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Friday, February 28 • 23:00 - 23:30
Shine 2009 (FI)

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Shine 2009 are Sami Suova and Mikko Pykäri from Helsinki, Finland. When they met in 2004, both noticed immediately their similar tastes in art and music, but it wasn’t until much later that their collaboration took a definite form. “We had talked about doing something together for quite a long time, and the spring of 2009 was the moment when we finally decided to give it a try. It was very natural and easy in the beginning – maybe because we had talked about music so much that we knew we shared the same aesthetics. It’s very easy to focus on the right aspects of making the music when you don’t have to argue about the basics.”
In choosing the name ‘Shine 2009’, both Suova and Pykäri wanted to highlight their vision of the moniker being interactive and ever-shifting in its references. “It’s an experiment that goes on forever. It started as referring to being current, but it already sounds a bit outdated. The more time passes, the more we feel we did the right thing by adding ‘2009’ to ‘Shine’.” Ultimately, the name is a tangible symbol of the constant evolution of Shine 2009 – moving away from where they started and into both the present and future simultaneously. The year 2009 dates the band’s beginnings, but it doesn’t constrict them.
With respectful nods to downtempo, soul and golden-era hip hop, their 2010 debut EP, Associates, showcased an undeniable ease and effortless confidence in both sound and feel. 2011 saw Shine 2009 release their inaugural full-length, Realism, a sumptuous and dazzling debut including a cameo from none other than Paula Abdul, strengthening the link between the way-back-then and the right-here-right-now ethos that is at the heart of Suova and Pykäri’s aesthetic.
In 2013, Shine 2009 released their second album, Our Nation, a record set squarely in their country of origin. “For us, the title refers to Finland and being Finnish in the year 2013. It’s not by any means a themed album and we don’t want it to be political either. We’re interested in the current meaning of nation in a world where everything is suddenly global. It’s not always clear how living in a certain place affects you and your thinking. It’s similar to the ‘2009’ in our name as it works on both a subjective and a cultural level.”
So there you have Shine 2009 – a band that has always written its own rules, and continue to do so. “We want to obey the quintessential Golden Rule of, ‘treat others as you’d like others to treat you’, and make records we wish someone made for us. We combine elements we find interesting regardless of whether they fit together or would naturally coexist. We write our own aesthetic rules."
Our Nation is out now on Modular Recordings in Europe and Australia, and Cascine in North America.


Friday February 28, 2014 23:00 - 23:30 CET
Kulturhuset/Red Bull Music Academy venue

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