AstroMike Gordon is a nice young man from Malmö (Sweden). His style is true Scandinavian and filigreed. If you adore cozy minimalism and the beauty of cold emptiness, you will get a lot of pleasure and inspiration from AstroMike music. By the way, in real life AsrtoMike Gordon is an alter-ego of Cristoffer Csanady, great musician who plays solo or in a band. Eatmusic had a small interview with Cristoffer and asked him a few questions about his Russian mini-tour.
EM: Hello, Mike! We are pleased to congratulate you with your second arrival to Russia. How do you feel about it? What do you expect from this tour?
AstroMike Gordon: I´m glad to be back. Last time was a wonderful and weird experience. This time I´m playing solo so I’m doing a different set and I can´t wait to show it to an audience.
EM: When we saw your photos for the first time, it was like: «Wow! He looks like young Bryan Ferry!». Then we listened to your songs and had a feeling that David Bowie inspired you very much. What singers & bands had influence on you?
AstroMike Gordon: Of course David Bowie is one of my inspirations. But I pick up a little bit of everything from every artist I listen to. Mostly I try not to think about it when I write music. But when I listen to my recordings I can hear a bit of Bowie, Talking Heads, Frank Sinatra and Jeff Buckley.
EM: What’s the difference between European and Russian public? Do you feel it or not?
AstroMike Gordon: Yes, I see a big difference between every country I’ve played in. In Russia people seem to be more honest. They won´t lie to you if they didn´t like the gig which makes the positive feedback more trustworthy. Also people seem to more serious at concerts. I like it, it suits my mood.
EM: How come that you work with Masha Bender? Do you plan any other interesting projects together in future?
AstroMike Gordon: Masha saw me play in Berlin a couple of years ago and wanted to work with me. Our first project together was actually my last tour in Russia. We plan to do a longer tour in Germany in November with the whole band. But we are always planning something together.
EM: Typical Russian question: what do you like in Russian culture after your first time in Russia and long period of waiting to return here?
AstroMike Gordon: Typical Swedish diplomatic answer! Hard to say after only a few visits. No seriously, I´m impressed by the way people help each other out in Russia. The last time I came here I felt that everyone took care of us, giving us rides between gigs, letting us stay in their apartments, cooking us food. In Sweden people wouldn´t let strangers stay in their apartments.
EM: What places are you gonna visit in Moscow and St.P?
AstroMike Gordon: Sadly I don´t think I will have much time. But I would of course like to revisit the hermitage. But mostly I think I will enjoy smoking indoors. It’s not allowed in Sweden anymore.
EM: The slogan of our website is «Eat & Listen!». What Russian dish do you adore? And what kind of music is tasty for you right now?
AstroMike Gordon: Wow, I really don´t know anything about Russian food. But then again my interest in food isn´t that big in general. Right now I´ve been listening a lot to the early Leonard Cohen records. I often revisit music from the 60´s. There is something about that decade that I can´t get enough of.
EM: What would you like to wish our readers and your fans?
AstroMike Gordon: I would like to thank everyone who ever enjoyed my music in any form. It’s still an absurd feeling to make something up and have people listening to it and reacting to it, maybe even analysing it. I´m still getting used to it. I really hope to see as many as possible at my concerts.