Kepa Lehtinen Interview with Muzique Magazine
A new musical excursion from Kepa Lehtinen …Faceplant is a six-track mini-album of original contemporary classical music written for piano, contrabass, and theremin. . The theremin is a century-old electronic instrument that’s played by hand gestures rather than direct contact.
Nobody uses theremin as I do. It is not a solo instrument anymore. Because theremin responds to even the slightest movement (even to the player’s breath) it has become the organic sonic cornerstone of my music. It is the element that makes the soundscape really come to life ”
- Face plant “I am 50 years old skateboarder. I have always loved the expression ”Face plant” (an instance of falling face first into or on to something.) If you skate on the limits of your skills you are going to fall at some point. It is going to hurt.”
- Kontula Kontula (2018) is my most beloved composition. (740000 streams on Spotify) ”Kontula ” is a new solo remake of the piano version of the theme.
- Fall ”The mix of classical and retro electronic music makes ideas escape easily and appreciate the changing season. Beautiful, very, very beautiful.” Mika Roth/desibeli.net
- Nowhere ”Kepa gives an original instrument a new voice and expression in a center stage manner that merges electronic with a future indie classic. ” Ryan Martin/Jammerzine
- Lockdown…Arpeggios on a broken piano – the sound of a pandemic.
- It is ok to be a computer… Chiptune version of my track ”It is ok to be sad and dark” The last track on all my solo records is the Commodore 64 version of some previous song. The Spotify algorithm will punishes me – lol.
Kepa Lehtinen has written music for many films, commercials, and TV productions. He plays the piano, synthesizers, theremin. He released his first solo album, Playing Theremin, in 2018. In 2019 he released Helsinki in November and 2020 It is ok to be sad and dark. Last year Kepa was chosen as the composer of the week on the prestigious moving classics tv.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
When I studied film and sound design at Finland’s Aalto University I found myself more and more as a film music composer. 2018 I was confident enough to release my first solo alum (Playing Theremin).
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
As a composer, my greatest hero is maybe Ryuichi Sakamoto. As a thereminist, I admire Armen Ra (Persian-Armenian self-taught thereminist).
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
My new album is called ”Face plant”. I chose the title as a tribute to my love for skateboarding.
What are your plans for the near future?
I am involved in a high profile film project and I will also continue making solo records.
How can fans find you?