Fred Buljo, Alexandra Rotan and Tom Hugo together are KEiiNO. And when you listen to ‘Bed With The Wolf’, you can’t deny its absolute beauty of pop. With exalting chorus, always fabulously framed with Alexandra’s gorgeous vocal tones, it’s a song that makes you shiver and smile with excitement.
Since their mix of dance-pop, Nordic Folk and Sámi Joik enchanted a global audience at Eurovision 2019 with their enduring hit ‘Spirit In The Sky’, KEiiNO have released 7 singles, and toured extensively across Europe and Australia, including sold out shows in London, Melbourne and Sydney and playing the Madrid, Cologne and Stockholm Pride Festivals.
“Not being able to travel for interviews or live shows is far from ideal, and there has been some advice for us to postpone the release of the album further” Tom Hugo explained. “But we feel a certain responsibility to make these challenging times easier for ours fans, so we decided to release OKTA anyway. The album is just another step on the KEiiNO journey, and we look forward to performing the songs live as soon as we can.”
8 singles, 3 music videos and 45 million Spotify streams after their debut, KEiiNO are still unsigned, and Tom, Fred and Alexandra run and finance the whole operation from songwriting to marketing. It’s hard. Real hard.
But they don’t give up. Never will.
Being independent makes it possible to follow their hearts and keep on releasing music when major labels would have shifted focus on the next Eurovison artists. But for the former pre-school teacher, nursing student and Kpop-writer, their debut album OKTA is just another milestone towards that ultimate horizon.
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Dear Eurovision-family. Today is a day of mixed emotions. Watching @eurovision shine a light, our minds are taken back to the amazing experience last year. But we also can’t help if feeling very sorry for the amazing artists and songwriters that were not able to have the experience we had. But most of all, we think of you, the Eurovision fans that were robbed of the highlight of the year. ESC brings people together through the love of music. Now, we all have to stay home, but we are together in spirit, and we’ll sing and dance together again soon! Stay safe❤️ #eurovision #spiritinthesky photo:@ohadkab