LATVIA – Latvian national broadcaster kicks off the 2019 season of Supernova. Those interested to submit a bid for the Latvian show through which the country will decide its participation to Eurovision 2019 can do it via the official website from September 3rd at 10:00 until October 21st midnight.
Latvia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 19 times since making its debut at the contest in 2000, where the group Brainstorm finished third with the song “My Star”. Latvia won the contest in 2002, with Marie N and the song “I Wanna”, defeating Malta by 12 points.
Latvia is the second former Soviet country to win the contest. The 2003 contest was held in the Latvian capital Riga. The country achieved its third top 10 result in 2005, when Walters and Kazha finished fifth with “The War Is Not Over”.
Latvia did not participate in the final from 2009 to 2014, when they failed to qualify from the semi-finals for six consecutive years, including finishing last on three occasions, in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
Latvia qualified for the final for the first time since 2008 at the 2015 contest with Aminata and the song “Love Injected”. Her sixth place in the final is Latvia’s fourth top 10 finish and best result in the contest since 2005. Latvia made its 10th appearance in the final in 2016.
Latvian pop-act Markus Riva collaborates with the fan engagement platform Fanvestory to share his exclusive content, merchandise and a part of his future royalty earnings with his biggest fans and supporters.
Many artists are trying to find new ways to attract fans, but more importantly connect with them as streaming and digitalization has taken away one approach for artists to deeply engage with their biggest fans as they can just scroll through Spotify and find the next artist to listen to within 1 second. Exclusivity is disappearing and that is why Markus Riva has decided to take his fan engagement to the next level with Fanvestory.
“I have been attracted to music since the age of three. I am mostly inspired by my friends and the surrounding environment, but of course also by some heartbreaks and rough times I have gone through. I am lucky to be pursuing my dream in playing, performing and creating songs. There is nothing else I’d rather do and I would not be able to do it without my fanbase. I have decided to work with Fanvestory to show gratitude to my coolest fans and share part of my future earnings with them,” says the Latvian pop singer Markus Riva.
“We decided to work with Markus Riva, because there is no doubt he is a natural talent with big international fanbase and growth potential as he has fans from Russia, the Baltic States, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus and other countries. His creations includes many radio singles that have been #1 songs on the charts of iTunes and radio stations,” adds the CEO of Fanvestory Birgit Karus.
Markus Riva new single “Please don’t give up” , that is given out in collaboration with Fanvestory, was written in London but recorded in Riga with Kaspars Ansons – producer that stands behind previously released track “This Time”, also known as “Supernova 2018” entry.
“The idea of the song came into my mind when I was in London last year. I woke up in the morning in Shoreditch district, took a shower, and I had this melody in my mind that I fixed with the guitar that was in a hotel room. I love that kind of moments when you give a birth to a song in those unexpected moments”, says Markus.
You will hear a lot of “that kind of moments” in new music album by Markus Riva that is set to be released on 20th of September. It is going to be 5th album in Markus Riva’s career that consists of songs written and inspired by real life moments. The title of the new album is going to be “I CAN” because it symbolises the life of Markus Riva – “with this album I want to inspire people. The title song I wrote for my mother when she was struggling with cancer, unfortunately I lost her last year and it was a a hard time, but good to create and find myself again in music”.
Fanvestory is a fan-engagement technology platform, which allows music fans to support artists and receive exclusive content, merchandise and a small percentage of future royalties from their favourite artists in return. So far, Fanvestory has worked with popular artists like Tommy Cash, Justs and Tanel Padar and is now collaborating with Latvian pop singer and X factor host Markus Riva.
LATVIA – Triana Park is a Latvian group consisting of vocalist Agnese Rakovska, guitarist Artūrs Strautiņš, drummer Edgars Viļums and bassist Kristaps Ērglis.
Triana Park is one of the most extravagant acts from their homeland – Latvia. Their sound is unique and eclectic as it combines pop and electronic with hints of hip-hop and some bold rock vibes.
The band was founded in 2008 by Agnese Rakovska, who is also the leader of the band. She is backed up by Arturs Strautins (guitar), Edgars Vilums (drums) and Kristaps Erglis (bass).
To date they’ve released two records; their debut, EnterTainment, in 2010 and an EP, Triana Park, in 2014.
The group have played almost every relevant festival in Latvia and they’ve done some pretty impressive work abroad as well, taking stage at SXSW (USA), Reeperbahn (Germany), Eurosonic Noordeslag (The Netherlands), Waves Bratislava (Slovakia), Waves Vienna (Austria), and the Siirt Gapgenc festival (Turkey).
Triana Park are known for their explosive live performances, always filled with energy.
They represented Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with their song “Line”. They also previously attempted to represent the nation in Latvia, Latvia, Latvia, Latvia and Latvia. (source: www.wikipedia.org)
LATVIA – Latvian entrant to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, Laura Rizzotto, spoke to LTV for her experience in Lisbon flew days before LTV announce the 2019 Supernova plans for the next Eurovision representation.
Laura says: “Eurovision is a unique experience that changes lives! I spoke so many different places, representing my music with Latvia. And then there’s another chance to meet other artists from other countries of the world! To sing on the Eurovision scene was like a dream come true. After Eurovision I have become a much better professional. It was a very intensive experience, and I am very grateful that I was given this opportunity to represent Latvia in Eurovision.
How does Laura calm down before a concert? “I like to be alone before concerts. It was very difficult in Lisbon because people always wanted to talk. So you have to learn how to say “stop” – I have to concentrate on the performance. I am very communicative, but the limits have to be set. When there are so many cameras around you, you realize how much energy they require from you. But you have to keep this energy to yourself, so you have something to do when you go on stage.”
About “Amber”, the upcoming EP, Laura says: “The first single on the album was “Funny Girl”, and the next one is ready – I’m currently preparing a single video. I am very excited about the creative process and the opportunity to celebrate my Latvian roots. I’ve recently moved to Los Angeles where I’m looking for opportunities for musical co-operation. I hope that the new EP will also hear Latvian musicians.”
LATVIA – Sexy, cool, slow, eloquent might be what best sums up Laura Rizotto’s stage performance in a strong, sensual and sexy cherry red dress and an equally strong jazzy voice, mesmerizing us into her seductive charm. She is strictly the focus of her act. Laura’s passionate charm such is enough to fill the Altice Arena in itself.
ESCKAZ.COM: Less is more and in a way that certainly goes after Hungary now with this rehearsal from Latvia – yet in another way here I think it is way too much as well, as the hair sweeping is done so much it becomes a gimmick instead of what might’ve been a nice touch to the performance.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: Overall a good song. I think this will qualify, coming around 13th/14th in the final. I think this will do well with the juries, although it may struggle with the televote as I don’t think it’s very memorable.
ESCXTRA.COM: Vocals are very good. Laura delivers a vocally brilliant performance.
EUROVOIX.COM: This is incredibly better than her first rehearsal.