We went to Madrid by bus. And [only] after two or three small European tours, we gave a concert in Moscow for the first time. That is, Moscow was a much more distant city for us than, say, Helsinki or Berlin.
And just with the release of Virus
, and even more so Celluloid
, we turned to the Russian audience. We began to go around Russia more and more often, deeper and more comprehensively, and, unfortunately, we began to pay less attention to our European tours and did not gain a bigger foothold on the borders. At that time, we got carried away with popularity, and it led us astray from what we, essentially, were doing from the very beginning. Because our goal was to penetrate the worldwide club scene. Of course, one does not exclude the other. But we simply did not have enough time or energy.AM: In 2012, you left Russia for the first time. You left for Georgia and decided that you would not return anytime soon.YF:
I loudly and passionately vowed before all my friends that if Putin comes to power one more time after Medvedev, then I will leave Russia. It’s like I looked into a crystal ball, looking at it now. It became clear that the elections had been rigged. Georgia turned out to be the first country in our “sphere of interests.” Tbilisi was not yet as overloaded with emigrants as it is now.
We lived in Tbilisi for some time, but it became a little hard on me to go back and forth on tour. Each time the flights were hellish, as in those years there were no direct flights between Georgia and Russia. At best, we would fly through Minsk or Kyiv. Sometimes through Munich, or through Vienna or Frankfurt. Now, with Europe closed to Russia, those routes seem like nothing.
Overall, all this was a big burden on our budget. Back then, things still seemed “vegan” in Russia. [I felt] a responsibility to the group because the first album Zorge was released
. I returned to Russia to record the second album. Tequilajazzz was making a comeback.AM: More than a year and a half has passed since the start of the war. In March 2022, after receiving threats for your anti-war stance, you and your family left Russia. Have you been able to adapt to the new reality so far?YF:
Compared to how it was a year ago – yes, of course, but probably not completely yet. The sense of living out of suitcases all the time never goes away.