The 57th episode of our 12 Questions segment features Finnish producer Tero Civill.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
My first memory of ANY record is Jean Michel Jarre’s “Equinoxe”. I was two-three year old, found my mom’s vinyl collection and was just mesmerized by the sleeve art. I just had to hear it and I have loved ethereal electronic music since.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
First would be in 1991, when my school class organized a party to gather funds for a field trip. I just raised my hand when someone mentioned we need someone to play records there! My collection was small, maybe 20 records ranging from italo to acid house, but managed with a classmate who had some additional vinyl’s in his collection. This gig started a life long journey for sure. Last one was playing on Basso Radio where I have a two-hour show for over ten years now.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
First one that I purchased myself was most likely Public Enemy’s “Yo! Bum Rush The Show”. Last one would be Ben E King’s “Stand By Me” 7” that I crate digged off from some flea market.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
I have had DJ residency for years at Club Pussy and in 2004, after Slacker live set, we closed the night together with Shem. He was on the laptop, me on the turntables, and my grin was probably widest anyone has ever had without any recreational drugs. It was surreal to perform with one of my childhood heroes, he dropping some classic samples and huge tracks. I’ve played back-to-back sets before with Hybrid’s Mike, Andry Nalin, Orkidea and others, but this was something else for sure. It’s a huge loss Shem isn’t with us anymore.
On the producing side, it’s most likely Nick ‘WOW Signal’ Warren chiming in and asking for me to do a exclusive track for his DJ mix compilation on Hope Recordings.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I organised a lot of underground raves in the 90’s with my friends. I grew up in industrial town and the recession was strong, so we had plenty of vacant warehouses to use. Also booked Orkidea for his first out-of-town gig in ’94.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Undiscovered? Hmm my two-year-old twin sons rock the pots and pans like no other. They do spend also a lot of time tweaking my synths and have one organ in their room already so you’ll hear from them later on for sure.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Bill Drummond, James Cauty, Mike Sandison, Marcus Eoin, Dave Tipper, James Lavelle, David Lynch, Brian Dougans, Garry Cobain, Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel, Charlie May and the list goes on and on. But anyone with balls to be original and rock it will do in the end.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
I have a bad habit of thinking about remixing almost any good track I hear. I just love to put my twist on things. Probably it would be progressive / tech house version of some old The Doors or Jefferson Airplane track. Just send me the vocals already!
If Brothers In Rhythm would come up with some unofficial white label remix of any of my tracks I would just die of love and happiness. Wouldn’t say no to Richie Hawtin channeling Plastikman either.
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days and the majority of people feel most of them are mediocre music factories. Which ones if any standout for you?
I need to bring this home and say 3rd Avenue, which is releasing deeeeeep and original stuff all the time. Also almost all of ze Germans are doing quite well on the techno side of things. We need more of that and less of generic copy & paste shite!
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
UNKLE did just beautiful work with “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Beats?” It’s little hard to come by since it was limited edition originally, but I guess you can find it online nowadays. Clips of it were used for UNKLE Essential Mix, but the original three-disc mix just tops it on so many levels. A must hear, it’s just not the tracks alone, but what is being done with them.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Any Michelin-grade fine dining joint will do for now
Drink: Tempelbier IPA beer
Drug: Double shot of good Espresso
Animal: Badger, otter… Anything ending with ‘er’ probably.
TV Show: American Pickers
Movie: The Punk Singer, Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
Video Game: GTA5, Battlefield, Fallout New Vegas with Old World Blues.
Album: Nick Warren Presents The Soundgarden Vol 1 on Hope Recordings
Track / Song: Terrorize – It’s Just A Feeling (12” Mix)
Producer / Band: Nicolas Jaar
Record Label: Hope Recordings, 3rd Avenue
Nightclub: Aaniwalli (Helsinki, Finland)
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Depends on the situation… Candy Flip – Strawberry Fields Forever will do 99% of the time, but if it’s a strobe-lit warehouse with lasers and too much smoke of all kinds at dawn, then Polynomial-C by Aphex Twin.
Tero’s ‘Midnight Sun EP’ is out now on 3rd Avenue, you can purchase the release: here