Jesse Markin surges ahead on his new single “Jericho”

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“a song that’s almost cinematic in scale with its swooping live instrumentation and ethereal backing vocals” – James Keith / Complex UK

Following the successful release of his latest single Treat,  New Comer of the Year (annual award by Finnish music magazine Soundi) Jesse Markin returns with his new single Jericho, out on VILD Recordings 25th of January. Where Treatleaned strongly on danceable club rhythms and catchy vocal hooks, with JerichoMarkin showcases a more sensitive and pictorial side of his repertoire.

To reach our goals we have to break down the walls holding us back. Jericho is a song about letting go and trough that, finding peace. The name of the song came from the Old Testament, where the Israelites had to start from the walls of Jericho to get to their promised land. These walls can be found everywhere and that was the idea that led to a song.”, Markin explains.

Along the new single release Markin makes his live debut as a three-piece band at G Livelab Helsinki on Thursday 31.1.

Jesse Markin is one of the most exciting and promising artists coming from Finland right now” -Tapio Hakanen / Head of Music, Finnish Broadcasting Company YleX

Liberian-born, but based in Finland, Jesse Markin’s ability to truly nail a subject lends his music a certain intensity, and this rushes through his new single. – Robin Murray / Clash Magazine

When Finland gets it right, it Gets It Right. The bass on this RnB gets the heart kicking, and the vocal is slick as hell.  – alftitude.com

Announced shows:
31.01. Helsinki, G Livelab
09.03. Helsinki, Korjaamo w. Nicole Willis
22.03. Tampere, Olympia w. Nicole Willis
05.04. Jyväskylä, Jyrock
20.07. Tampere, Uusi Tampere

Jesse Markin releases his second single “Treat”

Photo: Kai Kuusisto
Photo: Kai Kuusisto
“Jesse Markin’s ability to truly nail a subject lends his music a certain intensity, and this rushes through his new single.” – Robin Murray / Clash Magazine

Following the release of his debut single Blood, Jesse Markin returns with his new single Treat, out on VILD Recordings 12th of October. Whereas Blood leaned strongly towards indie-pop, we now see the emerging Liberian-born, Finnish artist broadening his style towards club-oriented rhythms balanced with harder beats and basslines on production.

Originally making his name as rapper for the group The Megaphone State – producing three critically-acclaimed hip-hop albums – his new solo project moves him forward both musically and thematically, broadening his style from rapping to singing for the first time.

Speaking on the track, Markin states: “Treat is a song about dedication. Acknowledging your own mistakes and growth. Production-wise,  incorporating different rhythms and executing them came very naturally for this song. I wanted a track that is easy to approach, but at the same time a track that has a deeper and meaningful layer to it through lyrics. So with every listen you are able to find something new”.

Jesse Markin – debut single “Blood” out now!

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Photo: Kai Kuusisto

We are proud to announce that one of the most promising new talents in the urban music scene, Jesse Markin, has joined VILD Music.

Jesse Markin is a Liberian-born singer-songwriter from Finland. Markin is known from a group called The Megaphone State in which he performed as a vocalist for 12 years. The group produced three critically acclaimed hip-hop albums. With his solo project, Markin takes leaps forward both musically and thematically and broadens his expression from rapping also to singing.

I wanted to approach serious topics with honest interpretations, topics like love, xenophobia, hope, lust for money, loneliness and brotherhood. These are things that affect me on a daily basis. Also, breaking my own limits was an important part of this project that I’ve been working on for the past four years. I love music and I hope people can feel that“, Markin explains.

Markin’s first release on VILD Recordings is a double single consisting of the songs Blood and Will Shoot. The single is released today on May 18th worldwide.

With Blood I wanted to emphasize the fact that as people, there are more things that connects us than divides us. The need to be a part of a bigger whole is within all of us. Musically I wanted to show that we are all free to express ourselves, you don’t have to follow a single path. You just have to follow your voice and be ready for sacrifices. Will Shoot is thematically basically the opposite to Blood. Feeling powerless in this world is something that keeps resurfacing in my life. It is frustrating, but in Will Shoot I feel that I have been able to address those feelings with lyrics. A simple, bare approach felt like the right option for the song that brings emotions into a contact distance“, describes Markin.

Single cover art: Kai Kuusisto

Jesse Markin signs to VILD Music

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Photo: Kai Kuusisto

We are proud to announce that one of the most promising talents in the urban music scene, Jesse Markin, has joined VILD Music‘s management and label. One might say that until know Markin has been Finland’s best kept secret.

Jesse Markin is a Liberian-born singer-songwriter from Finland. Markin is known from a group called The Megaphone State in which he performed as a vocalist for 12 years. The group produced three critically acclaimed hip-hop albums. With his solo project, Markin takes leaps forward both musically and thematically and broadens his expression from rapping also to singing.

I wanted to approach serious topics with honest interpretations, topics like love, xenophobia, hope, lust for money, loneliness and brotherhood. These are things that affect me on a daily basis. Also, breaking my own limits was an important part of this project that I’ve been working on for the past four years. I love music and I hope people can feel that”, Markin explains.

Markin’s first release on VILD Recordings is a double single consisting of the songs Blood and Will ShootThe single will be released on May 18th worldwide.