Based in Estonia’s capital and cultural hub, Andreas Kask is a producer making a name for himself through his hardware-heavy, roughed up, textured but soulful take on electronic music. His music first found a home on Amsterdam imprint Legendary Sound Research, traversing the house spectrum from jacking to machine funk. His latest for London imprint X-Kalay, uses the latter sound as its foundation, taking things deeper and more atmospheric. Kask is also part of the Tallinn Jäck City collective, who host the electronic show Klubi R2 on Radio 2, and whose parties have welcomed Palms Trax, Kassem Mosse, Legowelt, Forian Kupfer, Anthony Naples and Cosmin TRG to the shores of Estonia. Well-placed, therefore, to give us an insider’s guide to the Estonian captial.
Kask – Periferia EP is out now on X-Kalay. Grab it from Bandcamp.
Check out the map and interview below for his favourite spots, while you listen to a 100% Estonia mix.
Favourite place To Buy Records?
Biit Me Record Shop – small and cozy record shop with a good selection. The owner and shop runner, Madis Nestor, is a really nice guy with a great taste and knowledge in music. I think he’s always one of the first guys to know about fresh new acts in the scene, he’s kind of like a local scene intersection, if you may.
There’s also pretty decent second hand record store right around the corner of Biit. I’m not sure if they have a web page or anything or name for that matter, but a good selection of disco, jazz, rock, pop, soul vinyls and shit loads of weird, but good soviet stuff.
Favourite live music venue?
Probably Sinilind, right now I’d say they have the best program, most variable at least.
About a year ago I went to see Sven Grünberg – legendary Estonian electronic music composer and the first electronic music artist in the Soviet Union – in Seaplane Harbour that usually functions as a museum (a really cool one actually, you should deffo go see it). It also hosts a concert every now and then, and the acoustics there are insane, especially with Grünberg’s music – mind blowing stuff.
Best view of the city?
Well, there’s many viewing platforms in the old town with a great view and quite popular with the tourists, but I’d better advise you to drive to Pirita or Viimsi and walk on the promenade or the beach or go to the TV tower.
Best place to experience something unique in Tallinn?
I think the most obvious answer here is the Old Town. Loads of tourists, but they’re there for a reason, the old town is a really special place, even if you go there on daily bases you still find new things and details.
First thing you miss after leaving Tallinn?
How everything is so near by and compact. Also, I really enjoy the phase here in Tallinn, “slowly rushing”.
Best place to see another medium of art other than music?
Probably KUMU Art Museum, their permanent exhibition is great, it has all the notable Estonian artist from all the decades and their rotating exhibitions are usually great and well curated. It’s located in the historical Kadrioru Park that is already quite beautiful. I love to go there on Sundays and just hang out in the park, there’s a great coffee place (they take their coffee really seriously) right on the corner of the park, so grab a cup of joe and hang around in the park and the museum.
Where will you find the friendliest, most interesting locals to have a chat with?
Probably in some of the less touristic cafés in the Old Town or restaurants and pubs in Kalamaja. There was a boom of great new bars and restaurants four or five years ago, giving a good variety of food all over the town. I really like eating, so I’m quite happy about that!
What do you think are some common misconceptions about Tallinn music culture?
I think the main misconception is maybe that there isn’t any music culture? A lot of people don’t even know that there’s a country called Estonia for that matter or think it’s an oblast in Russia. Sure the scene is not as big as it’s in London or Berlin or whatever, but everyone I know who are even slightly involved with the music scene are rather passionate about it. And there’s this subconscious mission to get Estonian music in general more on the map.
What’s the best and worst thing about Tallinn?
I think the best thing is that things are in constant progress here and people have the freedom, courage and possibilities to test out new ideas. Estonia is rather small so it’s perfect for testing out innovative ideas. It’s like a start-up country I guess.
I think the worst thing is that people can be a little cynical.
Who’s doing good things for Tallinn music right now, who you’d like to shout out?
The local promoters are all nice people in general and I think we’ve established a good system where all the promoters communicate with each other. The scene isn’t too big so whenever anyone is bringing over foreign acts or planning something bigger then they let all the other promoters know before hand. I think that’s great and I’d like to thank all the fellow promoters in Tallinn for keeping the scene active, alive and friendly. (mostly!)
Here are some parties you want to keep an eye on when in town:
What are some of your favourite up-and-coming musicians/producers coming out of Tallinn right now?
Wick Blaze, Nikolajev, Firejose, Sander Kadajane, Motobor. Deffo forgetting someone right now!
Could you tell us about the mix you’ve made for us?
This mix consists, as you kindly requested, only of Estonian artists and music, most of them newer, some older.
Beyond your EP for X-Kalay, what else is coming up on the horizon?
Music-wise I don’t have anything particular planned, there’s no upcoming release planed right now, although I’ve been producing a lot recently, but let’s see. We’re preparing to open up our own club/bar called Lekker with some friends, so keep an eye out for more information on that. 🙂