Leo Laker

Real Name:Leo Järveläinen

Techno/Hardtechno producer, live act and DJ Leo Laker (Järveläinen in finnish) was born 1980 in Espoo, Finland. He grew up listening to all kinds of different music, from heavy metal to electronic music and jazz. He started making his own music at the age on 13 with Amiga's ProTracker software, composing first game and demo music. About two years later, after getting more into listening to techno and house, he bought his first decks and started learning to DJ. At first he played mostly in discos and parties organized with his friends, trying different styles like goa-trance and house.

After hearing Jeff Mill's legendary set from Liquid Room Tokyo and the early stuff from Swedish producers like Adam Beyer and Cari Lekebusch, he got more into buying techno records and shortly after started producing his own tracks. In 1996 he sent a c-cassette with couple of tracks to Berlin based Tresor records. They liked what he had sent and asked for some more, first planning to release few tracks on a compilation, but then decided for a solo EP. Leo's debut "6am." was released in 1998, receiving very positive reviews and launching his recording career.

In 2001 after constantly searching for harder sounds, he created a second alias, Switchblade, and released "Switched To Blades EP" on 4X4 records which is considered being one of the first records that shaped the new hardtechno/schranz sound and Switchblade as one of the pioneers of the style.
To date, Leo has released more than 30 EPs, plus numerous tracks and remixes for other artists. As a DJ and live act, he has played all around the world and worked with many of the biggest artists in the hardtechno scene, most notably his productions and live performance act with the Polish artist Tomash Gee.

Leo has his own hardtechno/techno label LKR Music, and is actively searching and releasing works from both known and upcoming artists.

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Aliases:Esbo Electric, Leo Järveläinen, Leo Luciano, Switchblade, William Garvin
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