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6TH CROWD – Photo Credit: Daria Kulnina
Electronic producer 6TH CROWD presents her new electro-wave single, complete with video. This infectious vibing track is a welcome taste of her debut EP. The solo project of Dari Maksymova, she has a knack of luring us into her adrenaline-inducing musical world, where analog and digital thrive together.
Earlier 6TH CROWD released the singles ‘Самозванцы’ (Samozvantsiy)’ and ‘The Day is Over’ to whet our appetites. Her music is inspired by such artists as Modeselector, Siriusmo, Four Tet and Thomas P. Heckmann. All tracks are mixed and mastered by @plastmassa.community.
Written well before the dire COVID-19 situation, the new single carries even greater significance in our newfound world of social distancing, lockdown and self-monitored quarantine. The video and the atmosphere of the song itself really speak to the disassociated feelings of living in isolation through this virus-caused pandemic.
The author has a message for friends and followers alike “We all go a little crazy here in a month of lockdown, huh? Huge thanks and all the credits to my friends for going crazy in the video and for being amazingly patient with me these days.”
We get it – surely everybody gets it by now. Cabin fever is making us stir-crazy, not to mention worried for our family, loved ones, and the future in general. We need human contact, personal connections in order to get through this.
“The lyrical part of it is exceptionally minimalistic. In fact, it’s just John Donne’s quote, “no man is an island entire of itself,” and the phrase “you’re not an island.” The last one is repeated in Ukrainian, Portuguese, German, French, two types of Spanish, Chinese, and Hebrew. That’s pretty much dance music, voices just give us the feeling that we’re not alone. Even if you’re here in your bedroom all alone, you should remember that there are thousands of people in their rooms across the world feeling just as lonely as you do. And that unites,” says Dari Maksymova.
“The song had been sitting in my hard drive for a year. And the description above was written in early February when Ukraine had no clue about the imminent pandemic. I always write music for myself, to get something I need from it – courage, support, relief. But I had no idea how much will I need this one. If you feel scared, tired, and a bit lost – take my hand, we all together here.”
6TH CROWD / Dari Maksymova is an electronic producer and singer based in Kyiv, Ukraine. She is best known as frontwoman, synth and bass player of post-punk band On The Wane. Inspired by both instrumental and electronic music, 6TH CROWD combines grooves from rave dance floors, melancholic storytelling from ’80s alternative rock and melodic pop vocals.
As a kid, Dari was obsessed with dance and dreamed of becoming a choreographer. It never happened but the inner connection between rhythm and body never disappeared. Much later (in 2018), as a bass player, she took a part in a dance and music program in Germany and that kid, obsessed with dance, woke up. Dari attended legendary dancefloors where Thomas P. Heckmann and Regis were playing and discovered a wonderful new world of polyrhythms and textures.
By that time, synths and drum machines has already appeared in On The Wane’s sound – her port of entry, so to speak, to creating electronic music. After the band disbanded, she took an intensive course in electronic music production, run by Kyiv’s techno community Module Exchange – thus was born 6TH CROWD.
‘You‘re Not An Island’ will be released digitally on April 24, including on Bandcamp, where her first two singles are already available for download.