In 'We Breathe Like One', Slava Prox shows us how complete of an artist he is. This Russian musician creates its music from A to Z, and ends up delivering a strong album, mixing hip-hop, pop and rock. Discover his solid work and get to know him through this interview!
Can you introduce yourself ?
Thank you for your interest! My real name is Vyacheslav Charikov (26 years old). I am a musician from Russia. I have been studying music since I was a child. My parents sent me to piano classes. My father used to be a musician himself and we had some musical instruments at home such as a drum-machine, a YAMAHA synthesizer, an acoustic guitar and a piano of course. I have always had a fever for the percussions. As most of all, I wanted to compose songs so I learned the ropes and started to play those instruments and write lyrics.
For how long have you been an artist ? When did you begin?
I have been gaining experience since 2005, writing songs, and I have produced the first album by 2008. There were 19 tracks in it. Then I published an album “My dream” in 2010 , “NiNo” in 2011 and “We breathe like one” in 2012. My new album “Infinity” is going to be released in March 2014.
You are a singer, but also a musician, writer, composer and sound engineer. When you make a song, do you do everything yourself ? Is it important for you to have this kind of control?
Absolutely! It is very important to keep everything under control. It is only me who knows how to make it sound. Those days my studio suffered from the lack of money, as well as from the lack of experience, which was why I was reading a lot, I was making attempts and learned from my own mistakes.
Do you have a specific creative process when making a song?
There is no specific approach. Sometimes lyrics come first. But more often I just play the music and as soon as I get to know that I like what I do then I bring it along to the ready-made version.
The musical style that we can hear on ‘We breathe like one’ is hip-hop mixed with pop and rock sounds. How did you come up with that genre?
I didn’t come up with it. As I said before, I have always had a passion for percussions. For example, while playing synthesizer in a rock-band I always missed the broken beat, like in hip-hop, and I craved for drive and intensity in sweet pop-melodies. So I took everything I liked from different music styles and mixed them up in my music.
About the lyrics: do you write all your lyrics ? What do you mostly write about ?
All lyrics are written by me. Almost all of them are about love and taken from my own live experience.
This album contains 19 songs. Are they all new songs, or did you include some previous work?
Yes, “We breathe like one” includes a lot of my previous songs. It is a compilation of my favorite songs.
Is there a specific message you would like to convey with this album?
The main message of this album is Love. Love in its various manifestations. It is about sadness, happiness. I am for the peace in the whole world. After listening to my album people may say, - “We’ve been there”, so it’s there’s nothing to be afraid of, I am not alone."
What is the last album that you have listened to?
I have a collection of Infected Mushroom songs. That was the last music I listened to, as well as Eminem’s album - The Marshall Mathers LP2.
What are your musical influences?
I have been being influenced by the Russian singer Grigoriy Leps for a long time.
If you had to describe your music in just 5 words, what would they be ?
Kind, energetic, romantic, real, yours.