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Premiere and Interview with Northern Disco Nights

We’re glad to premiere Chasing May, a new track by Northern Disco Nights from Miami Scenes Part I, their new EP.

It was a perfect time to talk a bit about this release and other things.

Check out the interview.



Headphones For Robots: Who is Northern Disco Nights? Where do you come from? Where do you live?

Northern Disco Nights: I’m Matti Saarni from Turku, Finland. I’m a musician, producer, singer and researcher of philosophy, among other things 🙂

HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences? 

NDN: I first started making music at maybe 13 years old. First, it was for a band, of which I’ve since had many, but pretty soon I also started making partly or wholly electronic music. My influences really do range from Ravi Shankar and Ryuichi Sakamoto to Ulver and Jan Hammer, as well as Prince, Coil and Tangerine Dream, just to name a few.

HFR: You have just released Miami Scenes part I, a 4 track EP. What does Miami inspire you?

NDN: Well, I’ve actually been to Miami a couple of times, as a small child, somewhere around the end of the eighties. I don’t remember much, but I guess something stayed. Other than that, It’s the obvious: Miami Vice, with all of the great music and scenery, among other things. Perhaps MIAMI SCENES is a sort of fusion of Finnish landscapes and atmospheres, and some Miami beach and palms scenery.

HFR: How did you approach writing the songs for those new tracks? 

NDN: I think I didn’t have a specific method of approaching this project, but I might have had an unconscious one 😉 I think a few of the songs were actually started during a period when I was watching a bit more of Miami Vice.

HFR: Could you tell us a bit about your “go-to” equipment? What do you use when writing a song and which are your favorite instruments? Do you prefer Software or Hardware ? 

NDN: For Northern Disco Nights I mostly use software, mainly Native Instruments and Arturia stuff.

HFR: I guess there will be a part II for you Miami scenes. What can we expect? 

NDN: That’s right, this is the beginning of a trilogy! I think MIAMI SCENES Part I is a well-balanced introduction to the sonic landscape of Northern Disco Nights. But no vocal tracks yet – they’ll be on the following EPs. So that’s what you can expect, as well as some electric guitar at some point, and digging deeper into the scenes. My idea is that the three EPs make up a nice whole called MIAMI SCENES, but some things are still open.

HFR: Will you play your new album live? Do you have other projects?

NDN: I’ve performed earlier versions of some of the tracks before. At the moment, I’ve no shows planned. That’s mostly due to time factors, and because of my “other projects”, namely the finishing of my dissertation, and my family. But I do have other musical projects, too, and I’m looking forward to getting a release done with my band, The Rounds. I also have other electronic music projects, but at the time, Northern Disco Nights is the main one.

HFR: Last words?

NDN: I want to heartfeltly thank Ben from Headphones for Robots for this interview. Everyone, please keep supporting HfR, and, if you like, also check out MIAMI SCENES! But most importantly, thank you, respect, love!


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