The Tallinn Music Week’s annual Skype Award goes to an experimental doom-metal duo Talbot – a band which has been a true champion of the DIY philosophy in the Estonian music scene by having toured across Europe and the Balkans and playing in clubs around Russia, Ukraine, Australia and Japan. The prestigious title Skype’s Go Change the World Award that is being given out for the fourth time includes a support sum of €3500 by TMW’s main sponsor and partner Skype.
“Talbot stands out as a whole. Everything rocks in one rhythm – their music, website, social marketing, touring activities and live concerts all reflect that this band is taking it seriously and has what it takes to fight their way towards bigger audiences and larger stages around the world. Just as we like it,“ says Tiit Paananen, head of Skype Estonia.
Skype's Go Change The World Award winner was chosen by a joint vote of festival’s music industry delegates, international media, Estonian music fans and Skype Estonia’s team. Runner-ups according to the delegates’ vote were Estonian Voices, Paabel, Mart Avi and Väljasõit rohelisse.
Talbot, formed byMagnus Andre and Jarmo Nuutre in 2008, describe themselves as the duo of doom – “Slow and crushing riffs melting together with brickle icicle vibrations like there is no tomorrow.” John Rogers(Brainlove, Projekta) commented in The Line Of Best Fit: „Back at Von Krahl, Talbot has whipped up a thunderous sound. The drum kit took up half the stage, behind them sitting heavily tattooed, utterly solid percussionist Jarmo Nuutre, who beat his instruments within an inch of their lives with pummelling brutality and an almost balletic grace. Distorted bass lines form their blunt, powerful tunes, and a dual vocal played a melodic rock vocal off against Nuutre’s guttural doom-metal roar. Talbot marry bone-crunching force with dextrous musicality.“
In 2010 Talbot was nominated for the „Metal artist of the year“ title at Estonian Music Awards. The band has released an EP „Tundra“ (2008) and a well-received album EOS (2010). The duo is currently playing in clubs and festivals in Estonia and abroad and is also recording their next album.
„The key question is what you want to do. If you want to make a band, it’s simple - just do it and don’t let anything hinder you. For us the first tour was an eye-opener: at one point you realize there are no limits. Want to go on tour – go. Want to play in Japan – look for a contact, find a possibility and go. When you go next time, more people will want to see you. Everyone sets one’s own limits. It’s a matter of choice,“ Jarmo Nuutre explains the brave choices of Talbot. Although the news of the award is still sinking in, the band’s first plan is to invest the prize money into sound equipment that needs some refreshing after the extensive adventurous tours.
Tallinn Music Week 2011 Skype award winner was Ewert and the Two Dragons, in 2010 Iiris and in 2009 Popidiot.
Tallinn Music Week 2013 dates will be announced in a few weeks.
TMW delegates about Talbot:
Mikko Meriläinen (Soundi):
„Simply amazing. International quality, unique and very charismatic live band!“
Edgars Abolins (Meteor Agency):
„Great to see the band getting stronger and stronger. I was pleasantly surprised about their quality, sound and power on stage.“
Janne Flinkkilä(freelance music journalist):
„For me Talbot was the definite highlight of TMW, blew my mind (and ears).“
Juuso Vermasheinä (Flockified):
„Talbot was awesome. Besides the guys looked exactly like the kind of guys who drink beer in the shower. Which is awesome.“
John Rogers(Brainlove, Projekta), in magazine The Line Of Best Fit:
„Back at Von Krahl, Talbot has whipped up a thunderous sound. The drum kit took up half the stage, behind them sitting heavily tattooed, utterly solid percussionist Jarmo Nuutre, who beat his instruments within an inch of their lives with pummelling brutality and an almost balletic grace. Distorted bass lines form their blunt, powerful tunes, and a dual vocal played a melodic rock vocal off against Nuutre’s guttural doom-metal roar. Talbot marry bone-crunching force with dextrous musicality.“
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Tallinn Music Week 2012 in numbers:
183 artists from 13 countries
150 artists from Estonia
11 200 festival visitors
589 delegates, of whom 283 from Estonia
306 international delegates
61 549 unique hits on the website from 110 countries