It’s been amazing twenty years since Orkidea and his friends started organising illegal raves in the squat houses of Helsinki in the early 90s. Most bizarre experience must have been DJing for Jean-Paul Gaultier and Helena Christensen at a Berlin fetish club Kit Kat after their first ever Berlin show. Most flashy ones have been entertaining the rich & famous of Hong Kong or Russia while opening for dance heavyweights Chemical Brothers and Deadmau5 or big pop acts like Rihanna or Kelis have been some of the biggest. Orkidea has performed over 1500 gigs in 20+ countries at legendary venues like Ministry of Sound, Pacha, Tresor, Gatecrasher and Cafe del Mar.
Orkidea's recording career started in 1999 with his debut single 'Unity' which both Sasha and Paul Oakenfold used to open their BBC Radio 1 Essential Mixes and it was later licensed to Gatecrasher and Renaissance compilations. Gigs with Tiesto resulted in getting signed to his Black Hole label while remixes for the likes of Paul van Dyk, Way Out West and Paul Oakenfold have been some of the most high profile ones alongside his own hits 'Beautiful' and 'Metaverse'. He has also been active on the collaboration front with 'YearZero' (together with Andy Moor), 'Gods Garden' (with David West) and 'Slowmotion' (with Solarstone) all enjoying classic status amongst clubbers around the world.
But it's not just singles that are part of the Orkidea discography but also long players: 'Taika', 'Metaverse' and '20' artist albums for Universal Music and most recently the critically acclaimed Pure Trance mix CD together with Solarstone on Black Hole which featured as "Compilation of the Month" in MixMag. On the mixing front his monthly Radio Unity podcast is constantly in the iTunes' music podcast Top 10 chart and enjoying a loyal global following. During the years Orkidea has been voted six times as #1 DJ in Finland and twice as #1 DJ in Scandinavia. His success on charts includes ten Beatport Top 10 singles, various iTunes Dance Top 10 positions and Finnish Singles Chart #1 with 'Beautiful'.
As a promoter he has come a long way from the days of illegal warehouse raves with having the likes of Eric Prydz, Sven Väth, Sasha, Oakenfold and Pete Tong all DJ at his parties. Orkidea has also been promoting Renaissance events in Helsinki, organising Pacifique parties for 2000 people at water park, doing One Minute Rave flash mobs and DJing nonstop for 23 hours on New Year's Day 2010. To Orkidea electronic music has always been about pushing the boundaries wether it's in studio, at gigs or as a promoter. "Uniting the sounds, the minds, the people…"