Tatu Vuolteenaho was born in 1968 in Ylivieska, a small town in the middle of Finland. As a teenager in the eighties his first inspirations came from London. The New Romantics, goths, gender blending and synth-pop were the styles of those years. He wanted to improve his English and see more of the world and spent an exchange student year with a mormon family in St George, Utah. After America he finished his high school in Savonlinnan Taidelukio in Eastern Finland in 1988. There he took many arts classes and learned to make clothes too.
During the spring of his high school graduation Tatu visited New York and met an artist Sin-Dee Campo. In 1989, after a year of art studies in Helsinki Sin-Dee's pictures of the nightlife from NYC lured Tatu visit the city again. This time he stayed two years. There he was a club kid go-go dancer in Disco 2000, studied Photography at F.I.T., made hats for Sarah Gavaghan and made his first exhibitions in the Building and Limelight. The three elements: drag, dance music and visual art have been in his work since.
In the 90s Tatu studied art and media in University of Lapland (Master of Art), did an exchange student year in Manchester and started DJing house and techno. He went to raves, participated in Plastic Pony happenings and Rosa Liksom's films in Helsinki. During this time Tatu also made multi-media art and his work was shown in 16 exhibitions.
He moved to London in 1998. There he was a web a designer and also active on the club scene. Tatu was a club photographer and published pictures on the internet before social media. He was part of the electroclash era with clubs like Löyly, Nag Nag Nag, The Cock and Horse Meat Disco. He also got to meet and work with many of the people he was inspired by in the 80s.
In 2007 Tatu was ready for new adventures, sold his flat in London and went to get some sun and to study Spanish in Valencia. After a holiday year he returned to Finland, was DJing in Helsinki and started the Drag Attack parties. Tatu was already 40 years old and thought he was ready to settle down in Finland, but Spain seduced him again and now he has been living in Madrid since 2012.
As a DJ Tatu V has played anything from chill-out to hard techno from clubs in Sao Paulo to forest raves in Finland. Highlights include playing at Bears on Board in Helsinki, Burning Man Festival in Nevada, MTV European Music Awards Afterparty in Frankfurt, My Pleasure at Fabric in Madrid, Ibiza Pride pool party at Bora Bora, Tallinn's Bearty festival, London Fashion Week opening party and Fetish afterhours in Valencia.
In addition to mixing hot rhythms Tatu likes to experiment with his looks and has been photographed for magazines like Interview (New York), ID (London), kctv.co.uk and Vision (China). "Housewife From Mars", documentary about Tatu Vuolteenaho was shown on Finnish TV in 2014. During the World Pride in Madrid in 2017 Tatu was one of the artists featured on "We Are Here We Are Queer" video work by Andrés Senra shown on big screens in the city centre.
Tatu Vuolteenaho's current and biggest art project is Drag Attack
. He organizes parties where DJs need to dress up in drag to play music. Drag can be anything: drag queen, king, freak... even to the point where the viewer might ask is this a human being or what. The DJs and go-gos/hosts that participated in the Drag Attack parties during 2013-2016 have now been made into paintings. The technique for these 62 "Painted Ladies" is acrylic on paper and can be easily exhibited around the world. Further plans include making prints and textiles based on the paintings.
Now, after learning Spanish, Tatu feels the pull of Latin America and he is looking into how he could spend longer periods in that part of the world. Maybe doing Drag Attack Peru or something completely unexpected?
(most recent DJ mixes, downloadable)