EarlyGame's Artist of the Day: Aino Elina

Aino Elina has had a fascinating music career, and her new album will be in both Finnish and English, but we asked her about video games.
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Aino Elina is producing music in both English and Swedish. | © Aino Elina

Aino Elina is a Finnish solo artist originally from Lapland, and is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her most recent single, Maan laulu, has been featured on BBC Radio Scotland, a Spotify editorial playlist, Amazing Radio and Radio Helsinki, all incredible achievements for this young and inventive artist.

Aino Elina's full-length debut album will be released in 2022 and is funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and Arts Promotion Center Finland. The album will be released both in Finnish and in English, an unexpected but exciting decision that has played well in the six singles that have been released from the LP so far.

As we just established, Aino Elina has released six singles from the album so far, gaining plays on Spotify editorial playlists and national radio both in Finland and Scotland. She performs with a band of 1-3, depending on the size of the gig and her live shows feature an incredibly diverse collection of electronic beats and ethereal vocals. Most of her songs are sung in English, with little snippets of her native tongue Finnish thrown into the mix.

Aino Elina has played a few headline gigs and some festival gigs since the release of her debut EP in 2018, such as Eden (UK), Art Goes Kapakka (FI), Because You are a girl (UK), and gained press with her releases both in the UK and in Finland. More info on the EPK.

Naturally, we decided to ask them a few questions about music and video games. Here's what she had to say...

What is your favorite video game soundtrack?

Metroid.

Who's your favorite video game music composer?

I don't have a favorite.

What’s your favorite video game?

Tetris or some similar old school game that I used to play with my Gameboy as a kid.

What game inspired you to do music?

All of the old ones on Gameboy definitely. They sparked my interest and love of electronic music.

What video game are you currently playing?

I'm not playing at the moment, because I think I'd become too addicted if I started again!

Would you ever like to write music for video games? What would it be like?

I would love to - something epic and atmospheric.

How important is music for video games / video games for music?

Very important - same as films - it can change the whole vibe.