Thx for Daily 01 for inspiring me to do this. And note to all, this doesn't include dubstep, if you wanna check some good finnish dubstep go and seem rico tubbs, 501, muffler etc.
For most people the term Finnish artist brings a list of metal bands into their mind. Nightwish, HIM,, Children of Bodom etc. But especially here in Helsinki there is massive electronic scene.
For time to time some of it bulbs to awareness of big public. First time in 1999 when Darude released his hit single Sandstorm. As you can remember it was a international hit.
About same time with Darude, the Bomfunk MC's released few hits, which were succesful in Europe, but never get same hit status as Darude. Both had same producer, Jaakko Salovaara aka JS16, the godfather of finnish scene.
And ofcourse Jori Hulkkonen aka Zyntherius, and his biggest hit: Sunglasses at nigth with canadian DJ Tiga.
In my opinion this was the end of first Finnish electronic music wave. After sunglasses at night, the finnish scene slipped away from the awareness of big crowd. In my opinion it was strange that from the land of snow and ice came this kind of music. The music was and is usually a very energetic and in my opinion very exuberant, with a lots of summer vibes. You could say that it birthed from a rebellion against the traditional finnish music, which is very dark, strong and sad. Melancholic.
The second wave was lot smaller than the first wave. You could say that there isn't a second wave just some individual songs in period of time from 2004-2008. Anyways the reason why I separate these songs from first wave, is their new vibe. Melancholy. I think the finnish producers finally found peace with traditional melancholy and draw influence from it into their own music. The biggest hits were from Dallas Superstars (with Jarkko Salovaara) and Super 8 and Tab.
Helsinki Schorchin is one of my favourite trance songs. Tiesto even included it in his list of best trance songs of year.
Ofcourse the first wave didn't just disappear, there were several releases with names like Bomfunk Mc's and Darude after 2003. Beats and Styles group also combined elements from joy of first wave and melancholy of second wave.
In 2009 started the third wave of finnish electronic music. The Helsinki wave. After 2009 a lot of new promising producer's have released their contribution to our ears. And what connects these new artists? They all come from Helsinki.
Helsinki 78-82. These guys are genius. This was my choice for best song of 2010. One senior game makers of Gran Turismo 5 was in vacation in Helsinki. He by chance heard Helsinki 78-82 song Cruising in a bar and he fell love in first listening. He loved song so much that he sent it to the rest of Gran turismo 5 makers. After they had heard it they included it in their game.
And Something good.
Helsinki has awesome club scene, even when Helsinki is..
Go check it if you come by.