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Man Duo and Beyond: An Interview with Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Sami Toroi (Long-Sam)

Hailing from a small town a few hours from Helsinki, Man Duo is bringing some alluring tunes to the airwaves.

Perhaps it’s the fact that they come across as a rather somber and tranquil duo, that you can’t help but compare these two to a modern Simon and Garfunkel. That is, if Simon and Garfunkel had produced some magical electro beats with Scandinavian flair.  They probably won’t be thrilled by this comparison, preferring to be categorised as completely innovative, but all music takes influence from the past, whether consciously or not; the mind is a funny place.

The group consists of Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Sami Toroi (Long-Sam), who have been working in an on-again-off-again musical relationship since they were children. As it were, Man Duo is their most recent project. Though sounding like a bad relationship that should have ended years ago, the energy between these two is quite lovely to see in person. They have a deep understanding for each other that goes beyond words- almost like a platonic romance. They are both incredibly grounded and consider their music to be very much a career, which should be taken seriously. As such, their days tend to be quite regimented; Sam says that they get up in the morning, have a coffee and get right to work. A very practical and pragmatic approach to an industry often thought of being filled with glitz and glamour.

Crafted in their Berlin studio, Man Duo released their most recent album “Orbit” last year, which features a guest appearance by Sean Nicholas Savage. Each song is a pleasant surprise; it’s not that consistently is lacking, but more that the group tends to mix up musical styles throughout the album. I find this actually quite refreshing in the sea of assimilation we tend to see in the modern music industry.  Regarding future plans to release a new album, keep your eyes peeled for a remix coming in the not-so-distant future.

During our interview we talk about the importance of image in the music industry, their start with heavy metal as kids, and the supreme comfort of a turtleneck. Check it out below:

Interested in finding out more? Check out their bandcamp page: https://manduomusic.bandcamp.com/releases

Review written by Isabella Moulton– a stylist and designer by day, and aesthetic aficionado by night. For inquiries, please contact her at: theeccentricbourgeoisie@gmail.com | Keep it groovy <3

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My passion for music was cultivated by my parents, who took me to see obscure bands perform and encouraged me to start my own record collection at a young age. I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Peter Frampton with my mom; she told me if I listened to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in complete darkness my life would be forever changed…I did and it was, thanks mom. From then on I realised that music does not exist solely to colourfully take up time, but is rather an experience that should be had as many times as possible. One of the first concerts I attended was The Who at the Hollywood Bowl, but as a teenager I started seeing a lot of indie bands at the local music hall, and was fascinated by the story their music told. Every song has a story and I wanted to hear it. So here I am, currently based in Vienna and work as a stylist and designer for my own company “The Eccentric Bourgeoisie” -- I’ll happily add some extravagance to your dull wardrobe or give you some flair to help you stand out above the rest at an event ;) I have lived in the US, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy. Wherever I have travelled music has allowed me to broaden my horizons by experiencing new things and meeting interesting people. It has the ability to connect people from different cultures and generations, influencing the way we think and feel…there’s nothing quite like it. The way it can capture the essence of a time, the energy of a people, and allow later generations to relive it is awe-inspiring.
 My musical interests predominately centre on what was produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but I also appreciate more modern bands as well. Something happened during this time musically and artistically which can never be recreated; it was like a sonic boom of creativity. I am drawn to the fashion, art films (Especially Nouvelle Vague and Giallo) and the records which were produced during this magical period in history. I have a soft spot for 1960’s garage, glam rock and of course French Playboy singers. My top picks include: T. Rex, Jacques Dutronc, Nino Ferrer, The Doors, Joe Dassin, the Kinks and Jacqueline Taieb. I adore modern bands which take the musical energy created in previous decades and build on it; some of my favourites are the Triptides and Mystic Braves. Show me your record collection and I’ll show you mine. Know some great band I should listen to? Get in contact! I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons.