The Dayoffs is a collaboration from Vladimir Komarov and Atsuo Matsumoto. They met at the legendary Stratosphere Sound Studios in 2012 when Vladimir was tracking down for one of his project and Atsuo happened to be engineering the sessions. Soon they teamed up to produce a bunch of records, including their own under the name The Dayoffs. The duo live in New York City.
What’s the story behind your latest video 'A Million Days'?
V: My school classmate, Ira and 3 of her friends started an aspiring animation studio in my hometown, Novosibirsk (Russia) about 2 years ago. They call themselves ‘Studio ZHAZHA’. I watched a few of their films and realized that those lo-fi techniques and some kind of naïve feelings that they create fits perfectly with the song. I contacted guys and asked if they would be interested in making a video for it – no deadlines, no pressure, and no assessment from us.
A: We wanted them to have as much creative freedom as possible. We didn’t know anything about what it is going to be until they showed us the finished production. It took them about a year to make, and they did an absolutely amazing job! They are an incredibly talented group of people, and we could not be any happier how it came out. We highly recommend everyone who is interested in visual art to check out their work.
How did you decide on the name The Dayoffs?
V: I’m afraid it was my bad idea – the name concept came from the fact that we were just producing/working on music for the other people before we started recording our own songs. We made a lot of jokes about starting a band together – just because our tandem is perfect – but we didn’t have enough time. Looks like we need some days off to start the band. Next step was spelling – “The Days Off” didn’t work, obviously…
A: …but “The Dayoffs” clicked. When we came up with that, we both were like, “Oh ok, that could be it, huh?”. We had been seeking the other names for a little while but decided to take it afterwords.
V: Though, it’s a weird sounding name, but to be honest, I like it!
How would you explain the sound of The Dayoffs to a stranger in five words?
V: Full palette of noise watercolor.
A: Noise pop.
How did you both decide you wanted to be in a band together?
V: As mentioned, we have worked on a lot of projects together before we started the band. And we still keep doing it (not under the name “The Dayoffs”) – OST for Russian war-drama movie “Anna’s War” is one of the good examples. We speak the same musical language and are really good friends. Maybe because we are both a-bit aliens/outsiders in the US, or maybe because our birthdays are on the same day (September 14th). I don’t know, but there is some chemistry and it works.
How do you come up with ideas for your songs?
A: In the beginning, it was spontaneous only – we gathered, took guitars or the other instrument and just pressed REC. We still keep that feeling, but sometimes one of us brings ideas and we go from there. Anyways, arrangement and sound design are spontaneous most of the times. Lyrics comes later.
What do you love about living in New York?
A: New York is so diverse, a very powerful and exciting place where everything happens.
V: There is a full of strangers here as well – it’s easy to disappear into it, and nobody cares about you. It’s like you are living in a small desert with population of 10 million. But at the same time, the city itself is like a human body. Things are changing constantly here. I’m wondering how long I can stand living here (I moved in 7 years ago), but I’ve been enjoying pretty much every part of it so far.
What influences have had the greatest impact on your music?
A: Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine
What’s your motto / life philosophy?
V: Take care of love, respect art, be good to your dependents. The rest is nothing.
A: Stay positive. Be good to the others.
Finish this sentence. Life is…
V: … very unpredicted substance.
If you had the chance to go anywhere for dinner tomorrow, where would you go?
V: I’m going to see MBV at Hammerstein Ballroom tomorrow, ha-ha!!! So, I’m afraid, I have no chance. But if I have, I would go to some Georgian place – Georgian cuisine is the best!
Where do you go to discover new music?
V: Music can be heard from everywhere these days – social networks have changed things quite a bit. But, I still love to search and explore. It may sound a bit crazy, but when I discover artists that I never heard of from the previous decades, I will listen through their entire discography in chronological order.
What do you feel has been your best song to date?
A: Love Love Love. I think we finally locked super catchy drive riff and pop melody into 2 minute song frame with good amount of noise. Would like it to be played somewhere in London. Can you suggest us any cool small places?
If you could talk to only one person for the rest of your life who would it be?
V: My daughter Eva – I appreciate her company more than anyone else.
Are you more or a rule breaker or rule follower?
V: Well, when I was twice younger I was a rule breaker in my life than in my music. Now, I do hope that I’m more of a rule follower in my life than in my music.
A: I like to go with the flow and see how things will pan out. So, maybe both…?
What can we expect from you for the rest of 2018?
V: We are working on an instrumental record now – it is something completely different from our debut album.
A: Not sure it’s going to be just an EP, or a full-length album at this point as tracks and ideas are constantly changing. But we are hoping to put it out by the end of the year, or in early next year otherwise.