Already on Friday, during the Estonian Film and TV Awards’ gala, last year’s most notable figures will be awarded in 15 television and 15 film categories. During the event, which is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year, Vanilla Ninja will return to stage for the first time in over 10 years.
The performance at the EFTA gala will really be our first open performance in over 10 years and I am so glad it is finally happening. – said Piret Järvis-Milder. This is how our comeback will finally become official. That we are not only pecking within the studio walls, but still get in front of the audience as well. Moreover, it is very important that it is at home where we can make our first, so to speak, comeback public appearance. Feeling excited and hopeful either way.
The Lõunakeskus’ initiative, Sõber Raamat, is a series of audio stories assembled by psychologists that helps children understand and cope with complex situations that may await them in life, let it be bullying, brother-sister relationships, loneliness, parental divorce, loss of a loved one, etc. It is bibliotherapy – spiritual and emotional support through storytelling, reading and listening.
Listen to Lenna reading “Star money” by Brothers Grimm below.
Piret Järvis-Milder, a member of Vanilla Ninja, said in an interview for Raadio 2 that being a part of a band with a baby at the side is a completely different experience. There is a lot more revolting and planning than before. – said Piret, who became a mother on August 14th last year.
When we went to Germany in May to film the videos for our new songs, we always had to finish shooting by 21:00 at the latest. – said the musician. Lenna and I kept on showing the clock to everyone there – we cannot go overtime because we have to be home by 21:30 and put our children to sleep. It is no longer a case that video shoots last until night and you go to hang out somewhere in a bar afterwards, you have to party with other colleagues. It is much calmer in that sense now.
Before the release of Vanilla Ninja’s new album „Encore”, Piret Järvis-Milder remembers the times when the band was formed. Piret, Katrin, Triin [Randloo] and her friend Mari met Sven Lõhmus at the nightclub Café Amigo. There was no casting, there were just the four of us at Amigo. – Piret clarifies the rumours that spread around as if there were a lot of participants and volunteers and a whole casting.
A year had passed since the band’s formation, but things had not moved forward and two girls – Triin and Mari – left. Then came the information from the TopTen record label that they wanted to do something with Maarja Kivi, who was already well-known [at the time], and then Maarja came to the meeting at the office together with Lenna. On the other side of the table, there were Katrin and I. We looked at each other, talked and thought: okay, let’s try. There was no „Vanilla Ninja” name yet, only an idea to start a band. – Piret recalls the beginnings of Vanilla Ninja at „Hirmocast” after almost 20 years, with the women now gaining a new momentum to act and create music.
Vanilla Ninja released the third single this summer, “The Reason Is You” from their upcoming album “Encore”.
We are so pleased that “The Reason Is You” is reaching the listeners today, on Estonia’s Independence Restoration Day, because the video to this song is our first one for the international market that was shot in Estonia. – said the band member, Piret Järvis-Milder.
Throughout our career, we have filmed in Iceland, South Africa, Mallorca and many times in Germany, but not yet in Estonia. So we were really glad to finally create a visual for our music at home, as we had dreamed about it for so long.
The video for “The Reason Is You” was shot in Kultuurikatel’s boiler room and although it was directed by Oliver Sommer from Germany, the film crew consisted mostly of Estonians. The video’s cinematographer was Mart Vares, the styling was taken care of by Karolin Kuusik, make-up was done by Kaia Triisa and Mammu, and you can see Borka behind the drums.
The girls just cannot slow down – their new single, “The Reason Is You”, is going to be released already on Friday, August 20th! This is the song the fans have already heard in the snippets revealed in the band’s official comeback announcement. After awakening the listeners’ excitement, the time has come to present the track’s full glory. Vanilla Ninja are reaching back to their roots – Lenna’s mesmerizing voice combined with a catchy melody, fabulous guitar solo and interesting lyrics (with a twist) should satisfy even the pickiest of fans. What is more, the track got chosen as a theme song for a soon-to-be-released TV series!
The accompanying music video is going to have its premiere also on Friday, at 8 p.m. It will be the first video fully recorded in Tallinn since “Nagu Rockstaar” was released in 2002.