I just returned from Helsinki where I was mixing Joona Toivanen trio‘s new album. This is a band both me, Tapani and the drummer Olavi Louhivuori have played had since we were kids. Olavi had just finished a long US tour with Polish trumpet legend Tomasz Stanko’s quintet, and it was great to meet with the trio again.
Both recording and mixing this album was great fun. We wanted to have a more “retro” sound and used old microhones, tube amplifiers and tape recorders. The sound guy Mikko Raita was very good in creating this kind of sound, and the tubes and tapes were running really hot!