Over the last 2 decade’s few people can have put so much time and energy into the culture they love. Founder of Jazz Fudge in early 1995, A&R, producer, promoter, record collector, award winning radio presenter, writer, chef and yogi. Vadim has certainly been keeping himself busy. And that’s before we even mention his DJing itself which has seen him perform over 3000 times in 78 countries to date , performing at some of the worlds most prestigious festivals, to winning countless awards and having his mixtapes continuously chart no.1 on sites like Mixcloud.
To describe the man as an internationalist almost seems to sell him short. The journey begins in 1992, the Russian ex-pat bought a sampler and started working on the music that would become his debut – Abstract hallucinating Gases and Headz ain’t ready. Later in the year he signed to Ninja Tune which culminated in his debut LP USSR Repertoire.
From these early recordings came 3 more studio albums for Ninja(plus 1 remix album), 6 for BBE records, and 3 full studio albums on his own imprint(OGS and Jazz fudge) and then there is Dubcatcher 2(soul beats). Thats 14 to date (2017) and that doesn’t even include ep’s , singles mixtapes or production for groups he was part of like 7n7c with whom he was nominated for the Latin Grammy’s in 2002.
For an artist with such a long recording pedigree it would be easy to sit in cruise control, knock out music by numbers, or just re hash earlier ideas and become some what irrelevant and passed his ‘sell by date’. Similarly it would be easy to just work with the ‘stars’ of the day and ‘buy fame’ but again this isn’t Vadim.
Joining the dots of the music, one can hear that musical evolution is the key. A work in progress. Starting from a foundation in instrumental hiphop music, vadim has combined bass culture, reggae, dancehall, latin, rap, worldly sounds…. all with a touch of soul working time and time again with new upcoming artists who later in their own right take off. Think more Arsenal FC than Chelsea. Vadim doesn’t buy or rely on famous features. He nurtures and creates new talents, new sounds, the future sounds of London!