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BodyTonic present: Jori Hulkkonen (F-Com) @ The Voodoo Lounge (25 Oct 2002)
02 Oct 2002
After the success of Inland Knights excellent set in The Voodoo Lounge in September,
Bodytonic are proud to present,
in association with D.E.A.F.(Dublin Electronic Arts Festival).......
Jori Hulkkonen ( F-Com / Finland)
Plus support from Tayor & Steve Flynn + Paul Hughes & John Mahon
Friday October 25th 2002
Doors 11pm til 3am
Jori Hulkkonen (Biog.)
Imagine yourself living in a small industrial town of 25'000 people, close to the arctic circle in the 70's and the 80's. Now, what are your options?
You can either go with the flow and become a part of the system, or you can start working on an escape plan.
Not quite that dramatic, but the latter proved to be the case for Jori Hulkkonen. Born in the early 70's in a small Finnish town called Kemi, he's truly one of the last pre-perestroika generation kids.
Having the cold war, the Inari missile-incident and the Tschernobyl disaster -just to highlight a few -just right next door, Jori found his aesthetics for escapism from the ever-so-imminent nuclear war in the early and mid 80's music; new wave, synthpop and new romantics mixed with some traditional Finnish pop and rock. All things synthetic, distant, dark, cold, gloomy, but yet beautiful seemed appealing, everything from Visage to the Cure, and Pet Shop Boys to John Foxx.
"I can still recall the first time I heard West End Girls by the Pet Shop Boys on radio, and the sensation it gave me. Those chordchanges in the intro and when that baseline comes in... magic. It was basically then I started seriously thinking about making electronicmusic."
When the first wave of techno, electro and house hit the shores of the neighbouring Sweden later in the 80's, Jori had his radio tuned in and realized that this was his calling. Finding information about who these people making this music actually were, where they came from, and how they did it, proved to be quite a difficult task -after all, this was a time before the internet or the massive amount of dedicated electronic music press. In 1988 Jori finally managed to hook up with a sampler and a cheap drummachine and started to experiment with production. The early material was mostly inspired by old faves such as the Pet Shop Boys and some Italo Disco records, combined with current house and techno, such as Derrick May's productions and Chicago house records.
"The fact that I didn't have any musical education whatsoever was an advantage I guess. It made making music more fun cos you would learn new things all the time. That's one of the reasons why I keep changing my equipment in the studio on regular basis, just to make it more challenging technically and therefore keeping it rewarding on all levels."
As the majority of the people around him seemed ignorant on what was happening in the world of underground electronic music, there were exceptions. Tuomas Salmela, schoolmate whom Jori had known since 1978, was impressed by Jori's passion for the new electronic sounds, and became an important part in creating a small circle of people who would be taking the Finnish club music to a new level. Tuomas got also into production in the early 90's and together they started a musical symbiosis where ideas and information that was still hard to find were exchanged.
Another keyplayer, a local DJ, Kapa, introduced Jori not only to DJ culture, but also to another northern producer, Ari Ruokamo. They decided instantly that they should put out a record together, and LUMI records was born. In 1993 -featuring also a few tracks from Jukka Hautamäki -Jori and Ari released a compilation 12", Under Northern Ground, a mix of Detroit techno, experimental electronics and German influenced trancey sounds.
Two more compilations followed, Phosphore Phlake ep (1994), and The Jack Is Out There (1995), all featuring tracks from the above mentioned, plus another schoolmate of Jori's, Sami Husa.
"Pretty exciting times, those early Lumi days. Getting your first vinyl on your hands... and also the fact that we came basically from nowhere, as far as the rest of Finland, not to mention the world was concerned. That felt pretty good, showing people that techno and house was not all that urban big city music..."
Now based in Oulu (we're still very much up north), where Jori started his English Philology studies in 1994 after the 11 months spent in the army, he found himself in the impossible situation of trying to run a label, make music plus create an academic career.
The first thing to drop was the label. It made more sense to focus on making good music and finding someone willing and able to do justice for the material.
Sweden's techno pioneer Cari Lekebusch, known for his Hybrid label, was the first victim of the demo attack after some good feedback he had given on the Lumi releases. Cari was so impressed by the demos sent in not only by Jori, but also Tuomas and Ari, that he decided to create a new label just for the "Oulu sound". Later he added some Chicago artists on the same label. Only 11 releases ever came out from the Trainspotter's Nightmare imprint but they were enough to make their mark.
Realizing that releasing club oriented 12" can only get you so far, it was time to look for a label that would be interested in working on a more long term basis, with the focus on albums rather that DJ tool singles.
French label F communications picked up on the demo Jori sent in in late 1995, and from around 30 tracks, the best were picked to create Jori's debut album Selkäsaari Tracks on F communications in September 1996.
Two more F communications albums later, the underrated The Spirits Inside Me (1998), and the monstrously titled and arguably his most celebrated one so far When No One Is Watching We Are Invisible (2000), it's a very different situation now.
As work aimed outside his native Finland, such as remixes (Goldfrapp, Nigel Hayes, Telepopmusik...), productions (22 Pistepirkko, Step Time Orchestra...), collaborations (Tiga & Zyntherius (aka Jori), Alexi Delano...), DJ Mix CD (Turbo: Helsinki Mix Sessions...) and pseudo projects (Hösh!...), added with DJ gigs around the world from Singapore to Sao Paolo, Hong Kong to San Francisco and Moscow to Montreal every weekend might be enough for some, this hasn't been the case for Jori.
He is also running two different shows on national Radio Mafia in Finland, and a residency in Finlands number one club Kerma in Helsinki. Also, he is actively spinning in small clubs and parties around Finland.
And if that's not enough, he has also just finished his new album, Different, out on F communications. Featuring three different vocalists, Tiga, Jerry Valuri and Nick Triani, plus a collaboration with Tuomas Salmela, the record boasts a wealth of musical ideas that continue the tradition of Jori combining house and techno influenced production with more bedroom oriented soundscapes.
2002 also sees Jori leaving Helsinki, his residence for the last two and a half years, to get out from what he calls "big city madness". "I'm a small town boy, and I need my peace and quiet around me. Basically it means that in the future I'll be more focused and more productive."
Selkäsaari Tracks (CD)
Silk and Bullets (12")
Jii "da Pimpbot" HOO
Disconnects you from "the world of copyright" (12")
Let Me Luv U
The Spirits Inside Me (CD)
Detach Yoself (12")
Lu & Jii Hoo
When No One Is Watching, We Are Invisible (CD)
Wanna Do You (Remixes) (12")
We Are Being Watched (12")
F129 RMX1 (white label promo only)
Let Me Luv U (12")
Sounds Like Trouble EP (12")
Jori Hulkkonen & Alexi Delano
Duets 1 (12")
Whispers (Remixes) (12")
HYbrid productions (Sweden):
Jori Hulkkonen Kemistä
DJUPT (Stockholm, Sweden)
Jori Juhanna & Kari Pekka
Saker Oss Imellan
Sähkö (Helsinki, Finland)
South Of The Sun, North Of The Moon (12")
Lumi (Oulu, Finland)
Under Northern Ground
The Jack Is Out There
Midnite City Soul Affair
Still Loving You
Step Time Orchestra
OUT OF ORBIT/ACV (Italy):
Hot In The Heels Of Blane Tudor 12"
Out Of Orbit/ACV
Let Me Luv U (12")
PUSH'N'PULL (The Netherlands):
J.A.W.S. (Just Another White Sucka)
Polar Pimp (12")
Booty & Tha Beats (12")
Trainspotter’s Nightmare (Sweden):
Jori Hulkkonen Kemistä
Finland: 0 Points
International Deejay Gigolos / City Rockers
Tiga & Zyntherius
Sunglasses At Night (12")
PLUMPHOUSE / LOOP RECORDS (Sweden)
Love You Forever (CD)
Rinneradio "Juju" - Aani - 1996/1999
Plan E "Deep" - whitelabel - 1997
Plum : "Tirana Flood" The Phone" - Rockadillo Records - 1997
Plan E "Lunarscapes" - lunar - 1998
Nova Nova "Bewildered" - F communications - 1998
A Reminiscent Drive - F communications - 1998
Cozy Creatures "Espionage" - Push'n'Pull - 1998
Thomas Krome "Kåt I Baren" - Dahlbäck & Krome Recordings - 1998
Krister Orre "Loud and Clear" - Zen Garden - 1998
Emilio Envelopez "Luv Me" - Station - 1998
Tuomas Salmela "36 Ways/Tattoo" - 20/20 Vision - 1998
Bomfunk MC's "B-Boys & Flygirls" - Sony - 1999
St James "Do Anything (I Will)" (CD) - Black Chocolate Production - 1999
Martin Venetjoki "Jump & Shout" - Gungeligung - 1999
Spiro Projecto feat. Derek Huntsman "Your Love Won't Let Me Wait" - Wrong
Steps Productions - 1999
Krister Orre "Yapaniza" - Zen Garden - 1999
An Der Beat "Funk! (!Knuf Reworked)" - Different - 1999
Ari Jr "So Real" - Lumi records/Zenit - 1999
Lifestyle People "No Music" - Lumi Records - 1999
Macons De La Musique "The Main Key" - Brique Rouge - 1999
DJ Skip "Helsinki-Chicago Connection" -Ural 13 - 1999
A.D.N.Y. "Dreaming" -Turbo - 2000
Shawn Ward "Shadows" -Turbo - 2002
FPU "Creckett's Theme/Ocean Drive" - Turbo - 2001
Nicole Willis "All The Time" - Puu/Sähkö - 2001
FreestyleMan feat Wanda Felicia "Que Domingo Inquieto" - Puu/Sähkö - 2001
Olli Ahvenlahti "Countenance" - Jazzpuu/Sähkö - 2002
Giant Robot "Helsinki Rock City" - Hawaii Sounds - 1999
Kompis "Supermodern" - Eloge - 2000
Zodiac " Just Be Good To Me" - East West 2002
Telepopmusik "Breathe" - Chrysalis - 2001
Faculty X "What You've Always Known" - Zozan -2001
Goldfrapp "Utopia" - Mute - 2001
Demon "Regulate" - 20'000 ST - 2000
Alexkid "Bienvenida" - F comm - 2001
Atakama "Traffic" - EMI - 2001
K2 "Get On Top/Lights Go Wild" - EMI - 2001
Nigel Hayes "Back Together" - Sunshine – 2001
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