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BrainStorm, Official Ambassador for Latvia

By Florian Mueck • May 21st, 2009 • Category: Home Zone Latvia, Music Theme, Official Ambassadors, The Festival Embassy, Top News

The Latvian super band BrainStorm, European-wide known mainly due to their 3rd place at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000, now supports the movement and becomes Official Ambassador of The Festival. This is a great step in terms of making The Festival a true European experience from Riga to Lisbon. // www.brainstorm.lv

BrainStorm about The Festival

“The most European experience we’ve had, so far, was our participation at the Eurovision spectacle. It was simply amazing to see and feel, to be part of this great peaceful pan-European gathering of incredibly diverse styles, habits and cultures. We enjoyed it a lot. Our third place gave us the international visibility we had been working for so hard. Today, Europe and the EU have made great progress. We are part again of what we define as our cultural family. Yes, brothers teasing sisters, daughters complaining about mothers, and everyone agrees that cousin Itt is rather strange. But we all belong to the same family. We are looking forward to seeing this great family unite in Berlin in 2012! Uz drīz redzēšanos!”

About BrainStorm

BrainStorm is one of the most successful Latvian pop/rock bands ever… The band was formed in by four classmates - Renārs Kaupers, Jānis Jubalts, Gundars Mauševics and Kaspars Roga - in the summer of 1989. Shortly after, Māris Mihelsons from the same school also joined the band. The title of the band was taken from what an old foreign lady said about their music; she characterized it as a “Brainstorm”. In Latvian it translates into “Prata Vetra”.

In September 1992 BrainStorm released their first single “Jo tu nac” (Because You Come) which made it 9th place at the song contest “Song of the year”. A year later their first album “Vairāk Nekā Skaļi” (More Than Loud) was released.

In 1995 their single “Lidmašīnas” (Airplanes) became one of the most playlisted and sold singles in Latvia and won the Radio Super FM award. The band had first performances in Germany and United Kingdom.

In 1996 BrainStorm released the very successful album “Veronika”. The most popular songs from the album were “Dārznieks” (Gardener), “Apelsīns” (Orange) and “Lidmašīnas” (Airplanes), and popularity of the band increased dramatically.

The next step on the band’s success road was the signing of a deal with “Microphone Records”; one of the most successful record companies in the region. In 1997 their next album – “Viss Ir Tieši Tā Kā Tu Vēlies” (Everything Is The Way You Want It) - was released. This album received the Golden Award and made BrainStorm become the most popular band in Latvia. Almost all songs from this album became big hits.

The guys of BrainStorm received offers to host TV and radio shows in Latvia and to take part in theatre plays. They participated in “The Good Soldier Švejk”, which turned out the most visited musical play in Latvia.

BrainStorm’s first international single was recorded in Germany in 1998. The single “Under My Wing” produced by Volker Hinkel (“Fool’s Garden”) was a first step towards the international market. The single was on air across the Baltic countries as well as in Sweden and Germany.

In 1999 BrainStorm released their fourth studio album “Starp Divām Saulēm” and the international version of this album was titled “Among The Suns”. The album was recorded and produced in Sweden (“EMI Studio”) and Denmark (“Puk Studio”). Five singles from this album - “Puse No Sirds” (Half of a heart), “Starp Divām Saulēm” (Among The Suns), “Lec” (Try), “Prom Uz Siltajām Salām” (Ain’t It Funny), “Tu Izvēlējies Palikt” (Welcome To My Country) - reached # 1 in the Latvian airplay charts shortly after their release.

On 13th of May 2000 in Sweden, in only 3 minutes BrainStorm became an internationally recognized band after their song “My Star” made the 3rd place at the 45th Eurovision song contest. “My Star” was produced by producer Tony Mansfield (“A-ha”) in London and got pan-European radio airplays. The album “Among The Suns” was licensed to EMI Records and released in over 20 countries worldwide. Later that year their first “The best of” album was released.

2001 was again a very successful year - BrainStorm released an album called “Kaķēns, kurš atteicās no jūrasskolas” and its English version “Online”. The first single “Maybe” became an international hit and was #1 in various European radio stations. The video for this song was shot in Prague (Czech Republic) and later was shown on MTV, VIVA, many local musical channels, in Europe as well as in the US, Asia and Latin America. The video reached # 1 in the MTV Nordic chart. The second single “Waterfall” and its video clip also achieved success. Meanwhile in their homeland Latvia their single “Spogulīt, spogulīt ” (Oh Mirror, Mirror) became a national pop anthem for all generations.

The seventh album “Dienās, Kad Lidlauks Pārāk Tāls” and its international version “A Day Before Tomorrow” was released in 2003. The whole album was recorded and produced in Germany and Denmark by a famous producer Alex Silva (Herbert Grönemeyer, Nelly Furtado, “Manic Street Preachers” etc). The legendary photographer Anton Corbijn, who has worked for Depeche Mode, Metallica, U2, Nirvana and other big names shot image pictures. The video for the single “Colder” was directed by the German video director and “Echo Award” winner Manuel Werner (De Phazz, Sasha etc) and got airplay on MTV across Europe.

In 2003 BrainStorm was the opening act at the “The Rolling Stones” concert in Prague. BrainStorm presented a saxophone to Mick Jagger for his birthday.

In 2004 one of the band founders Gundars Mauševics (Mumin) died in a tragic car accident. Despite this tragic loss, the other band members continued working on the new songs and albums.

In 2004 BrainStorm together with a well-known Russian band “Bi-2” recorded the single „Skolzkie Ulitsy” (Slippery Streets), which was included in “Bi-2” album “Inomarki”. The single reached #1 in charts in Latvia, Ukraine and Russia.

In 2005 was released album “Četri Krasti” (Four Shores) .The most popular singles of the album were “Četri krasti” (Thunder Without Rain), “Rudens” (Lonely Feeling To Be Lonely) and “Pilots Tims” (One Thing).

The band toured Latvia and in their closing concert in “Mežaparks” arena, BrainStorm had a record audience number - 40,000 fans! It was biggest audience in Latvia that ever attended a concert. Tickets to all tour concerts were sold out. At the beginning of 2006 the international version of the new album “Four Shores” was released. This album also was produced by Alex Silva and mixed by John Smith (“Blur”).

The main single “Thunder Without Rain” became popular in the biggest part of Eastern Europe and this song’s video - clip had a big airplay on MTV Europe and VH1 Europe. In the same year, 2006 BrainStorm received MTV Europe Music award as the “Best Baltic Act”.

Their latest album “Tur Kaut Kam Ir Jābūt” (There Must Be Something) was released in 2008. Within two months it reached platinum status and later double platinum. The album was co-produced by the Latvian hip-hop scene icon Gustavo.

In the following tour BrainStorm reached out to more than 80 000 fans and set a new record; the closing concert was attended by 45 000 people! The same concert was released on DVD and shortly after became “best-seller”.

Facts

BRAINSTORM (“PRĀTA VĒTRA”)

Origin – Latvia
Genre(s) – Pop-rock
Years active – since 1989
Label – Brainstorm Records

Renars Kaupers – vocal
Janis Jubalts – guitar
Kaspars Roga – drums
Maris Mihelsons – keyboards

DISCOGRAPHY

Released 9 albums in Latvia:

  • 2008 „TUR KAUT KAM IR JĀBŪT”
  • 2005 „ČETRI KRASTI”
  • 2003 „DIENĀSKADLIDLAUKSPĀRĀKTĀLS”
  • 2001 „KAĶĒNS, KURŠ ATTEICĀS NO JŪRAS SKOLAS”
  • 1999 „STARP DIVĀM SAULĒM”
  • 1997 „VISS IR TIEŠI TĀ KĀ TU VĒLIES”
  • 1996 „VERONIKA”
  • 1994 „VIETU NAV”
  • 1993 „VAIRĀK NEKĀ SKAĻI”
  • In 2000 released “THE BEST OF ’89-’99”

Released 4 albums abroad:

  • 2006 „FOUR SHORES”
  • 2003 „A DAY BEFORE TOMORROW”
  • 2001 „ONLINE”
  • 1999 „AMONG THE SUNS”

Released 3 concerts DVDs:

  • 2008 „Prāta Vētra TUR KAUT KAM IR JĀBŪT tour concert in Mežaparks estrade”
  • 2005 „Prāta Vētra ČETRI KRASTI tour concert in Mežaparks estrade”
  • 2003 „Prāta Vētra DIENĀSKADLIDLAUKSPĀRĀKTĀLS tour concert in Skonto stadium”

GOLD AND PLATINUM STATUS

  • 2009 PLATINUM – DVD „Prāta Vētra TUR KAUT KAM IR JĀBŪT tour concert in Mežaparks estrade”
  • 2008 DOUBLE-PLATINUM – CD „TUR KAUT KAM IR JĀBŪT”
  • 2005 PLATINUM – DVD Prāta Vētra „ČETRI KRASTI tour concert in Mežaparks estrade”
  • 2005 PLATINUM – CD „ČETRI KRASTI”
  • 2003 GOLD – DVD „Prāta Vētra DIENĀSKADLIDLAUKSPĀRĀKTĀLS tour concert in Skonto stadium”
  • 2003 PLATINUM – CD „DIENĀSKADLIDLAUKSPĀRĀKTĀLS”
  • 2001 PLATINUM – CD „KAĶĒNS, KURŠ ATTEICĀS NO JŪRAS SKOLAS”
  • 2000 PLATINUM – CD “THE BEST OF ’89-’99”
  • 1999 PLATINUM – CD „STARP DIVĀM SAULĒM”
  • 1997 GOLD – CD „VISS IR TIEŠI TĀ KĀ TU VĒLIES”

AWARDS

  • 2006 „MTV Best Baltic Act”
  • 2006 „GQ Russia Men of the year”

25 Latvian Music awards:

  • 1. 2008 BEST SONG
  • 2. 2008 BEST VIDEO
  • 3. 2008 BEST POP ALBUM
  • 4. 2008 BEST CONCERT RECORDING
  • 5. 2005 BEST ROCK SONG
  • 6. 2005 BEST ROCK ALBUM
  • 7. 2005 BEST MUSIC VIDEO CLIP
  • 8. 2005 BEST CONCERT RECORDING
  • 9. 2004 RADIO HIT
  • 10. 2003 BEST MUSIC VIDEO CLIP
  • 11. 2003 BEST POP SONG
  • 12. 2003 RADIO HIT
  • 13. 2003 BEST ROCK ALBUM
  • 14. 2003 BEST ROCK SONG
  • 15. 2001 BEST POP ALBUM
  • 16. 2001 BEST POP SONG
  • 17. 2001 BEST MUSIC VIDEO CLIP
  • 18. 2001 RADIO HIT
  • 19. 2001 BEST ROCK SONG
  • 20. 2000 RADIO HIT
  • 21. 1999 RADIO HIT
  • 22. 1999 BEST POP & ROCK SONG
  • 23. 1998 RADIO HIT
  • 24. 1997 RADIO HIT
  • 25. 1997 BEST POP & ROCK SONG

CONCERT ATTENDANCE

  • 2008 – Latvia – tour, 5 concerts – over 80 000 people
  • 2008 – Latvia – concert in Mezaparks – over 45 000 people
  • 2007 – Latvia – concert in city celebration in Sigulda – about 30 000 people
  • 2006 – Russia – tour, 9 concerts – about 20 000 people
  • 2005 – Latvia – tour, 6 concerts – about 80 000 people
  • 2003 – Latvia – tour, 6 concerts – over 40 000 people

SUPPORTER BAND FOR:

  • R.E.M. – 9 concerts – 2005
  • THE ROLLING STONES – Prague, Czech rep. – 2003
  • THE CRANBERRIES – 5 concerts – 2002
  • DEPECHE MODE – 3 concerts – 2001

Contacts

BrainStorm Management
brainstorm@brainstorm.lv

BrainStorm Records Company
brainstormrecords@brainstorm.lv

Aija Auskapa - general manager,booking
aija@brainstorm.lv

Daiga Berzina - tour & production
daiga@brainstorm.lv

Dzina Karklina - promo, press & sale
dzina@brainstorm.lv

Postal address:
Strelnieku str. 1-3
Riga, LV-1010
Latvia

Phone: +371 6733 44 95
Fax: + 371 6733 44 96

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Florian Mueck is European, initiator and co-founder of The Festival: "Passion for Europe maybe does not exist in the media. But it does exist in many hearts of many people."
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