INTERVIEW – Yevgen Chebotarenko of My Personal Murderer


Who are My Personal Murderer and what are you about?

We’re those who change and watch the changes.
 Do you have a significant influence musical or otherwise?
I have tons of beloved ones, they are all different, some leave fast and some stay for a long time. MPM was heavily influenced by David Lynch, living in post-soviet world correlates a lot with those escapist worlds he creates. As for the music it always different. I think I got influenced literally by every thing I like.
How did you find the experience of recording your new album?
That was intimate and discovering. We started recording it very fast but then stuck in this for more than half a year. That changed some things in my mind which never happened to me before in terms of my music. I saw the music was developing itself and I just gave it an impulse at the very beginning.
Do you have a standout track from it?
‘Streets’ probably. The outro for the song was completely improvised and came out of nowhere, that’s exactly the moment when head completely has no glue what hands are doing. I like the ending because it always seems completely unfamiliar to me.
Is there a certain message you want people to take away from the album?
That’s a story, not a statement. I guess those who want to find there the desired will definitely succeed.
What is it like being a musician in Ukraine? Do you feel like you have less opportunities as opposed to American artists for example?
It’s definitely different from the States, the culture is very young here. We have a heavy post-soviet legacy, in minds and at streets. Time should pass and lots of both bad and good things should happen before the real change occur.
Have the recent tensions in Ukraine impacted upon your work at all? 
On subliminal level. You always have that heavy thought in your head, it’s about not being sure about the future, your own and future of your family. But on the other hand sometimes the moment of desolation may become a real gift.
What is coming up from My Personal Murderer in the future?
Currently we are in mood to show ourselves to the world. We decided to start with live video which is scheduled for April.
Many Thanks to Yevgen for an insightful interview. Catch Cauchemar now!
Questions from Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

My Personal Murderer – Cauchemar Review


My Personal Murderer hail from Odessa in Ukraine which is headed up by it’s founder Yevgen Chebotarenko. Their third studio album Cauchemar has been highlighted as a more outward facing work by the group with new styles and approaches drawing from their new band members and collaborative efforts with other artists.

The title track features gradual, ringing riffs that sound out behind the spoken words of lyrics that reflect a fragmented and intimate narrative. ‘The Worm Prince’ offers up rotating riffs and distorted assortment of instrumentation with lead guitars cutting through the washed out sounds. These sounds and the hooks of the track are accentuated with minimal electronic additions to draw the sound out. ‘Constant Waiting’ is an eerily intimate track with teased out riffs, brushed percussion and whispered vocals. These are poised for a rapidly sweeping build up of sound to drive the song on to higher places. ‘Crawling Son’ offers up a similar culmination of a peak sound, but delivered in a style more akin to the Manic Street Preachers with those rough, yet ringing guitars. Tracks like ‘Soup For the Creature’ develop a tense rhythm of rumbling, quickening bass lines and tentative percussion. The album as a whole is intimate and close in places, loud and abrasive in others. It evokes similar acts such as Manic Street Preachers and Savages in their controlled aggression and their lyrical creativity. An interesting listen indeed.


Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995