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Thursday
17 April 2014

Skype award goes to Odd Hugo

 

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.

 

Meet Odd Hugo:

https://www.facebook.com/oddhugoband

https://soundcloud.com/oddhugo

Friday
11 April 2014

Tallinn Music Week ja EMT fotokonkursi võidufotod on valitud

Tallinn Music Week ja EMT fotokonkursi raames Instagrami üleslaaditud parimad fotod leidsid äramärkimist žürii poolt, fotode autorid saavad auhinnaks uue nutitelefoni või kaks TMW 2015. aasta festivalipassi.

EMT lemmikuks valiti foto Läti bändist Instrumenti kasutajalt peterisviksna, kellele EMT paneb auhinnaks välja uhke nutitelefon HTC One mini. Kasutaja peterisviksna profiili näeb siit: http://instagram.com/peterisviksna

EMT kommunikatsioonijuhi Lauri Toomsalu sõnul sai võidufoto juures määravaks just artisti emotsioon, millel on esitatava muusika ning selle sõnumi publikuni viimisel  tegelikult kandev roll. “On suur väljakutse see emotsioon nii ehedalt pildile püüda, “ lisas Toomsalu.   

 

 

TMW tiimi lemmikuks on aga kasutaja ritzis pealtvaates foto Viru Keskuse linnalavast, kus valmistuvad esinemiseks Marten Kuningas ja tema bänd. Kasutajat ritzis’t ootavad auhinnaks kaks Tallinn Music Weeki järgmise aasta festivalipassi. Tema Instagrami profiili näeb siit: http://instagram.com/ritzis

TMW peadisainer Uku-Kristjan Küttis Aku Collective'ist toob TMW eriauhinna vääriliseks hinnatud foto puhul välja, et tegu on ootamatu perspektiivi ja värske vaatega muusikutele ja instrumentidele laval, mis paistavad fotol kui aksessuaarid nukumajast.

Teist aastat toimunud konkursil osalesid kõik perioodil 26.-30. märtsi märkega #tallinnmusicweek Instagrami üles laaditud fotod. Kõiki #tallinnmusicweek fotosid saab vaadata siin.

Võitjatega võetakse ühendust.

Wednesday
09 April 2014

Tallinn Music Weeki publiku lemmikartist on Metsakutsu

Metsakutsu

EMT ja TMW ühiselt korraldatud publikulemmiku valimisel sai enim toetushääli hiphop artist Metsakutsu. Publiku lemmikartistile annab EMT auhinnaks 1000-eurose auhinnatšeki karjääri edendamiseks. Auhinna üleandmine ja Metsakutsu mini-kontsert toimub täna, 9. aprillil kl 15 Solaris keskuse EMT esinduses.

Metsakutsu on Eesti üks tunnustatumaid hiphop artiste. Tema debüütalbum “Testament” võitis Eesti Muusikaauhinnad 2011 "Parim hiphop album" kategoorias. Möödunud aasta lõpus ilmunud järg, album "Kelmiküla Unistus" sisaldab samuti elektroonilist, jõulise, värske kõlaga hiphopi, mis on lausa määratud laval esitamiseks. Metsakutsu astus üles TMW hiphop esitlusel laupäeval, 29. märtsil klubis Sinilind.

Auhinna üle siiralt rõõmustav Metsakutsu ehk Rainer Olbri kommenteerib: “Sellises ülimalt kallis hobis nagu seda on eestikeelne räppmuusika, on igasugune toetus hindamatu väärtusega. EMT ja Tallinn Music Weeki poolt välja pandud auhinnarahaga saan otsejoones stuudiosse joosta ja uue albumi lindistamisega algust teha.”

 Lemmikartisti sai valida nii Tallinn Music Weeki kodulehel kui ka EMT Live äpis festivali esimesest päevast, 27. märtsist kuni 31. märtsini. Valida sai nii Eesti kui välismaiste esinejate hulgast. Kokku anti ligi 5000 häält. Publiku lemmiku valimine toimus tänavu esmakordselt.

Kuues Tallinn Music Week toimus 27.-29. märtsini. EMT on üks festivali peatoetajatest. Festivalikontserdid toimusid üle linna kokku 34 laval – klubides ning kontserdisaalides ja ka ootamatutes paikades asuvatel linnalavadel üle Tallinna. Kokku sai festivalist osa üle 20 000 inimese.

Järgnevatel nädalatel valivad TMW muusikatööstuse delegaadid ja press tänavuse Skype’i auhinna võitja, kellele saab osaks 3500 eurot oma karjääri arendamiseks.

Seitsmes Tallinn Music Week toimub 26.-28. märtsil 2015. Artistide taotlusvoor algab septembri keskpaigas.

Metsakutsu:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCOp0yCnm2w

Video loole “11”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul5qr_w6J5U

Video loole “Mustad südamed”

http://soundcloud.com/metsakutsu

Metsakutsu Soundcloudis

Wednesday
09 April 2014

Metsakutsu - любимец публики на фестивале TMW 2014

Metsakutsu

EMT и Tallinn Music Week (TMW) впервые в этом году провели народное голосование за лучшего артиста на фестивале, больше всего голосов получил исполнитель в жанре хип-хоп Metsakutsu. Фирма EMT передала любимцу публики чек на сумму 1000 евро на развитие музыкальной карьеры. Вручение чека и небольшое выступление артиста состоялось 9 апреля в представительстве ЕМТ в центре Solaris.

Metsakutsu – один из самых признанных в Эстонии музыкантов в жанре хип-хоп. Его дебютный альбом «Testament» получил в 2011 году в Эстонии на церемонии наград в области музыки первое место в категории «Лучший хип-хоп альбом». В прошлом году он записал следующий альбом «Kelmiküla Unistus»,  в котором представил электронный, мощный и свежо звучащий хип-хоп, буквально созданный для исполнения на большой сцене. Metsakutsu в рамках TMW выступил на шоукейсе 29 марта в клубе Sinilind.

Metsakutsu, известный как Райнер Олбри, искренне радуется призу: «В этом весьма дорогостоящем хобби, которым можно назвать эстонский рэп, любая поддержка бесценна. С чеком от EMT я могу, не мешкая, помчаться в студию и начать записывать новый альбом».

Публика выбирала лучшего артиста на домашней страничке Tallinn Music Week и в приложении EMT Live с 27 по 31 марта. Выбирать можно было как среди местных, так и зарубежных музыкантов. Народное голосование в этом году проходило впервые.

ЕМТ был одним из самых главных спонсоров шестого фестиваля Tallinn Music Week, который прошел в Таллинне 27-29 марта. Концерты прошли в те дни на 34 сценах по всему городу, мероприятия фестиваля посетило более 20 000 человек.

Седьмой фестиваль Tallinn Music Week состоится 26-28 марта 2015 года. Отбор артистов начнется в середине сентября. 

Friday
04 April 2014

Tänavusest Tallinn Music Weekist võttis osa 227 esinejat, 22 858 kontserdikülastajat ja 813 konverentsidelegaati

 

TMW publik Kinos Sõprus ansambel BRNS (BE) kontserdil. Foto: Aron Urb

Kuuendat korda toimunud festivalil Tallinn Music Week esines 227 artisti 22 858 muusikasõbrale ning üle 800 delegaadile. Konverents oli teist aastat järjest välja müüdud. Lõppenud on ka EMT ja TMW poolt ühiselt korraldatud publiku lemmikartisti valimine, mille võitja kuulutatakse välja esmaspäeval, 7. aprillil.

Festivalikontserdid toimusid üle linna kokku 34 laval – klubides ning kontserdisaalides ja ka ootamatutes paikades asuvatel linnalavadel üle Tallinna.

Tallinn Music Weeki muusikatööstuse konverentsi avasid president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, TMW esitleja Nordea panga juhatuse esimees Andreas Laane ja festivali peakorraldaja Helen Sildna. Konverentsi külalisteks olid teiste hulgas Pussy Rioti liikmed, keda intervjueeris Vene kultuuriajakirjanik ja vabamõtleja Artemyi Troitsky, Eesti pop-täht Kerli, autoriõiguste spetsialist Robert Levine ja muusik ning raamatu “Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop” autor Bob Stanley

Konverentsidelegaatidena võttis sündmusest osa 813 muusikaettevõtjat ja muusikaorganisatsioonide esindajat, kellest 506 olid välisriikidest ning 307 Eestist. Kokku oli osalejaid 28 riigist, enim väliskülalisi saabus Soomest (173), Lätist (78), Suurbritanniast (41), Leedust (37), Venemaalt (36), Saksamaalt (27), Rootsist (16), Taanist (13), Valgevenest (11), Prantsusmaalt (9) ja Hollandist (9).

Jätkus eelmisel aastal debüüdi teinud laiemale publikule suunatud tasuta vestlusringide ja intervjuude sari “TMW jutud”, mille teemade ring hõlmas 90ndate populaarseid suvetuure, plaadifirma asutamise ja käigus hoidmise õppetunde kui ka intervjuud ühe konverentsi peakülalise Bob Stanleyga.

Esmakordselt avas uksed TMW pop-up restoran Disaini- ja arhitektuurigaleriis, mis oli avatud kolmapäevast laupäevani, serveerides festivalikülalistele süüa öötundideni.

Restoranifestivali “TMW maitsed” raames pakuti 16 TMW lemmik-söögikohas erimenüüsid ning soodustusi festivalipassi omanikele.

Järgnevatel nädalatel valivad TMW muusikatööstuse delegaadid ja press tänavuse Skype’i auhinna võitja, kellele saab osaks 3500 eurot oma karjääri arendamiseks.

Seitsmes Tallinn Music Week toimub 26.-28. märtsil 2015.

Tallinn Music Week 2014 statistika:

34 lava

227 esinejat 21 riigist


149 neist Eestist


22 858 festivalikülastajat

813 konverentsidelegaati, kellest 307 Eestist

506 välisdelegaati

74 694 unikaalset veebilehe külastust 124 riigist

 

2013 aasta:

32 lava

233 artisti 19 riigist

167 artisti Eestist

17 038 festivalikülastajat

748 konverentsidelegaati, kellest 367 Eestist

381 välisdelegaati

65,043 unikaalselt kodulehekülastust 122 riigist.

 

Läbi Delfi, EMT LIVE ning TMW kodulehe otse striimide jälgis TMWi tegemisi ligi 10 000 inimest Eestis ning 30 000 muusikasõpra Lätis.

 

Tallinn Music Week tänab oma toetajaid ja partnereid:

Esitleja: Nordea pank.

Suurtoetajad: Nordic Hotel Forum ja EMT.

Toetajad: Info-Auto ja Volvo, Skype, Tuborg Music, Tallink, Viru Keskus

Partnerid: Lux Express, Hansabuss, Mind Media, RGB, Delfi, Müürileht, Rada7, Sky Plus, ERR, R2, Eesti Muusika Arenduskeskus

 

Festivali disain: AKU

Veebileht: Velvet

Sisekujundus: Ott Kangur

Muusikakogumikud: Eesti Pops

 

Festivali rahastatavad Kultuuriministeerium, Kultuurkapital, Tallinna Kultuuriväärtuste amet, Tallinna Ettevõtlusamet, EAS/ Euroopa Regionaalarengu Fond.

 

Kommentaare väliskülalistelt:

Artemyi Troitsky:

Perfectly organized, informative and truly entertaining, the Tallinn Music Week has become a landmark of Estonian cultural life and is a visible spot on the map of international conferences and showcases. There've been many attempts to fill the gap between the arrogant western music biz and the mysterious Eastern European market, but so far only the TMW seems to be effective in this respect. Inspiring atmosphere, great clubs, vibrant local scene and expert selection of bands make TMW showcases really worthwhile and never disappointing. And on the top of that you get the city of Tallinn itself – the hottest property of Nordic European cool. Amazingly, it works great even at zero degrees.

Lauras Luciunas, Vilnius Music Week, manager of Alina Orlova:

Tallinn Music Week this year for me was the main cultural event, where I've understood how strong Estonia is these days. Creative society is the most important thing for such small countries as we are. But global ideas make us stronger. You've created an environment for a dialogue not only about business (of course about that as well), but about who we want to be as a society.”

Si Hawkins, Clash Music (UK): 

Not just a fun, informative weekend musically, it felt genuinely global-zeitgeisty this year, kicked off by a fine, freedom-fuelled speech by Estonia's president then fighting talk from Pussy Riot.

Juha Kyyrö, Fullsteam (FIN):

TMW makes you feel like Tallinn is the new Berlin. Everyone is here, and everything is easy and amazing.

Søren B Kristensen, manager of Get Your Gun (DK):

If a country like Estonia wants to brand itself as a creative, innovative, open-minded country, you can't brand it any better than having a festival like TMW. The festival has grown into one of the most interesting and creative music events in Europe. I have made great discoveries every year I have been to the TMW.

Milla Valjus, Flow Festival (FIN):

Probably the warmest and the most welcoming event I've ever attended. Tallinn Music Week has expanded its lovely club venue scene successfully since my last visit on 2011. The whole old town seems to be full of small and cozy places with a historical twist and a unique decor. Wonderful experience!

Friday
04 April 2014

It’s about rock’n’roll. It’s about freedom: Tallinn Music Week hosted 227 artists, 22 858 concert visitors and 813 conference delegates

 

Audience at BRNS (BE) concert at Kino Sõprus. Photo: Aron Urb

The sixth edition of Tallinn Music Week presented 227 artists from 20 countries, delighted 22 858 music fans and inspired 813 delegates. The conference was sold out for the second year in row.

 

The festival concerts took place in most prominent music clubs and concert halls in Tallinn – 227 acts from 20 countries performed on 34 stages. The City stage programme had another successful edition, bringing the festival buzz to bookshops, music stores, galleries and cafés with free afternoon concerts. The favourite artist of the audience, selected by a public vote of TMW and EMT will be announced on 7th of April.

 

The president of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the head of Nordea Bank Estonia Andreas Laane and head of TMW Helen Sildna opened Tallinn Music Week music industry conference. In his thoughtful opening speech Ilves focused on freedom as the basis for human creativity and the role of arts in challenging the status quo that is vital for the development of a free society. By giving a prominent conference slot to the Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot Tallinn Music Week emphasized the crucial meaning of freedom of expression for the development of creativity and the underlying importance of tolerance for free and prosperous societies.


The festival welcomed Estonian superstar KERLI who in a lengthy interview disclosed her lessons learned and shared her personal story behind the success, stating, “Ego is the worst enemy of genius”. Robert Levine, whose latest book “Free Ride” has changed the debate about the future of culture and Bob Stanley, musician, producer and author of Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop”, shared their thoughts and insights.

 

813 music entrepreneurs and representatives of music organizations participated at the conference, 508 of them from abroad and 307 from Estonia. There were participants from 28 countries, a large number from Finland (173), Latvia (78), UK (41), Lithuania (37), Russia (36), Germany (27), Sweden (16), Denmark (13), Belarus (11), France (9), Holland (9), Iceland (8) and Poland (6).

 

For the first time TMW-s own pop-up restaurant opened its doors as a festival hotspot and meeting place for tasty food and also as a venue for free afternoon concerts and “TMW Talks” side programme. The restaurant festival “TMW Tastes” offered special menus and discounts for festival pass holders in 16 restaurants in Tallinn.

 

In the upcoming weeks TMW delegates and press will select this year’s Skype award winner who will receive 3500 EUR to develop its career.

 

The seventh Tallinn Music Week takes place from 26th to 28th March 2015.

 

The opening speech of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves:

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w6f_PHEk_M

Written text: http://president.ee/en/official-duties/speeches/10011-president-toomas-hendrik-ilvess-opening-speech-at-tallinn-music-week-march-28-2014/index.html

 

Full opening of TMW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0daFReWCYc

Helen Sildna’s opening speech, written in text: http://tmw.ee/press_2014.php?nid=406

 

Tallinn Music Week thanks supporters and partners:

Presenter: Nordea Bank

Sponsors: Nordic Hotel Forum and EMT.

Supporters: Info-Auto and Volvo, Skype, Tuborg Music, Tallink, Viru Keskus

Partners: Lux Express, Hansabuss, Mind Media, RGB, Delfi, Müürileht, Rada7, Sky Plus, ERR, R2, Estonian Music Development Centre

 

Festival design: AKU

Website: Velvet

Interior Design: Ott Kangur

Music compilations: Eesti Pops

 

The festival is funded by Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Culture Endowment, Tallinn City Heritage Department, Tallinn City Entrepreneurship Department, Enterprise Estonia /European Fund for Regional Development.

 

TMW in numbers:

2014

34 stages

227 artists from 20 countries

22 858 Festival visitors

813 delegates, of whom 307 from Estonia

506 international delegates

74 694 unique visits on the website from 124 countries

2013

33 stages
233 artists from 19 countries
167 artists from Estonia
17 038 festival visitors

748 delegates, of whom 367 from Estonia
381 international delegates
65 043 unique visits on the website from 122 countries

Comments by participants:

 

Lauras Luciunas, Vilnius Music Week: “Tallinn Music Week this year for me was the main cultural event, where I've understood how strong Estonia is these days. Creative society is the most important thing for such small countries as we are. But global ideas make us stronger. You've created an environment for a dialogue not only about business (of course about that as well), but about who we want to be as a society.”

 

Si Hawkins, Clash Music: “Not just a fun, informative weekend musically, it felt genuinely global-zeitgeisty this year, kicked off by a fine, freedom-fuelled speech by Estonia's president then fighting talk from Pussy Riot.”

 

Artemyi Troitsky: “Perfectly organized, informative and truly entertaining, the Tallinn Music Week has became a landmark of Estonian cultural life and is a visible spot on the map of international conferences and showcases. There've been many attempts to fill the gap between the arrogant western music biz and the mysterious Eastern European market, but so far only the TMW seems to be effective in this respect. Inspiring atmosphere, great clubs, vibrant local scene and expert selection of bands make TMW showcases really worthwhile and never disappointing. And on the top of that you get the city of Tallinn itself - the hottest property of Nordic European cool. Amazingly, it works great even at zero degrees.”

 

Juha Kyyrö, Fullsteam (FIN): “TMW makes you feel like Tallinn is the new Berlin. Everyone is here, and everything is easy and amazing.”

 

Søren B Kristensen, manager of Get Your Gun (DK): “If a country like Estonia wants to brand itself as a creative, innovative open-minded country, you can't brand it any better than having a festival like TMW. The festival has grown into one of the most interesting and creative music events in Europe. I have made great discoveries every year I have been to the TMW.”

 

Milla Valjus, Flow Festival (FIN): “Probably the warmest and the most welcoming event I've ever attended. Tallinn Music Week has expanded its lovely club venue scene successfully since my last visit on 2011. The whole old town seems to be full of small and cosy places with a historical twist and a unique decor. Wonderful experience!”



 

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