This week we talked to the electronically charged band Ihmeauto. Check their BTA profile HERE.
Please introduce yourselves.
Hello there, we are Ihmeauto. We are two musician/producers from Helsinki, Finland who make moody, electronically wired music for the nighttime.
How did you end up making music together?
Back when we were only a bunch of ten year olds we found ourselves excited by the sounds of electronic music of the early nineties especially The Prodigy who we adored. We then decided to try it ourselves using a couple of toy keyboards and other instruments we could find in the attic. After some time we managed to get some experience, skills and better equipment to finally make listenable dance music. In high school we even managed to play a couple of shows at techno parties in Helsinki. After a long hiatus from making music we decided to come back to it and formed Ihmeauto in 2010 with a wholly different style. We have been slowly creating our songs ever since.
How would you describe your musical style?
Our musical style is very eclectic and cinematic in nature and not bound to any one genre. We are influenced by music which really creates a strong mood and a world of its own, and that’s what we aim to do too. I guess one easy genre reference would be the Bristolian sound of Trip Hop with bands like Massive Attack and Portishead, but there is a lot more to it than that.
Can you tell us little about your creative process?
Our creative process is never the same with a song as the initial idea (be it a beat or a piece of melody) could come from either of us in different ways. Usually one of us comes with a rough sketch of a melody, Tuukka with his guitar or me with a piano or synth and then we start to build from there. Sometimes the lyrics come first or another time they are saved till the very end. We use collaboration as a tool a lot which means almost every song has some outside creative input from a musician or a vocalist. We find this sort of creative sociability to be very useful and energizing.
Any tips for aspiring electronic musicians?
Don’t settle for imitation but try to find your own voice and style. It is hard in this day and age but so rewarding when it is found.
What is the best thing about being in a band? Opposed to going solo for example.
Its definitely that shared feeling of accomplishment and joy when the songs start to take form and our ideas and influences merge and something new and unique comes out of it… and it is never fun to work alone, is it?
The most memorable show you performed?
It would have to be our first show as Ihmeauto back in October of last year when we finally managed to find other like-minded players and a vocalist for our live show and everything came together nicely. Now we are waiting for the next show to further perfect it.
If you could choose, which artist would you like to see live? Dead or alive.
Probably Beastie Boys or Radiohead.
Tell us about your regular hang out? Have you ever had a gig there?
Our regular hang out is probably this cosy and lovely place called Mascot in Hakaniemi and we’d love to play there sometime.
Future projects we should know about?
We are currently trying to finish our first album and looking for interesting collaborators for some of the remaining songs. Oh, and live gigs!
Which artist would you like to see being interview by BTA? Which one question would you ask them?
Velvety Crunch, a like-minded band that we have shared gigs with.
Thanks for the interview guys! See you guys next week for another BTA Artist Interview!