In the Spotlight

  • 14.3.2017

    Finland’s biggest indie band is ready for the limelight

    Over the last decade or so, indie pop has been pronounced dead more times than one cares to count. But don't tell that to Satellite Stories, who are about to hit it big with their major label debut.

  • 28.9.2016

    Okra Playground gets the folk party started

    Okra Playground bring their tantalising electronic update of Finnish folk to the WOMEX 16 World Music Expo in Spain this autumn.

  • 5.9.2016

    I will float until I learn how to swim – Alma’s crazy summer

    There are things that no one can expect or predict. Not even the people, who are related to these things. Not even 20-year-old Finnish singer Alma Miettinen.

  • 12.5.2016

    Elifantree brings EWI and acid-singing to the public

    The highly personal and pop-savvy sound of Elifantree has charmed listeners in Finland and beyond ever since their debut album was released in 2010. Now the trio gets ready to present their new music fresh after introducing a new member behind the drum kit.

  • 11.4.2016

    Straight outta DIY handbook – 20 years of Fonal Records

    20 years after their first cassette release, Fonal has become one of Finland’s household indie labels. Today Fonal is much more than just a logo on the CD cover.

  • 3.3.2016

    Finding the right voice in white noise

    Noah Kin is a 22-year-old Oslo-born Finnish-Nigerian who’s at the moment living homeless in Helsinki. His music is bass-driven and dark, his lyrics about his attention deficit disorder and the hyperactivity of his generation. He’s about to release an EP, The Void, and calls himself as the void of his own life.



  • 29.10.2015

    Mika Rättö and the Pori state of mind

    Since the early noughties, Pori has been one of the thriving centres in Finnish music underground. Oskari Onninen interviewed Mika Rättö, one of the central figures of the local scene. 

  • 17.2.2015

    Cultural archetypes 101

    The Scenes is a band comprised of young men and as such they have opinions. Read Arttu Tolonen's interview with the band.

  • 30.9.2014

    Samuli Kosminen: Flying to the US via Reykjavik

    Samuli Kosminen is one of Finland’s most internationally successful percussion players. He started out as a drummer, but has created his own rhythmic cosmos of toys, percussion, junk, samples and processor power.

  • 15.5.2014

    Death Hawks Over Europe!

    On first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking Death Hawks is a bit retro, but don’t be fooled. The band reaches so deep into its temporally very broad set of influences ranging revolving around all things cosmic blues, boogie jazz, krautrock and mustaches, they become timeless and wholly subsumed into the fabric of the band.

  • 24.2.2014

    Mirel Wagner’s vision for the world

    When Friendly Fire Recordings released Mirel Wagner’s debut album in North America, Frank Nieto, who later got a job as publicist at Sub Pop, handled some of its promotion. So, when Sub Pop contacted Aki Roukala, Mirel’s manager and owner of her Finnish label Kioski, he assumed Frank had turned Sub Pop’s A&R on to Mirel Wagner’s spare and foreboding music.

  • 15.11.2013

    Opening Up the Broadway

    Helsinki’s soul powerhouse Timmion Records is striking a fresh sound with the California-based vocal duo Myron & E. Hot on the heels of their debut LP ”Broadway”, and a recent visit to Japan, the combo is set to take Europe by a storm.

  • 11.10.2013

    Drummer jokes do not apply

    As names go, Tomi Leppänen might not say a whole lot to most people, but once you start digging into underground music in Finland and Europe, you’ll run into it all over the place.

  • 26.7.2013

    Clubbed to life

    While limited by size and location, the Helsinki club scene is now blooming with new entries.

  • 21.2.2013

    In the JEKS world

    Jaakko Eino Kalevi drives a tram in Helsinki and now records for Beggars Music.

  • 20.2.2013

    LCMDF surfs beyond seapunk

    LCMDF started out as three bratty teenage art students doing a smirky send-up of hiphop and electroclash. Six years on, they’re showing (gulp!) maturity and silencing those who called them a one-joke flash in the pan.

  • 23.1.2013

    Living Bass

    Initiated by forward-thinking producers Teeth and Desto, Signal Life is one of the latest offerings in the low end savvy dance music from Helsinki. Late January sees the imprint take their sounds to London.

  • 15.1.2013

    Soliti: “Pure love for the music”

    Meet Nick Triani, an Anglo-Italian who’s been igniting the Finnish indie scene for a decade and a half. After near-fame with mid-90s UK indie darlings Supermodel and the Finnish-American band Treeball, Triani has managed to wear every hat in the industry: producer, radio and club DJ, critic, manager, A&R man – and since mid-2011, record company boss.

  • 8.1.2013

    The EBBA Award winner: French Films

    Nuorgam, the snazziest little music site in Finland, takes a long look at the bands we are carting off to Eurosonic. The last episode presents the EBBA Award Winner French Films (episode 9 includes also an interview).

  • 7.1.2013

    Gothesque and joyful pop or explosive acid? Sin Cos Tan & Acid Symphony Orchestra

    Nuorgam, the snazziest little music site in Finland, takes a long look at the bands we are carting off to Eurosonic. This episode features the electronic music Renaissance man Jori Hulkkonen.

  • 4.1.2013

    Farther and farther, higher and higher: Rubik and Satellite Stories

    Nuorgam, the snazziest little music site in Finland, takes a long look at the bands we are carting off to Eurosonic. In the episode seven we travel high from the ground. It's time to speak about Rubik and Satellite Stories

  • 28.12.2012

    8-bit and stripped funk rhythms: Huoratron & Mesak

    Nuorgam, the snazziest little music site in Finland, takes a long look at the bands we are carting off to Eurosonic. The episode six is all about electronic music which, in Finland, emerges from the 60's highly experimental background. Let's talk about Huoratron and Mesak.

  • 19.12.2012

    It’s all about emotions: Lau Nau and Phantom

    Nuorgam <3 Eurosonic, part5... Nuorgam, the snazziest little music site in Finland, takes a long look at the bands we are carting off to Eurosonic. In this episode Nuorgam travels in the deeps of rainy fishing villages with a hint of synthetic lifestyle. Meet Lau Nau and Phantom!

  • 17.12.2012

    Positivity makes the world a better place: Don Johnson Big Band ja Michael Monroe

    Nuorgam, the snazziest little music site in Finland, takes a long look at the bands we are carting off to Eurosonic. In this episode it's all about positivity as Michael Monroe and Don Johnson Big Band go under the microscope.

  • 5.12.2012

    Tip of the Finnish punk iceberg: Disco Ensemble & Pertti Kurikan nimipäivät

    Nuorgam <3 Eurosonic, part3... Nuorgam, the snazziest little music site in Finland, takes a long look at the bands we are carting off to Eurosonic. In this episode Disco Ensemble and Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät go under the microscope.

  • 28.11.2012

    International Flavours from Finland: Eva & Manu and LCMDF

    Nuorgam <3 Eurosonic, part2... Nuorgam, the snazziest little music site in Finland, takes a long look at the bands we are carting off to Eurosonic. In this second episode Eva & Manu and LCMDF go under the microscope.

  • 27.11.2012

    Sin Cos Tan: Soul of the Machine

    Remember all those sci-fi books and movies about cyborgs with hearts, spaceships with implanted human brains and all that? For the aural version of that, check out the new Finnish duo Sin Cos Tan. Interfacing here are emotions and electronics, melodies and beats, chilliness and warmth, dance and thought, among other tantalising dualities.

  • 21.11.2012

    Better Living Through Cosmic Repetition: Death Hawks & Siinai

    Nuorgam <3 Eurosonic, part1... Nuorgam, the snazziest little music site in Finland, takes a long look at the bands we are carting off to Eurosonic. In this first episode Death Hawks and Siinai go under the microscope.

  • 21.11.2012

    French Films’ European conquest

    First off, don’t spend time wondering about the name. This band has nothing to do with France or cinema. It does have a lot to do with surf music, garage rock and the poppier side of Joy Division and New Order. And hooks catchy enough to land a shark.

  • 10.7.2012

    Fullsteam Family - Straddling the Fence

    What started as a as a hobbyist foray into record distribution has over the last ten years evolved into an important part of the Finnish music business, with its finger in many pies from festival promotion and practice spaces to publishing, booking Finnish concerts for major international stars and a turnover of 6 million euros.