Fanu (Finland,Lightless Rec)
Janne Hatula from Finland is the figure behind the artist names Fanu and FanuSamurai, the former of which concentrates on drum and bass, while the latter produces downtempo-oriented projects. Fanu got into jungle and drum and bass in the mid-nineties, which he considered seminal time in terms of shaping the backbone of drum and bass as well as his own drum-and-bass way of thinking. It was artists like Photek, Tek9, Source Direct, Goldie, Roni Size and labels such as Metalheadz and Good Looking Records, to mention the most important ones, that were largely responsible for making Fanu's style what it is today.
"I'm creating today's drum and bass with the aesthetics that come from the past," he says. "More often than not, there has to be proper breakbeat action in the music that I write because what blew me away in old drum and bass was the mind-blowing syncopation, and for me, that was what made jungle and d&b what they were back then."
Those are the elements that Fanu definitely cherishes with great pride. "What is equally important in music is what I call emotional resonance (he admits he picked that one from DJ Shadow); there is often this certain level of depth in the tunes that I find myself liking the most. Imaginative soundworlds are where it's at!"
Fanu's unique style has definitely made an impact on today's drum and bass audience. So far, he has released music on Subtitles, Commercial Suicide, Offshore, Breakin', Warm Communications, Subtle Audio, Thermal, Forestry Service , LoCuts, Soothsayer, 13 Music, and now his own record label, Lightless Recordings.