I'm a Finnish-born film composer, producer and a multi-instrumentalist with a Master's Degree focused in Musicology and Ethnomusicology. Before jumping into music full-time, I made an award-winning career in the media industry.
My most recent works include two documentary films and a 17 episode television series for the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle.
MY EARLY DAYS AND CAREER
I’m originally from a small town in the south of Finland called Hanko. It's located on a peninsula surrounded by the sea.
I started playing the piano around the age of five. A couple of years later, I started taking drum lessons. In my early teens, I got involved with music production through an active computer subculture called the Demoscene.
It was the first time I got the chance to work in a group of creative people developing audiovisual demos.
I also had an urge to play live music, so I started making songs and got involved in bands. By then, music and playing had sucked me in quite hard and as a result, I practically lived at our band's rehearsal space in my high school years.
Later on, moving to "the big city" to study Musicology at the University of Turku, I met more like-minded players. I did some touring in several festivals and events as a keyboard player and a singer for some years.
In the middle of my studies, I got an internship at the Finnish Broadcasting Company in Helsinki to work with radio music. It practically meant tweaking the radio playlists. The six month period led me to a summer job as a music editor for two channels called YleX and YleQ.
I was then hired as a journalist and a community manager for a TV channel called Yle Extra. After a year I moved on to work for an online music site called yle.fi/pop as a music journalist. From there on, I moved on to a producer role, and I had the luxury of putting my effort into several experimental media products.
These included a documentary about the Finnish Demoscene, which I was awarded a program scholarship. From there on, I worked as a Development Producer helping people and teams to use social media and online presences as part of their media products and programs.
High efforts on networking got me an offer from Nokia to work as a community manager. At the time, Nokia was releasing it’s first Windows Phone models called Nokia Lumia.
As my career at the fading cellphone giant melted pretty rapidly, I was then hired by one of the biggest media companies in Northern Europe called Sanoma. There I worked as a producer.
At the time working for Sanoma, I finished my studies at the University and graduated as a Master of Musicology. By this time I also started to realise I had drifted way too far from anything concerning music and it was making me unhappy.
After my contract ended with Sanoma, I started a consultancy. I wanted more control over my life and especially to concentrate more on making music. However, starting a company led me to spend even less time developing myself as a musician.
In 2015 my wife had a chance to move to Bangkok Thailand for work. We decided to take that option, and from there on, my business patterns changed. As I now had a lot more time on my hands, I decided to go all-in in composing and music production.
I started building a studio and learning mixing, producing, mastering, recording, playing, composing and everything that would make me a better musician. I can easily say it took me at least a couple of years to get to the point where I was satisfied enough to actually sell my music to anyone.
In 2017 I got a chance to produce a soundtrack for a 17 episode TV series called Big in Finland (Directed by Mika Niva) which aired in Yle Areena and YLE TV2 at the beginning of 2018.
From there on, I got another gig to work with a documentary film about Syrian LGTB refugees living in Finland called Baher of Finland (Directed by Pia Asikainen). After that, I continued working with a documentary about professional gamers called Inside ENCE.
I’m very happy to say I’m am currently working on several yet unannounced projects which are to be aired in the near future.
Once I got back to Finland I started working on a business product called audio branding, which basically means designing sounds and audio strategies for brands, products and campaigns.
MY STYLE AND TASTE
The saying “Grand but faded” really describes my musical approach to any type of genre I’m working on. It applies to my tonal esthetics as well as the sounds: I’m constantly looking for more breathing, warm and inconsistent organic sounds. I spend a lot of time making digital samples sound like real instruments played in real spaces.
Going through several musical phases in my life from progressive rock to electronic ambient, my style and approach to music are now very close to the so-called neoclassical genre. I'm working hard to sound like modern film composers like Ólafur Arnalds, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Thomas Newman, Dan Romer and many others.
I can't say they had a significant impact on me though, I think the damage was done much earlier.
Here's a list of artist, composers, producers and music makers in random order I think had a significant impact on my musical life: Steppenwolf, Simon & Garfunkel, Jean Sibelius, Arvo Pärt, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Pekka Pohjola, Sammal, Dungen, The Prodigy, Eagles, Neil Young, Jean Michael Jarre, Procol Harum, Radiohead, John Cale, Bill Withers, John Hopkins, Air, The Beatles, Beck, Black Sabbath, Boards of Canada, Canned Heat, Buffalo Springfield, Captain Beefheart, Circle, Commondo, Coldplay, Placebo, Daft Punk, Cypress Hill, Depeche Mode, Elbow, Faith No More, J. Karjalanen, Jan Hammer, Brian Eno ... and others ...
I’m very happy if you actually finished reading this. Let me know if you want to work together or just talk about music or audio branding.