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Meet Ilya Sitnikov

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ilya Sitnikov.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I Heart Noise was started in 2008 with the purpose of profiling record labels, but eventually expanded to include coverage of shows happening in the Boston area, new music releases and more.

Initially, just a one-man project, IHN now includes numerous contributors. Some of the most active ones are Nick Panagakos (Dogtooth), Chris Bynes (Lightning Pill), Sam Wade, J. Brodsky, Jim Moon (Taxxess/ex-The Bloody Knives) and Grant Hobson (half of the British project Maskirovka1941).

We also run a namesake label that so far produced five releases, majority of which are sold out. Two of our most recent releases include a reissue of the final/second album by Boston no-wave /post-punk band Turkish Delight and the first solo album from ex-St Johnny/Grand Mal leader Bill Whitten.

Co-founder of the label Thor Maillet (a.k.a. Petridisch) also runs his own imprint called Fish Prints. FP is responsible for reissues (1990 demo by Japanese band Nelories/1997 EP by German musician Barbara Morgenstern) and original material alike (The Possessor by Cryostasium).

Please tell us more about your background in art.
While IHN isn’t specifically focused on visual art, I do have a background in design/drawing. I finished a certificate program in graphic design at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and one of my works was featured in the student art exhibit.

I also believe that much of the music I gravitate to tends to be intensely visual, whether soundtrack work or ambient releases.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
The role of artists hasn’t changed – art remains as vital to life as it ever been.

What did change, however, over the last few years is the ways in which general public consumes art/interacts with it and people’s buying habits. With the popularization of Spotify, no one needs to own albums any longer – practically every release under the sun is available for listening/purchase.

Another thing that changed is a window of opportunity for new/lesser-known artists to be heard. Unless a new release will be backed up by a gigantic marketing campaign or somehow end up getting a good review on Pitchfork/mention on NR, it’s unlikely that masses will ever get a chance to hear it.

Our goal at IHN is to fight against both cheapening of music/art and the way we accomplish this is through reviews, showcases we’re putting together and our label. While we don’t expect to rival Pitchfork or NPR in terms of reach, we feel that lately, more people started joining us in a quest for fighting against some of the negative issues surrounding modern music business.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Visit our blog and various social media channels/subscribe/listen and buy our releases:

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Image Credit:
Ilya Sitnikov, Thor Maillet

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