Yotto: Riding the Basslines of Nostalgia

November 17, 2016 -

Daily Beat Staff

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?

Orbital, Ulrich Schnauss, J Dilla and Eric Prydz are all my favourite records from the past. I try to have something nostalgic and interesting in the textures of the music. I think my sound is just a mish-mash of all my influences and stuff that I want to hear and play.

How would you say that your Finnish background has influenced your music, given the region's significant followings in trance and techno?

Trance has always been huge - I was into trance when I was younger. Back then I loved the epic, melodic vibe of the late-90's trance that I only started discovering as a teenager. I have not been following so closely for a long time. Being from Finland probably brings some melancholic content to my music.

From "Aviate" to the recently released "Fire Walk," how do you go about naming your tracks?

NO IDEA! I just come up with working titles, and sometimes they stick, sometimes it has something to do with the influence. I was flying a lot (as always) when I was making "Aviate," for example. Now I'm working on a track that has the title "0asfja93u," which I just randomly hit on my keyboard.
Aside from its inspiration in the naming of your tracks "The Owls" and "Cooper's Cup," how has the television series Twin Peaks influenced the production of your samples and music?

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.

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All photo materials were provided by Anjunadeep, Bang Bang/FNGRS CRSSD and Involved Management, wherever appropriate.


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