About

People always tell me they can’t find enough information about me and keep asking the same things over and over again. So here are some quick facts.

  • I look a bit younger than I am.
  • I never smoked as I hate cigarette smoke.
  • I drink a lot of coffee. My favorite coffee brand is Segafredo. I also like Corsini and Illy. Kimbo is ok. No Lavazza please.
  • I don’t like vodka, whisky and gin but I don’t mind having a shot of pertsovka or a glass of golden rum with ice if there is no urgent work to do.
  • I totally hate beer. But not cider.
  • I don’t have a car. Not that I don’t like driving but I don’t like the idea of spending the better part of a day in Moscow’s traffic jams.
  • I was born in Moscow when it was the capital of the USSR.
  • I don’t think the USSR was the best place to live in. If I were given another life I would never choose the USSR as a starting point. But I don’t think there’s such thing as ‘another life’.
  • I hate Communism from the very bottom of my heart. I don’t like Socialism either, but I probably don’t hate it as much as its ugly evil brother.
  • I have a law diploma that I was given upon graduating from the Academy of Federal Security Service. I didn’t want to go there and tried to give up several times but my dad wanted me to finish the Academy because he thought a law degree would help me in life. I put my diploma in the drawer the day after I received it and started working as a Graphic Designer.
  • After that I worked as a Journalist for several years. I wrote for Painkiller, Necronomicon, Music Box and Play Magazine under the pen name of Grindfather Pikhto, Jorohol-Gooy or Alex Plotnikoff.
  • I also worked as an Artist and created tons of illustrations for video games, books and CD covers.
  • I wrote background music for a couple of audio books and composed a bunch of soundtracks for video games.
  • I like 2D platformers more than any other games. I also don’t mind playing a beautiful adventure game.
  • I don’t like 3D in any form. 3D games, 3D movies, whatever.
  • I developed several video games as an Artist and Game Designer. Some of them can be found here, here, here and probably somewhere else.
  • I’m not sure if I’m gonna make more games in the near future. But I will definitely be recording a lot of new music.
  • I can compose music quite easily and fast.
  • I’ve even written a book about it that was called ‘Formula of the Coolest Song Ever’. If you know Russian you may read it here.
  • I’ve also written a collection of short tales about cute little magical creatures in the world of misty swamps. It’s called ‘The Tales of Fog That Ghosts Have Whispered’ and it features a lot of brilliant handcrafted illustrations by Tisha Razumovsky. If you’re not afraid of marsh imps, trixies and black magic, go and buy it on Amazon, iBooks, Lulu, Kobo or Nook.
  • I like writing and I think I’ll write a lot more books in the next few years. This time it will be fiction.
  • When I was a kid a wanted to be a Writer when I grow up. In the eighth grade I wrote a book about a gang consisted of me, my classmates and friends, who were doing illegal business in the neighborhood and fighting rival gangs. Almost all my friends loved that book, except for those who were ‘killed in action’ or were portrayed as douchebags.
  • I also wrote several short fantasy novels about werewolves and giants, and started writing a fantasy novel about humans fighting goblins at the end of the Late Devonian. The book was never finished, but I think I will use some of its best fragments in my future works.
  • My favorite book is ‘Polyhand God of Dalain’ by Svyatoslav Loginov.
  • I think that writing stories is something that I love as much as writing music.
  • I also like painting, especially if it’s abstract or minimalistic art.
  • I made a number of paintings, some of which can be found here and here.
  • I created artworks and layout design for every album that I released. I did it for some other albums too.
  • I never wanted to become a Painter or a Graphic Designer, although all my classmates and friends thought it was exactly what I should be doing.
  • But I wanted to be a Writer, a Palaeontologist or an Americanist.
  • I was a huge fan of books about American Indians when I was eleven.
  • My favorite actor back then was Gojko Mitić. He was a gorgeous Indian warrior. Sat-Okh’s ‘The Land of Salt Rocks’ used to be my favorite book at the time.
  • When I had a spare minute, I used it to draw another Indian chief in my copybook.
  • A while back some strange dude told me that I shouldn’t say the word ‘Indians’ because it sounds impolite. I told him to shut up because it couldn’t sound impolite from a man who always expressed nothing but infinite respect for magnificent valiant warriors of the West. I admire Indians and always did.
  • I don’t understand why most people value words more than deeds.
  • I think that people get offended very easy these days, probably because they are more and more getting used to being sissies.
  • In my opinion feeling offended is solely a problem of those who are offended. Because feeling offended is basically a voluntary act of accepting someone’s right to control your mind and behavior because you value their words that much. If you’re too dumb to understand such a simple thing then you totally deserve what you get.
  • I think that most people these days are hopeless pity addicts. This is just pathetic.
  • I think that politeness is ok to some extent, but it’s overrated.
  • I really think that political correctness is extremely overrated.
  • I guess religion is overrated even more than the latter two combined.
  • I think there is no such thing as ‘holyness’ or ‘sanctity’. When someone calls something ‘holy’ or ‘sacred’ that just means that they don’t want people to say what they really think about it.
  • People definitely should have a right to say everything they want. Other people have a right to say what they think about their words. As long as their discussion is logical and has its primary goal to gather facts and understand the problem to resolve it in the best possible way, there can’t be losers.
  • Too bad it almost never happens because there’s always a manipulative scubag that’s used to catching fish in muddy water, which tries hard to make the dialogue as vague as possible by going into long rants and accusing their opponents of all sorts of crimes, sins and wrongdoings.
  • When someone fervently accuses someone of something it’s most likely a mean try to manipulate them. Show your proof or fuck off.
  • I like gathering information and coming to logical conclusions about things that seem interesting to me.
  • That is why I like to visit new places and see how things are going on there, because reading about them or watching documentaries are totally different things.
  • I visited about 50 countries and I can’t stop thinking about visiting them all.
  • I spent three years in Nigeria when I was a kid.
  • I got malaria during my time in Africa. That wasn’t so terrible — just a couple of days of fever and nosebleed and I got back to normal.
  • I had plans of moving permanently to South America but changed my mind after spending six months in Santiago de Chile. However, I have plans to get back there and explore what’s left unexplored.
  • I think that our planet is stunningly beautiful. Every tiny part of it.
  • Sadly, I can’t say the same about people. I think there are way more assholes than good people. Yet I was lucky to meet enough good people throughout my life to not get completely disappointed in humanity.
  • I did meet lots of dickheads that gave me some hard time. Funnily, not all of them were bad guys, some were just dumb.
  • Actually, it’s easier for me to be on the same page with a complete cynical jerk that knows how to use common sense than a kind idealistic idiot that never heard about such thing as ‘logical arguments’.
  • I think that idealists have an increased risk of mutating to cynics, suicides or terrorists.
  • Usually I try to keep away from idealists as much as most of them try to keep away from facts.
  • I hate arguing because I probably don’t give a shit if people agree with me on something or not.
  • But I like to discuss things to get more reliable information and form or change my opinion on a subject that I’m interested in.
  • I appreciate facts and don’t appreciate bullshit. I used to be more tolerant of bullshit and stupidity a while ago but I guess I’m not anymore. When someone tries to present bullshit as facts I get bored.
  • That’s why I like science.
  • I like Quantum Physics, Astrophysics, Natural History, Genetics, Biology and Geography.
  • When I was in school the only subjects I could stand were Literature, Ancient History and Geometry.
  • I was a Z student. My teachers said ‘He is smart enough to be a good student, but he just doesn’t care about doing his schoolwork.’ That was true, I didn’t care about school at all. All I cared about was music.
  • I’ve probably heard more music than anyone you know.
  • I learned how to compose, arrange and orchestrate music by listening to other people’s music and trying to imitate what I heard.
  • I learned how to draw by constantly drawing and comparing what I did with the image of what I wanted to do.
  • I learned how to sing by singing as much as I can. My dear music teacher Helena Svetozarova helped me start developing my voice and learned how to breath. After that I just tried to keep the fire burning and never give up.
  • I still want to sing better and I’m working on it.
  • I like guitar solos, especially if they’re played by Jeff Waters or Alexi Laiho, but I hate playing guitar solos myself.
  • My favorite guitarists are probably C J Pierce and Wes Borland.
  • If one day I get an unlimited budget to hire a guitar player to compose some solos in my songs I will probably call Jerry Cantrell or Slash. Or Jeff Waters if it’s a fast song.
  • In 1999 or 2000 I became the first man on Earth who started making midi files of Annihilator songs. Jeff Waters sent me a message and said that I did a great job. I felt proud.
  • Back then I played Ibanez. Then I traded it for a Guild Bluesbird and then switched to Schecter.
  • I don’t care how a guitar sounds if it doesn’t look cool as hell. That’s why I liked Schecter. Moreover, their guitars did sound good. And they looked badass.
  • Frankly, I like everything badass. Especially hell, demons, ghosts, spooks and all kinds of scary shit.
  • However, I don’t like vampires. But I do like ghouls.
  • My favorite movies are Sleepy Hollow, Coraline, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Drive and Dredd.
  • I think the best animated film ever created is Hedgehog in the Fog.
  • When I was a kid I watched either Goonies, Star Wars or Indiana Jones at least once a day.
  • I loved the classical He-Man series, Skeletor was badass. New He-Man sucks, and new Skeletor is just… meh.
  • These days my favorite film directors are probably Quentin Tarantino and Nicolas Winding Refn.
  • My favorite actress of all time is Brittany Murphy. RIP.
  • I also like Lena Headey and Morena Baccarin, especially for their roles in Dredd and Firefly. And they both look stunning with a pixie cut. There is probably nothing more awesome than a girl with a pixie cut.
  • My favorite actors are Yevgeny Leonov and Ron Pearlman.
  • I really hope to meet Ron one day. He is badass. And he did a great job voicing The Lich in Adventure Time.
  • I love Adventure Time and Shaun the Sheep.
  • I’m also a huge fan of Bob’s Burgers, Superjail and Rick and Morty, which is probably the best animated series ever created.
  • I don’t watch a lot of TV series but I did enjoy watching Game of Thrones, Black Sails, Vikings and The Expanse.
  • I utterly hate the movies that start as a comedy just to end up like a drama, as if they were telling you ‘See, the real life sucks for most of us, so we turned a potentially awesome comedy film into a cheesy piece of dramatic shit so you could finally understand that the most fucking important thing in life is your goddamn family and kids.’ Blah.
  • Kids make me sick, until they are complete renegades, goths or nonconfomists. When the latter happens, I usually get sick of their parents.
  • I can probably get along with anyone until they are absolute brainless moron.
  • I like meeting people who are smarter than me and ask them questions about the things I vaguely know but would love to know more.
  • I endlessly admire people who do something.
  • I really, really don’t like spongers and parasites.
  • I have a hypertrophied sense of justice that I would be happy to get rid of.
  • Because I know that life is unfair, it always was and always will be like that. That’s quite hard to accept when you have a hypertrophied sense of justice. This seems to be my biggest problem.
  • I have a green belt in taekwondo and the only reason why I didn’t get the blue one is because I received it despite my poor performance at the exam. I felt there was something unfair with taekwondo.
  • When I was twelve I wanted to be a martial artist. I tried to watch every kung fu movie I could find. I wanted to be like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Sho Kosugi, Chuck Norris and Michael Dudikoff.
  • I practiced kung fu and karate at home to the music of Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
  • I didn’t care about music until I heard rock and roll. However, I didn’t think about becoming a musician until I heard AC/DC. And I definitely wanted to sell my soul to music when I discovered Annihilator, Metallica and Nirvana.
  • I still think that Kurt Cobain is the best rock singer ever. Along with Davey Havok and Chino Moreno. And my personal kudos go to Bobby Reeves, Jason ‘Gong’ Jones, Ryan McCombs and Lizzy DeVine.
  • And the best female voices ever heard in this dimension are the ones of Gunnhild Sundli, Stacey Kent, Martina Topley-Bird, Nora Jones and, of course, JES. Jes, you’re amazing.
  • I wish I could work with one of them someday.
  • I also wish I could see real Danny Elfman. This guy is a genius.
  • Besides Danny I like the music of such film composers as Elliot Goldenthal, Trevor Rabin, Cliff Martinez and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
  • The best ambient music that I heard so far is composed by Rudy Adrian. He is from New Zealand.
  • I wanted to relocate to New Zealand around fifteen years ago but it turned out to be quite tricky to achieve. I thought the idea stopped looking attractive after The Lord of the Rings came out and everybody else suddenly started talking about New Zealand and how cool it would be to live there.
  • I’m not sure if I want to live anywhere for a long time. If I spend more than a couple of weeks in the same place I can’t help thinking about getting out of there as soon as possible. The only cure for this is to dive headfirst into work.
  • Sometimes I probably work too much. It can result in exhaustion and nervous breakdown.
  • My favorite quote of all time is ‘If you want something done, do it yourself’ by Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg. That’s why I learned how to do a lot of things myself, as it’s not so easy to find people that won’t let you down.
  • My favorite classical composers are Modest Mussorgsky, Sergei Prokofiev and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
  • My full name is Alexey Nikolayevich Plotnikov, but in the past I used to write my surname as ‘Plotnikoff’ because I liked how the -off ending looked in ‘Rachmaninoff’.
  • I never liked the name Alexey and most of its common forms. My friends usually call me ‘Lex’, ‘Alex’ or nicknames and I’m ok with it. Things could have been worse if my mom would name me Modest or Sergei.
  • I used to learn classical guitar and classical music theory at Sergei Prokofiev’s Music School in Moscow.
  • I’ve spent a better part of my life in Moscow. It’s one of the most beautiful and magnificent cities on Earth but I can’t say that I love it.
  • My mother is from Moscow. My father is from a small village in the South of Ukraine that was founded by a group of Old Believers in the 18th century. They both probably love me more than I deserve. I don’t mind though.
  • They had a chance to emigrate to Slovenia in the 90s but preferred to stay in Russia.
  • I think I love Russia but I’m not sure that Russia loves me back.
  • I do love Russian language but I don’t think it sounds good in such genres as rock and metal
  • Russian folk tales are probably the creepiest.
  • Russian rock is probably one the most disgusting music our universe ever heard.
  • But I will always be trying hard to improve this situation by composing and recordig the best music I can come up with.