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Just before the new single release out this week on Bonzai Progressive we sat down with Chantola for a few words about him and his work.
Hi Henrik, thanks a lot for talking with us, how are you today?
C: Fine thanks! very good! Enjoying the busy summer here in Finland with lots of gigs and hanging around with my friends.
What kind of things do you like to do when you’re not producing?
C: I have always spent my summers at our summer cottage when I was younger. I still love spending some time in the beautiful Finnish nature. Of course the music takes up most of my time but I love to go fishing every once in a while and hang around with my family and relatives also.
How did you first get into music production?
C: Really hard to say what drove me into producing, but the love for the electronic music comes from my years spent in Germany when I was younger. I used to live in Dusseldorf and that time the German MTV and other music channels where constantly playing stuff by ATB, Cosmic Gate, Blank & Jones etc. When I was first introduced to electronic music it was all about trance at the time, then I slowly discovered great techno acts like Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Ellen Allien etc. At the age of 14 I got my first synthesiser as a Christmas present, it was Yamaha RS-7000 groove box. I still have it and will never ever sell it. I love all things analog. I’ve always been interested in everything electronic, computers, gadgets and naturally instruments and synths. I think that’s the biggest reason I ever thought I wanted to do some sounds and loops by myself.
Who or what would be your biggest inspirations for making music and in life generally?
C: Of course there are lots of artists that I admire and follow but it is impossible to name every one of them. The biggest thing that really opened my eyes was my first visit to the legendary party Island of Ibiza back in 2003. I remember walking into Pacha as a 17 year old teenager and hearing that enormous sound system pumping out some quality house music. That was the moment I realised I want make some tracks and play records in places like this. The whole electronic music scene is full of things that inspire me. Everything from fashion, new technology, parties, tracks and live shows to the most underground clubs and places.
You have a very warm and lush vibe in your sound but how would you describe your sound?
C: I always try to add some soul and depth to my own productions. Sometimes it’s great to play banging danceable straight forward club music but I prefer containing as much emotion as I can in my own tracks and sets.
You’re currently working on your third studio album, can you tell us a little bit about that?
C: Yes! That is 100% true and its coming together really nicely. Not gonna reveal too much but It will be different. It will be a little bit slower that many may expect and it will contain more “organic” sounds like guitar, vocals, sax and even some trumpet action.
With a very impressive back catalogue, mainly through Bonzai, how did you get signed to Bonzai and what does it feel like being part of a close knit family of artists?
C: I’ve always enjoyed working with you guys. Only positive things to say and of course it feels good to be in the “family”. Let’s do great things together in the future!
Describe a typical day in the life of Chantola?
C: Ah. Depends so much but mainly I’m working on my other projects beside music. I’m a freelance graphic designer and have my own web shop that sells speakers, gadgets and everything electronic. I also run a label with my friend and that keeps my busy too. If I’m not working or hanging around with my friends you will find me in my studio working on my new tracks, remixing or doing mixtapes for radioshows or searching new music to play at my gigs.
Some of your tracks have been remixed by great producers, who would be your favourite remixer and on what track?
C: It has to be the Airwave remix of my track called “Another Day At The Dream Factory” released through Bonzai earlier this year. That guy is one of my favourite producers of all time and getting to release my own track with his remix is like a dream come true.
You’ve also collaborated with great producers, which project would be your favourite and why?
C: I have produced music with my good friend and mentor Jussi Vuorivirta for almost a decade now. The most memorable thing has to be our “Shanghai Story” track that was released through Black Hole Recordings in 2009. Mr. Sam contacted me personally and wanted a track similar to our “Passion” track that had been our first release ever. The deadline was very very strict because the track was gonna be released on Mr. Sam’s Opus compilation and at that time Jussi was located in Shanghai. Jussi made some chord variations and sent them over. I recorded some guitars and stuff and when Jussi came back to Finland a couple of days before the deadline we went to the studio, spent hours there and came out with a track called “Shanghai Story” and it was signed straight away. They liked it so much that they even wanted another track from us also and we delivered.
Apart from the studio album what other things do you have planned for the future?
C: I’m working on new singles and remixes also but I’m hoping and really looking forward to playing outside Finland in the near future. That would be another dream come true.
Finally if you could be anywhere else in the world right now, where would it be and why?
C: It’s such a cliché but I think I would like to be in Ibiza, enjoying everything the Island has to offer.
Well Henrik, thanks so much for chatting with us, it’s been a pleasure, take care.
C: Thank you so much! It’s been a pleasure indeed. Till next time.
Purveyor of the finest grooves, Chantola is back with another stunning cut, “Don’t You Know”. Henrik has been very buys in the studio with his own works, including a new studio album and plenty of remixes to keep him going for a while. This track comes with three superb remixes that will raise a few eyebrows for sure.
The Original Mix takes us on a sublime journey through progressive house, tight arrangements and a wonderfully subtle and rich bass that has a huge impact. Great vocal samples throughout keep the ear trained intently while a myriad of classy FX fill in the gaps. On the break a great synth drone takes over as chords weave their patterns through the sound before slamming back into this solid groover.
Argentinean producer Hector Sawiak returns to remix duties for Bonzai after his remix of Cut Knob’s “Deep As We Like” appeared on Clubb Traxx “Progressive House 6″. Hector also has a huge amount of releases on many other labels including Mystique Music and Stellar Fountain to name just a couple. The remix pumps up the groove big time with a super smooth rhythm built up with the nice chunky kicks and expertly crafted percussions. The bass flows beautifully and the understated synths work a treat, the vocal sample is well used and fit perfectly to round off a very cool track indeed.
Fresh from his last outing “Cough Drops” we have popular Bulgarian producer Thomas Genchev next up to the mixing desk. Easing the groove firmly into the realms of house while retaining a progressive undertone. Sweet kicks are accompanied by cool rhythmic percussions and a hypnotic bassline, the break brings is some great FX work and distant piano notes which add stark contrasts, top notch delivery yet again.
Jakhira has been very busy lately with remixes and his latest release “Heartstrings EP”, also on Bonzai Progressive. Jakhira firmly beefs up the sound here with tougher edged take on the original. Multi layered basses provide the perfect platform for the outstanding synths on display, hints of melody creep in and mesmerise the mind and on the break the melodies burst through taking the track to a whole new level. Epic progressive house at its best and one to watch for sure.
Matan Caspi returns to BP after a few top class remixes like Mindgamers “Chasing The Sun” and Chantola’s “Make It Happen” both of which faired very well on major download portals. Matan has had an amazing journey so far having worked with many top artists and DJ’s, his tracks have been on numerous compilations which is a testament to the talent he has to offer, his track “So High” appeared on Bonzai’s My House Is Your House Volume 6. Today we see his full BP debut with “Raid The Bar”.
The Original Mix gets the floor shaking for the get go, superb chunky kicks get right under your skin and a huge deep bass rocks the foundations. Cool house stabs tease their way through and lush strings wait in the background. The track comes together brilliantly on the break with the synths becoming much more prominent before getting right back into this powerful groove for the duration, top quality stuff which is destined to feature heavily on many playlists this summer.
The ever dependable Zas & Sanze aka Mindgamers deliver the goods yet again with their superb remix. The guys have a real knack for getting the most out of a sound and this is no exception. From the start you are thrown right into a party atmosphere as the track pours out a strong, funky vibe. The bassline oozes funk and the synths etch out one hell of a cool groove. The break sends up a surreal melodic sequence which works so well with the big rising chords before powering back into a full on ass shaking groove.
Turning the track more toward the progressive scope is Henrik Kantola aka Chantola. Henrik has a very impressive repertoire and has worked with top artists, currently he is working on a new studio album which we hope to see very soon. We caught up with Henrik not too long ago for a quick Q&A so keep a lookout for that soon. The track intros with a deep progressive vibe, the kicks stand right out and a wonderfully deep bassline holds the sound up brilliantly. Sweeping pads do their work creating an ethereal atmosphere while cool FX work add texture. A real supercharged groove is built here and a wonderful contrast to the original which makes this a must for those late night sessions.
Belgian producer Adriaan Baussens aka Manu Riga is up next with his Deep Trip Remix. Adriaan is another one of those artists with an extremely heavy workload yet still churns out quality every time. He recently released his latest track “Reborn” which is a collab with fellow producer Nico Parisi and is currently working on other projects including an album. The remix is a super smooth journey deep into progressive vibes. The kicks pound the speakers delivering a shudder through your core while the bassline sits perfectly matched with a lush residue. Classy pads ease by and subtle synths provide a rich contrast, great stuff again from Adriaan!
Shimmer is back after his outing with LoQuai and their “Flying Fortress” track, a track that gained a lot of attention on major download portals with support from around the world. Here we see a monster release “Give Me” with a host of top quality remixes from some great producers.
The original mix is smooth ride through progressive house creating a relaxed atmosphere. Steady rhythms from the drums and percs with some real nice FX work. Bright melodic short synths build the mood with a wonderful chunky bassline underneath. Very hypnotic groove that locks you in for the duration.
First up on the remix is Chantola with his Give Me Techno Remix. Henrik transforms this tune beautifully with some quality techno elements, particularly in the kicks. Grungy acid blips formulate a great sound which becomes much more prominent on the break. Very well worked mix with huge appeal for many jocks.
Mylan takes us on one of his tech tours with his remix. Classic intro with kicks, hats and percussions building layer by layer. Groovy bassline adds a little bounce here and the FX work fits well. This track is a solid builder with teasing synths coming through on the break, top stuff.
Accatone takes things deeper with his Black Keys Remix. Staying true to the bassline as it bounces along we are treated to a masterclass indeed. Minimal percussions with a crisp hat and clap combi. The big focus of course are those keys, a wonderful display of deep house play that will stand up well in those late night rooms.
Concealed Truth return to BP with Cold Sun Ray Remix. Powerful progressive house at its finest with brilliantly subtle synth melodies and great FX. Nice and steady rhythm with another superb bassline will keep the bootys shakin to this. On the break the melodies are ramped up a notch and the vocal sample is the perfect addition along with the pads, very nice indeed.
Gearing up for another round of quality cuts is Bonzai’s latest vinyl venture “Bonzai Worx – Volume 3″. This pressing comes complete with four top drawer tracks and a couple of outstanding remixes from the very impressive roster of artists and labels Bonzai has to offer. Give your record bag a reason to exist and grab your limited copy, you will not be disappointed.
First up we have Metodi Hristov’s remix of Mindgamers track “Can You Feel It”. Metodi turns the cool meter way up with a superb big club friendly effort. All the goodness of house with the prog element shining through, super suave steady rhythm filled with tight percussion and a subtle kick. The big focus here is the awesome bassline backed up with a mesmerizing vocal which works an absolute treat.
Matan Caspi’s remix of Chantola’s “Make It Happen” is a perfect selection for vinyl as he drops a hint of tech into the prog house vibe while keeping the coolness and suave of the main sound, very well crafted remix, a little more synth work and some crisp guitar keeps the summer theme alive.
Paduraru’s “Games For Girls” makes the cut with a strong and steady rhythm on the beats and a wonderful bassline adding extra weight. Top quality synth work here in a true progressive groove, on the break we get an off key piano that adds melancholy to the track. Big strings make a show and a well rounded track is the end product, top stuff destined for many boxes.
Loquai & Shimmer’s very well received “Fly Fortress” is a must for this vinyl, kicking off into an awesome world of progressive vibes with very subtle yet highly effective melodies. Real cool steady rhythm with the kicks and percs, the melodies are enhanced with some brilliant rising pads and FX with a chunky bassline tying things up nicely.
Henrik is back with another round of his mellowed out progressive vibes on this two tracker “Days Go By”. His last release “Another Day At The Dream Factory” done very well with support coming from many corners and top download stores featuring it heavily.
The title track intros with a nice thud on the kick and a warm pad sweeping through, subtle keys come in and the percussion starts to build up a cool flow on the rhythm. The strings gain slightly in intensity and the bassline adds a bouncy touch with some very cool pianos filling in the background. On the break we get an almost trancey feel with the synth chords ramping up the groove, very nice indeed.
“XTC” takes us deep into progressive vibes with a journey through a myriad of lush sounds, lots going on here and a perfect example of Henrik’s technical ability to be able to marry all these sounds while keeping the structure on point. Deep prog bassline with many different melodic sequences blending beautifully over a tight drum and percussion section. Elements of both house and trance are evident yet still offering a unique style, very well crafted and a joy to listen to.
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Ibiza 2013 comes with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, John 00 Fleming, Andre Bonsor, 06R, Davide Catania, Citizen 42, Philthy Chit, Blufeld, Kevin Vega, Chantola, LoQuai, Manu Riga, Frangellico, Shimmer, Dyron, Mindgamers, Metodi Hristov, Jakhira, Luckoni, Diego Alvez, Paduraru, Oushanmete, Pierre Zamyatin, Mylan, Scrub, Barbara Wahnon, Piek, Efron, Hector Couto, Ed Lee, Charles Ramirez, Dimitry Liss, Project KF, Rick Wade, Wonji, Fauvrelle, Rogerio Martins, Crocy, Pozitive, Joal, Tribal Warriors, Tofke, Ugur Yurt, Fabian Jakopetz, Dub Way, Ritch Mollen, Chanelle Pearl, Ecco, Yogimeister, Onofrio Conte, Oz Romita, W&DY, Victor Vera and Ozan Kanik.