“i don´t play music i don´t like. some djs do it for money, but i do it to support the music i love …”
hailing from the frozen north, with the highest amount of mobile phones and internet connections per head, where saunas, reindeer and keskikesä rule your life, where in dark days it seems like kind of a logical conclusion to lock yourself away in the studio – this is the world of our favourite finn jussi-pekka.
j-p, as his friends call him, is an artist in the truest sense of the word. and that artistic way of thinking can be experienced, if you ever happen to hear any of his deep, funky and soulful dj-sets, influenced by a mixture of sounds like basic channel, kompakt, aphex twin, rising high and for sure by the complete decade of the 90′s, in which jussi-pekka became a young man.
but it´s not only the dj in him. his profiling production face also perfectly underlines his musical character. combining detroit techno, groovy beats and acid elements, he is forming his unique cool & crispy jussi-pekka sound. the sound of the frozen north. mr. parikka manages the crossover between house and techno as only a very few others do, with a subliminal sureness to receive support from a crossfire of djs from different electronic niches, including the likes of hawtin, bug, villalobos, garnier, james holden, electric indigo and timo maas.
so far he can look back on an impressive release catalogue including productions for highly respected labels such as poker flat ( “dancing queen”), morris/audio (“work it”), slip´n´slide, audiomatique (“let it go”), out of orbit (“stereo interleaved”), dessous, latenightessentials, vuo, statra, worldless (“the snake”), disco inc/ force inc. and not to forget his very own imprint frozen north recordings, which he started in 2005 to give himself as well as other finnish artists the chance to spread the more and more sought-after scandinavian beats.
because of the fact that life isn´t all beer and skittles at frozen north recordings headquarters in nokia (which is a suburb of tampere, the 2nd largest town of finland), jussi-pekka started 2 further sublabels in 2006: “pakkas levyt” stading for the minimal/ clicks & cuts and “floortools” is representing functional housemusic from e.g. man-of-the-hour roberto rodriguez, ( acid kings/ keys of life).
hence it is not surprising that his work also affected the demand on his remix abilities. so far he can look back on additional production work for jens “never be the same” (kontor), kalle-m (“omena” on was kids), minsisters of music (chica discos) and has recently been chosen to remix jori hulkkonen for f-communications.
if tampere will ever be named alongside tone-setting cities such as chicago, london or berlin, then it´s for sure jussi-pekka who achieved that his hometown was established on the map of the global underground dance scene.