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Ilya Vladimirovich Prusikin
8 April 1985
|Alma mater||Saint Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts|
(m. 2016; div. 2020)
Ilya Vladimirovich Prusikin (Russian: Илья́ Влади́мирович Пруси́кин, born 8 April 1985), is a Russian musician, singer, record producer, vlogger, video director and screenwriter. He is best known as the front person and founder of Saint Petersburg punk-pop-rave group Little Big. He is also known under the stage name Ilich (Russian: Ильич), an in-joke referencing Vladimir Lenin's patronymic and Oblomov character.
Life and career
Ilya Prusikin was born in Siberia, in the village of Ust'-Borzya, Chita Oblast (now Zabaykalsky Krai). In his early infancy, he moved to Sosnovy Bor, situated in Leningrad Oblast, with his parents. He studied piano at a local children's musical school. Prusikin later graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts with a degree in psychology.
In 2011, he started a collaboration with a subsidiary project of the Russian fun-production studio "My Ducks Vision" by Yuri Degtyarev named "Thank you, Eva!", uniting video bloggers into one large affiliate network, and in 2012 he directed "Guffy Gough Show" (2012) and "The Great Rap Battle" (2012). Both of his programs went on to become the network's highest-rated videos. Also in 2012, Prusikin produced and directed the Internet sitcom "Police Weekdays" (Russian: «Полицейские будни»). After three episodes, the show was cancelled indefinitely.
In 2013, Prusikin and Eldar Dzharakhov founded the artistic partnership “ClickKlak”. According to them, the audience of ClickKlack consists of "boys and girls with an active lifestyle and a good sense of humour". The channel's page contains such shows as “Give the Bream” (Russian: «Дай леща»), “Thrash Lotto” (Russian: «Трэш лото»), “As You Say” (Russian: «Как скажешь»), “Shocking Karaoke” (Russian: «Шокирующее караоке»), “Experiments' Destroyers” (Russian: «Разрушители экспериментов»), “Kick the Bucket” (Russian: «Сыграл в ящик»), etc.
In 2003, Ilyich became a member of nu-metal band Tenkorr. Prusikin also gained experience working with the other groups, Like A Virgin, St. Bastards and Construktorr among them. Ilya has since achieved greater domestic and international recognition with the band Little Big, founded on April 1, 2013. All music videos of the band are shot by its co-founder, Alina Pyazok (Russian: Алина Пязок).
On August 21, 2020 Smelaya and Prusikin announced their separation on YouTube.
In 2018, Prusikin quoted the famous aphorism: "The [Russian] state has murdered my love for Motherland" and criticised the Russian populace's easygoing attitude towards life and, especially, local indifference towards corruption. In a 2019 interview with Xenia Sobchak, Prusikin spoke of his total dislike of modern Russian politics, emphasising the increased "cult of intolerance and anger" in internal politics after 2012. He publicly supported Ivan Golunov during the journalist's persecution.
- "ВИДЕО (ВНИМАНИЕ! Содержит ненормативную лексику! Ограничение просмотра по возрасту — "18+"). "Вписка" и "Ильич" ("Little Big") — о знакомстве с Ирой Смелой, работе с "Lizer", почему Киркоров панк (на 18:22 говорит о месте рождения)". // YouTube (пользователь — «ВПИСКА»). October 19, 2018. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
- "Когда состоялась свадьба Ирины Смелой и Ильи Прусикина, фотография?" (in Russian). Интернет-сервис «Большой вопрос» // bolshoyvopros.ru. 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
- "Кто родился у Иры Смелой и Ильича (солиста Little Big)?" (in Russian). nasmillion.ru. December 25, 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
- "Ильич о знакомстве со Смелой, депрессии и Киркорове. Солист Little Big стал героем "Вписки", и ох как он мил" [Ilyich about meeting Smelaya, depression and Kirkorov. The lead singer of Little Big is a hero of Vpiska, and oh, how cute he is]. Medialeaks (in Russian). Retrieved March 17, 2020.
- "LITTLE BIG успех Skibidi, коллаба с Киркоровым и рэп-баттл с Навальным ОСТОРОЖНО, СОБЧАК!" [LITTLE BIG The success of Skibidi, collab with Kirkorov and rap battle with Navalny BEWARE, SOBCHAK!]. Xenia Sobchak (in Russian). Retrieved March 17, 2020 – via YouTube.