The Russian rock band Dancing Minus was formed in 1995. The band was composed of Vyacheslav Petkun, Michael Chait, Oleg Znin, Sergey Haschevsky and Anton Khabibulin. In 1992, Vyacheslav Petkun was part of the group “Secret Ballot” and collaborated with the group “Body 2.” He then formed his own band named “Dancing.” The band conducted their first concert on the 10th of June. They become “Dancing Minus” and performed their first gig at Club University for the Humanities on the 8th of May 1994. But the officially announced the group’s formation date was on the 1st of April 1995. In 1995, Petkun with bassist Polevshchikova Oleg transferred to Moscow. They scheduled several concerts around Moscow. Then three years later, 1998, the group conducted more performance all over Russia. Later that year they recorded their debut album entitled “10 Drops.”
They achieved their breakthrough in 1999. And their breakthrough song was “City.” Their song reached as high as third place in different charts. Dancing Minus also performed in Maksidrome Jubilee and at a festival in Luzhniki MegaHouse. In Autumn, Dancing Minus started to record their second album entitled “Flora and Fauna.” They also started to shot their music video for the song “City” and “Blossom Flowers.” Oleg then left the band and was replaced by Michael Chait. In 2000, the band contributed “Exit”, a soundtrack to Igor Kalenova. They collaborated with Igor Kalenova until August of the following year. The band also participated in the movie “Cinderella in Boots.” They also released a documentary film about the band.
In 2001, the leader of the band, Petkun, announced that the disbanding of the group was a lie. The rumor started in MTV show stating that the group might collapse. The band proved the people otherwise by producing their third album “Losing Shadow.” They recruited Phillippe Pisarev to play keyboard, replacing Climate Shleneva. Petkun appeared in Alla Pugacheva’s music video. Then Pugacheva returned the favor by performing live the band during the release of their their album.
In 2002, the band was featured in a talk show called “Black / White.” Petkun also starred in Russian version of “Notre Dame de Paris.” He played the character of Quasimodo. The venue of the musical was in Operetta Theater. The momentum of growing their listeners was very dramatic. Their music was aired in all radio stations and they conducted more concerts. The group received various awards from Golden Gramophone and Nashe Radio Charts.
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