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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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