Teknoaidi (=tek healer/wise man/shaman in Northern Sami language), Tuomas Kinnunen by his real name, is a hardcore techno artist currently located in Tampere, Finland. Stylistically his music is shamancore and psychedelic speedcore. The music takes influences from folk and world music as well as shamanic rhythms. The mission of the project is to restore our ancestors’ knowledge of the positive and healing properties of high tempo rhythmic music using both new and old instruments.
Starting to make music in the beginning of the millenium, he became first known in local and some global underground hardcore techno circles as Zutsuu (=headache in Japanese), a project which was active from 2004 till 2012. In 2005, he founded Kovaydin.NET, a Finnish underground *core music netlabel, party crew and online community. His track Noiseman was featured on the pioneering j-core label Sharpnelsound in 2006 and gave him some international exposure early on. After this the project focused more on industrial hardcore, speedcore and social conscious themes. More Zutsuu tracks were featured on CD compilations by Six Feet Underground Records and Total Discommunication, as well as online compilations and an EP on Kovaydin.NET and an album on Splatterkore Reck-ords. Dj gigs started in 2006 and next year followed with his first live set as Zutsuu. In the next years he played his music in different parts of Finland as well as abroad in Sweden, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Russia and Germany.
A slow switch to Teknoaidi happened around 2010-2013 when he started experimenting with atmospheric and psychedelic hardcore and speedcore and expressing spiritual ideas. Living both close to nature and close to all the subcultural action that a city life offers made an impact on his creative output. He had a realization that indigenous and shamanic rhythms had a lot in common with hardcore techno and, despite the somewhat aggressive reputation of hardcore, there was something very healing and enlightening to shaking to these kinds of powerful high tempo beats. Shamancore concept was born to build this idea further. In 2012 an EP, Hiiden Virren Vinguttajat on Chase Records and an album, The Source Field Manifestations on Splatterkore Reck-ords were released. The latest Teknoaidi album Starseed Integration and Repatriation came out on K-NeT Label in 2015 and there have also been individual tracks featured on Speedcore Worldwide and Kovaydin.NET compilations. He continued to play gigs as Teknoaidi for audiences in Finland as well as in Germany, UK and Russia, of which the latter he travels to regularly.
Nowadays, in addition to Teknoaidi live sets, he plays dj sets as Avaruusveli (=space brother in Finnish), which explore and combine styles such as hardcore techno, speedcore, flashcore, mental tribe, hi-tech, psycore, breakcore, world and folk music. Hiiden Virren Vinguttajat, a collaboration project with Stak Etop, is a ritualistic electroacoustic/analog/digital live improvisation approach to shamancore. Other collaborations over the years have included tracks with artists such as Abandoned Soul, ázwb, Razor Edge, Skelic, Shatterling and Tomegatherion.
A new Teknoaidi EP Positive Phuture Timeline is coming out sometime around 2017 and he is also working on his Shamancore.info site to further expand knowledge on this forgotten connection in music history. Teknoaidi is available for bookings worldwide!