Ready in LED has an honest and sincere career. Her musical selection and her good judgment have crossed borders. The productions of this singular artist are a powerful statement, emblematic of her unfettered approach to music.
We took the opportunity to interview her.
Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music? Was it all internet based?
Recently, the Wikipedia administration turned down a guy who wanted to make a wiki page with my bio. They say that I am not yet a famous artist enough to have my own page. Well, now I have to explain every time who I am and where I come from. I’m kidding, of course! I am from a small village in the south of Ukraine. From the age of 6 I have been studying music. First, at a special music school by Stolyarskiy in Odessa, then at the Institute of Music in Kiev. Music theory, vocals, piano. At the age of 19 I joined the Gorchitza band. At that time they were very popular in Ukraine. They played disco funk, something like Moloko or Brand New Heavies. The frontwoman Alloise decided to start a solo career, and they took me instead. I just sang their songs, did not dare to prove myself as a songwriter. After that there was a duo DVOE, where I already wrote lyrics and music. We played house, future garage, performed as the opening act for GusGus a couple of times.
Then I was looking for my own path for some time and felt that disco, italo, synthwave suits me best.
This is how Ready in LED was born.
Who have been your main inspirations (both musical and in “life”)? And how have they affected your sound?
While working on my debut mini-album, I listened to a huge amount of different music. I love creating inspirational playlists. Sometimes my manager, Alex, makes them. In the past, he was an excellent DJ. These playlists are kind of like the fulcrum that I use before writing my new track. But I don’t think there are specific songs that can be called accurate references for my work. I am rather inspired by individual elements. When it comes to vocals, I learned a lot from the Imagination album – «In The Heat of the Night». As an academically trained musician, I want to do disco with interesting, complex melodies and harmonies. In this sense, my reference is Brian Bennett’s album «Voyage (A Journey Into Discoid Funk)».
How would you define your sound?
I’m still looking for my own sound. My first Unreal EP release was pretty solid. This is italo disco, cosmic, a little synthwave. Dance music that has both joy and melancholy. But in future releases I will reveal myself in a new way. There are several featureings ahead with different sound producers, where I only sing and they make music. These will be very different tracks – from dark electro, where I want to sing like Depeche Mode or Nine Inch Nails, to gentle slow motion disco in the spirit of Satin Jackets, where you don’t even have to sing, but just sigh sexually (laughs). I am now also inspired by the early trance that Roza Terenzi is reviving. And psychedelic pop. Therefore, I do not yet know where it will take me next. But I can say for sure that you will never hear techno from me! I am 100% sure of this.
How has your sound evolved so far?
Right now I have finished the guest mix for 1BTN Radio. I think it will appear on my Soundcloud page next week. It is inspired not by the 80s, but by the first half of the 90s. There is trance, ambient house and even a little breakbeat. The mix contains releases from 1990-1993 and brand new tracks.
Today I find many young, amazing artists at Bandcamp who are inspired by the rave euphoria of the past. They work in styles that were never considered cool or trendy. Psy-trance, atmospheric breakbeat, progressive house. A little acid, a little new age. But they mix it all together in such a way that it sounds wildly fresh and original. Roland Tings, Bliss Inc., Earth Trax, Baril, Radiant Love label from Berlin. In this mix I will talk a lot about all these guys. Be sure to listen to it!
How are you living the current situation because of COVID? Has your work affected you a lot? Do you think there is hope? I feel like the underground scene will continue to persist.
Last year was the hardest year of my life. And I see that it was very difficult for my team too. They don’t complain, but their faces show weariness and sadness. Of course, now many people find it difficult financially. Music, cinema, sports, tourism, restaurants – these areas have been particularly affected.
But for artists, the most difficult thing is to continue to create, to look for inspiration at a time when you have absolutely no new impressions. Google Maps sent me a list of places I’ve visited in the last year by email. There is only the house, the studio and the coffee shop. No travel, meeting, adventures. But I can’t sing about it. I have to create amazing worlds in my songs. This is not a simple task.
You’re talking about the underground scene. Yes, of course it will. Now that things are starting to gradually recover, the quickest to return are small parties with DJs or chamber concerts in clubs or bars. At the same time, big artists who go on world tours or gather stadiums will take longer to get everything up and running again. Therefore, 2021 and the first half of 2022 is a period when indie artists will take a small piece of the pie from major artists. And, of course, the public will pay more attention to local artists until everyone is vaccinated and the borders are opened. This is good news for Ukraine. We have a lot of cool artists, but the public does not yet believe that they are as good as special guest stars from Europe. The same situation is in Hungary, Poland, Romania. Although, I assure you, today they have already learned how to make cool music everywhere.
What projects are you working on right now?
Right now I’m getting ready for my first live show. It will be a concert with live musicians. There are three guys in my group. Backing vocalist who perfectly copies the voice of Michael Jackson. Bass guitarist who plays bass and Moog. And also a percussionist. He has a whole kitchen with congas and bongos. I play several synthesizers and sing. Now we are rehearsing a lot, because my synth tracks are not so easy to adapt to live, more acoustic sound. But it turns out cool!
I also ran a series of interviews with local music site Mixed.News. I am a professional singer, but also an aspiring sound producer. It is interesting for me to talk with experienced, famous electronic artists – to learn their secrets. And the guys from the editorial office suggested to me: can you just give us audio of these conversations, and we will publish them? This site is read by many young musicians. For them, this is also interesting, useful first-hand information. We recorded the first interview with Kenneth Bager. In the future, I would like to talk to Massimiliano Pagliara, DJ Harvey, Lindstrom, Hercules & Love Affair, Yuksek, Cassius … In general, there are so many talented musicians in the world! I will write to all of my idols or catch them when they come to Kiev. In good times, we have many world stars perform.
And of course I am working on new releases. Several collaborations with different artists will be released in the Summer and Fall. I really want to say their names. You know them for sure! But I can’t yet)
You certainly understand. But I will definitely return to Como Las Grecas with new premieres!