Welcome to our new series of posts – “The Looker” where we will share our wish list of artists participating in Eurovision.
But before we start, let us remark that our recommendations will not necessarily come true (as for example some countries select their artists by reality shows)
The previous chapters in the series are available as well:
1st post (Belgium, Israel, The Netherlands)
2nd post (Denmark, Iceland, North Macedonia)
3rd post (Finland, Norway, Sweden)
4th post (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany)
5th post (Bulgaria, Greece, Romania)
6th post (Australia, Ireland, the UK)
This time we will concentrate on 3 countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Frankie Animal is an Estonian Indie rock band that was formed in 2012.
The band consists of 3 members: Marie Vaigla (vocals, keyboard), Jonas Kaarnamets (guitar),
and Jan-Christopher Soovik (bass).
In 2012, they participated in the Estonian Youth Band competition(Noortebänd), where they won 8 awards.
In 2014, they released their debut EP, “Obsession“, which has received positive reviews.
The band performed at the Positivus Festival in Latvia. In 2015, they performed at the Dutch festival Eurosonic Noorderslag, which is considered a platform where new artists can be revealed. In the same year, they were the supporting act for Ewert and The Two Dragons in their tour in Germany.
In 2016, the band released their debut album, The Backbeat, which was praised by music journalists.
In 2017, the band released 3 singles, one of them was their act for “Eesti Laul 2018″ – The Estonian national selection for Eurovision 2018. The song “(Can’t keep calling) Misty” ended up in 7th place in the national final, and was ranked 3rd by the jury members.
The band gained public recognition and later on collaborated with Jüri Pootsmann who represented Estonia at Eurovision 2016.
In the last few years, they keep on releasing singles. In June 2019, they released the song “Playful” which became the most played song on Estonian radio in July 2019.
In 2019, they released the single “Playful”:
In 2021, they released the song “Peaches“:
In 2021, they released the song “Night & Day”:
Frankie Animal always gives a quality sound. They have original songs, but at the same time, it is made of material that should have been in the center of the mainstream.
#2. Nika Marula
Nika Prokopjeva (better known as Nika Marula) is 25 years old Estonian pop singer.
She has roots in Ex-Soviet Union, and therefore she speaks Russian as well.
In 2017, she participated in the 8th season of “X-Factor” Ukraine where she impressed the jury, but didn’t advance for the live shows.
In 2019, she participated in the 8th season of “The Voice of Russia”. She was chosen to Polina Gagarina‘s team (who represented Russia in Eurovision 2015) . Nika was eliminated in the battle round.
Nika has participated in the Estonian national selection in recent years.
In 2018, she participated in “Eesti Laul 2018” with the song “Knock Knock”. She qualified for the final and finished in the 9th place.
In 2021, she particiapted in “Eesti Laul 2021″ with the song “Calm Down”, and this time unfortunately didn’t qualify for the final.
Let’s listen to 3 of her songs:
In 2019, she released the song “Tuult Tiibadesse” (Eng: Good luck) with Eurovision 2021 Estonian representative Uku Suviste:
In 2020, she released the song “My Mood” together with Devinity:
In July 2021, she released the electro-dance song “Easy Love“, collaborated with the Russian musician Ron May
It has been a while since we had an electrodance hit at Eurovision, it seems that Nika Marula might be the one to bring a good one. However, she can bring quality indie pop songs as well.
Trad.Attack! is an Estonian folk band. The band consits of 3 members: Sandra Vabarna – torupill (trditional Estonian bagpipe), vocals, Jalmar Vabarna – guitar, vocals, and Tõnu Tubli -drums, vocals. Before forming the band, each one of the members had solo career.
Their idea was to form a band Estonian folk music, which is inspired by old traditional folk music and modern music. Sometimes, they use archeive prerecorded voice and mix it together with original pop, rock and electronic music.
Over the years, the band has performed in several music festival in the world, such as: Tallinn Music Week (Estonia), Folk Alliance (US), V-ROX (Russia), Eurosonic (the Netherlands), Sound of the Xity and Strawberry Festival (China), Minas Musica Mundo (Brazil), WOMEX World Music Expo (Spain), Trans Musicales Festival (France), Womad Chile Festival (Chile), Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival (Canada), and the Woodford Folk Festival (Australia).
So far, the band has released 5 studio albums and one EP:
- Trad.Attack! (2014) – EP
- AH! (2015)
- Kullakarva (2017)
- Make Your Move (2020)
- MYMIATURES – Songs That Never Grew Up (2020)
- We Miss Playing For You (2021)
The band was awarded several times in their career:
|2014||Estonian Ethno Music Awards 2014 – Best Band, Best Album, Best Song, Best Newcomer|
|2015||Estonian Music Awards 2015 – Ethno/Folk album and Music Video of the year|
|2016||Estonian Ethno Music Awards 2016 – Best Band|
Estonian Music Awards 2016 – Best Band, Best Album, Best Ethno/Folk Album
|2017||Estonian Ethno Music Awards 2017 – Album, Band and Song of the year|
|2018||Estonian pop music award, “Golden Album 2018” – Most Sold Band CD of the Year & Most Sold Vinyl of the Year in Estonia|
Estonian Music Awards 2018 – Ethno/Folk Album and Band of the Year
|2020||Estonian Ethno Music Awards 2020 – Band and Song of the Year|
|2021||Estonian pop music award “Golden Album 2021” – Band and Album of the Year|
Estonian Music Awards 2021 – Song & Ethno/Folk Album of the Year
Let’s introduce 3 of their songs:
In 2015, they releaed the song “Nirr-Nurr” (Eng:
In 2017, they releaed the song “Sõit / Ride“:
In 2020, they released the song “Pass Pass“:
Trad.Attack! is one of the promising names in Estonian folk music. They bring a unique vibe by combining old and new – foundations of folk with electronic rock music. They prove that music has no language (however it sounds excellent in the beautiful Estonian language). I believe they have the ability to bring a hit, just like Go_A from Ukraine
Tautumeitas is a Latvian folk/world music that was established in 2015. Originally, the band consisted of 6 members, but at the moment there are 5 members:
- Asnate Rancāne – violin, vocals
- Aurēlija Rancāne – drums, vocals
- Ilona Dzērve — accordion, vocals
- Laura Liepiņa – percussion, vocals
- Laura Marta Līcīte – percussion, vocals
In 2017, Tautumeitas and Auļi released the album “Lai māsiņa rotājās” (Eng: Let the sister decorate). The album included 13 tracks dedicated to weddings and engagement.
The album was awarded Best Folk Music Album of 2017 at the annual Latvian Music Recording Awards. The album peaked number 26th on World Music Charts Europe in 2018.
In 2018, the band released their first self-titled album – “Tautumeitas“.
In 2019, they released another album “Dziesmas no Aulejas” (Eng: Songs from Auleja).
Let us introduce 3 of their songs:
In 2019, they collaborated with Aminata (the Latvian representative for Eurovision 2015). Together, they released the song “Dzīvot Citādāk” (Eng: Live Differently).
In 2020, they released the song “Panama”:
In 2021, they released the song “Mežā” (Eng: In The Woods)
#2. Sudden Lights
Sudden Lights is a Latvian alternative-rock band. The band was formed in 2012, and consists of 4 members: Andrejs Reinis Zitmanis (lead vocaslist), Kārlis Vārtiņš (bass guitar), Mārtiņš Matīss Zemītis (percussion) and Kārlis Matīss Zitmanis (guitar).
In 2015, they won the young music competition “First Plate”. It was the beginning of their journey, with the opportunity to record their first original song- “So Strange“.
Thereafter, they recorded more original songs that were played in the Latvian radio stations.
In 2018, they participated in the Latvian selection for Eurovision – “Supernova 2018“. They entered the competition with the song “Just Fine”. Initially, they didn’t qualify for the final. However, they have received a wild-card from the jury. Eventually, the band ended up in 2nd place in the final, with the highest amount of Spotify streams.
The band released 2 studio-albums at the moment:
“Suburbs” (2017) and “The Best is Where I am Not” (2020).
In 2018, they released the song “Negribu piezemēties” (Eng: I don’t want to land)
In April 2021, they released the song “Klusumi” (Eng: Silence)
In 2021, they released the song “Aizņem man vietu” (Eng: It takes me a place) together with ANNNA (who competed in the Latvian national selection in 2020):
Sudden Lights is a group of talented musicians that reminds us why we love rock music. Their music continues the rock line of the 1990’s and 2000’s but with a modern flavour.
#3. Chris Noah
Chris Noah is 26 years old Latvian Indie-pop singer.
Chris rose to fame in 2017, after his second single “You” became one of the most played songs in Latvia in 2017. That year, he released his debut EP “What About Tomorrow?” and received received a nomination for best debut at the Latvian Music Awards.
Chris gained international attention with self-released singles “River” and “Fall Through.”
He was praised by several music blogs, such as: Indie Air, AlexRainBirdMusic, Uranium Waves, Comeherefloyd, Wolf in a Suit and many others.
In March 2020, Noah released his second EP, “Distance“.
In 2021, his EP “Distance” was nominated for album/EP of the year in the “Golden Microphone” music awards (one of Latvia’s annual music awards).
In 2018, he released the single “River“:
In 2020, he released the song “This is The Night“:
In 2021, he released the song “Only Words“:
Chris Noah is a singer with a captivating voice, who tends to conquer the listener’s heart with gripping melodies. His music is of international quality, and therefore he can gain fans from all over the world. With his pop-indie identity, he is ready to be revealed worldwide.
Greta Jančytė (better known as GJan) is 26 years old Lithuanian singer-songwriter.
She started her music career in 2010, being a member of the Lithuanian rock band Second Riot. In 2011, Grata left the band due to a disagreement with the other members.
She rose to fame thanks to covers she published on YouTube (including “E.T.” by Katy Perry).
In April 2012, she released her debut single “Not Afraid” and received more than 5 million views on YouTube. Her second single “Tatto” received more than 2 million views.
Thereafter, she released another 2 singles (“Need Your Love” and “Now You”). Following this, she was nominated for the best music award in M.A.M.A 2012. In 2013, she was nominated for best female act. In 2014, she took a break of a year to finish her studies.
In 2015 and 2016, she released 4 singles that topped the Lithuanian music charts. They peaked places 1st, 3rd, 10th, 25th respectively.
In 2016 she was nominated for best female act and best music video. In 2017, she was nominated for best female act.
In 2017, she released her debut album “Do It“, while her second album, “Pasiduodu Sau” (Eng: I’m giving up January). Her second album was released in October 2019 and peaked top 1 on the Lithuanian charts.
In 2018, she released the song “Confidence“:
In 2019, she released the song “Ruduo” Eng: Autumn):
In 2021, she released the song “Palikai” (Eng: Left):
GJan has a unique voice that you can’t ignore. Her music creates a special atmosphere. She surprises the listeners, whether the song is in English or Lithuanian.
She is a pop star, but also impresses with beautiful ballads. This kind of veratille artist is the one who has good chances in Eurovision.
Juste Arlauskaitė (better known as Jazzu) is 33 years old Lithuanian electronic, pop, and experimental music singer.
She started her journey as a jazz singer at the age of 14. She performed as a jazz soloist with various jazz groups in Lithuania and abroad. After graduating from music school and secondary music school, she moved to London and studied singing at Thames Valley University.
In 2005, she met the music producer Leon Somov. Together, they formed an electronic duo – Leon Somov & Jazzu. Their music consisted of sophisticated tools, elegant synthetic melodies and more experimental sounds. They released 7 studio albums together: the first one in 2007, and the last one in 2016. In 2018, they announced on split.
The duo won plenty of awards together, including:
|2009||Best Baltic Act (MTV Europe Awards)|
|2012||Artist of the Year|
Electronic music group or performer of the year
|2013||Artist of the Year|
|2014||Electronic Music Group of the year or performer|
Group of the year
Album of the year
|2015||Group of the year|
|2016||Pop group of the year|
Group of the year
Gold disc Award
Best Baltic Act (2009, MTV Europe Music awards), Best Electronic Music Band + Best Female (2011 MAMA awards).
Since 2015, she has been one of the judges of the show “X Factor Lithuania” (season 3 – 6). In 2017,she was one of the commissioners in two of the ten programs of the Lithuanian national selection for Eurovision 2017.
Since then, Jazzu has been creating music as a solo artist.
In 2019, she released her album “Jazzu” that received a lot positive reviews. The album was awarded best album of the year at the M.A.M.A awards.
In 2019, she released the song “Dumblas” (Eng: sludge):
In 2019, she released the song “Lullaby“:
In 2020, she released the song “Nusiplauni rankas” (Eng: Wash your Hands):
In 2021, she released the single “Vasara” (Eng: summer):
Jazzu is a wonderful singer with a lot of knowledge in the field of jazz and music in general.
Her soft voice combines pretty well with the brave music productions which her songs are based on. She is experienced enough to face the great stage of Eurovision.
#3. Sisters On Wire
Sisters On Wire is Lithuanian indie pop music that was formed in 2014. The band members are: Oleg Jerochin (vocals, guitar), Ieva Ščerbinskaitė (vocals, piano), Filip Gusev (guitar), Marius Oršauskas (drums). In 2015, the band released their EP (with the name “EP”). It was a huge success in Lithuania. The single “Parallel World” was played on radio and became the soundtrack for several TV commercials, shows and a film.
In 2016, the band released their first album – “Never Turn The Lights Off“. In 2018, theit songs “Parallel World” and “You and I” were included in the documentary drama “Praise for Action“.
In 2020, they released their first song in the Lithuanian language – “Taip Jau Gavosi“.
In 2017, they releawes the song “My Heart is Beating”:
In 2020, they releases the song “Mėlyna Mėlyna“:
In 2020, they released the song “Taip Jau Gavosi” (Eng: Yes Already Received)
Sisters On Wire is an Indie synth-pop that on the one hand faithful to their art, and on the other hand sit in the heart of the mainstream. Each of their songs has planed and impressive production.
What do you think about our recommendations? Which artists would you like to see represeting those 3 conutries?
Stay tuned for more recommendations to come, next time we will travel to other countries.