Taya, 18

What were you just listening to?
I was listening to The Doors.

Listen: “Riders on the Storm,” The Doors


A lot of people learn about certain classic rock bands through their parents. How did you start listening to The Doors?
My grandfather was always a big fan of The Beatles, so I was listening to them since childhood. As I got older, I just wanted to know more about rock music from that time. I just started searching around for different musicians.

Is that mainly what you listen to?
Oh no — right now, what comes to mind is The XX, Crystal Castles, Laura Marling — she's a folk singer. She's nice. Bat for Lashes as well.

Do have a guilty pleasure?
Probably Rihanna. I love her new song, "You Da One." It's so catchy.

Listen: "You Da One," Rihanna


What is the best concert you've ever been to?
My favorite concert was an Odd Future concert in San Francisco.

You like Odd Future? I didn’t expect that!
Yeah, I guess that's another guilty pleasure. The show was really fun; it was my first rap concert experience. It was pretty tough — a lot of people were slamming into me. At a point I just thought, "Oh my God, please don't hit me." I was with my friend. I had just moved to the U.S. from Moscow to study, so I didn't have many friends at the time. It was a really crazy show.

Listen: “Yonkers” Tyler the Creator


Do you listen to a lot of Russian music?
No, I don't. I listen to some bands, but not a lot. There's one band from the '90s that I like, a rock band, but other than that, no.

Is there a big difference between contemporary Russian music and U.S. music?
Oh yeah, of course. It's a really big difference. I don't really like modern Russian music. The singers are all pretty poor and the lyrics are stupid.

If you could go back in time and see one classic rock band play live, who would you choose?
Probably The Doors. Jim Morrison was really hot.


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Commentarium (12 Comments)

Mar 30 12 - 2:43am

This should become a regular segment!

Mar 30 12 - 10:15am

I would love to see this be a regular thing - and then see a woman say she's listening to Rush.

Mar 30 12 - 11:04am

Matt...is adorable. That is all.

Mar 30 12 - 6:10pm

It IS a regular thing! http://www.nerve.com/music/what-are-you-listening-to

Enjoy! :)

Mar 30 12 - 11:16pm

Nice people, godawful music. That's always the case at the office or on blind dates.

Mar 31 12 - 3:24am
Cultured Euro Gal

It's a problem that Taya was not asked to name the Russian band(s) she does like (because, clearly, it would be lost on everybody, I guess the thinking went...they could not possibly have an international audience, and Nerve cannot have a Russian audience, right?) -- and that's a major, major oversight on the part of the interviewer and editors. What's also sad is that all of one artist mentioned is un-mainstream enough to be unfamiliar to most people. I wish more of my fellow New Yorkers were cooler.

Apr 01 12 - 6:40am

I hate it when people say "it's a folk artist".

Apr 01 12 - 11:41am

An entire page of a guy saying he likes jay z, kanye, and biggie? Let me guess, he enjoys nas and tupac too? I suppose it could be worse ("yeah, i just like creed, nickelback, staind, puddle of mudd, and linkin park mostly. Oh, have you heard of daughtry?"), but it still sucks. I love this site and read all the content here I can, but please interview more interesting people!

Apr 01 12 - 11:42am
abledma actors

Boring-looking white dude listens to Jay-Z and John Mayer, and actually utters the word "cray" = AUTOMATIC FAIL.

Apr 01 12 - 8:06pm

Christ on a bike. How old am I that Biggie is "old school"? They played that at house parties when I was a teenager. I thought Grandmaster Flash and Run DMC were old school.

On the other hand, as abledma actors has rightly pointed out that guy likes John Mayer and used the word "cray", so maybe I'm right and he should have his genitals confiscated.

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