Before his music career came together, you might have found Finnish electronic musician Jaakko Eino Kalevi—a dreamy sprite with chest-length strawberry blonde hair and a gaze like a pair of moonbeams—spending his days driving a tram around his adopted hometown of Helsinki. Now he left trams behind, packed all his things and moved to Berlin to orchestrate the kind of gorgeous and lush music found on his self-titled debut album Jaakko Eino Kalevi. It’s all moony soft-pop, but supported by an underlying wiry bass groove.
In February Jaakko Eino Kalevi will play at Kantine am Berghain in Berlin on the 23th - presented by Nordic by Nature, and we’ve got 2×2 tickets for the show to give away. To become the owner of these tickets, write an email to [email protected] and tell us why you should attend the concert.
As usual, we have asked our Artist of the Week five ripping questions and here are his five ripping answers:
What are the images on the EP cover meant to evoke?
I usually want to leave the interpretations as open as possible and not explain too much about the meanings. Sometimes it’s nice but usually it’s too limiting. It’s great when people hear the lyrics wrong, for example.
What music were you all listening to at the time you recorded the record?
I was working on the record for few years so naturally I was listening to a lot of different music. But these are some of the things I enjoyed: Jon Hassell “Paris I”, Woo “Purple Pussy”, David Bowie Low.
What’s next for the band? Do you currently have more material in the can slated for a future release?
We have this mad tour going on through the whole of the autumn. We’re doing 50 shows in three months. We just came back from Australia and Hong Kong and tomorrow the Scandinavia leg starts in Stockholm. I’m also working on a secret cover song with Kari from Farao and a collaboration album with Long-Sam.
Where or how do you find creative inspiration?
From nature of course!
What question would you like to ask next weeks artist of the week?
Do you like reggae?
Jaakko Eino Kalevi live: 23.02.16 Kantine am Berghain, Berlin | Tickets