By Staff on October 9, 2013
For this special Culture Collide issue of the Guide, we asked some of the artists playing our festival to share some of their American tales with us.
Up Next, Russia's Mumiy Troll discuss their first US performance, Coca-Cola and Mutemath.
What was your first experience onstage in front of an American audience like?
Our first gig in the US was to play some Russian party at some very strange banquet hall in Brooklyn that turned into a nightclub for one night only. NYC is full of Russians, so it was not very different from playing at home. Since then, we’ve played club gigs all over the country; the most memorable was Pontiac where we played a tiny venue next door to a hip-hop party and Dinosaur Jr. gig. So we had a dozen curious people who took the wrong door and stayed, realizing that our performance was much more exciting.
Have you ever bought anything here that you can’t buy at home?
Almost all our gear, including flight cases and guitar picks, have been purchased here. It’s simply cheaper than at home and anywhere in Europe. And it is tax-free in Oregon. I recommend it to everyone.
Have you found anything in America that surprised you pleasantly?
Musicians in general have a much more developed sense of camaraderie [here] than back home. I met a lot of cool people along the road who were willing to help and ready to work very, very hard just for the chance to stay with music. It’s inspiring.
What American stereotypes have you found to be true or false?
The tastiest Coca-Cola does not have an American origin—it’s bottled in Mexico.
Were you able to see many American bands in the States while you were here?
One of the best shows I saw in the States was Mutemath. They are really a great modern band. I wish they were known more outside the US.
What are you looking forward to most about Culture Collide?
To meet co-minded performers from all over the world. To discover my next favorite band and invite them to join us on a Russian tour.
Make sure to catch Mumiy Troll at the Church at 10:00pm on Thursday October 10th and at The World Stage at 5:40pm Saturday October 12th.