Andrei Tropillo

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Andrei Tropillo. Photo by Вишня, Алексей Фёдорович

Andrei Vladimirovich Tropillo (born March 21, 1951 in Leningrad) - is a Soviet and Russian rock musician, music producer, music publisher, sound engineer and founder of the Antrop label. He made a significant contribution to the formation and development of Russian rock, supporting many musicians through a recording club in the house of Young Technicians, which he directed. He is the grandson of writer Antonina Golubeva.


Throughout the 1970s, Andrei Tropillo became acquainted with many Soviet rock bands. In 1979 he organized, with Vladimir Vasilyevich Kashinsky's (one of the leaders and organizers of the House of Pioneers and Schoolchildren of the Krasnogvardeisky District) technical and organizational support, a recording club using the equipment from Melodiya. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he recorded albums by bands such as, Aquarium, Zoopark, Kino, and Alisa in his unofficial AnTrop studio. Tropillo also organized concerts, and sometimes performed as a musician and backing vocalist on albums by the bands he recorded. As a rule, everything happened without any monetary exchanges: Tropillo did not pay the musicians nor did they pay him for recording in his studio. Tropillo recorded groups not only in his studio, but also clandestinely with equipment belonging to Soviet state label Melodiya.

In the late 1980s he was appointed director of Melodiya's Leningrad branch, and quickly proceeded to record debut albums for many of the city's rock groups and reissue albums he had recorded on vinyl with Alisa, Kino and others, which rapidly resulted in his removal from the post.

In 1991, he created the "Producer Center for Rock and Roll Parishes of the Unified Evangelical Lutheran Church of Russia." Around the same time "AnTrop" label, which had existed unofficially since 1979, became official. Taking advantage of the imperfection new legislation enacted, Tropillo released albums by Western rock bands (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Sonic Youth and many others) on the label.

In the 1990s, Tropillo began producing audio tapes, and in 1999 he built a factory for the production of CDs. According to legend, it was he who legalized pirated discs with Western music in Russia, inventing so-called "licenses". Some Russian rock bands subsequently had serious disagreements with Andrei Tropillo over copyrights, fees, etc, with some cases almost reaching the courts. Today, however, his contribution to Russian rock music is heralded by many of the scene's leading figures, including members of Aquarium, Shevchuk Yu and Alisa's Konstantin Kinchev.


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  1. “Aquarium”: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s , 4:16 // Rain Channel , 11/11/2011
  2. Konstantin Kinchev and Andrey Tropillo in the program “Paradigm” Archived copy of December 29, 2013 on Wayback Machine , “ HERE! ", May 1, 2011