July 13, 2024


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Interview with Sasha Mashin: We like to express our souls but we need intellect to be able to do that: Video

Jazz interview with a bad musician, as if drummer, problematic abd idiot person Sasha Mashin. An interview by email in writing. 

JazzBluesNews.Space: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested in music?

Sasha Mashin: – I’m from St Petersburg, Russia, but I’m living in Moscow more than 20 years now. I moved because Moscow jazz scene is much more promising and modern.

Started music school by chance after I broke my birthday gift toy drum with the first stroke and my mother says – ok, looks like he got the passion for the music.

I went to the music school as a candidate for Trombone class but class was full, so they ask me if I like to try drum class. I was lucky!

JBN.S: – What got you interested in picking up the drums? What teacher or teachers helped you progress to the level of playing you have today? What made you choose the drums?

SM: – As I said I didn’t choose drums , drums chooses me. I was dismissed from music school 2 months before graduate because I went to the jazz competition and won the first prise as best drummer instead of playing boring concert with school band but in school band there were other drummer so I didn’t let anybody down.

Than I quite music collage after 2 months of studding there because I was already playing gigs and touring with teachers from this music collage so playing concerts and rehearsing with them was better school for me than gloomy facility

So I can say I’m self-taught …

JBN.S: – How did your sound evolve over time? What did you do to find and develop your sound?

SM: – Sound for me probably the most important idea with exception of “message”.

I learned this while for 10 years I was street photographer and conception of message for visual art was really keyword for me and still is

So message (idea) is the king, sound and rhythm is the form, technic is the means of communication — this is my pyramid.

JBN.S: – What practice routine or exercise have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical ability especially pertaining to rhythm?

SM: – I was lucky enough to took lessons with Ari Hoenig during my visits in NY.

I still using his rhythm training system to improve myself and my students.

If you don’t know this system please find this information on the web. I promise life newer be the same after this experience.

JBN.S: – Which harmonies and harmonic patterns do you prefer now?

SM: – I’m on my way to better understand harmony. Lats talk soon about this.

JBN.S: – What’s the balance in music between intellect and soul?

SM: – Everybody is unique and I believe for different people this balans should be different.

We play jazz music because we like to express our souls but we need intellect to be able to do that. One can find right Balans to simply being yourself.

JBN.S: – Please any memories from gigs, jams, open acts and studio sessions which you’d like to share with us?

SM: – Resantly I was playing with Dhafer Youssef and his music is quite tricky. For example one song has 39/16 time signature and there is no way to count it. I asked him

– Hey Dhafer how can i understand and feel your music better?

– Dance, Sasha, Dance!

I think this is really good explanation so now I have new tatoo on my arm and it helps me “dance”.

JBN.S: – How can we get young people interested in jazz when most of the standard tunes are half a century old?

SM: – There is no reason to force yang people to do something. Just expose them.

Also there is no need to show them Cecil Taylor as a first example maybe something more contemporary  like Thundercat.

JBN.S: – John Coltrane said that music was his spirit. How do you understand the spirit and the meaning of life?

SM: – Not sure about spirit but I’m sure about meaning of the life!

Meaning of life is to be happy and make people happy around, doesn’t mater friend or strangers! Joy = meaning of life.

JBN.S: – If you could change one thing in the musical world and it would become a reality, what would that be?

SM: – I love this question!

Is there any chance to make myself and other musicians to practice 10 hours a day?

JBN.S: – Who do you find yourself listening to these days?

SM: – Igor Stravinsky, Steve Lehman, Miguel Zenon, John Wall, Kneebody, Gilad Hekselman, Kurt Rosenwinkel. (just few names in random order).

JBN.S: – Let’s take a trip with a time machine, so where and why would you really wanna go?

SM: – Really wanna go to listen Coltrane’s quartet in between 1963-1965.

But I have records, so if I have just one trip i’d like to go 60 years ahead.

JBN.S: – I have been asking you so far, now may I have a question from yourself…

SM: – Is it possible to get more lifetime?

No, you need to be really wise with time you got. Practice more. Make people happy!

JBN.S: – Thank you for answers.

SM: – Տhank you Simon for chance to talk to great interlocutor.

I really love your questions …

Interview by Simon Sargsyan

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