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He started his musical career as a drummer in a number of different bands, getting to know a wide range of influences, from folk, funk, punk through pop music to rock and metal, and is currently a producer in the electronic/dance genre. We are talking about Perttu, the 25-year-old Finnish native who was born on the small island of Suomenlinna and has lived and worked in Berlin since 2014.
Perttu started to play drums at the tender age of six. Having been introduced to rock music by his father, he soon felt the desire to become a celebrated rock star himself one day. Before graduating in Finland, he toured Europe as a teenager with his metal band, getting his first taste of the international music scene.
His feel for rhythm and his growing interest in other instruments inspired him to teach himself to play the guitar and the piano, although his main focus continued to be on drums. His development from drummer to producer of electronic music was, as Perttu puts it, a ‘rather slow and continuous’ process.
Unlike many other artists from the electronic genre, Perttu records a lot of his samples himself, creating a totally unique sound and coming up with wonderful ideas such as taping the noises made by his cocktail parrot. Another significant aspect of his work is his collaboration with Finnish vocalist Alexandra, whom he lovingly refers to as his “little sister from another mister”. The two have known each other from childhood and Alexandra now also lives in Berlin. Her unique voice inspires Perttu, and it was Alexandra who supplied the vocals for his debut single “Waves”.
Her husky, soulful voice lends the track its very own, special atmosphere, and along with playful sonic accentuations, “Waves” captivates with its largely self-produced sound which comes across as diverse but never restless. Whether melodious downbeats, the use of different percussion kits, flute sounds or haunting bass lines – there seems to be no limit to Perttu’s creativity.
His music is considered to be unique for a very good reason, but Perttu is not satisfied with resting on his laurels, asserting: “I want to learn how to be an even better producer.”
With his music, he has long transcended the borders of his native country. Perttu has found lots of new inspiration in Berlin and is now ready to conquer international terrain. His goal: “I want to be an artist – a performance artist. I’m working on expanding the live aspect of my shows, and since I am no singer I will find other ways to make me unique on stage.”
We can look forward to a talented young artist who has his finger on the pulse while always remaining faithful to himself.