Party in Berlin, Kyiv and Copenhagen as this music zine leads the way through the old and new metropolises of electronic sound. We met the founders.
Borshch, or borsch, is the name of a Ukrainian soup made of meat, beetroot and other vegetables, which has to simmer for a while to absorb the taste of all the ingredients. BORSHCH is also a magazine about the electronic underground scene. But what does a traditional dish from Eastern Europe have to do with electronic music? According to the two founders, Tiago Biscaia and Mariana Berezovska, a lot. “When we first came up with the magazine idea, the name was a joke, but the longer we thought about it, the more we discovered that our soup will be made of ‘electronic beat-roots’.” The Portuguese graphic designer and the Ukrainian author/music journalist come to this conclusion with the very first edition, for which they were able to entice names like Fatima Al Qadiri and Nina Kraviz.
The second edition of BORSHCH sounds great too, promising interviews with Berlin techno DJ Rødhåd and Ostgut artist Steffi that show us the diversity of the local scene, while also diving into the music worlds of Kiev and Copenhagen. Because the Internet doesn’t tell us much about the mysterious print magazine, we called on the founders to come by for an interview in the lead up to the launch of BORSHCH #2. In conversation, the two muse on the future of electronic music.
What’s the story behind BORSHCH?
Both of us have always been fascinated by a print magazines because of the way a reader interacts with it and its lasting value. Starting a magazine about electronic music was a perfect match of our personal passions and occupations. By giving our magazine the name of a traditional Ukrainian soup our not-taking-ourselves-too-seriously-and-being-open attitude shines through.
You both live in Berlin. What’s your impression of the electronic music scene here?
It is not a secret that electronic music is striving in Berlin. It has an extremely stimulating environment to explore electronic music through different media, to get to know producers and creatives from the local and international scene, and become a part of the network. They say that Berlin was much more free some ten years ago and that things are changing, but for us the city is still an adventurous playground. The discourse not only taking place inside but also outside the clubs. It feels like electronic music pulsates in the veins of the city and it is up to you whether to use this energy for creation or self-destruction. Often both.