#96 - Mono Junk
For his EPM Podcast, Kimmo manages to bring together classics and new releases together in a breath-taking 50 minutes of electronic heaven. From Kraftwerk and John Foxx to Dynarec, A Guy Called Gerald, N-Joi and Kenny Larkin, Mono Junk’s mix is full of surprising twists and turns as ice-cold electro-pop morphs into techno, acid house, rave and minimal subtlety.
It wasn’t just Daniel Bell, Basic Channel and Robert Hood who paved the way for the current minimalistic raw techno that emerged during the 90s. DUM Records played a very important role as well. In 1992 Kimmo Rapatti started the label DUM Records where he had a platform to allow his own input. His music can be defined as 'raw analogous minimal icy dark techno woven together in an experimental and hypnotic stone cold form' (keeping in mind the seemingly endless winters in Finland).
Kimmo is responsible for some of the earliest techno productions ever emanating from this very special region of Europe, known for its remarkably high quality music scene. Ever since then, he has continued producing and (re)-defining the sound of electronic music as a dedicated pioneer, being responsible for many renowned and beloved classics. His most famous track “Melody Boy 2000 - Monotonous Fantastique” is considered one of the best Finnish techno tracks ever made. Up until present times, Kimmo never used any software programs for his productions, and he swears he never will - which is why he's known to be called an ‘Analogue Junkie’.
After a small hiatus, Mono Junk is back, making appearances on labels like Forbidden Planet and Skudge Records, while also intensely working on his live performance. In both his dynamic performances and productions, his signature sound is a deep, dense mix of noticeable influences from Detroit and Chicago. Now its time to check Mono Junk in full DJ effect as Kimmo Rapatti delves deep in to his virtual crate, bringing together influences, hidden gems and future flames on this exclusive mix for the new EPM Podcast!
Q&A with Mono Junk
1. How did you approach the mix? Was it a different process to how you would DJ in a club?
I used lots of tracks that I’ve been DJing this summer, you could say its a bit like a review of my sets without new hard techno (that I have in my sets as well). I had in my mind old cassette mix tapes and bootleg vinyl mixes that DJs made in the 80s.
2. In 1992 when you launched DUM Records did you feel the need to put Finland on the techno map or was it simply a necessity to release your own music?
I didn’t think about Finland, I just wanted my music to be released and get distributed to other countries.
3. Was music always part of your family life? Did your parents or any siblings have a musical influence?
Not so much, my grandad played violin a little and my uncle played Finnish folk songs with accordion by the fire.My older sister bought some records before melike John Foxx’s ‘Metamatic’ album. She had good musical taste.
4. What were your first clubbing experiences like? Was there much of a club scene in Finland in the late 80s / early 90s?
The first rave house parties were in Turku where I visited even though I lived at that time on the other side of Finland. When I moved to Helsinki in 1990, the first and best club was called Berlin Club. That was a really important place, DJ Jokke who just passed away, played my first 12” testpress there. It’s been a sad year for Finnish electronic music, 2 very important figures from very beginning are now gone.
5. What influenced you at the time of starting DUM Records? Did you have a very set idea on the sound before you started the label?
I loved all old Detroit and Chicago stuff, Warp, R&S etc. I just tried to make techno what sounded beautiful to me.
6. The music scene has changed dramatically since you started releasing in the early 90s. If you could go back in time to your younger self, just starting out, what tips would you give?
Make more music…don’t be lazy. Push more to get releases out on bigger labels. I was speaking with Richie (Hawtin) several times on the phone and when I phoned Renaat of R&S he was in two minds when he listened to my demo tape.
7. So back to now. You have recently released on Skudge and Forbidden Planet. How did those collaborations come about?
I had a long period when I didn’t do anything before these two labels asked me that they would like to release my music. It took a while before I sent them some new recordings but at the same time I got my desire back to make music again.
8. What’s your best advice to get through a long, dark winter?
Fly to some warm place if possible…For me the last 2 months of the year are toughest when the sun goes down by 4pm(and normally there is not sunny weather in the daytime either). But psychologically after winter solstice you have won it, when the day starts getting longer minute by minute, even if it’s still very dark another for 2 months. The good thing is that it has been the most productive time for me to make music, especially in recent years.
9. As a DJ, where is the balance between reading the crowd and playing what you want?
I play just what I want. I am a total techno/electro head. But Mika Vainio for example played dub and rockabilly when he had a DJ gig in the USA once. He said they asked him to come play records.
10. What are your production plans for the rest of 2017?
I am starting to record a Mono Junk album, There are 2 new 12” releases coming, New York City Survivors and Mono Junk presents Suomen Moroderit, These are my other projects throughout the years and I also started a new collaboration with a German friend.
EPM Podcast 96 Tracklist – Mono Junk
Kraftwerk - Nummern
John Foxx - Plaza
Dynarec - Demographic Solution (Mix 2)
A Guy Called Gerald - Automanikk (Future Mix)
Kenny Larkin - Metropolis (Porta-man Mix)
Indo Tribe - Bring in the Pulse (MFK Mix)
N-Joi - Adrenalin
Dimensional Holofonic Sound - Bad Acid
Lost Entity - Annihilate (L.E.S Mix)
Phibes And Teddy Jones – Waresnare
Detroit Diesel - Freestyle (Mono Junk live version)
Abfahrt - Alone (It's Me) (Alley Cat Edit)