Yotto talks life as a label boss, fatherhood, and future release plans [Interview]

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Yotto began the year as one of the brightest acts on one of the electronic ether’s most revered label destinations, Anjunadeep. But by mid-2019, Yotto left his longtime label housing, taking the precarious plunge of setting up his own imprint, Odd One Out (OOO), which also serves as the title of one of his most popular Hyperfall singles from last year.

He got the OOO release train chugging this past August, with the pumping progressive delivery, “Nova,” which received a prompt remix treatment from Anjunadeep label mate, Cassian. The 32-year-old Finnish producer’s reputation as a multitalented performer has grown so steadily over the years, with his colorful catalog of original tracks swelling all the time.

It’s an audacious play to bid adieu to such a well-aligned organization, but one that’s also redolent of self-courage and earnest resolve. Since then, he’s released a steady stream of singles through OOO alongside the very first installment in the label’s new mix series, which he plans to use as an outlet for artists to test drive sounds outside their expected sonic spaces. Dancing Astronaut caught up with Yotto on the tail end of his Odd One Out world tour to talk about climbing the fierce learning curve he’s been managing in the last year, his life outside of music, and his plans to keep the label in front of convention.

You’ve spent most of the second half of 2019 on world tour, how has it been? Have there been any highlights or lowlights? What’s it been like?

I think it’s been a great tour. Obviously it’s a little tiring, but being able to play bigger and bigger venues, you know, moving from only club shows into doing a bunch of more theater-like venues as well has been a cool little change. Overall it’s been a really good tour so far. And then I’m just [finding myself] continuing to say, “Thank you, fans.” 

Are there any types of specific venues you enjoy playing more than others?

I think I’m still, at the core, I’m a club DJ, there’s something about that dark sweaty room with a lot of people in it, well not that many people in it. It’s pleasing. 

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Yotto at the Regency Ballroom (Odd One Out Tour), Photo Credit: Demian Beccerra

During that time, you’ve also been running Odd One Out. Are you enjoying being in charge?

Yeah, I’m enjoying it a lot, it’s a new experience, running a label, and being responsible for everything. I find it refreshing. And, you know, I have worked with Anjuna for a while and they’re such a great company to learn from and to see how they run things is a very good learning experience. Of course I’m not operating on the same scale as they do, as a label. But there’s always some takeaway from seeing them succeed and do a great job with everything. 

Is there anything in particular you learned from Anjuna that’s been helpful for you? 

I think schedules matter. I’m not very good at keeping up with deadlines and stuff usually, or I prefer very free-flowing, like “Oh I have a track let’s just put it out tomorrow and that will be fine.” kind of approach. But that doesn’t necessarily always work, so it’s good to have some sort of a plan so you know what’s gonna happen and when. 

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What else have you learned over the last few months running a label while touring the world?

It’s hard work, but it’s great to see that people have actually been engaging with the label and coming to the shows knowing that it’s part of the Odd One Out tour, which is basically a launch tour for the label, in a way. I learned that there’s so much you can probably say when it comes to data. We can see who our listeners are, where they are listening to music from, but it’s just kind of mind blowing that you pretty much know who’s listening to your music instead of just seeing numbers on paper. 

You recently released your first Odd One Out mixtape, what do you have planned for the series? 

I wanted to start the series with a mix that represents what I’m playing at my shows right now and the music that I’m relating to in a club environment. But also, as the name of the label kind of suggests, I want to do something a bit different every now and then so I’m gonna get guest mixes from some people, where they would play something else than what they normally play. So having like a house DJ play a set of whatever he’s into, whether it be instrumental hip-hop or anything… Give people a different look into their own personal taste. 

Are there any artists in particular you’re dying to work with on Odd One Out?

I will always work with Sasha, but that’s also a bit of a reach, but I don’t know. I did a remix for him on his label, so maybe one day I can gather some cash or bribe him or whatever to make a remix for me. That would be a good one, because I’ve always just felt love for what he does, and he always has a really cool catalog. He never does useless records. 

I heard that you ran a couple marathons this year, is that true?

Yeah I did, I did five of them. I used to run a lot more, I’ve done a few marathons before, they’ve always been very easy marathons, on concrete and in cities. But this time I did one on the Faroe Islands, which is between Iceland and UK in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, It’s part of Denmark. It’s just a small mountain, a small island, and there was a mountain trail marathon that I did that I really enjoyed. It was awful, it hurt. I’m not gonna do that one again, or maybe I will as long as my toenails grow back some from losing them during that one.

That sounds so hard, I could never.

Yea, it was really interesting, it ended up being so steep at most places that it was more like a very long, extreme hike instead of a running marathon. Most of the terrain was so difficult that you just could not run, just climb. But yeah it was cool, as part of that you kind of have a goal, or if I sign up for a race like that then I have to consistently train and force myself to hitting the treadmill when I’m on tour, so it kinda plays into that puzzle. When I started touring it was all about enjoying the free alcohol that was everywhere and partying, but it gets a bit tired. So I find that when I sign up for a race, I’m not doing anything stupid on tour, I’m just laying real low and training every day. It’s a good balance I think. 

Switching topics quick, DJ Carnage just tweeted out that “openers should always bang it out” and you responded, “impressively bad advice.” What advice do you have for openers?

Yeah, well I think it’s just a very bad generalization from someone that big to say something like that. You know, if it’s a party where it’s a bunch of people who are into very aggressive heavy bass music, that’s all they want to hear then sure I think you should play that. But I think the opener’s role is, you know, to open the night, set the mood for what’s to come. So I don’t think it necessarily always works to mash it out. I think the opener should always do their best, and that’s the way you can impress people. You play to the room, you play to the night, you play to the DJ who’s playing next. It doesn’t matter that much at a festival where people might move between stages, so the musical arc of the night isn’t as important as in a club, but when you’re just in one room all night it becomes quite important to have a flow to the night. 

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Yotto at Electric Zoo 2019, Photo Credit: Matt Enbar

Do you approach your club sets differently than your festival sets when you’re preparing? 

…Yeah (at a festival) you might only have 90 minutes to do the best you can, usually that means mixing a bit more frequently or faster or just trying to get more up-tempo from the beginning, where at a club show if you have four hours you can take your time, get into it.

[Voice in background] Sorry, that’s my son

How old is he? 

One-and-a-half years. Tiny little monster.

How do you have time to go on a world tour and start a label and raise a son? 

That’s a good question, I think my wife would be better at answering it [laughs]. Yeah, I fly home pretty much every week, even if I’m touring on the other side of the world just to get a few days of family time in. It’s not as fun to be away on the weekends anymore as it was before he was born. But you know, people have to travel for their jobs, so it’s not an unlikely scenario to fly sometimes, but sometimes I leave him for a while, so there’s that. But he has come with me, my wife and the baby we all went to LA for a couple months just now. When I was touring in the US it made it a lot easier because it didn’t take me twenty hours to get home, just more like two hours.

Can you tell at all if he has a knack for music like you?

He does dance a lot whenever I play something, so maybe. And he loves smashing the keys on the piano, but he also loves smashing whatever makes a sound, so, you know, maybe. 

2020 is around the corner, are you making any resolutions?

Release more music than 2019. And get another marathon in. 

Where do you see yourself and Odd One Out in five to 10 years? Do you have any long term goals right now? 

Yeah, definitely the goals that I have are more long term… In five years hopefully Odd One Out will be a label that actually has a published roster of artists under it and have put out a few… I’d like to start a compilation series where it’s not a million tracks just put together, just a few really cool tracks that fit each other. And then I would like find new artists that I could publish as part of the team. And then, some kinds of events so I could bring the guys from the labels do shows.

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2019

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2019 has been a remarkable year for new music.

The past twelve months brought with them a collection of highly anticipated LPs: Madeon‘s Good Faith, Avicii‘s posthumous Tim, Gesaffelstein‘s Hyperion, Illenium‘s ASCEND, along with a Flume mixtape. Notable collaborations like REZZ and Malaa‘s “Criminals,” Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve‘s “Island,” and GRiZ and Subtronics‘ “Griztronics” hit the airwaves in blazes of glory. Supergroups like Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) and Get Real (Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet) showcased the power of doubling up on brainpower. And, of course, countless singles had us hitting repeat more times than were calculable: Dillon Francis‘ “Still Not Butter,” i_o‘s “House of God,” Habstrakt‘s “De la Street,” Alesso‘s “Progresso,” and so many more.

In no particular order, we present a 30-track collection of our favorite songs of the year, chosen by DA writers and editors.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 120

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic—to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery—DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here

Feint’s “Vagrant” is a drum ‘n’ bass classic. The late 2015 release with Veela thrilled Liquicity listeners upon its original debut, and it’s remained near and dear to Feint fans since then. Slovenian producer Smooth has put his own spin on the beloved track, refreshing it and giving fans a new angle from which to appreciate it.

AWOLTALK is helping lead the US drum ‘n’ bass scene, and he’s doing it in a big way. His most recent creation is a remix of chart-topping Billie Eilish and her song “Everything I Wanted.” He takes Eilish’s moody vocals and backs them with a racing rhythm that somehow complements the sonic atmosphere of the tune. It’s addicting.

Hot Date’s new EP is an adventure in all things funk. The three-track Lonely Heart compilation arrived on Dec. 3, comprised of an assortment of groovy elements that make it completely irresistible. The second track “So Good,” catches the listener’s ear with its funky leading melody and introduces mighty vocals to make it even more endearing.

Gareth Emery returns to Monstercat to deliver a collaboration with Kovic, “Somebody.” A delicate guitar melody kicks off the tune, and the singer’s moving voice showcases the heartfelt emotion behind the lyrics. Emery’s production is subdued in the verses but shines in the gorgeously atmospheric chorus.

Spanish producer Dosem follows up his recent EP with a tantalizing remix of Yotto‘s “Hyperlude.” The Anjunadeep release clocks in at more than six minutes, giving fans a chance to dive deep into the world Dosem’s creating in his rendition. It’s both dark and uplifting—a fine line that Dosem walks with style.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 119

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic—to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery—DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here

Yotto revealed his dreamily deep techno tune, “Nova,” in August and was met with enthusiasm for its dramatic horns and otherworldly atmosphere. Now, Cassian has put his own spin on the tune, giving listeners a refreshing new way to absorb its recognizable melodies.

French producer Kramder has kept the hits coming in 2019, polishing off November with a spirited new original, “A Kiss From Stacy.” Leading in with a funky guitar melody and even some cowbell, the artist crafts a brilliant disco tune that further solidifies his place in today’s nu-disco/house scene.

On Nov. 29, UKF‘s long-anticipated UKF10 compilation finally debuts in full to the world. Tucked among its 37 tracks is Flite‘s “Tragedy, Humanity,” an introspective drum ‘n’ bass piece that shows the producer at his finest. “It takes a special amount of energy to convey how I’ve felt about life,” he says of the release. “I hope that you can experience and understand.”

Also making an appearance with the UKF10 compilation is Futurebound and Trei’s “Stars Will Fall,” a perfect demonstration of the intensity these two producers can harness when they collaborate. The four-minute tune is loaded with energy from start to finish and makes for a stellar addition to the collection.

Volant‘s name has bounced around the electronic music community for six-plus years, demonstrating time and time again his aptitude for just about every genre he sets his mind to. Many of his recent releases have an outer space feel to them, including his latest, “【 interloper 】,” a gorgeous and ethereal piece.

Cassian brightens Yotto’s ‘Nova’ with new remix [Stream]

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In 2019, the words “remix” and “Cassian” should go hand in hand. The Australian producer has reworked a number of tracks this year already, including RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Treat You Better,” The Aston Shuffle and Fabich‘s “Stay,” and Bob Moses‘ “Listen To Me.” Cassian even got the full remix treatment himself, receiving a trio of remixes for “Same Things.”

Now, his remix of Yotto’s brooding deep house track “Nova” has arrived. Cassian repurposes “Nova’s” sinister horns to set a more playful tone. While the core identity of “Nova” remains intact, Cassian’s take creates an entirely new atmosphere and feeling. This remix marks Yotto’s first collaborative effort under his recently-launched imprint Odd One Out. Cassian is slated to open for Yotto on his final two US tour stops in New York and Los Angeles.

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Good Morning Mix: Yotto releases first mixtape in Odd One Out series

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2019 has been quite the year for Finnish producer Yotto. The former Anjunadeep prodigy left the label in July to launch his own record label, Odd One Out. Midway through his world tour, his first mix under the new label has arrived.

“One One Out Mixtape 01” features 90 minutes of deep house and dance cuts, including several original IDs from Yotto himself.

“There’s a very bad episode of Friends where Chandler recycles an old mixtape from his former lover,” Yotto writes. “This is that mixtape. Music from me, my friends, my favourites and my enemies.”

If this stellar mix is a sign of what’s to come from the young label, Odd One Out should certainly top any deep house fan’s watch list.

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NMF Roundup: Zedd and Kehlani create a ‘Good Thing,’ Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Zedd and Kehlani kick things off this final Friday of September with their new collaboration, “Good Thing,” and Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights for “Why Not?” Kaskade keeps it mellow on his new collaboration with TELYkast, “No One Else,” and Zeds Dead join forces with Funkin Matt an Fiora for “Feel So.” AC Slater’s new album includes tunes like “Bad Behavior” with Chris Lorenzo and Purple Velvet Curtains, and Mercer takes on DJ Snake and Majid Jordan’s “Recognize.” Golf Clap and MASTERIA deliver “Mystery Scene” on mau5trap/Insomniac, and Gareth Emery follows “Laserface 01 (Aperture)” with “Laserface 02 (Thoughts In Pieces).” Dimension remixes himself on “If You Want To,” and Gorgon City reveal “Warehouse Mix” and “Terrace Dub” iterations of “There For You.” Tritonal team up with Rosie Darling on “Never Be The Same,” and NGHTMRE remixes Saven Lions, SLANDER, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew’s “First Time.” Galantis bring their piano-filled joy to “Holy Water,” and Tinlicker reveal their new LP, This Is Not Our Universe. Anna Lunoe and Nina Las Vegas cook up a weekend heater, “One Thirty,” and YehMe2 remixes Matoma and Bryn Christopher’s “All Around The World.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Yotto mesmerizes with delicate new single, ‘Nova’

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Finnish producer Yotto has made a name for himself in the deep house scene, and now the producer is officially expanding his reach with the launch of his own imprint, Odd One Out. His label launch was accompanied by a single release, “Shifter,” and now he’s delivered the imprint’s second one, “Nova.”

“Nova” has a melodic tech-directed approach, playing with powerful pulsating rhythms and modest synths. As his four-part single series continues, Odd One Out begins to take shape and bring the eclectic sounds of Yotto’s repertoire to the dance floor.

“After two weeks of running a record label, I can safely say I’m already reaching the skill set of Berry Gordy,” the producer said in a press release. “The second installment from Odd One Out continues in the galactic zoo theme. Originally this piece was titled, ‘Ass Horn Track’ – title did not test well with my focus group of elderly Finnish ladies, so I switched it to ‘Nova.’ I like it, hope you do too.”

Yotto will be accompanying his label kick-off with a tour across the U.S. and Australia. Those hoping to see the producer perform live can find tickets to his tour here.

Yotto hatches new label housing, Odd One Out, alongside its first single, ‘Shifter’

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Yotto‘s extended tenure atop Anjunadeep‘s auspicious artist roster has afforded him a wealth of opportunity and accolades over the years, as his progressive fingerprint grew him a fierce following in the process.

Now, the Finnish producer is taking his accrued success to new heights, with the inception of his Odd One Out recording imprint. For Yotto, the name is quite eponymous, as he’s always seen himself as aurally eccentric: an extension of his offbeat disposition and overall outlook on life.

“I strongly believe that nobody could do a worse job running a record label than me,” Yotto says of the launch, tongue more than likely in cheek. “To make sure I stay ahead of the competition in terms of idiocy and surreal zookeeping, I present Odd One Out – an amalgamation of galactic chase scene soundtracks and sunshine-inspired techno blues. We are all odd ones out there – this music is for the outsiders.”

As an added crescendo to the announcement, Yotto officially revved the Odd One Out engines with the label’s first native release, “Shifter,” complete with an additional, extended edition. The track is a shining emblem of Yotto’s mounting, tech-directed style. The atmospheric Yotto original is an impeccable harbinger of the undoubtedly unorthodox cuts to come out of the new label housing in the near future.

Arriving alongside the label news is the full agenda for Yotto’s world tour. Kicking off this Friday, July 26, the tour will beat on through the remainder of the year at a menagerie of festivals and tour shows alike.

Yotto 2019 Tour Dates

Jul 26 – The Church, Edmonton, Canada

Jul 28 – The Gorge Amphitheater, WA, USA

Aug 2 – Cova Santa, Ibiza, Spain

Aug 10 – Ilesoniq Festival, Montreal, Canada

Aug 11 – Three Mills Island, London, UK

Aug 31 – Electric Zoo, NY, USA

Sep 2 – Provincetown Boat Party, Boston, MA, USA

Sep 13 – Brown Alley, Melbourne, Australia* 

Sep 14 – Greenwood Hotel, Sydney, Australia*  

Sep 15 – Sub Rosa, Brisbane, Australia*  

Sep 20 – Spin, San Diego, CA, USA*  

Sep 21 – Carson Creek Ranch, Austin, TX, USA

Sep 27 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC, Canada* 

Sep 28 – Theater On The Lake, Chicago, IL, USA

Oct 19 – WesterUnie, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oct 26 – Freaky Deaky Festival, Houston, TX, USA*

Oct 30 – Magic Stick, Detroit, MI, USA*

Oct 31 – Coda, Toronto, Canada*  

Nov 01 – Soundcheck, Washington DC, USA*

Nov 15 – Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA*

Nov 22 – Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO, USA*

Nov 23 – Skyway Theatre Studio B, Minneapolis, MN, USA*

Dec 07 – The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, USA*

Dec 10 – Your Paradise Festival, Fiji

* indicates Odd One Out tour date

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 97

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 97Deters Beat Lab@0.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here.

Australia bass heavyweight ShockOne makes his first appearance on Monstercat in fine fashion, teaming up with The Bloody Beetroots for “Run.” This dramatic electro single is a hefty one, coming from ShockOne’s upcoming second studio album, A Dark Machine. With pulsing synths and striking vocals, its ’80s undertones shine through the modernized electronic music themes.

A-Trak‘s “Work It Out” just got a disco-influenced refresher from Friend Within, and it’s as groovy as it sounds. In his rework, the UK producer has beefed up and lengthened the build-ups, drawing out the anticipation for the funky drop that follows. It retains the retro flair of the original, while adding an extra touch of zest that is sure to keep dance floors packed into the early hours of the morning.

Diplo‘s Higher Ground EP has received a variety of reinterpretations since its release in April. One of the latest of these is from Yotto, who’s given the moody “Win Win” a dreamy, more ethereal tone with its fluttering synth melodies and subtle incorporation of the original’s vocals from Tove Lo. Yotto pays close attention to his world-building in this remix, creating a fantastical and mysterious soundscape out of “Win Win.”

The journey back to the ’80s continues with scintillating synthwave releases from the likes of PYLOT. “Fearless” kicks off with the introduction of a striking bass, building gradually until it’s rich with full-fledged anthemic synth melodies. In the spaces between the powerful verses, listeners will find moody interludes that give an even more dramatic tone to the the overall song. Its retro and timeless qualities make it easy to latch onto.

Dreamchaser knows how to translate a rock song into a synthwave sensation, as exhibited in the Florida producer’s latest: a remix of Captives’ “Signs.” He’s removed the hard-hitting drums and guitar, favoring instead a subtle beat and powerful synths. Matt Flood’s vocals take center stage in this remix, allowing the listener to experience his vocals in a raw and emotional way. With Dreamchaser’s choice of instrumentals, it’s addictive.