After IV The Polymath we’re back with a new installment of our Pick Of The Week on Laid Back Radio. This time we go all the way to Helsinki (Finland) to hook up with producer Juhani. No audio intro by this computer illiterate, but instead we asked him some questions to introduce you to him. And of course enjoy his instrumental track ‘Bigger Vat/Suurempi Sammio’! We’re sure it’ll grab you the moment the funky tunes kick in…
This time we go all the way to Helsinki (Finland) to hook up with producer Juhani.
And of course enjoy his instrumental track ‘Bigger Vat / Suurempi Sammio‘! We’re sure it’ll grab you the moment the funky tunes kick in…
You live in Finland. Shouldn’t you be making black metal and light churches on fire instead of making instrumental ‘hip hop’?
Haha, yeah, I probably should. Although I think that church-thing is more a Norwegian habit.
Can you tell our readers a bit more about yourself ?
I’m a 31 years old music making professional bicycle mechanic from Helsinki, Finland. My first release was a 1997 c-cassette single.
Your older albums aren’t instrumental. What’s the reason you stopped using vocals?
I got fed up with vocals. I listen mostly lots of old music. I like folk, blues, rock, soul, funk, jazz, etc. But when I started to get into progressive rock, I started to think if it would be possible to make more progressive styled beats. Of course I’ve liked DJ Shadow’s ‘Endtroducing‘, so I just started to try different things and pretty soon I realized that it worked. It was so great to make beats without thinking where I should put vocals and how to sequence things and so on…
After that phase, what kind of music do you listen to right now?
Well, there’s a lot.. Right now I’m deep into Polish progressive rock and blues. But mostly 60s/70s music. Hey, by the way, I have to say that this Belgian beat-duo 40 Winks sounds nice!
You said you use old equipment to record/produce your music. Can you give some examples?
Well, the heart of my music room is an Akai s1000 sampler. Then I use a Yamaha RM1x as a sequencer. I also have a great collection of old Roland and Casio drum machines. Then lots of effects and old mixers and an old Tandberg 4-track tape recorder. I don’t even have a computer in my music room…
Do you perform on stage?
I used to perform live when I made rap music, but now I haven’t perform instrumental live gigs because I don’t think that it would be interesting for the audience. Actually, I’m quite happy that I don’t have to do gigs anymore, because I was so tired when I was touring through Finland. And I also think that for me it’s much more interesting to create new things than perform old things night after night.
Your last release was in 2009. What can we expect in the future?
There’s one instrumental album coming out “soon”, songs are ready and right now Timmion’s Didier Selin is mastering the album. But after that I’m not sure, because our 2,5 year old daughter has taken my music room and I don’t know when it’s possible to get a bigger appartment for us. I have noticed that I have to have studio at home, it just doesn’t work if I have to go somewhere else everytime when I feel creative.