24-05-2012 | 18.29
As a Trouwe hond with a love for Finland and techno, I felt obliged and honoured to catch up with one of Finland’s techno heroes, before he will be imprinting the club next saturday. Trying to impress Samuli, who was coming straight out of the sauna after longboarding home from doing his Deep Space Helsinki radio show, I asked all my questions in Finnish…
Soitat tänä viikonloppuna Trouwissa. Onko sinulla hajuakaan mitään, mitä Trouw tarkoittaa?
‘So I’m playing at Trouw this weekend. Do I have any idea what Trouw means? To be honest, no I don’t...’
‘My guess? It reminds me of the word trout, which is salmon.’
Se tarkoittaa lojaaliutta tai uskollisuutta. Mitä se merkitsee sinulle?
‘Ah, it means loyalty. When you ask what that means to me, the first thing that comes up is my family. But I’m also loyal to my friends, to myself and to my ideas. I dare to do what I want, instead of trying to please people.’
Miten suomalaisuus näkyy musiikissasi?
‘It can be heard in my music that I am Finnish. I suppose the minimalism comes from the nature and desolate places here. Lots of forests and lakes. There are less than 5.4 million people living in Finland, and yet it is the size of Germany. There’s lots of space here, and most of the year it’s pretty dark. A sense of melancholy and loneliness can be heard in my music. But these are meanings that other people give to it. I am not creating music to purposely make a melancholic track. It comes naturally, which I suppose is the Finnish mentality.’
Kerro Helsingin tekno-skenestä.
‘The Helsinki techno scene is quite vibrant. We have some good clubs, lots of really good Finnish DJs and almost every weekend international names are playing. But the scene is small, the music is marginal. There are less than 20 Helsinki based DJs and producers doing techno. I couldn’t imagine myself playing in the biggest clubs in Helsinki, because they play totally different music.
Lately there has been a new phenomenon over here; people with record labels are trying to go back to basic. In this digital era many new digital labels have been coming up, because it’s so easy to do. It almost seems that people don’t have to make an effort in doing music. Now we’re back to the roots, making old school 12"s.’
Kerro minulle radio-ohjelmastasi.
‘I have been doing my radio show Deep Space Helsinki for 4 years now, together with Juho Kusti, my brother from another mother. It’s broadcasted at Basso Radio. In our show we play lots of techno and house, both new and old stuff. I also feel it’s very important to me to play upcoming Finnish producers to give them a chance. I know it’s not that easy to get your voice heard when you’re a new guy on the block. We had this part in the show called Domestic Techno Inspection, which was about Finnish music only. That’s now a yearly party: 10 Finnish techno live acts performing on the same stage on the same night, 30 minutes each.’
Kun googlasin samuli DSH001, sain vain yhden osuman.
*laughs* ‘So you were googling the first Deep Space Helsinki release and you got only 1 hit.’
Miksi olette olleet niin salaperäisiä ensimmäisen Deep Space Helsinki -julkaisun kanssa?
‘You were wondering why we’re being so mysterious about it… Well, it’s coming out in the end of June, but we’re not telling much about it. We’re not even going to send any digital promos, only 12" promos to some key players. The first batch will be only 100 copies. I suppose I will send one to Darko Esser and Benny Rodrigues.’
Trouw on pimeä ja tehdasmainen kuten Berghain. Vaikuttaako se siihen, millaisen setin aiot soittaa?
‘Trouw is a kind of dark and industrial place, as is Berghain. That will definitely affect the type of set that I play. When I play a live set, there’s nothing ready made. I don’t have any arrangements ready when I start playing. That way I keep it interesting for myself. I have nearly 1000 samples of parts from my own tracks. Because I play 100% live, I’m also 100% responding to the vibe of the place. A track is never the same, it’s always evolving and morphing into something else.’
By: Tessa Velthuis