Mujuice - Dope Moscow

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Mujuice holds that mass culture gobbles up the best underground music in Russia. It reheats, distributes, and devalues it. I'm not being dramatic, though. Quite the opposite; it's actually a good thing. It enables a process of rotation to occur within underground music and stops it becoming the very [conservative] thing it opposes."

He then ponders the overwhelming amount of overfunded, superficial nonsense on Russian primetime television––in particular within music programming. "That's just a sign of structural problems in the market. They're not working as they should. There have to be some connections or other [between primetime and underground strata of music-making]. Only then will you encounter a certain amount of trash, a certain number of interesting mistakes, and a certain number of pearls––et cetera."

Put differently, there is perhaps a possibility that market conditions will improve, in which case a positive dialog would commence between primetime and experimental performers. Each would be aware of the other, and maybe even enjoy fairer access to national media. And so hope endures, albeit on a low level, in the discussion of music.



from FFM Festival Compilation 2016, released October 29, 2016



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