Live at CBGB in New York on 04.22.06
|Birth name||Mikhail Tarasov|
|Also known as||Misha Tarasov; Svoy|
|Origin||Vladivostok, Russian Federation|
Digital Audio Workstation
|Associated acts||Ilya Lagutenko
|Yamaha MOTIF series|
Mikhail Tarasov (Russian: Михаи́л Тара́сов), better known by his stage name Svoy (which can be loosely translated as 'insider'), is a Billboard-charting multi-Independent Music Award winning recording and performing music artist/producer/writer in the genre of pop/electronica. He has three self-produced albums released via Mack Avenue Records/Sony Music Entertainment, P-Vine Records/Blues Interactions and Thistime Records, respectively. In 2009, his single "Beautiful Thing" reached #69 on the Billboard Japan Hot TOP 100 Airplay and #82 on Billboard Japan Hot 100 Singles chart. Besides remaining in top 40 and 100 airplay charts of numerous major Japanese radio networks for over 8 weeks, the song peaked at #3 on Alpha Station FM Kyoto 89.4's TOP 40 Overseas Chart. Also in 2009, Svoy's album Automatons reached #100 on the Billboard Japan Top Independent Albums and Singles chart. In 2011, Automatons and its title track were nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Dance/Electronica Song at The 10th Independent Music Awards, subsequently winning in the latter category, as well as winning 10th IMA's Vox Populi in both categories. 10th Independent Music Awards judging panel included Seal, Fall Out Boy, Portishead, McCoy Tyner, Counting Crows, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Suzanne Vega, Jesse Harris, Tom Waits, Aimee Mann, Jonatha Brooke among other notable artists and music industry professionals. In 2004, Svoy won the BMI John Lennon Award for songwriters and received the award personally from Yoko Ono. In 2002, he won BMI Pete Carpenter Fellowship for film composers, that led to studying with Mike Post and Atli Orvarsson for one month at Post's studio in Los Angeles. Over the course of his career, Svoy has collaborated with Kenny Garrett, Meshell Ndegeocello, Claudia Acuna, Raul Midon, Adam Levy and Ilya Lagutenko, among other notable artists. Svoy is a writer/artist for Universal Music Group, a Yamaha Digital Artist, a Berklee College of Music and Gnessin Russian Academy of Music scholarship recipient/graduate. New York music critics Jack Rabid of The Big Takeover Magazine and Jesse Seilhan of TheCelebrityCafe.com describe Svoy as a "...Robot-driven repetitive-trance big-dance-rhythm cold synth-pop modern-chart soul futuristic electro-disco techno meister" and an artist who "...Is not afraid to explore" with Tokyo's Thistime Records dubbing him "...Prince of Electropop". Svoy is presently residing in New York City.
|Year||Album||Chart peak positions|
|Japan Top Independent Albums and Singles|
|2010||Et Al. (unreleased)||-|
|2009||Consequence EP 1.0|
|2009||Consequence EP 1.1|
|2012||Yours, Svoy: The Best of 2005-2012|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|Japan Hot 100 Airplay
||Japan Hot 100 Singles
|2009||"I Don't Love (LIVE Acoustic)"||I Don't Love (LIVE Acoustic)|
|2011||"Never Grow Up"||—||—||Grow Up|
|2011||"Right Here, Right Now"||—||—||Grow Up|
Awards & Nominations
|2002||Won||BMI Pete Carpenter Award||Film/TV Music||original instrumental composition|
|2004||Won||BMI John Lennon Award||Songwriting||original song|
|2003||Won||Berklee Performance Award||Jazz Piano||jazz piano performance|
|2011||Nominated||Independent Music Awards||Best Electronica/Dance Album||Automatons|
|2011||Won||Independent Music Awards||Best Electronica/Dance Song||Automatons|
|2011||Won||Independent Music Awards Vox Populi||Best Electronica/Dance Album||Automatons|
|2011||Won||Independent Music Awards Vox Populi||Best Electronica/Dance Song||Automatons|
- "Svoy Myspace".
- "10th Independent Music Awards Winners".
- "10th Independent Music Awards Vox Populi".
- "Mack Avenue Records".
- "P-Vine Records".
- "Thistime Records".
- "FM Kyoto Overseas TOP 40 September 6, 2009".
- "Svoy Independent Music Awards Profile/Interview".
- "10th Independent Music Awards Judges".
- "Svoy Universal Music Group profile".
- "Yamaha Digital Music Artists".