if we go there for a first time – that’s really cool feeling that they love our music! Nothing to compare with it.

What do you see in the future?
-Success. World tours and stadiums. And a plenty of new great music!

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