Odd Hugo. Photo Renee Altrov.
Tallinn Music Week Skype Award goes to the indie folk band Odd Hugo from Tartu. The band that has just finished its second European tour will receive a 3500 Euro prize together with the prestigious title of the Skype’s Go Change the World Award.
Odd Hugo is quite rightly one of the brightest hopes of Estonian music as Nathan Westley puts it in Crack Magazine. “It became clear within seconds why they had previously sent pulses racing; tight and with a keen ear for a melody, they have all the hallmarks of a band that wouldn’t be out of place on a middle-tiered slot on Later With Jools Holland,” Westley adds and compares them to The National and Tom Waits.
The winner of the Skype's Go Change The World Award was selected by the delegates of Tallinn Music Week and international press. Next to the winner I Wear* Experiment, State of Zoe and Tenfold Rabbit received the most nominations.
“We’re really glad for the chance to support a band with an already strong stage experience and international ambition. We’ll be cheering for Odd Hugo and hope to see them soon on big arenas”, said Andrus Järg, Managing Director of Skype Estonia.
Odd Hugo released its debut album last summer. The specific sound of the band is characterized by playful vocal of intense harmonies, a bluesy and somewhat ragged guitar combo, ukulele, piano, dynamic-sensitive drums and brass instruments. Odd Hugo has closed a contract with the Finnish Fullsteam Agency that represents such Finnish artists like Disco Ensemble, Michael Monroe as well as Estonian artists Ewert and The Two Dragons and Elephants From Neptune. Odd Hugo also has cooperation agreements with agencies in Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland from the new season.
Recently Odd Hugo returned from its second European tour that took the band through Germany, Netherlands and Belgium with nine concerts. During the last year they have also performed in Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania and Hungary. Odd Hugo is preparing for the next tour this summer. “We are planning concerts in Estonia, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, Finland and Latvia. In June we’ll be performing at Europavox in France,” reveals Rein Kutsar, the manager of Odd Hugo.
The prize winner will be investing the 3500 Euro prize money in new instruments and use it to cover the costs of recording a new single.
The Danish Radio host Jan Sneum has played Odd Hugo in his programmes already earlier but after the last Tallinn Music Week dedicated a whole hour to the band. “For me it’s a charming mix of Tartu and Texas,” comments Sneum.
Tallinn Music Week 2009 Skype award winner was Popidiot, in 2010 Iiris, in 2011 Ewert and the Two Dragons, in 2012 Talbot and in 2013 Elephants From Neptune.
Tallinn Music Week 2015 takes place from 26th to 28th March. Artist applications open in September.
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