It was Dimitri’s remix of Avery’s ‘Water Jump‘ that announced his talent to the world. Since then, Dimitri Veimar has been remixing the guys like Danny Daze, Phil Kieran, Justin Robertson, Undo and got his records on a labels like Turbo Recordings, Ultramajic, Darkroom Dubs, Gomma, 2020Vision, Renate Schallplatten, Omnidisc and many more. As his third EP ‘Blaze’ on Tiga’s Turbo label has just been released this 22nd June, focus on his hometown, Moscow. Follow the expert!
What’s to do in the summer when everyone’s gone?
There are a bunch of parks in Moscow all over the city, which means you always gather to the closest near your house, for me that’s Gorky Par and Muzeon. You can bike ride, go for walks, have a picnic with friends etc. Moscow became so beautiful in the last few years and it’s amazing in the summer, as the weather here is actually really hot. To be honest it’s never that quiet, as it’s such a huge city, and everyone would rather come here in the summer than the winter!
What’s the collective’s HQ when it comes to drinks?
I’m not the best when it comes to where to drink, but of course I have a lot of friends who tell me about the new spots from time to time. There is a place called ‘Heroes’ that have this beer you can drink without any regrets of wasting money on craft beers. They have an ale called the ‘Old Speckled Hen’ which is top. Another cool place which is really popular is on Chistyi Prudy, called Na Chilli – it has perfect pre-party ammo and some really good Mexican good to fuel you up for a long night ahead. If you want to spend some money and go top end to a really posh place then head out to Simachev, Klava or Proseco on Pyatnizkaya Street. This street has a lot of bars and restaurants all close together, but be willing to pay a lot for one cocktail!
Where can you find the best records in town?
The main spot and the one that I would really recommend is Zvukovoy Bar’yer. It’s a really old school style record shop, where you find some really rare Soviet records.
What can you do for a first date?
Moscow is actually a good place to take someone on a date! But I would recommend that you head outside of the city though, about 100 miles away and explore some of the amazing countryside that we have. You can stop at Azbuka Vkusa in the city to stock up on all your nice gourmet essentials and then head out to the fresh air and enjoy nature at its best. The reason I say this, is because I am not a fan of ‘normal’ dates with a dinner and candles etc, so going outside the box is always going to win you some extra points if you are really trying to impress someone. But if this isn’t someone you think is ‘the one’ then maybe go for a walk around the Moscow University area which has a lot of green space and an amazing view point of the whole city.
Where can you lose your dignity?
Lots of places for this in Moscow….where to start. Friday you can head to Kianu, Voda or Parka bar and then head over to System 108 or Minimum’s parties which happen almost every weekend now in the city but areaways changing venues, so you need to keep an eye out for the latest updates on their events. In Moscow, clubs are quite difficult these days, since Arma was shut down and things have got worse since then with licensing and the government. You can head out to St Petersburg or even Tbillisi if you REALLY want to ‘lose your dignity’ in a good way of course…. 😉
A good address for brunch?
Yes, there is a place called Saxon+Parole which is quite old and popular on Patriki’s block, its upscale and the typical sort of brunch food you might expect at a high end establishment. Also I would try to maybe go to the local markets, which not a lot of tourists seem to venture to, a couple which are worth noting are Danilovskiy and Usachevskiy, where you can also get a lot of local and homemade products. The honey in Moscow is really good, so keep an eye out for that. I also get my dose of ‘Pho Ga’ at these markets, as they have food from all over the world, so you can eat a little from each in one place.
The best plan to chill on a Sunday?
Sunday morning is the perfect time for me to jump in the car and play ‘Need For Speed’ but in a sleepy town, with no traffic and cops on any highways. So, in some ways it can be very chilled and calm.
Best view of the town?
Oh yes, for a great view you can head over to Moscow City Towers, and get the elevator to the 89thfloor. You can see how huge Moscow is from here, and if you don’t want to pay to do that you can just take a taxi to Vorobievy Gory and enjoy the panoramic view from there for free.
A local product?
There are a lot of interesting things you can eat and drink in Moscow. You probably should try some caviar, drink tons of homemade vodka and maybe eat some of the famous herring salads we make. But above anything else, the energy of the city and the people are enough of a local product to make you come back again and again.