Darude Sebastian Rejman

EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Darude and Sebastian Rejman

What next for this year’s Eurovision entrants?

Finland: Darude and Sebastian Rejman

by Christopher Smith

Since debuting in Eurovision in 1961, Finland have generally not fared to well with eight last place finishes to their name. That all changed in 2006 when rockers Lordi took everyone by surprise with their ‘anthem’ “Hard Rock Hallelujah” and won the contest with 292 points. In the aftermath, life for Finland has settled back to how things were with a last place finish in 2009 and in the ten years since, the country has only qualified for the grand final on four occasions, so the announcement that legendary DJ and producer Darude was helping with its 2019 entry was greeted with awe and excitement. And that wasn’t all. Darude would be teaming up with Sebastian Rejman, lead singer with the Finnish band The Giant Leap. So this was going to be the year. Right?

Wrong. Their dance tune “Look Away”, written by Rejman and produced by Toni-Ville Henrik Virtanen (Darude), failed to qualify from its semi final heat much to the surprise of many on lookers and Eurovision fans. Perhaps even big names in music are not entirely guaranteed to succeed where other, unknown artists made it? Whatever, the song has become a big club tune across Europe and adds to Darude’s long and distinguished discography that now stretches more than twenty years. Darude of course is best known for his club anthems “Sandstorm” (1999) and “Feel The Beat” (2000), which are now accepted as iconic dance tunes and instantly recognisable to the ear. His debut album “Before The Storm” (2000) went on to sell over 800,000 copies and Darude joined clubland royalty with the likes of Paul Van Dyk and Paul Oakenfold. He has continued to pump out great dance music and made the connection with Rejman in 2016 when they recorded the single “Moments”. His latest tune “Hide” has just been released off the back of “Look Away”.

41 year old Sebastian Rejman formed the group The Giant Leap in 2005 and released their debut album “Another Day Rising” in 2007. Since their self-titled follow up was released in 2010, the group have been ‘on hiatus’ and Rejman formed a new group Sebastian & The 4th Line Band and have toured across Finland and other parts of Europe. Whether The Giant Leap ‘reform’ remains to be seen, but Rejman has kept himself occupied with the new group and of course working with Darude on “Moments”. Obviously flushed with this new partnership, Darude and Sebastian have joined forces again for the tracks “Release Me” and “Superman”. Perhaps this is your new calling Sebastian…?(!)

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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