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A Dirty Dozen with ALEXANDER MISHUSTOV from CHASE THE COMET – March 2024

| 14 March 2024 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Female-fronted alternative rock band Chase the Comet releases its new album, entitled Ill.U.Me.Nation. Part I: Inception, via Pavement Entertainment. This is the band’s fourth studio album and features ten new songs that will have your speakers begging for mercy. Hailing from the vibrant streets of Moscow, Russia, to the sizzling stages of Los Angeles, Chase the Comet is led by frontwoman Nika Comet and guitar virtuoso Alex Mishustov. Alex, the guitar maestro, who’s rocked out with legends like Metallica and Linkin Park to name a few, and Nika, a rock vocal powerhouse, joined forces to create a musical hurricane.” We get Alex to discuss new music, influences, and more.

1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Our latest record Ill.U.Me.Nation is special to us. It’s an album that we’ve poured a lot of heart and soul into. One thing that might not be immediately apparent to listeners is the depth of the storytelling in the lyrics. There are layers there that we hope people will discover with each listen. And for those diehard fans, there are some hidden gems tucked away in the music. Short lyric parts in Russian are something we always try to incorporate into our songs. Sometimes, this brevity turns into a full-fledged Russian song, like “Tabula Rasa.”

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Music has always been in my blood. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t surrounded by it. But the moment I knew I wanted to be a musician was when I saw the Russian band called Korol i Shut on TV. It was like a lightning bolt straight to the heart.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Infinity on High by Fall Out Boy was a game-changer for me. It opened my eyes to what music could be and set me on my path as an artist.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

If I could collaborate with anyone, it would have to be Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), Adele & P!nk. Their talent and creativity are off the charts, and I know we could create something truly special together.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour? What do you like to do to unwind?

Outside of music, I love spending time with friends and family, exploring new places, and just taking it easy. Whether it’s a hike in the mountains or a quiet night in with a good book, I’m all about finding that balance and enjoying the moment. Oh, and video games are also on the list of things I’m fond of. Whether it’s kicking back with some FIFA, getting lost in the world of Assassin’s Creed, or battling monsters in The Witcher, gaming is a big part of how I unwind.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Our music is like a sonic rollercoaster ride – it’s raw, it’s powerful, and it’s meant to be felt as much as it’s heard. As for comparisons, I try not to pay too much attention to what others say. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but at the end of the day, we’re just doing our thing.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

When the band’s hanging out, it’s usually a group effort in the kitchen. We all like to cook and experiment with different recipes. As for drinks, well, let’s just say we have a well-stocked fridge. And when it comes to cracking out the acoustic guitars, it’s usually a free-for-all. We’re all songwriters at heart, so you never know what’ll come out of those jam sessions.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

The last time I was starstruck? That would have to be when I met my punk-rock idol Dmitry Spirin from the Russian band Tarakany! I’ve looked up to them for as long as I can remember, so meeting them in person was a surreal experience. I’m proud to say we’re good friends now.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best part of being a musician is connecting with people through music. There’s nothing quite like seeing the impact your songs can have on someone’s life. As for my dream job if I couldn’t be a musician? Probably something creative, like filmmaking or photography.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

One question I’ve always wanted an interviewer to ask is about the creative process behind our music. I love talking about how songs come together and the stories behind them. And as for a question I’m tired of answering? Well, let’s just say I’ve been asked about the political situation in Russia more times than I can count.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Looking back over my career, there are moments I wish I could do over. But at the end of the day, everything happens for a reason, and those missteps have helped shape who I am as an artist.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

If I could go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record, it would have to be Asking Alexandria’s Reckless and Relentless. That album is a masterpiece from start to finish, and being in the studio as it all came together would be a dream come true.






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