Mika Vainio

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Mika Vainio
Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic).jpg
Background information
Birth nameMika Tapio Vainio
Also known asØ
Born (1963-05-15) May 15, 1963 (age 56)
Helsinki, Finland
OriginTurku, Finland
DiedApril 12, 2017(2017-04-12) (aged 53)
Trouville-sur-Mer, France
Years active1991–2017
LabelsSähkö, Blast First
Associated actsPan Sonic
Websitewww.mikavainio.com Edit this at Wikidata

Mika Tapio Vainio (May 15, 1963 in Helsinki – April 12, 2017 in Trouville-sur-Mer)[1] was a Finnish electronic musician. He was best known as a member of Pan Sonic. In addition to his real name, he recorded under the aliases Ø, Kentolevi, Philus, and Tekonivel.[2]

He collaborated with people like Alan Vega, Barry Adamson, Charlemagne Palestine, Alva Noto, Stephen O'Malley.[3][4]

Life and career[edit]

Mika Vainio was born on May 15, 1963 in Helsinki, but grew up in Turku.[5][6][7] In the early 1980s he played in the group Gagarin-Kombinaatti while also working at a slaughterhouse.[8]

In the late 80s, Vainio began DJing and organizing parties, playing acid house. It was here that he met Tommi Grönlund, who would later found Sähkö Recordings.[9] Sähkö would release much of Vainio's music.

In the mid-90s, he formed the group Pan Sonic with Ilpo Väisänen and Sami Salo (who would soon leave). Pan Sonic disbanded in December 2009, playing their final concert on December 18.[10]

Vainio died on April 12, 2017 in Trouville-sur-Mer, France[1] after falling six meters off of a cliff into the sea.[11][12] The exact circumstances of his death are unknown.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Notice de personne "Vainio, Mika (1963–2017)"". Bibliothèque nationale de France. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Mika Vainio | Discography & Songs". Discogs. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  3. ^ Young, Rob (April 2017). "Mika Vainio 1963–2017: Finland's great stone-faced sonic violator remembered by Rob Young". The Wire. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  4. ^ Strauss, Matthew (13 April 2017). "Pan Sonic's Mika Vainio Dead at 53". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  5. ^ Karemo, Tuomas (18 December 2017). "Mika Vainio – A Quiet Life". Yle (in Finnish). Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Mika Vainio has died". The Wire. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  7. ^ Grönlund, Tommi (May 2017). "Tommi Grönlund of Sähkö Recordings remembers Mika Vainio". The Wire. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  8. ^ Freeman, Parker (16 January 2016). "Mika Vainio's early Gagarin-Kombinaatti recordings get first ever release". Fact. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  9. ^ White, Michelle (February 2014). "Sähkö 20 Years Anniversary Special Interview with Mika Vainio & Tommi Grönlund". Mosaic Theory. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Pan Sonic News". pHinnWeb. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  11. ^ "About". Facebook. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  12. ^ a b Vainio, Kalle (18 December 2017). "Mika Vainio – A Quiet Life". Yle (in Finnish). Retrieved 3 August 2019. Seuraavana päivänä Mika kuoli pudottuaan kuusi metriä jyrkänteeltä mereen. Kuolinsyy on edelleen tuntematon, vaikka ruumiinavaus on tehty kahdesti, Ranskassa ja myöhemmin Suomessa.

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