All our users have voices to be heard and stories to tell – and this is finally the time to start introducing you to our community members. There are dozens of small groups, communities, games and projects hiding below the surface and we want to give them some exposure. Our ninth community member to interview is @tarkovska – you might have already read her posts about music marketing and amazing Ukrainian bands -, now it’s time for her to talk about herself!

1. Hey there ! Please introduce yourself to the community, tell us a little more about yourself!
My name is Dartsya Tarkovska, I’m from Ukraine. I work in music industry and do lots of things: I’m a music coach, blogger, musician, author of Tarkovska Music Case project. Most of the time I work artists and bands promoting their music across the Internet. You can also check out my podcasts about music marketing (it’s in Russian!)

2. Staccato questions about music!

  • What’s the furthest you’ve gone to a gig..?
    It was Zemfira‘s gig. She’s an outstanding Russian performer! There were nearly 10,000 people who came to see her. That was absolutely fascinating! For those who haven’t heard her, I highly recommend her songs. Most of them have philosophical and emotional lyrics but I tend to think that good music knows no borders!

  • Have you ever skipped an exam to go to a gig?
    Actually I haven’t. But I went to a gig of my favourite band instead of going on my prom. That was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to! I still don’t regret my decision!
  • Has music ever made you a friend?
    Honestly, many of my friends are musicians or music lovers. And guess what? All of them have different music tastes, so it’s almost impossible for them to stay in one room discussing favourite bands and albums 🙂 Music makes me friends in funny ways! But I also can say that there are only two best-friends-ever who make my life complete. First of them I’ve met when we were playing in a band together. Second one stands by my side for more than 10 years so we’ve had a long & great rock’n’roll time together!
  • When were you last disappointed with a musician?
    When a musician wrote a song with many grammar mistakes and said that he did it intentionally. But I know he didn’t… The situation got worse because he wrote in English. I really think that songwriters are free to choose any language to write. The main point – try to do your best, focus on the story and think of the native speakers who might listen to your song later. Rhythm and melody are always important but don’t write meaningless lyrics just because there’s gotta be something in the song. If any foreign musicians are reading this, I highly recommend to keep it in mind!
  • Have you ever written/been written a song?
    Yes, I write songs in three languages (English, Russian, Ukrainian). As I played in some of the bands, I nearly always sang my own songs. I’m still working on my songwriting skills and try to make things better. It’s an endless road but it’s an interesting one.
  • Have you ever stumbled upon music somewhere you weren’t expecting it?
    It was a hothouse! I couldn’t believe my ears! Its owner really turns on the music so vegetables can grow in a magic atmosphere 🙂
  • When was the last time you cried over music?
    When I listened to “Subway” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It’s so simple, quiet and sad… You’d cry too:)

    But besides this… the world of music is a really emotional one, you never know what will make you laugh or cry… No matter whether you’re a man or a woman, your sensitivity will show itself. I think that’s OK. At least for musicians.

  • Is there any activity that you can’t do by music?
    There are only two things – sleeping and writing articles. Except this I prefer to keep my player turned on. I really do! The craziest thing about it – when I find a song that fits current situation, I simply put it on repeat. By the end of the day I hate this song!:) Just joking 🙂
  • What are the bands, musicians, genres that you’ve taken with you as a family heritage?
    Oh it’s the hardest question… Speaking of genres, I’d like people to listen to ethno music. This is the kind of music we’re all made of. We shouldn’t forget our heritage and history. I’m sure there are a few bands in each country that try to make ethno more attractive and interesting to listeners. These musicians should be treated well! For example, one of our best ethno-bands in Ukraine is called Dakha Brakha. Actually, they’re mixing Ukrainian ethno song with African rhythms and different ethno-instruments. This sound absolutely insane! Check them out!

    As for other genres, I strongly believe that good music will be unforgotten and find its ears. Time will show us the best!

3. What’s your best story that relates to one specific piece of music (and what would that be)?
All of my friends used to ask me something like “do you know who sings the song that goes like la-la-la” and they sang it. I always knew the answer and that fact inspired me to open a music blog. I feel a déjà vu because now musicians ask me “how do we promote our new single that goes like la-la-la” and they sing it too. And I have the answer as usual because I work in this sector.

4. Can you share a playlist with us of your favourite stuff? (YouTube, Spotify, anything goes! If so, what’s there to know about that playlist?)
If there are any users of Russian social network Vkontakte, you can check out my playlist there! If you’ll listen to it from the beginning, you should know that I started it in 2007 so take care of your ears:)

5. Recommend us some new platforms or ways to find new music on!
I usually search via friends’ playlists or their suggestions. I’m a big fan of music covers and whether I like an artist who make it I look forward to hear his music… As for the platforms, I like NoiseTrade. But, to be honest, I don’t search for some new music regularly. It just finds me in some way! My MP3-player is full of new albums and EP’s and I usually can’t find enough time to listen to all of them! That’s why when I’m downloading a new release of an artist, I can’t say when am I going to listen to it.

6. What are 3 AMAZING non-music works of art that you’ve digested recently? (Books, films, fashion, anything!)
I re-read “The Great Gatsby” to compare it with the film… I haven’t seen it yet, but I really enjoyed the book! Also I’m very inspired by the new collection of Yohji Yamamoto called “Women on the run”!
And one more! I recently found out about this site called You can choose the place you’d like to go and relax and try to do nothing at least for a few minutes. I think that talent of staying calm might be a new form of art:)

7. Where and how does music and your professional life intertwine?
I work in music marketing, so music is an essential part of my professional life! The best part of it – you don’t know whether you’re working or having a rest 😉 Preparing a PR-campaign for an upcoming album, designing new music site, going to gigs of the band you work with, and many many more! It’s all mixed up together! But at the same time it becomes the worst part because there ain’t no weekends and vacations and things-to-have-a-rest. It’s more than a full-time job, this work keeps me active nearly 24 hours a day. But if I could turn back the time, I would choose this sphere again and again. Being in music is really great!

8. This game came up at the April Tastebuds meetup – at a table of six which musicians would be your ideal drinking buddies? (Could be alive, dead or even undead!)
Keith Richards, Freddie Mercury, Amy Winehouse, Amanda Palmer, Florence Welch, Lady Gaga. Do I need to explain my choice? To be honest, I don’t like alcohol, but I’d agree to drink only to meet these gorgeous people.

9. How did you find Tastebuds and what do you like most about it?
My friend told me about it. The first thing I remembered about Tastebuds – I can find people who like The Beatles!.. That’s great!

10. Which Tastebuds user should we make the next mini-interview with and why?
Jorge Salas, because he wrote a great post about Spanish Artists on your blog!

Give him two extra questions that you havfe for him/her!
– What social network do you like best of all and why?
– What do you usually listen in the morning? Radio? Podcasts? Special playlist? Or something else?

Thank you Dartsya! It was amazing to read your enthusiasm and have the chance to use your ears for a bit – you have a great playlist and a great music taste as well! Looking forward to hearing more about Tarkovska Music Case soon! YOU ROCK!

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