Interview with Victor Gashnikov

“Do what you love and feels right to you, don’t be afraid to make mistakes.”

Victor Gashnikov

I was absolutely delighted when I came across this amazing pianist, Victor Gashnikov from Russia. I was even more excited when he agreed to take some time away from his upcoming album release to do an interview. I can’t get enough of his music. Check out the interview below.


What (who) does your act consist of?

Victor: I’m a solo act. I compose and perform piano instrumental music.

Where are you and your band from?

Victor: I’m from Moscow, Russia.

Thinking back to early childhood, what was your first experience with music?

Victor: My father had a big CD collection. I remember how I picked CD knowing nothing about the artist or band and listened to it.

What type of music did you hear the most growing up? Is it different from what you listen to now?

Victor: When I was growing up I listened to pop/rock music from Michael Jackson, Sade, the Police to Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Now I listen to almost everything but EDM, rap and hip-hop.

What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?

Victor: I believe it was the moment I decided to learn to play the piano. It was 2002 I was watching New Born music video by Muse on MTV. I was impressed by piano intro part and decided I want to learn to play the piano. When I got the instrument I start writing music knowing nothing about music theory yet.

How did you become involved in the type of music you play/sing now?

Victor: My friends were forming a band and they needed a keyboardist, I was learning the instrument at that moment and I thought that it was a good opportunity for me. I played there for several years. Then I decided to form my band to play the music I write. But I couldn’t find the perfect line-up for a band and decided to go in a different way – to fully focus on a piano music.

For those who have never seen or heard your music before, how would you describe your music for the public audience?

Victor: I would describe it like melancholic instrumental stories. Rock and progressive rock music influence me so I guess you can hear the elements of it in my music as well.

Would you rather play live performances or be in the studio?

Victor: I don’t have an answer to this question, to be honest. It’s completely different things for me, and I can’t choose one over another.

If you had to categorize your music, what genre would it best fit?

Victor: I don’t like to put genre tags to music, especially to my music but if I had to choose I’d say contemporary classical, post-modern classical.

What are your songs about and what general themes do they talk about?

Victor: I want the listener to find things that related to them in my music. I often ask what they feel/imagine while listening to the music and I get so many beautiful stories that people find in my music. I like it and don’t want to limit listeners’ imagination by saying what was the piece about.

What are your immediate music career goals?

Victor: My current goal is to release a piano instrumental album. It takes all my time and attention at the moment. I’m planning to release it by the end of this year.

Music tends to appeal to everyone, young and old. Do you have any advice for the youth of today?

Victor: Do what you love and feels right to you, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Learn music theory, it will help you to write better songs.

Please feel free to add any other information you want to share with fans and readers.

Victor: You can check out my music at SoundCloud:

If you like what you hear please join my mailing list at

You can also support my music by downloading it on iTunes at

or buying the CD at


I want to take this opportunity to that Victor once again for doing the interview, and I wish him all the best with his upcoming release. I can’t wait to hear it!