Yotto...'SW4 is a really good festival to experiment'

Yotto has become one of the most exciting new-comers to surface in the global house and techno scene. Ahead of his return to SW4 this year we caught up with him to discuss what he's been up to and learn a bit more about his rise to the top.

How are you feeling about coming back to London and playing again at SW4 after your debut last year?

Yea it feels great I had such a good experience last year, and this year I’m really excited to be on the B.Traits stage which has such a good line up. I think I’m just going to hang around that stage all day.

It must be amazing to have reached a point where you can look at the line up and see yourself amongst all those huge acts and alongside people like John Digweed which you have hailed to be one of your biggest influences…

Yes of course, in the last couple of years time has been moving really quickly, when I look back and remember myself in my room as a kid listening to guys like Digweed I keep getting surprised and being super impressed when I see myself on these line ups.

With regards to London, can you tell us a bit about your experiences playing in the city?

I’ve been coming to London quite frequently over the past couple of years and it was actually my first gig away from my home country Finland when I started this whole Yotto thing which was at Fire. There’s never been a bad party in London so I always look forward to going back and playing there.

What do you think is the main factor that sets London apart from other places you play?

I think the crowd in general is musically really well-educated, thanks to the extremely long culture and history that you have with dance music. Also the fact that every weekend there are so many huge events helps. When you see somewhere where people really know their music instead of it just being a club full of people who don’t even know who’s playing it makes the whole experience really special – that’s one of my favourite things about London.

What can we expect from your set at SW4 this year?

It’s a festival so its going to be more high energy than one of my 3-hour long club journey sets. Also there will be a lot of new music hopefully as I have a lot of unreleased stuff and also the fact that it’s at the end of the summer means I will have a collection of tracks that I haven’t even heard yet. I also feel that SW4 is a really good festival to experiment a bit more because the crowd seems really responsive so I don’t necessarily have to bang out my biggest tracks and can play something a bit stranger.

Can you tell us a bit about your journey into electronic music?

Dance music entered my life by accident, I had heard some really bad dance stuff on the radio that I didn’t want to get into, but then I used to always go to the library where you could pick up records and return them a couple of weeks later, and I picked up Orbital and Chemical Brothers just because they had really cool covers. At first I had no idea what I was listening to but then I suddenly started to get it and began to study it and became a fan of everything electronic. Then it just went from there as a hobby, buying old magazines and then started making my own music for fun at quite an early stage. I got the first PC program when I was 12 but it was so bad. Still it was a good way to learn back then.

It was the British Anjunadeep label that originally picked you up. How did that come about?

Yes, so I met this American artist called Pierce Fulton and we became intimate friends at some point, I made a remix for him that ended up being played on Above & Beyond’s radio show & everybody loved it so they ended up asking me to make a mixtape for them that I just ended up filling with my own music and they ended up signing all the music I put on it.

I’ve also seen that you’ve put out quite a lot of releases this year, including a release on Joris Voorn’s ‘Green’ label. How do you manage to do all your producing whilst being on tour so often?

It’s tough, but I just always get some music done whenever I get home, when I’m on the road I try and produce as much as possible, drafting ideas and working on other projects like on edits for example, so when I get home I can go straight into the studio and finalise the ideas I’ve come up with. It’s one of those things that is hard but also difficult to complain about when you’re doing something you love that much.

Can we expect an album from Yotto in the near future?

Yea sure I’m definitely planning on it, I just don’t know when, it could happen in the next year or maybe next 5 years. Hopefully sooner rather than later as I’m keen to explore different musical spectrums. I have a lot of stuff I work on when I’m not making club music but its very hard to put out on an EP as I’m still considered as a Club artist and DJ. An album would be great to include some of my down tempo and more experimental stuff.

Lastly, what’s the strangest/funniest most bizarre thing you’ve ever witnessed at a Festival?

What really makes me laugh at festival’s and what doesn’t get old is people having sex, like at Coachella this year there was a couple fornicating and people were just walking past and filming them. They are probably now famous on social media but yea that was hilarious!

Listen to Yotto’s Coachella 2017 set from the Do Lab Stage

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