Tell us something about your project and how you two met
Alina: When we first met, no one would have thought that 12 years later we would be recording an album together.
Alex:I don't even remember exactly how I met Alina. All I remember is that she had a very cool push-button phone back then. And about 2/3 years ago I started helping Alina with mixing her tracks. A bit later we started doing some small projects together. And so it all turned into the idea of making an album together.
How do you bring your individual musical experience in your project?
When everything is natural and clear, when no one creates obstacles, then everything blends by itself, giving birth to new forms, experience cannot be deliberately brought into the project, it can only flow into it by itself and this should be the natural way.
Sneak peek to your future project: what’s cooking?
Now we are working on the follow up to our first album and we also have the idea of making another ambient album.
How do you tell a story in your music during your musical performances?
When we start a new project, we usually already have an idea of what we want to do, what story we want to tell. So at the beginning we try to figure out how to translate our idea into music. And once we are able to do that, we start to fill in the resulting sketch with different small details, so that the listener can go deeper into our music and get a better understanding of the idea.
Is there a person, historical figure, musician or friend that really made an influence on you?
Alina: I am a huge library of thousands of people who have met me. One day in Tbilisi, I looked through the ajar door of a shop. It was full of books and a man was copying them into a large notebook. I don't know why that man came to my mind. I don't know who he was, but from that moment on, he was a part of me.
Alex: I have been influenced by so many people. Therefore it's very difficult to choose just one. But probably the person who has influenced me the most in my life is my friend Arsen, thanks to whom I started making music.
Do you have something that fuels your life, like a belief, a feeling, a dream?
Alina: I'm not sure I can describe it in words. It's all more than can be described.
Alex: I have a similar situation as Alina. It would be very difficult to describe it in words.
One song that makes you feel really good:
Alina: That's the hardest question! How is it just one? Every day is different! And that's what makes me feel good!
Alex: Usually it depends very much on the mood, the day, the inner state and so on. But at the moment I can highlight this track by Tomas Dvorak - Mr. Handagote.
You will play at Shankra Festival for the first time in Sri Lanka. What do you expect from this experience?
Our expectations are pretty simple - we feel that within 7 days of the festival a new universe will emerge, an inexplicable and infinite neural circuit connects us all into one big family.
A special message to the Shankra Family!