Originally from the provincial town of Pervomaisk, Russia- Roni Rix was part of the local hip hop scene. After a small musical break and a move to St. Petersburg, techno became the focal point for Roni Rix. However, he does not believe in adhering to genres but focuses on experiment, futurism and sentimentality. In 2019, he began hosting an internet radio show on Radio Record Techno, called “Line Machine”. In St. Petersburg, Roni Rix organized nightly events, both techno parties and a series of drum and bass parties. His newest EP, Angst, is now available on Måinmise Records.
Hi! Thanks for taking time for us at 6AM. This year is almost done, how’s it been so far?
Hello, this year and last year are very ambiguous. But I was deep enough into the constant writing of new material. For example, EP CLXX was released on Ōtomo, where I tried to convey the symbiosis of naive dreams while being in a harsh reality that is trying to break you. And the 5th EP, Angst, released not long ago on Måinmise Records, is eclectic, dynamic and melancholic in my experience.
So to sum up the year, I want my music to develop into something even more interesting, by integrating new aesthetics, moods and unknown sounds. I always want to move forward to try something new that really suits me.
So you’re currently residing in St. Petersburg, Russia. What is the techno scene like in Russia? Is it embraced like it is with many other European countries?
The techno scene is definitely developing. Promo teams appear and disappear just as quickly. There are, of course, veterans of labor- so far you can count on one hand. In any case, this is not yet a European level.
We have music, but there is practically no place for its “demonstration”. There are few long-playing clubs in St. Petersburg.
You’ve had a couple of podcasts such as “Line Machine Podcast” and “Sentimental Podcasts.” What were the main themes/reasons for these podcasts?
Line Machine is a radio show with a specific format of music that was released on St. Petersburg Radio Record twice a month. In this podcast I covered more or less popular music, this was my experience. But I got bored and I closed this gestalt.
The Sentimental Podcast still comes out, a couple of podcasts a year, this is my audio diary of emotions, nostalgia and sentimentality.
These two podcasts are diametrically opposed to each other, and carry different emotions and energies.
“…I want my music to develop into something even more interesting, by integrating new aesthetics, moods and unknown sounds. I always want to move forward to try something new that really suits me.”
Roni Rix on his musical development
How have they served your artist project and listeners both in regards to musical expression and (self) promotion?
All this is personal experience and development. The Line Machine, for example, helped me understand the structure on the radio and gain a little more listeners. Guest podcasts and Sentimental episodes speak more about self-expression. I would like to think that listeners enjoy immersing themselves in music and being in a state of peace and creating their own alternative worlds. I’m not particularly good at advertising, but I try to learn this skill from the best.
Do you have any other current podcasts/projects or plan on doing more in the future?
I made a short pause and now the process of producing new material has started. Every day I master new sounds, and of course the most important project is still Roni Rix. There were impulses to make another project with more calm, ambient vibes.
So far I have decided to concentrate on this project, perhaps in the future I will implement this idea. Also now I am engaged in sound design for short films, animations. I am gaining experience and collecting a portfolio, this is a very exciting time.
I continue to live my dream. It is most important.
“I would like to think that listeners enjoy immersing themselves in music and being in a state of peace and creating their own alternative worlds.”
Roni Rix on his podcasts
What is the meaning behind your artist name and why is it significant to you/what does it express about you and your art?
My nickname carries echoes of the past associated with hip-hop. It also says that this man is a hermit in techno, which in fact describes me like that. I don’t need a lot of communication with people, and I’m the most comfortable to be an introvert. The path of a musician is lonely.
“I continue to live my dream. It is most important.”
Roni Rix stays true to himself.
You have on your description on SoundCloud, that you adhere to no restrictions of genres. Why is that important to you and to make it the main theme of your project rather than have projects where the genre is well defined?
I’m a researcher at heart and I think the path to discovery is too exciting. There is a very wide variety of music with which I have been in close relationships at different stages of my life. But of course, it is important that there is a certain connection between all the tracks.
The basic foundation in my music is still techno, everything else is the superstructure.
Anything else you’d like to add before we sign off?
Listen to my new EP Angst. Thank you for giving a little insight into my motives and for the great questions.