Alt+F4, aka Magellan Project, aka Avanto, consists of the two young finnish producers Joonas Hahmo and Matti Kotala.
Before Matti and Joonas joined forces, both of them had already been active in the Finnish music scene for several years as producers as well as DJs. For Matti and Joonas making music is more than just using machines; it’s about creating a vibe that takes the listeners on a journey.
In the beginning of 2001 when Ferry Corsten came to Helsinki, the boys met and found out that they shared the same passion for electronic dance music and they had the same idea how tracks should be produced. So it was obvious that after this meeting Matti & Joonas created a new producer-team. Over the years they’ve gained more and better equipment to realize their ideas until they reached their nowadays massive studio.
It was in 2003 when Drizzly Music signed their track “Dive Theme” for the new label Asgard Recordings. It is the theme song for Tampere´s Club Dive and has been played since the beginning of 2003 by the likes of Misja Helsloot and Black Hole Recording’s DJs Ton TB & Cor Fjineman as well as Norway’s DJ Stigma and Italy’s Giorgio Ponticelli.
In between producing several theme tracks for the biggest indoor-events in Finland such as Docklands and liQuid (Marco-V, Orkidea, Cosmicman), Joonas & Matti delivered several guestmixes for Giorgio Ponticelli’s “Subtraxx Experience”, a show on Digitally Imported, the biggest Internet electronic music radio station. The reactions of the listeners were all the times so overwhelming that Giorgio Ponticelli asked the boys to make a mix for “The World In The Mix” show which was over 4 hours long and included 15 minute mixes from 16 DJs all over the world. Joonas & Matti were able to present their unique sets with names like Mike Shiver, Envious, Kenjido Okiru, Özgur Can and Niklas Harding.
This spring Joonas and Matti created a new guise named “Alt+F4”. Their first release “Alt+F4” which has been signed to Anjunabeats has until now been played by every big DJ in the world and gained them lots of reputation in the music scene. Names like Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren, Misja Helsloot, DJ Tiesto, Miika Kuisma and Super8 were knocking on the guys’ doors to get a playable CD.
Joonas and Matti have always wanted to support good talent from Finland who need a platform to present their high quality music, so it was obvious they should start a record label. After joining forces with a few friends in summer 2004 it was finally the birth of Electric Sauna Records, a subdivision of Drizzly Music. At the moment Joonas & Matti have their latest massive track on Electric Sauna Records named Avanto “The Flute” with remixes by Airbase, DJ Orkidea and Mike Shiver.
So far “The Flute” has been played by every top DJ in the world while the peak was reached when it was part of “Tiesto in Concert 2”
Edited by anton130790 on 6 Aug 2008, 22:00
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