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Musician Cosmonaut talks techno and ‘extraterrestrial’ vibes

The man who doesn’t want to give away his age has played at music festivals like Love Parade, Sundance, and Burn In The Forest

By Urvashi Bhattacharya
  • Published 23.01.19, 10:35 PM
  • Updated 23.01.19, 10:35 PM
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Eduard Gubin, aka Cosmonaut is a music producer, DJ and a radio show host The Telegraph picture

A music producer, DJ and a radio show host at Megapolis FM (Russia), Kiss FM (Ukraine) and DFM (Estonia), Eduard Gubin, aka Cosmonaut, is ever-busy. Born and brought up in Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, the man who doesn’t want to give away his age (but fans can celebrate his birthday on January 5!) has played at music festivals like Love Parade (Germany), Sundance (Estonia) and Burn In The Forest (the official Burning Man community festival, Canada), besides with artistes like Underworld, Prodigy, Paul van Dyk and Armin Van Buuren.

t2 caught up with Cosmonaut (he will perform at District Festival in Castle Kalwar near Jaipur in March) before a gig at Calcutta's The Myx Bar & Kitchen.

Urvashi Bhattacharya:

What is your home town Tallinn like?

Cosmonaut:

It is a good vacation spot actually. It is at the coast of the Baltic Sea in the north, so during winters it gets very cold but in July-August it’s hot. My house is walking distance to the beach!

Urvashi Bhattacharya:

In Calcutta we enjoy techno. You have seen the genre evolve....

Cosmonaut:

Many things have changed. I started when there was no internet, no social networking… unlike now when you can stay at home and listen to anything from around the world. In the ’90s we had to go to a party to listen to new music; that’s what I did... I even attended the Berlin Love Parade which attracted around two million people. These days, if you listen to any new techno track, you will find something sonically similar to what was released 15 years ago; it feels like a spiral. But, to be fair, the genre is still developing and new sounds are coming out.

Urvashi Bhattacharya:

How did you get into producing and DJing given the time you started?

Cosmonaut:

I used everything that was possible. In the ’90s there were synthesizers, drum machines and stuff. Now I use modern tools, virtual instruments, plug-ins... it’s totally different now but it’s also interesting because I can do almost anything with music. 

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Urvashi Bhattacharya:

Plasma and Boctok5 are two tracks that worked for you. What more can fans expect?

Cosmonaut:

I’ve continued to work on my music and there is a new track coming out soon and some big labels have asked me to make tracks and remixes, but I can’t tell you much (smiles). I hope they’re interesting though. I also recently recorded a live set for Overdose Air (a Calcutta-based YouTube channel promoting underground music); I am excited for that to come out.

Urvashi Bhattacharya:

Do you prefer festivals or club shows?

Cosmonaut:

I like both. There’s a different energy at festivals where there is a huge crowd. Some people, who may not be well up on the genre, come with their friends to have fun (laughs). In a small club, if it is organised well, everybody knows the music and loves it, so the atmosphere is always good. 

Urvashi Bhattacharya:

Some artistes you grew up listening to?

Cosmonaut:

 As a kid, Pink Floyd was very impressive. My father brought me a lot of records and it had everything, from pop to rock to disco. But the Pink Floyd record (Wish You Were Here) is what impressed me the most. Then I started listening to electronic music and Kraftwerk was the band that really impressed me. I didn’t know such music existed.  

Urvashi Bhattacharya:

If you weren’t a musician....

Cosmonaut:

An astrophysicist maybe (laughs).

Urvashi Bhattacharya:

Is that why you call yourself Cosmonaut?

Cosmonaut:

In the ’90s, techno music was something new and people thought it was “extraterrestrial”. Because of that my friends started calling me Cosmonaut and I thought: “Good name, why not?!”