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.
On July 15th, Vanilla Ninja visited ETV’s show “Ringvaade” to talk about their reunion and promote the newest, already second comeback single, “No Regrets”. Lenna, Piret and Katrin joined the host in the studio, while Triinu connected with them via a video call from Switzerland.
The girls’ showed a sneak-peek of the new music video for “No Regrets” and gave an interesting interview.
Among the points made during the conversation were:
– When asked whether they had come back to stay, Katrin answered that they were planning to stick around for at least 5 years (or hopefully even more, according to Piret)
– It turns out that Piret was the one that took it upon herself to invite Triinu back into Vanilla Ninja for the reunion. The first arrangements were made during a phone call.
– The girls had been considering the comeback for a long time and finally, in 2019, they decided the time was right. Had they not made up their minds then, the plan would have remained only a loose idea.
– How is the current Vanilla Ninja different from the band from 13 years ago? In Katrin’s opinion, the biggest difference is their music – there are some great, more peaceful tracks in their current repertoire that stand in contrast to the energetic rock songs she was originally expecting.
2 weeks ago, Estonian newspaper Eesti Päevaleht published a long interview with Piret Järvis-Milder. The conversation touched many interesting subjects, including Vanilla Ninja’s comeback.
Who came up with the idea that Vanilla Ninja should reunite again?
It may have been the end of 2018, when our former producer, David Brandes, called Lenna and asked whether we might have been interested in making a new album. Then, in January 2019, together with Lenna we flew to Germany, discussed the matter, sang in the first demos and decided to go on with it!
Did you also consider the option of Maarja’s return to the band?
Not really, because Maarja lives in America now and it would have been too difficult to form the band over such a long distance.
How much power has gone into Vanilla Ninja’s comeback?
The pace is now slower for a while, but there are some busy times behind us. We have been preparing and recording the new material since 2019, and now, there are 14 new songs ready. They are going to be released on our comeback album “Encore” on October 8th. This year we have already met twice for video shoots – once in Estonia and once in Berlin. At the end of June our first single in 13 years, “Gotta Get It Right”, was finally released. A lot of work has been done, and now we have reached the phase where we have to let the world know we are back. Since I have a child under the age of one at home, I have been doing a lot of preparations late in the evening and at night, when the baby is asleep and I have the first few hours in a day to be on my own. So some lyrics were born at night, and sometimes I had to practice playing an instrument at night and so on.
Members of Vanilla Ninja, Lenna Kuurmaa and Piret Järvis-Milder, were guests on Raadio Sky Plus’ morning broadcast “Hommikuprogramm”, where they talked about Vanilla Ninja’s reunion and why the band had decided to break up years ago and come together again now.
Vanilla Ninja and David Brandes’ paths diverged years ago simply because their visions did not go hand in hand. We parted ways with David, we changed the record label, our visions did not go together. By our side, we found people who cheered on and encouraged us and said that our ideas were also good. Near the end, it was hard to say a word to David because he was the boss. In David’s example, one man did everything. Every area needs a specialist in their field to make the whole better, and we decided it was time to split up.
I like the fact that I won’t have to tell my child all the fun stories when I’m in the rocking chair, but instead she can now become a part of that story herself, – says Piret Järvis-Milder, who now, 15 years later, is rocking again as a part of Vanilla Ninja.
Last year, Vanilla Ninja announced they were coming back after a 15-year long pause. „We’ve been working on some new music together with David Brandes and a special surprise is that Triinu has rejoined the band.” wrote Piret in one of her social media posts. Vanilla Ninja’s new single „Gotta Get It Right”, recorded with their former manager David Brandes, was released just before Midsummer.
Vanilla Ninja was formed in 2002. It then consisted of Lenna Kuurmaa (35), Katrin Siska (37), Piret Järvis-Milder (37) and Maarja Kivi (35). Maarja left the band in 2004 due to pregnancy. Maarja’s place in Vanilla Ninja was filled by Triinu Kivilaan (32) from Viljandi. The comeback’s now being carried out by the band embodied by Lenna, Katrin, Piret and Triinu.
Piret says that their first appearance with the new material will take place at the beginning of August on German TV. However, it’s too early to state when the first full-length concert will happen.
We’ll see what else is corona planning to do with our lives. If we still have to dance to its tune before people are able to sing and dance to ours. But you can’t carry on without the concerts. We’re hoping that next summer, at the latest, we’ll be able to bring a live performance of our biggest hits to the audience in Estonia. – says Piret. According to her, coronavirus strongly affected their plans. In normal circumstances, we would’ve all recorded the album together in Germany but instead we had to do it remotely from various countries. It was really quite difficult because we were lacking live feedback and sometimes it led to the double amount of work – when it turned out that the recording made in Estonia still wasn’t right. Additionally, I felt we were really missing the possibility to sit in one place together, see each other and discuss the issues.
Vanilla Ninja, a girlband extremely popular in their times, announced a return some time ago and informed they were not coming back in the original line-up, with Triinu Kivilaan rejoining Lenna Kuurmaa, Piret Järvis-Milder and Katrin Siska. But why wasn’t Maarja Kivi-Meriste, now living in Los Angeles, invited to join? Long distance can’t be the obstacle taking into consideration that Katrin Siska, for example, lives in Cape Town.
To be absolutely honest, this new album is a surprise also to me, just like the fact that they are working with David Brandes again. – reveals Maarja Kivi in an interview with Sky.ee.
Shortly after Maarja left the band, Vanilla Ninja signed for the new record label, which years later became the doom for the whole band.
It’s funny, how the world runs. But time heals all wounds. Given the fact that I wasn’t involved this time, I wouldn’t expect any cooperation in the nearest future. – said Kivi.