Mastermind aka Vladislav Neykovich is a 25 year old talented artist from a cultural hub and Estonia’s capital on the Baltic Sea, Tallinn. He was born in Odessa, Ukraine, started to write music when he was 15. He used to experiment with such genres as Hip-Hop, Dubstep, trip-hop, Illbient, Dub-techno, Future Garage, but currently he’s back to Trip-Hop.
“From a very young age I had a cassette player and a couple of cassettes with fairy tales at my disposal. When I’ve managed to reach the chest I gained an access to an extensive music collection starting from Willie Tokarev to Klubbheads. I still remember a couple of landmark moments from the first audition. It made such an impression on me and it is still fresh.” – Mastermind
Mastermind was influenced by
– Tarantino Collection Cassettes and Please Hammer Do not Hurt Em album by MC Hammer, so the first words he learned in English were “can not touch this”, while Tito & Tarantula is still one of his most beloved bands.
– A short-lived “Pagabu” program on Prosto Radio, aired every Saturday at 20:00, the DJs reviewed some fresh wicked tracks from the world of hip-hop and I was putting all this on tapes.
– His mp3 collection included Public Enemy, which opened the sound of the old school hip-hop for him.
– In the 9th grade when he was already listening to Onyx, Cypress Hill and Wu-Tang, the guys from the party showed him an application Fruity Loops after which he started making bits under the nickname of L.A.X.
On the 1st grade of college I began to delve into the dubstep, my favorite artists were Doctor P, Flux Pavilion, but I wanted to sound like Kryptic Minds or Truth. I started to record tracks under the pseudonym 187’Victim and everything seemed to go pretty well, but I got my laptop broken and lost all the music.
The first, who impressed him from the world of trip-hop were Shitao with their album “Lines” and The New Law. I liked Shitao’s dark mood, the way it was pumping him up with heavy beats, while The New Law instilled him the love for saxophone, besides, he realised that it was something similar to what he was looking for.
Then the character Mastermind appeared. My teenage depression has gone, but the favorite style has remained. Only the mood was now dictated by the music of DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, Nujabes, Dan the Automator, RJD2, etc. Since then, a variety of favorite music has been actively replenished with tons of favorite styles from Stoner Rock to Illbient and all this has somehow and continues to have an impact on my work under the pseudonym Mastermind. – Vladislav