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Monday, 26 November, 2001, 17:10 GMT
My Music: Bomfunk MCs
The duo are one of Finland's most successful bands
The duo are one of Finland's most successful bands
Bomfunk MCs invaded the UK charts with hit single Freestyler last year - an unfeasibly catchy hip-hop tune that came from nowhere to reach number two.

Well, it came from Finland - and Raymond and Gismo have become one of the country's most successful musical exports.

They are about to release new single Super Electric and the pair talk about their careers and their record collections.


Tell us about your new single.

Super Electric contains lots of energy and sounds from the mid-80s - old skool electro stuff. It's kind of a tribute to electric boogie.

What else have you been up to recently?

We have been working with this upcoming Bomfunk album, and its almost done - it should be released here around February. We have new people we are working with and new remixers, so it's always fun finding them.

What is it like being a successful act from a relatively unknown country?

Of course it's a great feeling, because its been really hard to come out of Finland, and now we have a chance of a lifetime to do exactly what we always wanted to do. Hopefully, this also opens the doors to other great bands that we have in our country.

Which current artists do you most admire?

There are so many of them. We're listening to so much stuff at the moment and different kinds of stuff that there's no-one in particular we admire the most, but we admire them all.

What was the most recent album you bought?

Freestylers - Pressure Point and Real Ibiza: Volume 4.

What was the first album or single you bought?

Some Bob Marley Compilation.

If you organised a festival, who would you have as headline and supporting acts?

Bob Marley as headline, Elvis and Frank Sinatra to support.

Do you visit any music websites regularly?

Findance.com and Dotmusic.com. We also get these great dance stories in a newsletter called Skrufff - you can subscribe from Skrufff.com.

Which track by another artist do you wish you had written?

Really don't know - there have been so many.

Where do you most like listening to music and why?

In my living room because I have my records and turntable there. And at night-time when I'm tucked in my bed.

Are there any songs you can't listen to because they remind you of something you'd rather forget?

There aren't any songs which I'd rather forget, music is about feelings anyway.

Which song from the past 12 months do you think is likely to gain classic status and why?

Maybe something by Royksopp - loungy grooves from Norway, wow!

What is your least favourite song?

DJ Otzi - Hey Baby. It's been following us around Europe in our last promotional trip. But this isn't the worst of all time, just bad at the moment.

How many records are there in your collection?

Roughly 8,000.

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