Hailing from the frozen north, with the highest amount of mobile phones and internet connections per head, where saunas, reindeers and keskikesä rule your life, where in dark days it seems like kind of a logical conclusion to lock yourself away into the studio – these words come from our favourite Finn Jussi-Pekka. J-P, as his friends call him, is an artist in the truest sense of the word. And that artist-way of thinking can be experienced, if you ever happen to hear any of his DJ-sets.
But it's not only the DJ in him. His profiling production face also perfectly underlines his musical character, combining Detroit techno, groovy beats and acid elements, he's forming his unique cool & crispy Jussi-Pekka sound. Mr Parikka manages the crossover between house and techno like only a very few others do, with a subliminal sureness to receive support from a crossfire of DJs from different electronic niches, including the likes of Hawtin, Bug, Villalobos, Garnier, James Holden, Electric Indigo and Timo Maas.
So far he can look back on an impressive release catalogue including productions for highly respected labels such as Poker Flat ( “Dancing Queen”), Morris/Audio (“Work it”), Slip´n´Slide, Audiomatique (“Let it go”), Out of Orbit (“Stereo interleaved”), Dessous, Latenightessentials, Vuo, Statra, Worldless (“The Snake”), and not to forget his very own imprint Frozen North Recordings, which he has kickstarted in 2005 to give himself as well well as other Finnish artists the chance to spread the more and more sought-after Scandinavian beats. Hence it is not surprising that this also affected the demand on his remix abilities. So far he can look back on additional production work for Jens “never be the same”, Kalle-M (“Omena” on Was Kids), Chica Discos, Plusminus Recordings, and has recently been chosen to remix Jori Hulkkonen for F-Communications.
If Tampere will ever be named alongside tone-setting cities such as Chicago, London or Berlin, then it's for sure Jussi-Pekka who achieved that his hometown became an item in the global underground dance scene.