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Helsinki's Samuli Kemppi is no doubt Finland's finest. The talented techno producer joined ranks earlier this year with the amazing Lost EP, wich includes reworks from ROD and Tripeo. He made a very special mix for us: instead of a DJ-set he made a full LIVE PA consisting only of his own material. Including new unreleased bits as well as live versions of tunes you might know. Enjoy!
This is what he had to say to us:
1.What is your relationship with Balans?
I've known Darko for some years now and played many times at his parties. Relationship got on the next level with my 'Lost EP' on Balans. Currently looking for a flat near Nijmegen. :D
2.What do you do to try and stay in balance? Any tips & secrets you would like to share with us night folks?
I have found my balance and I do live quite normal family life with my wife and son. I have a regular job. Music is my getaway from daily life. Tips? Eat well, do your sports and focus on positive things.
3.About the podcast, can you tell us the story behind the mix?
It is a live pa, 100% improvisation. Decided the starting track and just started jamming. I wanted to explore my own sounds and make out something different. Some of you might have heard my live sets earlier. They are usually much more straight forward. Here's long transitions and slowly evolving things; no hurry. Both tracks from the 'Lost EP' are included, but as you can hear, quite different versions. I'd say there is tension in it. That's what I try to put in on tracks.
4.What gear did you use to make the Balans podcast?
Laptop running Ableton Live, Akai APC40, Evolution UC33, Korg Electribe ESX-1, TouchAble on iPad, small mixer to sum it up.
5.What do you have in store for us (gigs/releases) the coming months?
'Lost EP' on Balans is out now and also 'Voyager' on Chronicle. Next one is 'Parallax of one second EP' on M_REC Ltd. Lots of remixes coming out too, first one for Mattias Fridell on Gynoid Ltd. Also writing stuff for DSH003. On the gig front, Tresor next friday (12th April) and Freerotation festival in the summer. Quite a lot of things happening. Good stuff.