Q&A 016 – Mono Junk
"Potatoes in cellar."
We’re really proud and honoured to the chance to interview Kimmo Rapatti aka Mono Junk. One of Europe’s true pioneers of Techno and and artist that is unconventional, not as a choice but as a statement of his own being. With releases on his own Dum Records as well as Skudge, Forbidden Planet his music will never become old and will keep inspiring generations. Here is what the Finnish maestro said to us….
First of all, as we will be talking about ‘downstairs’, what’s the first thing that comes in to your mind when you hear that word?
Potatoes in cellar.
Talking about music and your work, tell us about your favourite downstairs venue you’ve played / been to, whether in London or elsewhere. Why was it special?
I played at a place called Pit three gigs in one week (wed, fri, sat) in Helsinki 1993. I had on stage only a Roland JX-3P and TR-909, I used only one sequence in every gig, but I made the only sound what was possible to use each track that way, that you wouldn’t recognise that every track has same sequence what is running on.
What differences would you make to your set for a basement gig compared to an outdoor / terrace / festival one?
I play indoors more banging stuff and outside more strings/melodic tracks, I can change 2 or 3 tracks but not whole set.
Do you get a different feeling whilst playing in such different venues?
Yes, outside more relaxing feeling, inside more intense.
Could you tell us about three of your most essential ‘downstairs’ tracks?
Rhythim Is Rhythim – Nude Photo
UR – Punisher
Mono Junk – Ai Jaa
Talking a little bit more about yourself, what’s the most unique or interesting experience you’ve ever had while below ground level?
When I was a kid, we used to play at old bunker what was in the military area near I was living.
If you had a basement, what would you hide in it?
All my vintage Finnish porno magazines Jallu and Kalle.
And finally something that involves your creativity. Draw anything that comes into your mind when you think about ‘downstairs’ – don’t worry, it could take you up to 1 minute!
There you go…