Jori Hulkkonen was born and raised in the small town of Kemi, with its 20′000-something inhabitants in the Northern Finland. From very early on, from the early 80’s to be excact, his musical influences were leaning towards all things electronic and slightly more eclectic than your average ten year old Scandinavian kid growing up in the middle of the cold war.
In the late 80’s Jori’s musical passion started displaying itself when discovering the slightly more abstract form of electronic music, namely Detroit techno, and housemusic.
While earlier influences included slightly more traditional popmusic from Depeche Mode to Pet Shop Boys, from John Foxx to The Smiths, the new wave of American electronic clubmusic pushed Jori towards experimenting with structures and textures that were far removed from those roots, but still a lot of those early influences pushed through in his productions.
After releasing his first records on his own Lumi-label in the early 90’s, and then quickly signing 12″s to labels such as the Italian ACV, and Cari Lekebusch’s Trainspotter’s Nightmare and Hybrid, Jori signed his first album deal to the French F communications in 1996 resulting the Chicagohouse and Detroittechno influenced Selkäsaari Tracks.
More albums followed on F communications: The Spirits Inside Me (1998), When No One Is Watching We Are Invisible (2000), and Different (2002). A bunch of singles and EP’s add to the impressive body of work Jori has done on the label. Apart from releases on F communications there has been dozens of 12″s and even two albums on other labels and different pseudonyms, most notably the chart-smashing single Sunglasses At Night as Zyntherius, recorded together with the Canadian DJ-turned-superstar Tiga.
Although producing music has always been the number one priority, in the mid 90’s Jori started working on creating a profile as DJ. With a clear idea in mind what he wanted to present as a DJ, he’s been consistent in his unique style of combining dancefloor aesthetics and flawless mixing. His DJing has taken him all over the world from Tokyo to São Paulo, Sydney to San Francisco, Dubai to Singapore, Moscow to Montrea andl Tel Aviv to Toronto, and obviously not forgetting Europe’s finest clubs and festivals -and what’s best, he’s always been welcomed to return. This summer he is also doing the second season (first was in 2005) of his every Thursdaynight-chill-out-garden residency Ydintalvipuutarha (!) in his current hometown of Turku.
And if that’s not enough, Jori has been doing his own radioshow on the national YleX (formerly RadioMafia)-channel since 1998, and still holds a two hour slot every other Friday displaying a wide variety of cluboriented music from the past and the future. He has also just finished a six-month vacancy at Finlands biggest newspaper where he did his biweekly rantings on the state of the music industry.
Last year we saw Jori releasing his most adventurous and ambitious record so far; the album Dualizm features vocal contributions from such people as John Foxx, Tiga, Nick Triani, José Gonzáles and Jerry Valuri, and is musically more versatile than anything he’s put out so far. Consciously trying to avoid the more usual and more familiar approaches in terms of structures and arrangements, he has chosen to take his musical journey to a direction less expected.
Now in 2006 Jori’s been spending quite a bit of time in the studio pulling out new tricks from his infinitely long sleeve; new 12’s are coming out on labels such as F… U Fcom (as Hösh!), ADLTD (as Hienostunut Sonni), Get Physical Music (collaboration with Tuomas Salmela as Discemi), and Keys Of Life (with Tuomas again, now as Boys On Tape), cool remixes for artists like Newcleus, Five Corners Quintet, Phonogenic and Spyritual.
Also, Jori just finished an album as Processory -a new project leaning more towards pop-oriented songs, a project with vocalist Jerry Valuri, from Dualizm’s Lo-Fiction fame… releasedetails to be announced.
Now in the pipeline is some more dancefloor oriented productions and more experimental electronic material that will hopefully end up as the next Jori Hulkkonen album for F communications.
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