Q&A with Venntaur

Venntaur, a music producer and a DJ from Tampere, Finland, combines in his deep house the things that he loves: chest-pounding bass, soulful melodies, smooth ambience and groovy rhythms. All of this you can find on his brand new EP with us here on DeepWit, “Hillside“.
Venntaur is currently having fun in the studio and channeling his music-making experience of nearly two decades into fresh dancefloor-friendly tunes.
The future may be an infinite sea of possibilites, but one thing is certain for Venntaur: there will be music that moves you.

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Q. Name and Favourite time of day?

I’m Antti Pekka Vilkko a.k.a. Venntaur. I like early mornings if I’ve managed to get enough sleep. It’s the best time to work on your projects because it’s quiet and your brain is not yet overloaded. On the other hand there’s also something intriguing in the deep of the night.

Q. What drives you to make music?

Inner necessity. Making music makes me happy. It’s my “in the zone” thing. That’s the main reason for doing anything in life, isn’t it? Secondary reasons might be connecting with people, making a mark in the world, small or large. Getting nice feedback on my music adds to the forward momentum too.

Q. What program do you use to Produce?

Ableton Live 8. My favorite plugins are from Native Instruments, Audiorealism, Togu Audio Line and Variety Of Sound.

Q. Do you prefer to produce with shoes on or off?

Shoes off, double woolly socks on if it’s cold.

Q. How long have you been Djing?

Not long. I started DJing when I started making music as Venntaur, spring 2013.

Q. Favourite Genre of music outside of what you produce?

Tough one because there are so many. My preferences change according to mood and time of day: for energy I go with technical/math/prog metal like Textures or Meshuggah; if it’s time for a feel trip I put on folkier stuff like Daughter or Anaïs Mitchell; for fun and good times it’s cheesy 80s synth pop or Finnish rap.

Q. What is the best part of living in Finland?

This country is relatively free (as in not oppressed) and laid back. People are generally direct and honest. Nightless nights in the summer. Good opportunities to spend time outdoors in the beautiful nature. Most importantly proper saunas.

Q. What do you get up to outside of music?

Last year I wrote a lot about creativity and productivity in my blog. I also wrote a book about the subject. (Finnish only, sorry.) I haven’t been active in that area lately though, which might be a good thing because there’s more time to make music. If I get a strong inspiration I might work on my own programming projects. To keep in shape I go to CrossFit.

Q. Do you better like better zoos or aquariums?

Zoos, although they might be a bit depressing if you notice that the animals are stressed or apathetic.

Q. Favourite country to eat cake in?

My memory in these kinds of things goes back maybe one week max and before that it’s all a blur :). So I can’t really tell if I’ve eaten cake anywhere else than Finland. Anyways, cake is cake regardless of location. Just eat it and enjoy the moment.

Q. What is the question you wished people would ask you?

I wish they’d ask themselves “Who am I? What is the true nature of this consciousness I am experiencing?” and then we could discuss it.

Make sure to catch up on Ventaur on his Facebook and website, meanwhile you can hear his sounds on Soundcloud and Mixcloud.

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