Huoratron Interview – Electric Daisy Carnival 2010 Huoratron Interview – Electric Daisy Carnival 2010

Huoratron

Huoratron photo from blurt-online.com

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PPM: So is this your first time in EDC?

Aku: Yes it is, it’s my first time in L.A. actually

PPM: So how do we stack up to the European version of electronic music festivals?

Aku: I don’t know, I have to still figure taht out.  It’s not so easy for me to say.  For example, todays show was the first time I’ve ever played with the sun up.  For me, it’s a culture shock.  It was good though, the crowd kept getting bigger as time went by.

PPM: You don’t do mainstream electro-house so what got you into the grind-core/concrete scene?

Aku: I do what I love to do.  I don’t try to direct myself too much.  I went from being a super bad bass player…

PPM: Oh, you played bass when you were younger?

Aku: Yeah but I sucked so much.  I was really good at computers though.  One day, my friend built me a computer and showed me all these different sounds.  I sampled bass noises and I became the bass player producer of the town.  There came a point where I was like, “This is how it should be.  I can’t play the bass so I’ll create music from my computer.”  Personally, I love the heavy, gritty sounds.

PPM: How would I describe your overall sound to get one of my friends to listen to you?

Aku: I suppose you should say, “Hey, are you lacking some distortion?  Then go check this guy out!”

PPM: Are there any artists that inspired you to get to where you are right now?

Aku: Yeah but probably not ones within my actual genre.  I’ve always liked weird noise stuff, the kind of do-it-yourself scene.  It just feels more real and unique.  The screeching of computer noises always interested me and that’s why you hear a lot of those sounds in my music.

PPM: Are there any artists that you’re looking forward to working with in the future?

Aku: Definitely, but these are the questions you don’t want to jinx yourself by answering.  When you are a solo producer, you can benefit from poeple coming over and slapping you up like, “What are you doing!?”

PPM: So I’ll phrase it this way, would these artists be in your genre or would you look elsewhere?

Aku: Both.  Just making standard house music won’t work.  We need to create something that’s off the map.

PPM: Are you interested in making the grindcore sound more accessible to the public?

Aku: It’s going really well, people are taking it really well.  You say it’s not accessible but I think people are always like subliminally wanting to hear what they are not getting from a DJ who, for example, only plays what they want to hear.  The crowd welcomes a DJ who comes in and has the attitude like, “I’m not here to please,” and they get excited.  In my experience, the second way worked.  EDC really warmed up to my sound.

PPM: I saw the new music video and the warning you put at the beginning.  I didn’t put much thought into it but the video really shocked me.  Is the video mostly for shock value?

Aku: When we started working with it, there were many different directions we wanted to go.  I sent the director, Cedric my ideas at first.  Cedric sent me this screaming letter on what he wanted to do so there are some of my parts and some of the director’s parts.  We wanted to make sure everybody had something.  A main focus was early 20’s and 30’s horror literature.  Many of the traits found on the woman in the video were taken from these early written works of monsters.

PPM: So in Finland, is the scene more popular?

Aku: Eh, I would say mostly Europe.  All of Europe seems to be enjoying this beat.  It’s beautiful to see this distortion sound being popular.

PPM: And you flew here from Helsinki?

Aku: No, I’ve been touring.

PPM: What is the hardest part about traveling?

Aku: Knowing when to take time off to work in the studio.  I have a nice studio back home in Helsinki and that’s where most of my tracks are produced.  No matter what anyone says, they’re not making premium tracks on the road because traveling sucks.  The food is bad and everything is uninspiring.  You have to know when to reserve time to work.

PPM: Are there any new releases for us to look out for?

Aku: My new label is into the European, semi-underground scene.  We are going to release two EP’s together.  After that, there will be another release coming out later this year or early next year.

PPM: Is it going to be in the same genre as you?

Aku: Yeah, in the same vein.  We have a saying, “You turn over your coat…”

PPM: Selling out?

Aku: Yeah! I don’t want that to happen so I pick artists carefully.  I’ll stick with what I’ve always loved doing and keep that integrity.



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