Vanity In Mind

Ville "Vanity In Mind" Koski is a versatile electronic music composer and producer with his main genres being melodic techno, trance, house and downtempo.

His releases have been supported by BBC Radio 1 and superstar DJs like Paul Oakenfold and Dave Pearce. His tracks have been remixed by top notch producers such as Steve Brian and Make One.

He lives in Stockholm, Sweden with his author girlfriend
Vanity In Mind

Career start

His career took a jumpstart in 2008 with a trance remix of Eddie Sender's "Aliencity" [Inspired Records] that got huge support from world famous DJ Dave Pearce. He played it out gigging as well as several times on his Dance Anthems show on BBC Radio 1.

In 2009-2010 Vanity In Mind released electro house and downtempo singles and the album Lounge Garden Sessions on Italian label Purha Records. The album contained two collaborations with Swedish vocalist Frelow. His downtempo music gained popularity and was included in compilations and played in DJ sets and on radio stations all over the world. San Francisco-based chillout radio show Below Zero interviewed him.


Planet Perfecto support

During 2010-2011 he released several trance singles, and the uplifting trance track "Radiance" included a remix by trance star producer Steve Brian, out on Real Music Recordings.

The release was supported by the world famous producer & DJ Paul Oakenfold who played it on his Planet Perfecto Radio Show, which is syndicated to radio stations all over the world.

Vanity In Mind was also twice asked to do a
guest mix for Dave Pearce's iTunes trance podcast Trancecast, an honor he shares with some of the biggest names in electronic dance music, such as Above & Beyond, Cosmic Gate, Darude, Ronski Speed and Super8 & Tab.

Legendary British label

In June 2011 his original release "Let The Darkness In" was out on revered British trance label Nukleuz, together with a Cut & Splice remix, and it was immediately supported by accomplished trance producer & DJ Jonas Hornblad on his monthly radio show. The release was quickly followed up by "Electric Sunrise", his second trance release on Nukleuz.

In 2012 his vocal trance/progressive house crossover track "The Sun, The Moon (feat. Johan Dahlberg)" was released on Los Angeles-based label Lyon Echo Records, and in November that year, Vanity In Mind made his first appearance on label Morrison Recordings (a label established by Glenn Morrison, of Deadmau5 “Contact”  collaboration fame), with the two tracks 'Beyond Arcadia' and 'Big Room Rebel'.

Gloves are coming off

In 2013 he got the honor to do one of the official remixes for indie rockers Nervous Nellie’s hit “Gloves”, the Vanity In Mind electro-inspired remix turning out a massive hit on streaming services.

During 2013-2014 he also had several trance singles released on industry veteran Rene Ablaze’s German label group Redux Recordings, with tracks such as “Midnight Obsession” and “Eastern Horizon/Trashy Blonde”.
Nervous Nellie - Gloves (Vanity In Mind Remix)
Nervous Nellie's "Gloves" in the remix

The quirky Alice In Wonderland-inspired trance track “Go Get Alice” got a very successful remix by Russian trance producer Make One and Vanity In Mind’s own atmospheric electronica waltz version “Go Get Alice (The Walz Remix)” has found fans long outside the regular EDM community.

Ramin Djawadi - Game Of Thrones (Vanity In Mind Remix)
Image courtesy of HBO wallpapers

Winter is coming

In 2014 Vanity In Mind created a bootleg trance remix of the soundtrack for the hugely successful fantasy TV series Game of Thrones.

The classic trance adaptation of Ramin Djawadi's timeless theme song garnered more than 16 000 plays on social media as well as numerous spots in DJ-sets, mixes and clubs around the world.

Remixes & interpretations

In 2015, Vanity In Mind crafted an electro-inspired version of Australian trance producer Taglo’s track “Never Give Up”, as well as a trance treatment to Swedish indie pop artist 1987’s power ballad hit “Bomb”.
Next up was Måns Zelmerlöw’s Eurovision winning track “Heroes”, resulting in considerable viral success with over 53 000 plays as well as massive support in clubs, festivals and radio stations around the world.

2016-2017 saw releases such as the atmospheric Balearic trance track "Opus Balearica" on German label Massive Trance/Redux, with a remix by talented Ukrainian producer STA
, turning it into an intense uplifting banger. The release gained widespread trance DJ support.
Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes (Vanity In Mind Remix)Måns Zelmerlöw goes dancefloor
Vanity In Mind also got a lot of attention for his trance interpretation of Ludvig van Beethoven's timeless "Moonlight Sonata" from 1801 and he also released commercially his 2014 remix of Ramin Djawadi's Game of Thrones TV series theme.

A new musical chapter

Inspired by several trips to the White Island of Ibiza, as well as by the general major evolution of a more melodic techno sound, Vanity In Mind felt the urge to revitalize his sources of inspiration and to continue challenging himself creatively.
Vanity In Mind - We Are Stardust
Tour de Traum XVI (2018)
So in 2018, completing a process that had started several years earlier, Vanity In Mind's new musical direction was a fact, premiering with melodic techno track "We Are Stardust" on legendary German label Traum Schallplatten.

This was followed up in 2019 on Traum with "Fall of Saturn", a 10-minute cinematic space voyage, inspired by science fiction movies, Vanity In Mind's fascination of the cosmos and by Greek composer Vangelis.

Melodic techno in 2020

The spring of 2020 holds the promise of exciting new melodic techno, with an upcoming remix on Traum as well as a 3-track EP on Italian label Natura Viva.
Vanity In Mind - Fall of Saturn
Tour de Traum XVI (2019)