I’m proud to announce the RELEASE DATE for LIGHTLESS006: September 15 (vinyl and digital).
This one has been hard and testing the nerves of everybody in the equation of making of this one, but we’re there soon, and I’m happy.
Is making vinyl worth it in today’s climate? What do you think? That remains to be seen, but this is a statement more than anything else: certain timeless pieces of music you need to be able to hold in your hands, and they should exist even if all the hard disks got wiped. This will be one of them, and I’m proud of this.
A lot of my fans have been asking for vinyl, and I heard you. Let’s show my distributor vinyl is still totally worth it.
This one is likely to sell out, and we’ve already received lots of preorders, so I’m suggesting you place your order while you can.
Salute to each and every person out there supporting what I do – you mean the world to me!
Been keeping it quiet about my forthcoming FatGyver hip hop releases recently – we’re getting closer to them now (on Redefinition Records).
LP is done, EP is done, and we’re waiting for the artist (a dope artist, Joe Buck, who’s been doing stuff for De La Soul, for example) to work on the LP art. They’re coming.
Here’s a cool, simple beat for a hot day. Drink that coffee, hot or not.
Now offering mastering services to producers.
I used to do a bit of that at one point, and then I got too busy with other stuff and had to stop doing that. Might look into it again.
I master most of my own stuff these days, and have been increasingly interested in doing it myself. I’ve also learned a lot about mixing by learning mastering. During mastering process, I’m also ready to give you feedback on your mix.
I do it all in a digital domain, using UAD / Izotope / Slate Digital / A.O.M. to mention some plug-in manufacturers whose plug-ins I use (not necessarily using them all at the same time, of course).
Peeps needing to get their songs loud and clear could hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and we could discuss pricing.
Loud-and-clear test pressings of LIGHTLESS006 vinyl have arrived (use player above to listen or peep on Soundcloud).
This has taken over three months (I sent the initial files to manufacturing in early April). I got two batches of non-satisfactory test pressings, which were so quiet we couldn’t put those into commercial production. We went thru over 200+ emails discussing what goes wrong on production end (I had nothing to do with it), and to this day the plant can’t say. As I was about to say “Fuck it, I guess I won’t be doing vinyl after all”, we hired a 3rd party engineer to create a loud lacquer that helped the plant to create a loud record. Today, I got loud test pressings, which will go into production ASAP (they’ll have art on labels, of course…this is a test, hence it’s white).
These tunes have been supported by Om Unit and Grooverider, for example, if you need that sort of assurance from the DJ world.
At this point, even though it wasn’t in my hands, I’d like to say sorry to all of those who have placed a preorder at an early stage.
We’ll do a limited pressing and no represses, so make sure to get yours while you can, for every Fanu release always sells out.
I’ll make sure to let ya’ll know about the release date etc once I hear that. Shouldn’t be too long now.
On this release I wanted to study the 160 bpm slow/fast type of drum and bass. I also brought in a friend, DJ Pushups, with an even slower track that fits the aesthetics well. The slower tempo has been in the air for a while, and I’ve been playing with it and feeling excited. The tempo allows for more space. There are so many good and genuinely fresh vibes in that field.
Greetings from far away, dear friends. Yes, far is relative, of course, but the chances are I’m far away from wherever you are. So yeah, whaddup from Finnish countryside – northern Ostrobothnia region, to be precise, some 600 kilometres north of Helsinki.
Came to the country for 1.5 weeks to chill out, take some distance from the city life, and sniff the clean country air for some added inspiration. The nature here is amazing. The distances are fairly long, they don’t have corner stores or skateparks here – but what they do have is absolute serenity. And the nature is breath-taking. Just did a 16-kilometer bike ride and even saw a fox couple play out in the field. Stopped and took a photo during my bike ride and wanted to share with ya’ll. Oh yeah – we’re having “nightless nights” here as well, which is kind of surreal.
Can’t forget music on holiday, however…just fired up a long overdue remix for a Ninja Tune artist we all know dearly, and thought I might go and get an inspirational beer or two to make that even more fun. Oh, and some red wine. Now, let me get busy with the beats in the middle of nowhere. I hope you’re enjoying your summer, too!
This has been in the plans for a while now, so here we go.
I receive questions relating to music production as well as handling the artist/label/etc life all the time, and I’m always happy to answer, because that’s what I put all my time on, after all. So, I thought it might be fruitful to do this publicly.
I’ve found Facebook the best place in terms of mutual interaction today, so let’s fire up the Q&A session on Facebook.
Drop your Q, and I’ll reply. I may not be able to answer everything right away, but I promise to answer every Q eventually.
Keep it relevant (or not)!
From next month on, I and Docius will be doing our own DNB shows, taking turns each month (I’m doing July, starting July 21, Docius does August, etc). No drama (we thought of putting out mad drama just for the promo value, though)! Musically we’re just going in different directions and developing our interests in different ways. I’m increasingly interested in what the 160 bpm / slowfast / footwork-jungle-juke field has to offer, while Docius is firming his grip on all things tech and stuff (he’s been taking classes from Optical, Break etc).
Good music either way. Braaap!
Back by popular demand!
The “Vinyl Bear” – it started as a podcast logo and has since become a symbol for digging good music & good things, not taking things or life seriously, cratedigging, vinyl loving, just taking it easy…and stuff!
I addressed a question, ”Should I continue making music” on a music forum, and upon finishing, I thought that the reply, which came out way longer than I initially expected, would make a decent blog post, for it’s been in the back of my mind to blog about that particular topic because, every now and then, I am asked how long I’ve been making music, how long did it take until I started getting songs released – ”Should I quit because I’ve been making music for X years and still haven’t got signed” etc… so here we go. Should I make music? Should you make music? Let’s find out.Continue reading →
A tune that was signed to a bigger label. We had disagreements – in their words, they wanted to make the person behind the Fanu artist name way bigger and had “massive plans” for that (quoting them), hence refusing to release anything under the “Fanu” name even though I said that’s an artist name I’ve put a hell of a lot of work in for. The last straw for the project was when I suggested taking one tune off the project (not this one) for a project of my own, and they kicked me out straight away, calling it quits. No questions asked, no discussion. On top of it all, they, in their own words, said they’d make sure that no label would touch Fanu in the future either. People are a funny breed, aren’t they?
Forthcoming on Lightless at some point.
Moral of the story? Do your own label and stick with it.
As some of you may know, I’ve been doing small-time Ableton tuition business, Fanu’s Ableton Live Training, teaching how to use Ableton Live. I’ve been thinking of expanding my tuition a little – to cover making electronic music basics in general. So far I’ve only been teaching Ableton Live, but I’m capable of also teaching Akai MPC (Renaissance / 4000) as well as Maschine (MK1 / Studio) – or, we could take a look at studying making electronic music in general without emphasis on any device per se. For now, this’d happen in Helsinki area, but nothing says I can’t travel internationally if the fees are covered – after all, this is what I’ve been doing as a DJ for a decade, and I’m also offering to teach the basics of DJing using Technics turntables as well.
So if you or your friends are interested in learning how to make electronic music, hit me up at email@example.com / 0456718221. I’ve been making electronic music for 20 years, and I also happen to be a qualified teacher (MA from the University of Helsinki).
Spread the word and let’s make some beats!
To celebrate the 10 years anniversary of the song that opened so many doors for me. There is no other tune in my catalogue that’s done as much for me as this one, and it’ll always be the one I’ll cherish the most. Thanks for all the love for it throughout the whole decade. It’s an amazing thing you’ve given me, and I’m in debt to you all for that.