AZTEC. All the roads lead to rock
andrey and oleg are both 25. they’ve known each other for several years already. they met in the school of international relations of the saint-petersburg state university. they are united by a common passion — passion for music. they make music and often rehearse at home. andrey learnt to play the guitar himself, without anyone else’s help. oleg attended classes of classical guitar in one of the musical schools of saint-petersburg, the city where he grew up. «to tell you the truth, i stopped attending the courses quite soon — right after my teacher was fired», — says oleg. this teacher introduced his students to rock music and later on it played a certain role in the lives of some of them…
in 1998 the two friends started to play together and write songs. their first concert took place a year later. «articles appeared in local press immediately», — they recollect their surprise. today they are three: andrey, vocals and guitar, oleg, vocals and bass guitar, and young yan, the drummer, who is getting ready to enter the university. they are directed by masha, who is 22 years old. mostly they meet in gorelovo (a suburb in the south-western part of saint-petersburg), where they organized a studio for rehearsals. what is their style? an avant-garde mixture of funk and rock, sometimes with elements of metal. what are their favourite bands and who influenced them the most? red hot chili peppers, led zeppelin, jamiroquai, king krimson and nirvana. «aztec» has already played in several well-known rock-clubs of saint-patarsburg, such as «moloko» («milk») and «front», but most important is that «aztec» was among the fifteen bands chosen (out of 150) to take part in the musical festival, dedicated to 300th anniversary of saint-petersburg.
still, the guys stay cool. «it’s very difficult to record an album in russia. renting a studio costs 40$ per hour which is quite expensive. but that’s not the main problem. the thing is that sound producers here are neither inventive, nor well equipped», — they admit regretfully. today the band is working very hard at the new songs, but oleg does even more. in september 2002 he and masha started the site «radio0» (radio0.ru), which was created to introduce the internet community to different independent russian bands. on this site one can find news of the underground culture and the schedule of concerts, and listen to music. «it’s a good way to keep in touch with those who work with us», — oleg comments. no one can doubt that aztec will make people talk. by the way, why «aztec»? «we couldn’t find choose a proper name for a long time. — andrey recalls, — so, to settle this question, i suggested „aztec“ — the name of my favourite perfume — and everyone accepted it immediately!»