The moon to Anjunabeats’ sun, Anjunadeep plunges you into a subaquatic dream of progressive, deep, melodic and tech house. On Thursday, the 10th of November, the label launched a 16-city North American Fall Tour at Downtown San Diego’s Bang Bang, featuring acts from Luttrell, Theo Kottis and Yotto. Finnish producer Yotto spun an unforgettable set driven by his characteristic dark, emotional basslines and hoppy beats. As one of Anjunadeep’s key label contributors, Yotto recently delivered a captivating performance at Above & Beyond’s massive ABGT 200 show at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome. I had the opportunity to discuss the elements and influences that define his sound, his modus operandi for titling tracks and the use of nostalgia as a sound element to convey emotions:
Please describe your sound in five words or less.
Emotional house music.
How did you discover your sound and fine-tune it into what it is today?
It’s been a long process, but listening back to some really early works I did as a kid I find that they still share something with my sound today. I guess it comes from being exposed to emotional and melodic electronic music very early and then developing that into a house-y frame.
Which musicians do you draw your inspiration from, and how have they affected your sound?
How would you say that your Finnish background has influenced your music, given the region’s significant followings in trance and techno?
Haha yes, I’m a huge fan of David Lynch and everything a bit left-field and dark, whether in music or film.
What range of emotions or messages do you aim to convey to your audience through your music?
I love creating the feeling of nostalgia through music, but that is more of a personal perspective — I can’t know what sounds and feels nostalgic to others. I’m super happy if people enjoy the music I make, I just want them to have a great time and hopefully escape to another place for a moment and get lost.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would not change much except remove a couple of utter failures. I would tell myself to work a bit harder in school, probably. As a general thing for the younger crowd and young people getting into music as a career or a hobby, I always tell them to work super hard while not to forgetting the people and world surrounding them — these should always come first.
For a list of Anjunadeep’s Fall Tour dates and venues, as well as where to find tickets, please click here.