Andy Hilland (Antti Vuorenmaa) is the founder and CEO of Hilland Records (established 2005).
He´s also working as a full time musician (pedal steel, mandolin, guitar, vocals), songwriter and producer.
His first solo album will be released in spring 2019.
Antti Vuorenmaa ”Päiväkirja” CD (Hilland Records 2012)
Antti Vuorenmaa ”Pohjavirta” CD (Hilland Records 2014)
Antti Vuorenmaa & Marko haavisto ”Kapteeni Kiddin haamu vinyl LP (Hilland Records 2015)
Janne Viksten – Blue Over Green – Hilland Records 2019
Tony Trischka: ”I’ve know Janne for many years, and from the very beginning his special talent was obvious. This album is a refined and mature effort and a culmination of all the work he’s put in to perfect his art over all of this time. Janne plays so beautifully on banjo, mandolin, guitar, etc, that the influences cross pollinate to create a sound uniquely his own.”
Janne Viksten is a household name for roots music fans in Finland. He started working in Tom Kuchka´s bluegrass band at the age of 15 and has worked with many of the best-known folk and rock artists and singer-songwriters over the years.
His first solo album ”Blue Harbor” received very positive reviews both in Finland and in the US.
Janne has performed with some of the best bluegrass musicians, such as Peter Rowan, Tony Trischka, Dudley Connell, Laurie Lewis, Pete Wernick and Don Rigsby when they have visited Finland. He has been a sought-after studio musician for many decades and is a member of the Finnish National Opera mandolin section.
In the Finnish acoustic music scene Janne is also known as a top studio engineer and producer. He has worked on over a 100 CDs with some of the country´s best folk, jazz and singer-songwriter artists.
The new solo album Blue Over Green shows the many musical sides of Janne Viksten. His music is firmly rooted in bluegrass and folk music but there are influences from Celtic, pop and even from classical music. Most of the songs are original melodic instrumentals on different string instruments. There are two original arrangements of the the songs by Suzanne Vega and Judee Sill. Janne does most of the playing on the album but there are several notable guest musicians and singers such as J. Karjalainen, Ninni Poijärvi, Elisa Laiho, Markku Lepistö and Pekka Lehti.
”It took me a while to write, arrange, rehearse and record the music, mostly because I wanted to have as much variety as I could and still have a common thread in the whole album sequence”, says Janne of the production of Blue Over Green. ”There were several songs I wanted to dedicate to my family members and integrate into the album”.
Janne is a passionate mountain biker which has greatly inspired the music on this album. If he´s not working in the studio, playing music or cooking gourmet food for his family, you can usually find him exploring the ancient trails of the nature parks in and around Helsinki.
”This is a very nice album” – Al Schmitt (engineer/producer, 23-time Grammy winner)
”Each piece I listened to has a unique flavor. The playing is so smooth and tuneful with good clear tone from the instruments. I recommend it to anyone who likes string instrument music.” – Pete Wernick, ”Dr. Banjo”
”How can one guy be so outrageously good on all these instruments?” – Tony Trischka
”Lukuisia kielisoittimia suvereenisti käsittelevä Viksten on äänitteen varsinainen velho, jolta on löytynyt sorminäppäryyden ohessa myös runsaasti hienoa materiaalia soittotuokioiden sytykkeeksi. Kaihoa kansanlaulumaisittain, jiihaa-juoksutuksia sata lasissa ja kaikkea siltä väliltä. Akustisesti ja melodian merkitystä painottaen” – Jaakko Eräpuu / Hifimaailma
Janne Viksten Music Facebook Page
Pauli Halme is a Helsinki based country guitarist, specialized in both acoustic fingerstyle and flatpicking guitar as well as electric telecaster picking. He’s also co-founder of the Hilland Playboys, the house band for the weekly Hilland Mondays – country music show at Juttutupa, Helsinki.
”This Time It’s Personal” – Hilland Records 2014 – Vinyl LP
”Sounds Like Bad Fiction” – Turenki Records 2013 – CD
Hilland Playboys is the house band for the weekly Hilland Mondays – country music show at Juttutupa, Helsinki, formed in 2014. In 2019 they released their first album, ”200 Mondays” – Recorded live at the legendary Finnvox Studio B.
Pauli Halme – Vocals, Guitar
Antti Vuorenmaa – Vocals, Guitar, Pedal Steel
Niina Sallinen – Vocals, Guitar
Arto Nurmi – Bass
Sami Laakso – Drums
Mudville 56 is an old school rock´n´roll trio from helsinki Finland.
Their music is a mixture of 50´s early rock´n´roll, rhythm´n´blues and even rockabilly.
The band started as a duo 2012. Their debut album ”The Sound of Modern Rock´n´roll” was released in Januart 2018.
Andy Hilland: guitar, voc
Topi Karvonen: double bass, voc
Janne Mathlin:drums, voc
Mudville 56: Skatin´on very thin ice/Dear old Jessie (2014) 7” vinyl single
Mudville 56: The sound of Modern Rock´n´roll´ (2018) 12” vinyl LP, digi