“Tuhka” EP is the second release from the Finnish rock band Karmia after changing their lyrics from English to Finnish. In the early 2010’s while forming the band they took influences from the Japanese Visual Kei scene, but have recently shifted closer towards their melancholic Finnish roots.
Before the recent language change Karmia warmed up shows for a few Visual Kei artist’s visiting Finland, performed at Anime conventions and released a bunch of self-financed songs and videos in English and even in Japanese. After releasing a single called “Mistakes” combining English and Finnish lyrics together in one song, their native one started to feel more appealing. “After a long search we feel we have found our own style. Welcome to the world of Karmia, where you can always see the dark at the end of the tunnel”, comments the band’s lead guitarist ANA.
Listen the EP from Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7pYE44BMdfy6gIoJaJ2Xmu
Check the music video from Youtube: https://youtu.be/LdA-2Qg7spk
Jamie Lee cast a spell over a million viewers when she won the season’s finale of 'The Voice of Germany' last December. The schoolgirl from Hanover will represent Germany with her winning song "Ghost" in the Eurovision Song Contest on May 14th in Stockholm.
After her outstanding success in 'The Voice of Germany', Jamie Lee was able to win over the hearts of the viewers of the ESC’s German pre-selection. The competitors were left behind as she drew all the attention with her multifaceted voice and her original dress sense. She will now be representing Germany in Stockholm. This Miss Manga, the bubbly public’s favourite, has more than demonstrated how much she loves being in the limelight whilst in the 'The Voice' team of Michi Beck & Smudo (Die Fantastischen Vier), these star qualities will prove very useful to her on an international level.
This fascinating, independent and exceptional artist doesn’t take herself too seriously, dreams of taking a trip to Korea, lives as a vegan and is an absolute fan of the japanese 'Decora Kei' style, as anyone can easily see in the playful, extrovert and colourful Manga looks that she wears. A style, with which Jamie Lee is already setting a trend: her eye-catching outfits have already become hot topics on social networks and no doubt all eyes will be on her in Stockholm.
Through her music, Jamie Lee expresses her preference for the Comics aesthetics from the Far East. With her pop ballad "Ghost" Jamie Lee takes us into the secret meanders of her fantasy realm. "Ghost" is a rather sad love song, which depicts a story that anyone can relate to.
"I am an emotional being. I might sometimes appear a little loud or provocative, but I am also a very deep person. I need the ups and downs of life. Tough times are needed too, they make us enjoy the good times more."
Fans should look forward to an explosive appearance in front of an estimated 200 million television viewers on May 14th, when Jamie Lee will present her mystical song "Ghost" in a breathtakingly dreamy scenery to the worldwide audience of the ESC. The 'Team Fanta' pendent that she received as a present from her role models and coaches of 'The Voice of Germany', Michi Beck and Smudo, her best good luck charm, will be with her of course ! Nothing can stop the Manga-Pop Princess Jamie Lee Kriewitz now. "It is a huge honour to have been chosen to participate in the ESC and to represent Germany in Stockholm. Taking part in this contest is for me an amazing opportunity to bring people closer to my music. Music is my life; it was always my absolute dream to perform in front of a large audience. I so look forward to it!"
Let us hope together with her for a Miss Manga miracle !
We all know how well K-Pop has done over the last decade or so, not to mention the obvious global viral success of 'Gangnam Style' by K-Pop artist Psy. But it's no mystery that Germany, who over the years have become slightly obsessed with the whole Visual Kei / Manga aesthetics through the likes of the now defunct band Cinema Bizarre and pop rockers Tokio Hotel, are to stop at nothing when it comes to sending what arguably could be said as one of the most intriguing Eurovision entry's by Germany.
Here's hoping the 18-year old won't buckle under the pressure of such a grandeur event, not that she should have any long-lasting worries having romped to the finale of “The Voice of Germany” last December
Dubbed the "Miss Manga", Jamie-Lee garnered her attention whilst being a part of “The Voice” team von Michi Beck & Smudo (Die Fantastischen Vier), this unique musician hasn't let her success control her and instead has remained focused on what she wants to achieve, namely visit Korea, live as a vegan and dedicate herself to her love of the Japanese “Decora Kei” style. Said style has in fact through her gone viral, with her outfits trending across social media and this infectious cultural clash between German nationality and Far Eastern pop music will make her a hot contender to win Eurovision 2016, if only for originality.
With Jamie Lee's new album "Berlin" set to drop on 29th April, can we expect this teenage pop princess to be as kawaii as her music? Let's hope so. Check out her Eurovision song entry below (Eurovision is on the 14th May, coming live from Stockholm after Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw won it last year):-
'Ghost' is not your average cheesy lovey-dovey romance song, it in fact looks at the more emotional side to the feeling, one that Jamie Lee found easy to express as she explains:-
"I am an emotional being. I might sometimes appear a little loud or provocative, but I am also a very deep person. I need the ups and downs of life. Tough times are needed too, they make us enjoy the good times more.”
With all participants, it's 100% effort for the performance but for the result? Well this is 50% destiny and 50% luck, voters can propel artists into international stardom such as ABBA, disrupt the traditional pop entry history through Heavy Metallers Lordi, but ultimately choose an artist who has won over hearts from well over 40 countries thus making them an overnight success.
Speaking of luck, the Irish have the horse shoe and Jamie Lee has a pendant given to her by her role models and coaches of “The Voice of Germany”, Michi Beck and Smudo. This pendant will be worn by her on the night.
Of course she wants to win, who wouldn't? But you can be too optimistic, however Jamie Lee feels that being there is an achievement worth equal recognition as potentially winning it:-
“It is a huge honour to have been chosen to participate in the ESC and to represent Germany in Stockholm. Taking part in this contest is for me an amazing opportunity to bring people closer to my music. Music is my life; it was always my absolute dream to perform in front of a large audience. I so look forward to it!”
02 Lions Heart
06 Wild One
07 The Hanging Tree
09 Remember the Rain
10 Last Dance
Starwave Records are pleased to announce that they will be releasing Calmando Qual's new DVD!
The DVD features a collection of videos from Calmando Qual's past, right up through to their latest music video, chronicling the very history and evolution of the band over the years!
The DVD will become available for pre-sale at live venues on July 31st 2014 and will go on general sale on August 27th 2014.
It is limited to 1000 copies so be sure to not miss out, and at 3,780 Yen (£21.88 / $37.27), it is not worth sniffing at especially due to it's limited run and play length of one hour.
02. born IQUAL pain
05. Deadman's party
06. Itsuwari to Nikushimi no Hazamade
10. Yami o Tsuranuku Gekijou no Kagayaki
11. Nuritsubusareta Elegy
13. DEATH SONG
14. Gareki no Yume
Live schedule: July 31(wed) Ikebukuro Chop (Release party)
Preview and watch a trailer for their second DVD [vision in the darkness] right here.
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