Behind the piano

Behind the piano: Kepa Lehtinen

Where are you from? And where do you live?
I am from Finland, and I live in east Helsinki (the poor side of town).

How long have you been playing the piano, and do you play other instruments as well?
I have been playing piano since I was a child. I also played drums, when I was younger. Nowadays I usually play different types of synthesizers, theremin and piano.

Tell us about how you started playing music.
First I played classical piano music in childhood. Then I was a teenager, I started playing drums and synthesizer, and finishes playing classical music. We had a garage bands with my friends. 

How long have you been making piano music?
I started making music at my band, and it was really undergroud stuff. I got 4-recorder, and started to record my own music. 

Tell us something about that moment you realized you could make songs yourself!
I studied film and sound design at Finland’s Aalto University. I worked as a sound editor and designer, but more and more I found myself as a film music composer . 

What are your favorite artists in this “piano genre”?
Ryuichi Sakamotos Playing the piano is my all time favourite piano album

Is there one song which you play over and over again as soon as you sit down by a piano?
Mostly I don’t play piano, but I compose with piano – there is a difference. I kind of play what comes in mind and usually it is rubbish but sometimes there is gems too.

What rules (in making music) needs to be broken?
I think, that my own broken rules are, that even I have studied playing piano I have never studied composing. I have studied sound design and film that is my musical background.

How do you record your music?
I have an own company with my friend (Helsingin ääniraita oy) for music, movie sound desing and mixing. We have a state of art studio in Helsinki.

Whats your take on sampled instruments? 
I use them all the time for commercials and tv. I own many cool sampled pianos and Spectrasonics Keyscape is my favourite today. 

Anything else you want to share?  
Skateboarding is my favourite hobby. I started when i was over 40 and nowadays i skate allmost everyday. In winter we have neat skatehall in east Helsinki.

Thank you for this Kepa!

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