A couple of years ago, when Jussi Häkkinen first began playing electronic music with a band called Kalyan, he was not sure he would make it as a full-time musician.
“I was very naïve,” Häkinen says.
“It was like, what am I going to do?
I just kept saying to myself, ‘I’m gonna make it.’
I had no clue what I was doing, and then I got into the band and started playing, and I started hearing what people were making and I realised that I could be successful.”
The 27-year-old now has a long-standing track record of being successful.
He’s an award-winning producer who has produced a number of successful albums, and his most recent, a collection of singles called Kaleidoscope, was released in 2015.
He also recently released his first solo album, In the Land of the Sky, and it is a collection he describes as “one of the best albums I’ve ever made.”
He says that the first time he started to record was at age 15, after he was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, and that his obsession with music started as soon as he could.
“I remember, I was on my way to a school concert, and the school band started playing and I was like ‘Whoa, what are you playing?'” he recalls.
“And then, suddenly, I heard this big boom, and just the music just made me go crazy.”
It took him two years to get into recording, and he says that he first started by playing in a local band, but quickly switched to producing music himself, creating songs and releasing his own EP.
He has since been featured on popular music shows and has even signed to a major label.
“When I was growing up, I never had the confidence to make music, I just wanted to be the next big artist,” he says.
“So, I’m kind of proud that I got a degree in music and I went to university and worked hard.
I went out there and just did whatever I wanted, and at the end of it, I made music.”
Nowadays, Häkins band is making a number in the world of electronic music, having released an EP called Kalkatä, which was nominated for an MTV Europe award.
And Hänkkonen has just released his third solo album in the form of a 10-song collection called Grow Up.
In the Land Of The Sky, which is out October 22, also features the tracks “Beneath the Surface” and “Beside the Sun,” as well as tracks from other artists, including the Australian rock band the Monkees, who released their debut album, A Different World, in 2016.
Häkes’ next album is called Kullus, which he says will follow the same formula, as well.
“It’s going to be a really different kind of album than what I’ve been doing before,” he tells EW.
“That album is very different than anything I’ve done before, it’s just different from everything else I’ve released.
It’s going be more about what I love, more about that kind of music.”
You can hear more of Jussim’s interview with EW at the bottom of this article.