Life after JESC: Dino Jelušić
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Dino Jelusic is a Croatian singer, musician and songwriter. He was the winner of the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003 (JESC), which took place in Copenhagen on 15 November 2003.
In June 2005, Dino performed as a guest star at the Langeland Music Festival next to Ronan Keating and UB40 in Denmark – the same country in which he had won the JESC two years earlier. The same year in November, his sister Lorena represented Croatia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005 performing “Rock Baby”. Dino accompanied her as moral support.
In 2008 he took part at CMC festival (Croatian music channel festival) with his new band. In 2009, Dino started recording new album in Melbourne, Australia, with ex Joan Jett, David Bowie, Toto & Paul McCartney’s producer Mark Berry but finalized it with Swedish producer Robert Ahrling in Malmo, Sweden. The album was released worldwide in August 2011, and was titled Living My Own Life. The album has various styles of music, from Orchestral ballads like Can’t stand this any longer to Metal tunes like Living my own life and Get On. In 2011 Dino performed in opera Carmen with his academy. Besides his solo career, Dino also has Metal project with Under Nihilo, the one man band from Croatia, and they are currently working on their first EP called Made of Scars. Dino also performs acoustic gigs with Ivan Ivanković, guitarist from Croatia Rock band “Cota G4”.
Dino is influenced by bands such as Whitesnake, Europe, Dream Theater, Toto, Bon Jovi, Gotthard, Jorn, Steelheart, Alice in Chains, Pantera, but also with pop artists such as Billy Joel, Elton John, Eagles and Chicago.
Dino was a part of a big international project in South Africa called Synkropation. The concept of the project is the album that is made of collaborations of different artists, including Dilana Smith (who worked with Gilby Clarke, Tommy Lee, Dave Navarro, Jason Newsted), Mandoza (huge rap star in Africa), Alter Irving (country duo), Yvette Barnyard (Musical singer), Wake to wonder (altern rock band) and Dino. The album is coming out in 2013, and also Dino is working on his new solo album, which will be more in Hard’n’heavy genre, and also a side project which will be more Progressive metal. There are few songs online from the upcoming album you can find ; Im hoping (colab with Louie Lixx, a glam metal guitarist), Walk on the otherside and Drowning me slowly.
Dino is currently lead singer of Iron maiden tribute band called Made in iron, and also of M.U.D, a progressive/heavy metal band from Zagreb, and is working on his new album
2013: Sjaj u očima
2013: Ovo je moj svijet/Livin my own life
2013: Prošao sam sve/I survived (260 days)
2013: Grad Heroja
2014: Otkazani let
2014: Walk on the otherside (UPCOMING)
2014: Bad to the Bone (UPCOMING)
Discography Studio albums
2011: Living my own life