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Blind Channel

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About

Quick Facts

Group members
Joel Hokka
Niko Vilhelm
Joonas Porko
Olli Matela
Tommi Lalli
Aleksi Kaunisvesi

Established
2013

Nationality
🇫🇮 Finnish

National Selection
UMK 2021

In Eurovision
2021 Rotterdam

Song
Dark side (2021)

Biography

Blind Channel is a five-, now six-man rock band founded in Oulu in 2013. The band itself defines its music with the term “violent pop,” which the band has used since its inception. After two self-published releases, Blind Channel participated in the 2014 Wacken Metal Battle. They won, and the prize was a performance in the festival Wacken Open Air. In the same year, the band signed their record deal with the Finnish company Ranka Kustannus.Their debut album Revolutions was released on October 1, 2016In June 2016, Blind Channel was chosen to open for the Canadian band Simple Plan in Finland and all Baltic countries. In 2017, the band also opened for Royal Republic. Their second album Blood Brothers was released in April 2018, while in February, Blind Channel opened for Hollywood Undead, who played at the Helsinki Ice Rink. It resulted in the band opening for Hollywood Undead at four other European concerts as well. In May, Blind Channel played at Tavastiafor the first time  as the main performer. Following the release of the album, the band went on a tour in June that included performances in Finland and abroad. In December 2018, Blind Channel toured the UK with All That Remains and Sevendust. After the tour, Blood Brothers was nominated for the Emma Gala in the category Rock Album of the Year. In November 2018, Blind Channel released their first single from their third album, “Over My Dead Body”. In March 2019, the band released a song called “Timebomb” in which Alex Mattson (Aleksi Kaunisvesi) was a visiting artist. With the collaboration, Blind Channel also ended up playing a joint gig later that year with him. The third studio album Violent Pop was released in April 2020. In October 2020, the band announced Alex Mattson would join the band as its sixth member. He plays samples, synthesizers and percussion in the band and produces the band’s music.
In february 2021 the band won UMK, the Finnish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “Dark side”, and thus represented Finland in Eurovision.

Entries

Dark side

Country
🇫🇮 Finland

Year
2021

Language
🇬🇧 English

Lyrics & Music
Aleksi Kaunisvesi
Joonas Porko
Joel Hokka
Niko Vilhelm Moilainen
Olli Matela

Backings

Results Semi

Points: 234
Position: 5
Running order: 14

Results Finals

Points: 301
Position: 6
Running order: 16

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