Nasekomix

Nasekomix (Насекомикс) are a Bulgarian musical group from Sofia. Their style could be described as an avantgarde minimalistic mixture of electronic music, jazz-rock, punk, indie, fusion' and trip-hop. The group themselves define it as 'melodramatic pop' with drum and bass and electronica influences.[1]

Nasekomix
OriginSofia, Bulgaria
GenresIndie rock, Trip hop, experimental music
Years active2001–present
LabelsNasekomix, Art Eternal, ILs
Website[1]
MembersAndronia Popova (Roni)
Michail Yossifov
George Donchev
Alexander Daniel (Sandi)
Past membersTodor Karastojanov (tkrst)
Alexander Yanev

The band's name is a portmanteau of the Bulgarian words nasekomo (insect) and komix (comics).

BeginningEdit

The band was established in 2001 by Andronia "Roni" Popova (Monday Morning), Alexander Yanev (ex Panican Whyasker), Todor "tkrst" Karastoyanov (ex Animacionerite) and Michail Yossifov (Vendetta, SkinFlick, B.F.D.M.). The reason for the assembly was an invitation from a youth music festival in Padua, Italia, received by Monday Morning but rejected by the members apart from Roni, who urgently gathered a new group.[2][3] Later on Nasekomix were joined by Alexander "Sandi" Daniel (drums, Ambient Anarchist) and George Donchev (electric upright bass, double bass)[4] while Alexander Yanev and tkrst left the band.

BackgroundsEdit

Andronia Popova's background includes graduation of piano and classical singing in secondary school and later art-management in the NBU and vocal pedagogy in the Sofia University,[5] which led to acceptance in the prestigious Mannes College of Music in New York; she failed to graduate due to lack of money to sustain living in New York.[6]

George Donchev studied jazz in the Berklee College of Music, U.S. and had played with famous performers as Nigel Kennedy.[7]

DiscographyEdit

The band has digitally produced one multimedia album, Insectomix, with the single 'gradAD', meanwhile gathering popularity with the songs 'Inject me with Love' and 'Lady Song' included in the soundtrack of the critically acclaimed film Eastern Plays by Kamen Kalev.[8][9]

Toward the end of 2009 Nasekomix released their first studio recording LP Adam’s Bushes, Eva’s Deep,[10] produced by the band in collaboration with the English producer Ilian Walker (a.k.a. DJ iLS) and Anguel Christanov (Art Eternal production house).[11] The album was praised by the critics[12] and soon acquired popularity.

ConcertsEdit

 
Nasekomix on stage, Cinema House, Sofia, 3 February 2010

Nasekomix have toured with plenty of concerts in Bulgaria[1][13] but mainly abroad: Italy, France, Spain, Poland.

In 2009 the band performed at the première of Eastern Plays at the Sarajevo Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. In March 2010 the band performed for the Paris première of Eastern Plays,[14] and soon afterward participated in the Viennese Balkan Fever Festival 2010 (feminin), having a concert in the OST club, Vienna.[15]

In March 2010 the group toured in concert in Bulgaria: in Varna, Veliko Tarnovo, Rousse, Plovdiv and Sofia.[16]

MembersEdit

Ex members:

Lyrics:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Nasekomix with new show in Sofia's Modern Theatre". The Sofia Echo. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  2. ^ Popova, Adriana (7 March 2010). "Андрония от Насекомикс" (in Bulgarian). Eva magazine. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  3. ^ Rosberg, Elena (28 June 2010). "Излюпването на Насекомикс и полетът им нагоре" (in Bulgarian). Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 August 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Nasekomix page on MySpace". 8 July 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Andronia Popova art projects co-ordinator, musician". Interspace web-site. Archived from the original on October 3, 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  6. ^ Rosberg, Elena (28 June 2010). "Излюпването на Насекомикс и полетът им нагоре" (in Bulgarian). Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 August 2010.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Vaneva, D. (28 February 2010). "Насекомикс: "Процесът на създаването на музиката … е някаква алхимия" (in Bulgarian). Public Republic. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Soundtracks for Eastern Plays". IMDb. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Eastern Plays (2009)". kalafudra blog. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  10. ^ "Група Насекомикс с дебютен албум" (in Bulgarian). bTV. 24 November 2009. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
  11. ^ Lilova, Sibila (29 December 2009). "Nasecomix band - new album". Bulgarian National Radio. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  12. ^ Shahpazov, Nicola (31 December 2009). "Насекомикс: Adam's Bushes Eva's Deep" (in Bulgarian). Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 14 May 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  13. ^ "Bulgarian artists perform for Haiti". The Sofia Echo. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  14. ^ Lilova, Sibila (23 March 2010). "9 марта авангардная болгарская группа "Nasekomix" выступила с концертом в Париже" (in Russian). Bulgarian National Radio. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  15. ^ "NASEKOMIX feat. Andronia Popova PHUTURE SHOCK feat. Desy Andonova (Bulgarien)" (in German). Balkan Fever Festival web-site. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  16. ^ "Насекомикс" тръгват на турне из България" (in Bulgarian). Dnevnik. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010.

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