Aki began playing the guitar and the drums at age 14, self-taught at first. Since then, he's worked as a musician, composer and an arranger in numerous groups and projects, many of them his own. Aki went through Tapiola Music High School and later studied at Stadia (currently Metropolia) in the Pop & Jazz department. He graduated as Pop & Jazz pedagogue in 2004. Aki plays the guitar, mandolin, irish bouzouki, banjo and the drums, both on records and live. In the later years, he has also been involved heavily in producing and mixing albums.