Jaakko Eino Kalevi

With his newly released Dreamzone EP, musician, producer, and part-time tram driver Jaakko Eino Kalevi finally brought his experimental psychedelic pop music from his native Finland to the world.

If you’ve taken the tram in Helsinki, then chances are that you might have had the Finnish musician and producer Jaakko Eino Kalevi as your driver. Even though he has released a lot of material in his native country, he still kept his part-time job as a tram driver.

Having recently signed a deal with record label Weird Worlds, Jaakko has finally brought his experimental psychedelic pop music from his native Finland to the world, something that might well become a game changer for the 29-year-old musician.

In the beginning of December he released his four-track Dreamzone EP, including standout single No End. Jaakko says that the EP was inspired by various instruments, as well as the feeling of unknowingness.

– Dreamzone was the first word of the song Memories, Jaakko explains. It came there as kind of a tribute to my friend’s comic album Viihdealus Dreamzone. Somehow it just kept haunting me. It’s a nice word and I think it talks with the songs.

This year, Jaakko plans to follow up the Dreamzone EP with a fourth album, hopefully before the summer.

– It seems that it will have a more uniform style than Dragon Quest or Modern Life, and not be as jazzy as Töölö Labyrinth.

Released two years ago, the album Töölö Labyrinth was inspired by Töölö, an area in Helsinki where you – according to Jaakko – easily get lost, as well as the much more abstract concept of spiritualism. His debut album Dragon Quest was released in 2007, and the sophomore album Modern Life came three years later.

Being one of those self-made talents, Jaakko has taught himself to play a number of instruments, such as the saxophone or how to use the computer. Taking his inspiration from sounds, music, and instruments, his musical background spans everything from dub, disco, and electro to jazz and metal. He also mentions the work of Kaukolampi, Carlo Mollino, and Serge Gainsbourg as influences.

Can you tell us something about yourself that people are not aware of? Any other hidden talents?
– I enjoy drawing, which I never do, and my dream is to sit in a good posture naturally.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
– Touring somewhere, having all my meals at gas stations.

Listen to Jaakko Eino Kalevi’s Dreamzone EP here.