Mike Antipow, The Vivisectors, Musician: 8th
explore the world of surf rock with the vivisector
himself, Mike Antipow. Mike steps us through his career,
and deep into the world of a vivisector.
begin...I hope I will not disappoint you.
play on my guitar from 13 years old but only now I
can get such a huge audience in internet.
is a Vivisector?
Vivisectors is the one-man-band. First time my "band"
had no name. My wife Lena invented this name. "The
Vivisectors" reflect the meaning of what I do.
Loops , samples, drag-and-drop function,guitar recording
step by step- all of that create music Frankenstain.
It looks like 50- 60- music but not it is. Vivisection
is the meaning of recent life. For all.
C Burnette- this is the style. Coolest drive and perfect
many of them are their in your band?
band consist of 3 members. I am musician. Usually
I play music all day long. I have no time for letters,
connections and send my MP3 stuffs to internet. All
of this and many more does Lena- my wife.
When my computer shut down my elder son Alex reanimate
it. He also create our site. I guess he is genius.
did you guys get your break?
we got two breaks. The first was when we got powerful
486 computer. Unfortunately it does not work. Another
break was we send our music to internet and resive
thousands of audience during the month.
rock is alive now. Surf rock is guitar music. Surf
rock is a reflection of world's beauty.
you do well at music at school or were you up to no
good, like me, instead?
I was bad pupil. And not only at music lessons.
the b-grade movie connection?
is a real art it must be. Such a characters, such
a heroes! Children's nightmare naive art.
was your biggest hit?
with the most of our audience like Africa, Scary Song
and Mom Blues but I think our biggest hit is in the
your studio like?
our living room. We live in studio or work at living
many gigs do you get?
one. I have no another musicians who thinks like me.
I don't want to play with guys who want to make their
are your main performers?
a typical day for you?
day I work as a singer in the funeral home. Afternoons
I play in my home studio. At night Lena connect to
internet and promote our stuffs.
is your creative genius?
Antipow- me :-)
you met any of your surf rock inspirations like Dale
was one man in my life who was my teacher. He played
in the dance halls and at the streets. I guess he
gave me dharma. This men died poor and unknown but
he was great musician. I heard his sounds in guitars
of Dale and Burnette.
have you traveled, and tell us some tales from the
like extreme tracking in the woods like "Blair
Witch Project" :-) And once upon a time Mike
the flying saucer.
is indy rock the best, and what's your thoughts on
the majors (big 5 record labels)?
If the manager of major label comes to me and suggest
to be a signed artist- I'll think "he is the
devil" Mike: If the manager of indy label comes
to me (or I come to him)- I'll think "he is the
Seriously indy music is the best because it is making
by the musicians. The music on the major
labels is done by producers, directors, managers etc.
Not the musicians.
does the internet help you reach the right audience?
internet helps us to reach the right audience. I play
music, resample it to MP3 and anyone can listen it
for free. It's cool. Today I can compose the stuff,record
it. Tomorrow you can hear it and say to me what are
you thinking about it. I get feedback, I get my satisfaction.
All we need is to let some resources (like
the Australian surf rock resource) add us to their
are your current projects?
current project is "The Fabulous John Doe"
album. It will be surf rock as usually but we want
to do it more melodical and better sound
will save the world!!! (paraphrase from Dostoevsky).
plans to come to Australia, and no, I'm not a rock
promoter, but I deal with some. (see the interviews
Australia is the great country. Of course we are glad
for your proposition. Thanks. But The Vivisectors
for interview experience. It was very interesting
work. Your questions are beautiful and professional.
09.09.03- 09.14.03 we have our trip to the deep wood.
Send us e-mail September 8 or after September 14.
Best regards The Vivisectors.
note: How cool was that! Listen to that sound baby.
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