Outside of Eurovision trivia fodder, which fables Tanel Padar and Dave Benton’s 2001 winning song ‘Everybody’ Estonia’s music could barely be heard being whispered about. After all it’s a small Northern European country of around 1.3 million people. However inside the capital city that whisper of the country’s music scene is starting to grow louder.
You could put that partially down to the fact Tallinn is one of the top 10 digital cities in the world. The city has impressive wireless internet technology and offers free public Wi-Fi. The home of Skype is in an enviable position when it comes to launching talent via the web.
Although with the city being named as the European Capital of Culture alongside Finland’s Turku in 2011 by the European Union, that exposure is seen as a catalyst for cultural development. Perhaps though the rising success of Tallinn Music Week (which you can read about below) has finally given local acts a viable platform for international exposure.
We’ll put it down to a combination of all three factors. One thing we know for sure though is that Tallinn is home to healthy scene of innovative musicians and producers. While the city’s music history is dominated by rock and metal acts after the Estonian rock scene was born in the 60s Tallinn’s music scene has become a far more diversified beast in the 21st Century.
However you can’t deny that the city’s love of metal hasn’t waned that much over the years. After all they’re only a stones throw away from the metal-loving Fins. Regardless this small country has emerged as a surprisingly exciting player from the shadow of some of the larger countries in the Baltic region.
Tallinn might remain has an underdog when it comes to music cities at the present, but there’s the potential here for a thriving music scene to be uncovered.