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Yuri Smolnikov

Yuri Smolnikov, December 2002
Yuri Smolnikov plays music and make art since 1973. He studied at Hydrological Institute in Odessa city. But soon he was called to army and for two years he was served in Air Forces. The guitar was always with him and his first prog-compositions were created at that period. Getting out of army he found himself in another world. The time of disco came and many of his favorite musicians stopped working on music. He began to search new ways in music, to experiment a lot. He traveled across the country: from Black Sea till Siberia an then up to Kamchatka. Yuri changed a lot of professions. For 10 years he wrote about 300 songs. He developed his own original educational program. Then in 1991 in Tomsk (Western Siberia) and in 1995 in Kirov one after another he organized two rock - laboratories, where more than a hundred of musicians- beginners were successfully trained. That was the only educational program for rock musicians accepted by government. Later on the program was considerably improved. The philosophical system that formed the basis of the program was elaborately worked out. Yuri was qualified as Top Class music teacher. But his greatest pride and achievement is probably his unique educational program of training young rock musicians Sometimes he played his songs with session musicians. Those sessions became the start of Romislokus project.

"Simultaneously with music I experimented a lot forming lyrics and our music has a close relation with image's structure of language. I think we continue best from art of Pink Floyd, Genesis and The Beatles. Of course the world have changed. In our music there are a lot of work with computer, specific sound effects. It is really science work in spite of simplicity of some compositions".

The questions from visitors of the official Romislokus site.  interview for Kirov's TV company "Grand TV"  

How would you personally describe the music of Romislokus? 

Using only one word I would say: it is reality. Or may say - new reality, because we try to make something that didn't exist in music before us. To be heard and understandable we use the best from other art-makers. But without new original findings music doesn't have its meaning. I'd like to create musical world where good man feels good and bad man can't even step inside. Don't want for example Saruman or Sauron like my song - it would be better if such people feel worse from it. 

Where do the ideas for the songs of Romislokus come from? What do you contribute to them? 

One more complicated question I'll try to answer. There is no prescription how to compose the song, the songs are not medicines although are able to treat for different troubles. Medicines are often bitter. The songs also have bitter things sometimes. But most of the songs appear from the waiting for the miracle, light sorrow, wonderful beauty that you may notice around. Environment world are full of wonderful ideas. All that we need is to reach it by the hand. It all are very close. I've got much pleasure from wonderful people's feedback. 

Are you looking for commercial success? 

First of all we wanted to achieve creative results in our album. Our songs are firstly calculated for people who care about today's changes in the world. And because of commercial side is the one side of the modern world we couldn't ignore it. If from your point of view our music became more commercial then it is true. In any case we do the things walking on the road of discoveries.



at the concert of May, 3, 2003Reviewers about Romislokus vocalist.  


Vocalist (and rhythm guitarist) Yuri Smolnikov has a rich and versatile baritone. He can sing with a deep and almost menacing resonance, then turn easily to a light and emotional delivery. Sometimes he sort of speaks the lyrics too.
Jeff Fitzgerald,Aural Innovations

I have to mention the vocals by Yuri Smolnikov. He has a superb husky voice that adds to the beauty and dimension of this whole melodic album.

European Progressive Rock Reviews

Yuri Smolnikov has switched from singing in Russian to English. His deep voice still sounds excellent and now English speaking folks can understand what he's saying.

Floyd Bledsoe, Progressiveears


 Thank you very much to everyone for support. We try to be honest in our music, and we always try to create music, that can help to forget people's troubles, we try to say to all our friends that they are not alone. Thanks to your messages we feel ourselves on the right way. Be sure we will play live in your place, will play live for the friends, we will talk to you, talk face to face.

  smolnikov@romislokus.com

 
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