The Finnish Contest for New Music (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu), UMK 2013, is in the middle of its elimination stages. Tonight, the second of two qualification shows takes place in Helsinki.
The four-member jury consisting of Aija Puurtinen (artist / music teacher), rapper / producer Redrama, Tomi Saarinen (head of music at YleX) and the leader of the band Apulanta, Toni Wirtanen, along the TV voting public will decide which two of the following songs proceed to the final, which four will have a second chance at the semi-final and the one act that has to leave the competition:
Atletico Kumpula - Paperilyhty / Paper Lantern (Kyösti Salokorpi, Atlético Kumpula)
Krista Siegfrids - Marry Me (Krista Siegfrids, Erik Nyholm, Kristofer Karlsson, Jessika Lundström)
Lucy Was Driving - Dancing All Around The Universe (Lucy Was Driving, Otso Koskelo)
Arion - Lost In The Woods (Iivo Kaipainen)
Elina Orkoneva - He’s Not My Man (Elina Orkoneva, Mikko Arlin, Joona Hasan, Eveliina Jämsä, Lauri Lähteenkorva, Henri Mäntylä)
Great Wide North - Flags (Kaj Kiviniemi, Mika Kiviniemi, Great Wide North)
In Atlético Kumpula indie-folk meets 1960’s nostalgia; the five-piece group has been around since 2011. Their leader Kyösti Salokorpi is one of the most prolific young songwriters and producers in Finnish pop. Krista Siegfrids is an energetic and beautiful bombshell you simply cannot listen to with a sour face! She’s a bubbly personality and a performer who wants her music with good moods and feelings. Lucy Was Driving takes part in UMK in order to be able to perform their melodic pop-rock to bigger audiences and to play around the world. World, meet the Finnish equivalent to Fall Out Boy!
Arion plays melodic and symphonic metal with clean vocals. These 17 and 18 year-old incredibly skillful musicians combine heavy sounds with rare soulfulness. Elina Orkoneva, a 23-year old singer has recently graduated from the Sibelius Academy of Music. Her music could be described as modern pop with influences from the American popular music of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Four brothers, one band, one mission – that’s Great Wide North. Hailing from the West Coast of Finland, this folk-influenced rock band was formed in 2009. Earlier this year they became the Finnish national champions in gospel music.
Two of these acts will proceed straight to the final on the 9th of February in Espoo. Tonight's UMK show takes place at The Cirkus club in Helsinki and features a guest performance by Jesse Kaikuranta. Don't forget to watch it live through our WebTV Player starting at 19:40 CET.