How would you describe your music?
Downtempo / Trip Hop / Dubtronica / Hip Hop are the genres I tend to move between, but I love all kinds of music so I tend to mix blues, jazz, folk, afro and electronica into what ever I’m working on.
Could you give us a little bio about you?
I started making music on the family computer (Fast Tracker II) around 1992, it started getting more serious around the end of the nineties when we started our first hip–hop group. I have had some smaller labels releasing my music through the years, but it´s always been indie stuff.
I also started spinning records around 2002 and have done ever since. After my album ‘Rejections’ (2012) was released via Nexgen Music Group I´ve taken a few years venturing into new territories – working with live instruments and musicians, not just samples. Now I’m here with my new ‘Forest EP’ just about to drop!
What made you get into the music industry?
I’ve always been a huge music fan – as a kid I remember sitting in front of the speaker and analysing music from the radio. My mum taught me how to change records at home for her, my older brother was in the early jungle/techno scenes in Finland and knew the local hip–hop heads etc, so I was always around cool music and learned early not to be narrow minded when it comes to genre. After we started our first hip–hop group I realised that this wassomething I wanted to do full-time, and I’ve never stopped since.
‘Return of the Birds’ will be released on 18 th April – can you tell us a little more about the single?
It was just one of those songs that started off totally different than how it ended up being. I guess the backbone of the track is the incredible work Felix Back created. After that the track took many turns I didn´t see coming at first. I basically re-worked the whole track after that session:recorded new guitars, shifted from sampled drums to live drumming by Toni Nordlund and so on. To top it offCharlotta laid some deep vocals on it. I just love the soulful mood of the track, it kind of sounds like a moody soul track from the 60s but with some modern twists. It gives me goose bumps when I listen to it really.
The track features Charlotta Kerbs, how did the collaboration come about?
Like all of the tracks, this one was supposed to be instrumental. The whole ‘Forest EP’ was supposed to be instrumental actually, but after I met Charlotta through mutual friends I knew she would be perfect to have on the EP. We ended up doing three songs together on the project! I contacted her and asked if she would be interested in working together, sent over some music and booked a day for recording. I didn´t have a clue what she would do, but as soon as we started I knew I’d made the right decision. She always delivers!
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing and recording process like?
The song was created in a number of sessions with loads of people. Adding layer on top of layer, taking out some older takes/sounds… always doing more and more. Then the vocals came along, and after that we still had a session with Silttu Sillanpää, with him layering some awesome lapsteel licks. It´s really hard to remember everything that happened because the music took a good few years to mold into what it is today. I still remember finding those “bird sound records” from a local fleamarket. They just worked so well and the whole idea basically came from those bird sounds – to make a song about birds leaving the cold north after the summer ends.
Can you tell us a little bit about your EP ‘The Forest’?
It’s a project that has been under construction for a few years now. I never wanted it to take this long, but there were so many twists and turns on the path and I´m glad Itook them all. Wasting time working with the wrong people, doing loads of unnecessary work… But in the end I was happy to find the right people who got me to where I am today.
I started making a simple four track instrumental EP but I wanted to challenge myself and blend in vocals as well.So this EP was really a learning curve and my first attempt to have all these new elements in my music. I was meeting new people who just wanted to create with meand we ended up recording a number of tracks together. I never had any proper plans, music just happens if the time/place/people are right. I never write anything, I just create: go back, edit, listen, tweak and fool around. Theres no method to this madness!
If you had to describe it in three words, what would they be?
Honest, natural, warm.
Check out the video for ‘Release Me’
Do you have any upcoming shows?
No, I´ve never done any live shows with Neveready material. It would be nearly impossible to play this material live because all the people I have recorded with have never met each other. It would be too expensive and difficult to get everyone together to rehearse the material!
What was the song you listened to the most that influenced you to get in to the music scene?
This one is easy, Portishead – Roads. I still go back to thistrack when I really need to hear some awesome music.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Be open to everything, never do anything without a mindset that you are ready to learn something. Listen, study, buy records, go to shows, meet new people and talk about how they do what they do. Get inspired not only by music, but all the things in life. Create something that you would like to hear, it doesn´t really matter if no one else likes it.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
You can´t love animals, and eat them too.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Vaasa is a small city with nothing special going on, so I’dhave to say walk around the nearby forests! That’s where Ifind myself every once in a while, looking for peace and inspiration.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Headphones, own needles/cartridges, 7”inch pucks, selections of dope records and some extra records just in case someone else plays the tunes you had planned to play.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
What else can we expect to come in 2019?
Debut album with my band ‘Fearfall’ (@wearefearfall) trough Nexgen Music!
I also just dropped a Hip Hop album with my other band ‘Organ!k’ (@organikofficial) with Tuore Records!