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Villa Nah

Go With the Flow Festival: Villa Nah

Helsinki's annual music fest brings back some of the biggest names in electronic and indie sounds

Taking over Helsinki's Suvilahti this weekend of August 13–15, Flow Festival brings together a diverse selection of international and Finnish acts. Ranging from electronic music, indie rock and jazz to world music, the event will be held as part of the Helsinki Festival. This year, the artist selection brings together the likes of M.I.A., French duo Air planning an audiovisual spectacle, the Icelandic vocalist Jónsi (Sigur Rós), and British acts like The XX, indie popstress Marina And The Diamonds, to electronic producer Four Tet, and the classic The Radio Dept. The new wave of lo-fi indie rock from the US such as The Drums, Beach House, Surfer Blood, Sleigh Bells and Girls perform alongisde the likes of Syrian vocalist Omar Souleyman whilst techno and house sounds will come from Ricardo Villalobos, disco legend DJ Harvey, Diplo performing a DJ set and also as part of his Major Lazer project with Switch, Rye Rye, and dubstep from Joker. Dazed speak to Finnish duo Villa Nah to find out what it's like to play their hometown...

Dazed Digital: Why do you work so well as a duo?
Villa Nah: We have known each other since kids, so it just feels natural for us to work together. it's important to be on the same wavelength if you want to do something creative together.

DD: What is your production process like?
Villa Nah: Most often we start from songs/ideas i've written at home and then try them out at the studio. tomi controls the sound engineering side of things and adds percussions. i mostly concentrate on the melodies and the composition.

DD: What's the story behind the name?
Villa Nah: Our childhood neighbourhood had a house called villa nah... i believe it's still there.

DD: Who are you listening to at the moment? Any potential collaborators?
Villa Nah: I don't know about collaborators, but recently we've been into the latest solar bears album. it's pretty great.

DD: Being Finnish, is there pressure when playing your home-country festival such as Flow in Helsinki?
Villa Nah: Not exactly, of course there is a special element to it, but it's also positive - the crowds are good!

DD: What is your favourite thing about Finland? And Finnish music?
Villa Nah: Long summer nights, easily. Finnish music often has that special feeling of looking at the world from the outside in. Perhaps geography has something to do with it...

DD: What's next?
Villa Nah: Bestival in september, then off to support omd on their uk tour. Afterwards we're heading back to the studio to record new material.

3 days 102 € 
Presale at Tiketti, Lippupiste and Stupido Shop, starting Monday April 26. Day tickets will go on sale at a later date. 

Flow Festival is supported by the City of Helsinki Cultural Office and the Ministry of Education. 
Flow's partners are Helsingin Sanomat / NYT, Radio Helsinki, Heineken, Sunrise, Diesel, Audi, RGB and Brand Factory.