Latvian Music News




New single “Love Is the Answer” by Carnival Youth

Latvian indie rock band Carnival Youth have released a brand-new single called “Love Is the Answer” on 16th of March. Next week the ensemble will embark on a European tour.

“Phrase “love is the answer” came from subconsciousness while thinking vocal melodies in gibberish, mumbling. It seemed funny at first, but after a while we saw a challenge to justify it and after all - it is true. It was a joy of discovery, we tried to follow where it was going and experiment a bit, with choir of trumpets, for example,” says Emils Kaupers, member of the band.

“Love Is The Answer” on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer

This single marks the period between their latest release – an album with songs in their native Latvian called “Vienā vilcienā” – and their new, upcoming album, which will take them back to writing songs in English.

On the upcoming European tour Carnival Youth will visit Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Germany, France and England with more than 20 shows. Tickets can be found through their website.

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Song workshop “RIGaLIVE”/session#2.

For the second time by the initiative of “Latvian Music Development Association/Latvian Music Export Office” an event is being organized for the members of the music industry with the aim to encourage cooperation, exchange experiences and increase their level of professionalism - a festival of creative masterclasses and song workshops called “RIGaLIVE”.

Composers, performers and music producers are welcome to apply for the song workshop, which will take place from the 9th until the 11th of April of this year in Riga, Latvia.

We are announcing the beginning of application for the song workshop, where in 3 days time up to 10 work groups will be working on creating new songs. Each group will consist of 3 members - a composer, performer and a producer. Each day the groups will work for 8 hours in order to create a demo version of their songs, which will then be evaluated by a collective of experts, which will consist of representatives of both local and international professionals of the music industry.

Event order of the festival:

            9th of April - introduction of the participants of masterclasses;

            10th of April - songwriting workshop and listening;

            11th of April - songwriting workshop and listening.

The goal of the participants is to create song that could be a hit of the Baltics in 2018 and 2019.

To apply, please fill in the application form and send it to with the description Application to RIGaLIVE until the 19th of March 2018. After evaluating the submissions, the participants of the workshop will be announced by the end of March.

Application form:

Participation fee - 50 .

For members of the “Latvian Music Development Association/Latvian Music Export Office” - 25 .

Partners:LaIPA, Kultūras ministrija, “Mājlietu sala”, “Pica Lulū”, “Red Bull”, "Sonorworks".

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DJ Makree has signed a contract with Sony UK and releases the single "Never Been in Love"

Latvian DJ and music producer Makree in collaboration with the acclaimed British producer Secondcity has released the single "Never Been in Love". This is the first out of three songs to be issued under the record label "Ministry of Sound" and BBC Radio1's Danny Howard's  label "Nothing Else Matters" . Both of these record labels are owned by Sony UK and are the world's leading dance music publishers. The public premieres of “Never Been in Love” took place on March 2 at the BBC Radio 1 during the broadcast of the legendary dance music reviewer Annie Mac, but before its official release it was played already on the sets of such world-class DJs as Grammy-nominated Disclosure, Claptone, Danny Howard and Oliver Helden.

““Ministry of Sound” undeniably is the world's largest dance music record label that works with various Grammy-nominated artists – being part of this giant dance music organizations is an indescribable feeling, especially since my music is played by DJs and music producers who’s music I've followed for years, "says Makree. "Cooperation with the Ministry of Sound at the moment is the most significant achievement of my career, but I consider it only as the beginning – with my work I want to bring Latvian dance music to a new level".

Makree is a 22 year old electronic dance music DJ and producer, in Latvia he has worked with such artists as Dons, Dvīnes, Justs, Aminata and Pyor. Makree's international debut was in 2014, when in collaboration with Swedish record label “Metron Music” the song “Clouds” was released. The song "Never Been in Love"  was created in collaboration with the British DJ Secondcity whose single "I Wanna Feel" in May 2014 ranked  as nr. 1 in the UK singles chart and also had the first place in the American Billboard Dance Music Top.

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Markus Riva released music video for song "This Time"

Latvian musician and host of TV show X-Factor - Markus Riva just released new music video for his composition "This Time". Markus is also participating with this song at SUPERNOVA 2018 which is a National Selection for Eurovision Song Contest.
“This Time” was released in December, 2017 - a song that was written by 4 authors  - Markus Riva, Kaspars Ansons (produced music for Aminata, Aija Andrejeva and many more), Edgars Krastins and USA based musician - Quincy Lorel Thompson. 
Music video was made in Latvia - Markus plays a bachelor who is getting married. Music video is very emotional and dramatic, it reflects the meaning of the song and relationships that gone wrong. The main actress in music video is Ramona Lazda - fashion designer from Latvia who also takes care of Markus style. The main location in video is Rundales Palace - one of the most famous historical monuments in Latvia and Europe.
Music video was directed by Latvian director Pavel Trebukhin who previously also filmed other Riva’s music videos like “Laika Upe” and “Ne Zovi”. Song is available on Spotify, iTunes etc.
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Rick Feds- Latvian representative of electronic music, is going on a tour to USA

Controlling water fountains, fireworks, 3D visualisations, light animations and all the music with the Ableton Push sample pad is not just a futuristic vision about binding contemporary music with visual design, but instead those are the opportunities of modern technology, which are demonstrated by Rick Feds.

The main drives towards new challenges for the multi-instrumentalist is creation, control and excellence. Breaking boundaries for the musically creative minds and urge for innovative artistic expressions. This year's tour to USA is one of such challenges.

On February of this year, the virtuoso artist is going to the U.S. where he will carry out audiovisual performances in New York, Washington and Philadelphia. Rick Feds, who is rated in the top 5 finger-drummers in the world today, describes his upcoming performances as a combination of the analogue and digital world, which will consist of creative sound design and energetic show. The musical saturation will be also complemented by his drumming, which is musician's former specialty.

His shows will fascinate not only lovers of electronic music and interactive art forms but anyone who appreciates world-class mastery on a music instrument.

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Katrina Gupalo releases a naughty video for her “Supernova 2018” song “Intoxicating Caramel”.

Shortly before Latvian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest “Supernova 2018” semi-finals, which will take place on February 3, Katrina Gupalo & the Black Birds releases a naughty video for their song “Intoxicating Caramel”.

As Katrina Gupalo explains the song is about the madness of falling in love, when just one kiss feels like a flaming comet litting up the nigh sky and suddenly the mind becomes misty, and your sweetheart’s words melt in your ears like caramels. It seems that Gupalo's desire to create the greatest feeling of falling in love has materialized. The atmosphere in the video was not artificially created but is a pure effect of the song. “Girls shooting in the video were unstoppable, the heat was rising by every time we hit the repeat button” told Gupalo’s representative. Although many shots have been cut out leaving space for imagination, it is still very hot video.

Katrīna Gupalo – vocal, piano, Gatis Gorkuša –  trumpet, Miķelis Vanags – guitar, Kristiāns Kosītis – bass guitar, Elvijs Endelis – drums & percussions, Endijs Endelis – back vocal

Video director - Jānis Romanovskis, sound director - Artūrs Sedriks Sinkevičs choreography - Gabija Bīriņa, make-up & hair - Anita Intaite.

Listen to ”Intoxicating Caramel” on Spotify, iTunes and other streaming services providers.

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Elizabete Balcus and Makree will present Latvia at “Eurosonic Noorderslag 2008”.

The annual music festival and showcase “Eurosonic Noorderslag” will take place from the 17th till the 20th of January in Groningen, The Netherlands, and two Latvian artists – Elizabete Balcus and Makree are going to present Latvia this year.

“Eurosonic Noorderslag” is the biggest showcase in Europe, gathering approximately 300 bands and musicians, 4000 industry professionals and more than 40 000 listeners overall each year.

Elizabete Balcus is a musician and performance artist who creates neo-psychedelic dream pop that is simultaneously melodic and experimental. Her extraordinary records and visually impressive live performances have put Balcus in the spotlight, and her act in Groningen will be a stop in-between a two-week tour in Luxembourg, France, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Serbia and Romania.

Makree is an electronic music producer and DJ, he appeared on the music scene in 2014 with his track Clouds, released with Swedish record label Metron Music. His music has been acclaimed by labels, radio stations and colleagues across Europe and a little while ago he produced a track together with chart topping artist Secondcity. Their track is set to be released next year with Sony’ sub-labels; the legendary Ministry of Sound and Danny Howard’s label Nothing Else Matters.

10 delegates from several Latvian music companies will also participate in the “Eurosonic” conference this year. On 19th of January "Music Export Latvia" together with colleagues from Hungary, Slovakia, Austria the representatives of Latvia will host an event called ““Ceentral Party” Oost Dance and  Noghtclub”, where Balcus is set to perform.

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Katrine Lukins releases a video for her Supernova song "Running Red Lights".

Katrine Lukins, a participant of this year's LTV Supernova contest, has released a video for her song "Running Red Lights". According to the singer, this video best reveals the message of her song. The video is full of breath-taking events: a car theft, weed smoking, drunk driving and even crazy car destruction.

“The story of the video has its roots in my own experience, my relationships, only told through other events, using other, slightly more dramatic actions. I know that I would never go so far in my real life. I want to share the story of my life to encourage others who might be stuck in a similar situation to get it settled and become free. In my case, these were relationships with my boyfriend. On the one hand, it seemed as if everything was fine, but my senses told me that I was going against myself - running red lights. We all know that we should not cross the red light on the street, and still we do it  sometimes,” Katrine comments on her video.

Kaspars Dumburs, a star of the TV3 series “Svešā seja” (The Foreign Face) and actor of the Latvian National Theatre, takes part in the clip. “It was very easy to work with Katrine; although she is not a professional actress, she knows exactly what she wants and is very confident and flexible,” says the actor.

The song video was shot shortly before Christmas, and it took two long days. The operator, director and scriptwriter of the video - Edgars Trankalis.

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What Does Trump, Kim Jong-un and Ryga Have in Common This Christmastime?

The answer is very simple: they all appear in the same video that Ryga has deliberately released right before Christmas to remind us what this holiday is all about. No, it is not about shopping, which has taken the world by storm.

This year, Ryga released its debut album Catch Her Groove, which is also available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where the band held several concerts at the end of autumn. After these concerts, the band received offers to return for more performances elsewhere. Some German portals have published positive reviews.

After the tour in Germany, the band’s front man Mārcis Judzis travelled to Vietnam, where he experienced all kinds of wonders. It included filming the video for “Black Friday”, which features some political material.

“Black Friday” was co-written by Kaspars Bindemanis, whose voice can be heard on the record.

Catch Her Groove is available on the MicRec website, can be downloaded from iTunes and streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, etc.

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The Winners of Episode 7 of YouTube's International Music Show "Best.Cover.Ever." Are Contestants From Latvia, "Double Faced Eels"; the Band Releases a New Single "Can’t Let Go"

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,

Production: Martins Gailitis (Marka) (executive producer), Reinis Straume, "Double Faced Eels"

Video: Reinis Janulis

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