Latvian Music News

October

27

Oct

LATVIAN BAND "RYGA" GETS SHORTLISTED FOR GRAMMY AWARD.

For the first time in 58 years of Grammy awards history, works of Latvian artists are eligible for consideration to be nominated for the Grammy among 21000 other records from all around the world.

 

Because of this, year 2015 is the first when Latvian company “Mikrofona ieraksti” is submitting its artists for the prize and one of them – band “Ryga” featuring American singer Corey Andrew with their single “Give Me Your Love” – is shortlisted for the award in category “Best Dance Recording”.

Although the rules of the Academy voting forbid to publish full list of shortlisted artists, it’s known that in total there are 240 records shortlisted for the award, most of which are made by some of the biggest names in the genre like The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Royksopp feat. Robyn, Tiesto, Paul van Dyk and Armin Van Buuren among others. Best five out of them who’ll have received the most votes from the jury and will be nominated for the prize will be announced in the beginning of December.

 

“Give Me Your Love” was released in June 2015 and since has received a lot of airplay not only in Latvia, but also in Scandinavian, German, Polish, Ukrainian, Danish, Netherland, English and American clubs and radio stations. There are several popular remixes of the song, out of which the most popular is Latvian producer’s “XYPO” deep house version that has been viewed on “Youtube” almost 100 000 times.

 

“When I first found out that we are shortlisted for the award among with artists like The Prodigy, Royksopp and David Guetta, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” reveals Mārcis Judzis, “Ryga” frontman and the author of the song. “This nomination just shows that everything is possible in this life!”

 

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23

Oct

“HARDSHIPS ARE SHIPS”, THE LONG-AWAITED SOPHOMORE ALBUM BY ALISE JOSTE.

The second album, “Hardships Are Ships” by the singer-songwriter Alise Joste is released today, on October 23rd.

 

“Hardships Are Ships”, the long-awaited sophomore album by Alise Joste, is released under the label I Love You Records.

 

This record, just like the debut album, was recorded solely by Alise herself in her country-house. The album was mixed by Gatis Zaķis and mastered by Joe Lambert, who has worked with albums by artists, like The National, Sharon Van Etten, Sondre Lerche, Wye Oak and others.

 

“A creative camp just by myself” – that is how Alise describes the making of “Hardships Are Ships”. “At the beginning of the year I had promised everyone that I would finally record something new, so I had no other options but to load my car full of stuff and leave for a creative camp just by myself. I wasn’t sure about the result to expect. I was prepared that maybe nothing would come out of it and I would have spent a month in a complete nowhere land just drinking tea and watching TV shows. Of course, that also wouldn’t be bad. But when I arrived, it became clear to me what I wanted to do. It is often difficult to have a broader view on things in our everyday life. People just get annoyed by everyone and everything. But when I got the chance to run away, I understood what is important, and what is not, and what I should let my heart ache for, and what I should just laugh about. In this album I tried to maintain a simple approach to things, and tried not to complicate anything, by just doing whatever seemed right at the time. I had no specific concept or message that I wanted to bring to my listeners. There were some old songs, which needed to be recorded, and also brand new ones. But a desire to enjoy the process and spend my time well was above everything else.”

 

Get the latest updates on Alise Joste’s music here:

  

 

 

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12

Oct

MEET MUSIC LATVIA INTERVIEWS @"REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL".

Video: LaIPA,Parmuziku.lv, komuna7.lv

Interwies: Pikaso

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9

Oct

CARNIVAL YOUTH UNVEILED AS FIRST WINNER OF 2016 EUROPEAN BORDER BREAKERS AWARDS (EBBA) FOR POP, ROCK AND DANCE MUSIC.

This morning, at the public radio station Pieci Riti in the Latvian capital of Riga, Carnival Youth was unveiled as the first winner of the 2016 European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA), the European music awards for emerging artists. In the upcoming weeks, nine other European artists with cross border success will be announced as winners of the 2016 EBBA.

 

‘No Clouds Allowed’ is the title of Carnival Youth’s debut album: a beautiful, clever indie folk record, with modern rhythms, sharp lyrics, fresh keys and melancholic melodies. As far as their sound is concerned, Carnival Youth is somewhere between Bombay Bicycle Club and Arcade Fire, and in 2014 ‘No Clouds Allowed’ won a prize for best debut album in their home country of Latvia. They are currently working on their second album.

 

The EBBA are about breaking down borders and recognising emerging European rock, pop and dance artists who achieved success in countries other than their own. These unique European music awards are funded under the European Union (EU) Creative Europe programme. With the EBBA, the European Union wishes to highlight the success of 10 debuting European artists in selling albums and touring outside their home territory. From Adele (2009) to Milky Chance (2015), the winners of the EBBA represent the full breadth of European talent and diversity. Other previous winners also include Stromae, Emeli Sande?, Gabriel Rios, Hozier, Melanie De Biasio, Of Monsters and Men, Woodkid, Mumford & Sons, Caro Emerald, Lykke Li, Disclosure, Katie Melua, John Newman, The Ting Tings, C2C, Tokio Hotel, The Script, Zaz, Nico & Vinz, Saybia, Damien Rice, KT Tunstall, Alphabeat, Milow and Afrojack.

 

Europe's cultural and linguistic diversity is a strong part of its cultural appeal, but linguistic barriers sometimes make it harder for artists to work internationally and achieve cross-border sales success. The EBBA seek to help them overcome these obstacles.To be eligible for the 2016 awards, the artists must have achieved border-breaking success with their first international release in Europe between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015.

 

The winners are selected on the basis of data from Nielsen Music Control research, the European Broadcasting Union, EBU radio stations, and from festivals participating in the European Talent Exchange Programme. The winners will receive their awards in a ceremony hosted by TV personality and musician Jools Holland at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in Groningen, Netherlands, on January 13, 2016. The ceremony will feature performances of the winning acts. One of the winners will receive a Public Choice Award based on votes cast on the EBBA website from the end of November to Christmas. Up to 15 voters, chosen at random from different countries, will be invited to the award ceremony: each will be able to bring a friend and the prize includes their flight and hotel costs. The EBBA, now in their 13th year, is organised by Eurosonic Noorderslag in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), with support from Buma Cultuur, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Province of Groningen, the City of Groningen and Music Week.

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5

Oct

LATVIAN ACTS AT REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL 2015 - VIDEO.

From 23rd to 26th of September Hamburg, Germany was hosting one of the biggest music conferences/showcase festivals in Europe “Reeperbahn”.

 

This year Latvia was represented by bands “Pyro Trees” and “The Big Bluff” as well as organization “Music Export Latvia”, which was hosting “Meet Music Latvia and Lithuania” showcase in partnership with "MP3".

 

“Meet Music Latvia and Lithuania” showcase took place at „Molotow Karatekeller” club on Friday, 25th of September.

 

 Pyro Trees (LV)

Western meets surf, 80s wave meets contemporary dance rock. Groovy like hell.
Pyro Trees will proudly bring all of this and much more to the Reeperbahn Festival 2015 in Hamburg!
Latvian scene is still an insider over there, but the Reeperbahn Festival has quite a reputation for revealing some well-kept secrets, so please get enlightened!

 

 

The Big Bluff (LV)

The Big BLuff is a Rock'n'Roll & Blues band. The group has a raw and aggressively played blues and rock&roll sound which draws heavily from Americana genres and artists like Elvis and Dylan. Their compositions look like an armed, five-handed native american wearing a black suit. The Big Bluff is a kind of the band you want to see live as the powerful, soulful and blasting performance is group's main trump.

 

Video: Rihards Gēcis ( www.komuna7.lv), Jānis Lipšāns ( Pikaso), www.parmuziku.lv

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September

30

Sep

LATVIAN ACTS AS SPECIAL GUESTS AT THIS YEAR’S “WAVES VIENNA AND BRATISLAVA”

From 30th of September to 4th of October Austrian capital Vienna and Slovakian capital Bratislava will host annual music conference/showcase “Waves Vienna + Bratislava”. This year there will be special focus in festival’s programme on music from Baltic States, as its motto is “East meets West”. Therefore, Latvia will be represented by five artists at the festival.

 

Each year “Waves” festivals have a unique focus in its programme, welcoming more musicians then usual from specific market, and this year it is on Baltic countries. Latvia will be represented in festival with five acts: singer-songwriter Alise Joste, world music band “DaGamba”, progressive rock four-piece “Laika Suns”, electro-rock band “Triana Park” and producer “Mr.Myster”.

 

To promote region’s music even more, on Friday 2nd of October “Urban House” in Bratislava will host Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian party. During the party there will be live performances from “DaGamba”, Jurgis Did (LT) and DJ Kristo Rajasaare (EE) as well as some snacks, drinks and possibility to meet music professionals from Baltics. Latvia will be represented there by musicians, music professionals and representatives from “Music Export Latvia”. Don’t be late – the party starts at 18.30!

 

 

 

Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian party

Friday, October 2, 2015 18:30 – 20:00 at Urban House, Bratislava

Meet and greet with representatives of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania at Waves! Come and have a drink and snack with some good music!

LIVE: DaGamba (LV), Jurgis Did (LT) and DJ Kristo Rajasaare (EE, Radio 2)

 

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21

Sep

LATVIAN AND LITHUANIAN ACTS AT REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL 2015.

From 23rd to 26th of September Hamburg, Germany will host one of the biggest music conferences/showcase festivals in Europe “Reeperbahn”.

 

This year Latvia will be represented by bands “Pyro Trees” and “The Big Bluff” as well as organization “Music Export Latvia”, which will host “Meet Music Latvia and Lithuania” showcase in partnership with "MP3".

 

“Meet Music Latvia and Lithuania” showcase will be taking place at „Molotow Karatekeller” club on Friday, 25th of September and will feature live performances by four rising Baltic acts: indie/psychedelic rockers “Pyro Trees” and rock’n’roll band “The Big Bluff” from Latvia as well as singer-songwriter Alina Orlova and psychedelic rock band “Garbanotas Bosistas” from Lithuania. A lot of Latvian and Lithuanian music industry professionals will be present at the showcase providing a great opportunity to make new contacts in rapidly growing music market.

 

“Meet Music Latvian And Lithuania” showcase running order:

19:30 – Doors

20:30 -21:10 “Pyro Trees” (LV),

21:40-22:20 “Garbanotas Bosistas” (LT),

 22:50-23:30 Alina Orlova (LT),

 00:00-00:40 “The Big Bluff” (LV).

 

 Pyro Trees (LV)

Western meets surf, 80s wave meets contemporary dance rock. Groovy like hell.
Pyro Trees will proudly bring all of this and much more to the Reeperbahn Festival 2015 in Hamburg!
Latvian scene is still an insider over there, but the Reeperbahn Festival has quite a reputation for revealing some well-kept secrets, so please get enlightened!

Management:

Ilze Plesa

+371 29858681

thepyrotrees@gmail.com

https://soundcloud.com/pyrotrees

 

The Big Bluff (LV)

The Big BLuff is a Rock'n'Roll & Blues band. The group has a raw and aggressively played blues and rock&roll sound which draws heavily from Americana genres and artists like Elvis and Dylan. Their compositions look like an armed, five-handed native american wearing a black suit. The Big Bluff is a kind of the band you want to see live as the powerful, soulful and blasting performance is group's main trump.

Management:

Monta Liepa

+371 26111564

bigbluffband@gmail.com

https://soundcloud.com/the-big-bluff

  

 

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10

Sep

LATVIAN SYNTH ROCK BAND "THE CITIZENS LV" RELEASES THEIR FIRST SINGLE FROM THEIR UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM "CONCRETE DREAMS".

The new latvian band "The Citizens LV" releases their first single "Happy Family" and a music video from their upcoming debut album "Concrete Dreams" which comes out on October 5th.

 

"Happy Family" is the newest piece from bands' written work which a week before recording it in studio was just an idea with some basic guidelines written out.  "Happy Family" is filled with synthesizer riffs, which are complemented by R&B, hip hop and dance music rhythms, but still retains rock&roll taste added from the riffs of electric guitar.

 

The song's lyrics are about unfulfilled hopes, pain and disappointment of failed relationships and difficulties, that have to be overcome in order to preserve what is important for oneself.

 

""Happy Family" is gloomy but energetic at the same time, and it is hard to stand still and not dance along when the song comes on," the band says about their new single.

           

The music video complements  the song's lyrical message by proceeding the theme of trust, relationships, fear and ignorance. The main character goes through a lot of stormy events and in the end has to face the consequences. The video gives you food for thought - are you happy and whether you know what happiness means to you.

 

On October 5th, 2015 the band "The Citizens LV" releases their debut album "Concrete Dreams" and its' presentation concert will be held on October 8th at the club/night venue "Piens". More information will be published at the end of September.

 

"The Citizens LV” was formed in 2009 by four friends, at that time schoolmates - Jānis (lead vocals), Reinis (keyboards), Roberts (bass) and Krišjānis (drums). After a while Rihards (lead guitar) joined in. The band throughout its’ existence has experimented with different music genres until they finally found their sound in something that is a mix of everything they admire in music and the band describes it as synth rock. The biggest events they have participated in are Positivus 2014, Kuldīga LiveFest and Eurobasket 2015 as musical performers at the biggest event hall in Latvia - Arena Riga.

 

 

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9

Sep

“PYRO TREES” REVEALS NEW SONG AND TOURS OUTSIDE BALTICS.

Indie rock band "Pyro Trees" reveals the first single „Small Talk” from their upcoming debut LP which will be released in November of this year.

In the summer of 2015, after playing in such festivals as Laba Daba, Playground in Latvia and Devilstone in Lithuania, the band started to work on their debut album.The song „Small Talk” is the first single that is published for a wider audience, and also the first song to be published after their lead singer and guitarist Rūdolfs left the band and went to study abroad.

Right after the release of the first single "Pyro Trees" are going to the capital of Poland – Warsaw, where they are going to represent Latvia in the music conference Liveurope. The band’s performance will be on 11th of September on the stage of Stodola – one of the most popular music clubs in Warsaw, together with 28 other new European bands.

And on the 25th of September "Pyro Trees" are playing in Hamburg, Germany - in one of the biggest conferences of the European music industry – Reeperbahn, which will be held this year for the 10th time. So far Latvia in Reeperbahn has been represented by bands such as "Carnival Youth", "Triana Park", "The Sound Poets" and "Audience Killers".

"Pyro Trees" is an indie rock band from Riga, which is founded in the fall of 2011. Their debut EP was released earlier this year. The current lineup consists of Pēteris Ozols, Didzis Upens, Matīss Kļaviņš and Oskars Tupuriņš.

 

 

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3

Sep

VOCAL GROUP FRAMEST RELEASES A NEW SINGLE „DOD, DIEVIŅI” (GOD, GIVE!) AND ANNOUNCES A NEW CONCERT PROGRAMME.

Vocal group FRAMEST releases a new single „Dod, Dieviņi”, music author ir composer and group’s artistic leader Janis Kirsis ( Jānis Ķirsis), words are taken from Latvian folk songs. The song has been written for the new concert programme „Dainu skapis” (The Cabinet of Latvian folk songs), which will be performed on October 2 in Spikeri Concert Hall and on October 9 at Kauguri Culture House.

Concert programme „Dainu skapis” results from musical explorations, where traditional melody is put in such a form, rhythm and harmony which reflects both contemporary academic and popular music. This programme is influenced by traditional Latvian culture but has a fresh, modern sounding, traditional folk tunes being mixed with modern composition techniques – jazz, electronics etc.  Concert programme consists of arrangements and original compositions by two members of the vocal group Framest – Janis Kirsis and Roberts Memmens (Jānis Ķirsis and Roberts Memmēns).

 

Tickets are available at „Bilesu Paradize” ( Biļešu Paradīze) box-offices and online at www.bilesuparadize.lv.

 

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