The Vladivostok ensemble Mumiy Troll were Russia's greatest rock band of the '90s, remained relevant in the 2000s, and are now national treasures.The band's frontman Ilya Lagutenko connects this ongoing trajectory to his hometown - and Pacific port - of Vladivostok. He views that location as a logical place from which to develop new social, commercial, and cultural connections to the "unknown" realms of Asia in 2016. Vladivostok, after all, is significantly closer to the industrial centers of Asia than to any European nation.
And so Lagutenko contends: "We need to study the languages of our neighbors. We should better understand the art of interaction - or diplomacy - on an individual level. The wider and deeper our connections, the better. We should think seriously about sending parties of young musicians, artists, designers, and entrepreneurs to the New Asia."
The damage done by piracy has decentered the music industry; it's time to reconsider how sounds could - and should - be mapped globally. Today's pirates therefore set off with a handful of flags and plenty of hope.