Andrey ‘Orochi’ Sazonov is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, designer working for different bands (mostly modern metal bands) including Dawn Sanctum, Abstract Deviation, Robots Pulling Levers, Amogh Symphony, Mad Essence and many more.
Andrey Sazonov – Full Biography
Andrey Sazonov is a multi-instrumentalist and sound producer from Russia. In Andrey Sazonov‘s words – “I grew up listening everything from King Crimson to Death, from Led Zeppelin to Blind Guardian, from Children of Bodom to Gackt. I enjoyed all of it. Being a kid I was taught to play a chromatic accordion, but ended up dealing with keyboards and guitars. Regular people like myself love unusual things. Never intended to write music, but ended up becoming a music producer and game OST composer. I tend to find something interesting in just about each and every genre and style the world can offer. Lots of interesting stuff (music, art, culture, languages) out there. I ended up combining the parts I like in my music. Around 2008 I started Dawn Sanctum project which combined synthpop with all kinds of heavy metal and electronica. The project released several game soundtracks apart from albums and EPs.
Soon enough I got an invitation to become a member of Abstract Deviation which I gladly accepted. I got acquainted with many amazing musicians and gradually participated in the shred project called Robots Pulling Levers with Their Shredding Majesties Mark Hawkins and Vishal J. Singh. The RPL experience was super refreshing for me so I naturally craved for more projects in the same vein. After seeing ‘what I did there’ with the RPL music Vishal approached me with an offer of becoming a member of Amogh Symphony. Funny enough, I thought he was a pretty unreachable guy when I first heard his music (and I loved Amogh music!). So that’s how I became the part of Amogh Symphony.
I see myself 99% as the composer/arranger and 1% as a performer. Sometimes it’s really challenging to get the technical capacity needed to pull some licks and tricks. Yet I’m trying to write humane music with maybe some little imperfections which make music tasty. That’s how I see it. I tend to learn from each culture I encounter, especially Asian culture. On the popular culture side, I am a fan of history/myth/sci-fi/fantasy books (though I would still prefer dictionaries and reference books), anime (especially stuff that came out before 2005), Japanese RPGs, fighting games (Mortal Kombat, Guilty Gear, Street Fighter, Tekken and the related) manga/manhua/manhwa, recent Bollywood movies and many more. I guess my motto would be ‘We’re here to learn’. Learning is life for me. Not even a single day without learning something new.”