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Lackluster is the main stage name of Esa Juhani Ruoho (born October 26, 1978), who has also recorded as Esa Ruoho, Can'o'Lard, Kökö and the Köks and XLLV.[1] Lackluster is formerly known as the chiptune musician, Distance, part of the demoscene groups Orange, Monotonik, Calodox, The Digital Artists, The Planet of Leather Moomins (TPOLM), FLO and Satori.[2] Lackluster also ran a Bulletin Board System, Cloudcity, from 1992 to 2000 – utilizing HectoBBS (1992), SuperBBS (1992–1994) and PCBoard (1994–2000) BBS Software.[3]

Ruoho has lived most of his life in Helsinki, Finland, but has also, since 2000, travelled to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada for six months in 2000–2001[4] and also spent time in Dublin, Ireland.[5] For the past 23 years he has been lodging in Kontula, a district of Eastern Helsinki.