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Babylonians of the New Age

What happens if you put a jazz vocalist, a heavy metal bassist, a club DJ and a masked percussionist together in a room for a few hours? There is no fancy punch line coming. The answer lies in the common language these four communicate in music. With that common language they created The Hardkiss.
Yulia Sanina, Val, Max and Kreechy started fast and furious.


Becoming a sensation almost as soon as their first debut hit Babylon was released this September, they quickly found themselves playing huge events like Ukraines MTV Video Awards, warming up for Hurts and of course playing our birthday party, all within the span of just a couple of months. As newbies to the massive market of music, The Hardkiss has planted one juicy big one all over Kyiv. We for one are eager for more. 

The Common Thread
Knocking on our office door, only half of The Hardkiss core members, Yulia and Val, arrive one balmy December afternoon. I am disappointed the masked madman, Kreechy, has not accompanied. I was kind of hoping to get behind the rational of the disguise. But c'est la vie. The one character I wasnt expecting was their manager, Volodymr, who takes a seat as far from me as possible. He acts as though hes not going to get involved in our little chat, which is funny because I ask one question and hes already cutting in. Yulia displays the tough little chickie she is immediately, however, and tells him to put a sock   in it.   
The question that has sparked such a reaction revolves around the bands beginnings. Yulia answers honestly. This does require clarification. There was a project called Val and Sanina, which has nothing to do with our current band. People still confuse the two, even though what we were doing back then was very different. We tried, unsuccessfully, to combine Russian lyrics with dance music, and even shot a video. The problem was that we had both been brought up on Western music and that was where our hearts were. We decided to drop it and start anew.
Even before this first project went south, however, theirs was a relationship made of Hollywood movies. Val had just returned from the UK working as a producer on a music channel. Yulia was a young journalist wanting an interview for her school paper. They had a special connection, of which music was the common thread. 

The Implications of Diversity
Even still, it was an interesting correlation. Yulia had been raised on jazz and performed hundreds of times throughout her childhood. Val had been producing and was fascinated by rock (as evidenced by his two earrings and rugged appearance). My first favourite band was Depeche Mode," says the hard-core musician.  "My parents even have a video of me dancing to the music. Later on, I started listening to Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson and Slip Knot." 
In comparison, Yulias musical icons George Benson, Betty Ostin and Diana Krall were a little less rough around the edges. But this is perhaps where the groups strength lies. Adding yet another layer, Max is the groups DJ. With a massive affinity for Dub Step and Break Beat, he ensures all of thier tunes include a proper progressive rhythm.
Interestingly enough, Kreechy has been left out of all conversation up to this point. I ask why. Kreechy doesnt want any publicity because of some personal issues. We respect his request. And yet, his image suits the overall image of the band perfectly! 
In spite of or perhpas due to the huge diversity in musical tastes, the band has created a sound many critics are calling very European. With an open-door policy when it comes to ideas, Yulia says, The very name of the band, The Hardkiss, implicates this diversity. It is a mix of something soft, tender, sweet and melodic together with a hard beat and great drive. 

Step by Step
As a combination of all of their interests jazz, rock, house, etc their music is impressive. But thats not the only thing audiences seem to be impressed with. Whether its the masked madman Kreechy, the funky hairstyles Yulia seems so keen on, Vals striking look, or the DJ dude behind the turntable, their image is every bit as important as their music. Its something the bands stylist and hair guru, Slava Chaika and Vitaliy Datsyuk respectively, really appreciate, and Yulia says its one of the reasons they sound and look so different. 
Continuing on down their own path toward a future that screams popularity, the group says their new album is on its way shortly. Ditching the idea of digital, theyd love to go vinyl. But thats not such an easy decision. If we want a Grammy then well need a CD. But I personally prefer the sound of analog. And then of course, this is the era of the internet, which is a powerful musical tool as well, says Val. While Babylon was the first track released via the World Wide Web, Yulia says their first debut Dance With Me will be out very soon. With a couple of acoustic variations, as well as a video, we are doing everything step by step. Its something that seems to have worked for them so far. 

Vadym Mishkoriz


v.flinta | 22.12.2011 21:23