In November 2017, a new music show titled "Best.Cover.Ever." premiered on the video streaming website YouTube. Contestants from all around the world compete on the show for the opportunity to share the stage with international music industry stars.
The show is hosted by the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Ludacris who is joined by a different music industry star on each episode (such as Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth, Bebe Rexha). In each episode of the show, two participants compete for the opportunity to perform live with the guest star. Each contestant performs a cover version of a popular song by the guest star, which is then judged. After the star and Ludacris proclaim the winner, the said winner is given a unique opportunity to collaborate with the star of that episode and perform a unique cover of a song with that artist.
Thousands of contestants from all over the world applied for each episode of the show, and among the lucky ones, who were invited to participate in the LA-filmed show, was the band "Double Faced Eels", who not only represented Latvia, but who were also the only finalists from Europe. On the show, "Double Faced Eels" competed with the talented group "Two Less Lonely" for the opportunity to perform a cover version of Bebe Rexha's song "In the Name of Love". The Latvian band managed to win the sympathies of Bebe Rexha and Ludacris and the opportunity to perform together with Bebe Rexha.
At the end of the show, the winners were presented a special prize from the producers of the show and Bebe Rexha — a repeated paid trip to Los Angeles to perform at a special private showcase at the legendary "Roxy Theatre" club and present themselves to producers and representatives of the local music industry. "Double Faced Eels" will possibly be the first Latvian band to perform at the iconic venue in Los Angeles, which has seen the performances of Bebe Rexha, Ludacris and such legendary musicians and bands as Bob Marley, "The Ramones", Peter Gabriel, "Guns N’ Roses" and others.
Bebe Rexha is an American singer and songwriter of Albanian origin, who obtained wider renown with her songs "Me, Myself and I" with the hip-hop artist G-Eazy, David Guetta's "Hey Mama" and Martin Garrix's "In the Name of Love".
Final duet with Bebe Rexha (complete, the material included in the episode is abridged)
The premise of "Best.Cover.Ever." is unique — the show is presented without any additional charges or limitations world-wide.
Inspired by the lessons learned during the show and using the momentum provided by its release, "Double Faced Eels" also present a new single and a video for their new song "Can’t Let Go".
"The song "Can’t Let Go" deals with the thoughts of a person being stuck in a bad relationship. Regardless of your gender, age or even the type of relationship — whether it is your relationship with a lover, an employer or a teacher etc. Sometimes we understand that the relationship is going nowhere, but we are unable to take a decisive step," tells the author of the lyrics to the song, Reinis Straume.
Music: "Double Faced Eels"
Mixing, mastering: Martins Gailitis (Mārtiņš Gailītis) (Marka), DFE Studio, firstname.lastname@example.org
Production: Martins Gailitis (Marka) (executive producer), Reinis Straume, "Double Faced Eels"
Video: Reinis Janulis