The instruments have been used at full blast during recording and on stage, so some of them have been wrecked. Tenor's music, along with his design and technical innovations, springs from experimental rock. His first recording band Jimi Tenor & His Shamans (1986-1992) was influenced by the early 80's industrial rock, where instruments were made out of scrap metal and plastic. Later during the 90's Tenor moved first towards electronic music, but soon got closer to his roots: 60's and 70's jazz, psychedelic soul and African funk. Although Tenor spent all of the 90's in Berlin, New York, London and Barcelona, his artistic approach was typically Finnish: technically practical, but saturated with black humour and a national romantic tone. So he was quite at home all over Europe in front of a crowd gone wild, wearing a glittering self-designed costume and a flowing cape, holding a noise-producing device the main components of which were a walkman made in Hong Kong and an East-German bicycle dynamo, performing a song about ancient Finnish forest gods, sounding like a mixture of Gil Evans, Jimi Hendrix and Fela Kuti. The music industry has found it difficult to operate with Jimi Tenor at times.
The hard rock driven Finland of the 80's considered him weird and too marginal. In Britain in the 90's he was seen as a trendy techno jazz artist, but Tenor soon confused the pioneering electro label Warp by delivering an imaginary - and expensive - soundtrack album with a symphony orchestra, instead of making minimalistic hits. Today Jimi Tenor is an established European artist who operates outside the mainstream. His audience consists of clubbers and alternative rock enthusiasts looking for new perspective, but also of jazz and funk rebels. Those who understand that even unconventional pop music can move your body and heart.
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