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Liberian-born Finnish artist Jesse Markin implores us to destroy systemic racism on new single ‘Stars in Your Eyes’

Jesse Markin is the singer-songwriter that we should all have on our radar.

From Finland, the Liberian-born artist shows off just how comfortable he is moving across genres including Indie-Pop, Rap, RnB, and African Folk – always held together delicately with his robust vocals.  

Growing up in a tiny Finnish white-village, there was not much Jesse could do as a young black boy without attracting unwanted attention. Music became his medicine and he began to learn the English language through Rap albums, TV Show, and movies. 

This year, the news cycle hasn’t done much to stem feelings of alienation. Jessie says “the past year has been a struggle. At times it felt like fear, hate and prejudices are the only thing surrounding us but at the same time we’ve been able to witness unprecedented strength and compassion as we’ve been tearing down our old monuments and building new.”

GIGsoup sat down with Jesse to discuss his new single and more.

Hi Jesse, thanks for chatting to us here at GigSoup! How are things?

Just heard some new mixes of my next single and I’m excited.

What first got you into making music, was there a defining moment?

It was simply fun and I was making a lot of friends doing it. But as a defining moment, I would have to say 2012 listening to my old songs. I said to myself that this is what I wanna do.

What’s your new track ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ about?

It’s a song about unity. This past year we have faced huge adversities and yet we keep pushing. With Covid 19 and the murder of George Floyd, I saw people come together in ways I’ve never witnessed before and I felt like people are getting ready to build something new. Stars in your eyes is a metaphor for that desire. Like I know that you feel what I feel cos I’ve seen it too.

It’s the first single taken from your upcoming album, right? How’s that coming along?

It seems like people are really connecting with the songs all across the map which is definitely something that puts a smile on my face.

Is there a particular energy that you like to aim for with your songs?

Good vibes is the only way I can and should put it.

What would you like to achieve with your music? What’s the dream?

To be able to create more and build something new for my loved ones. To see the world. Connect with people and spread lots of good energy.

Can you tell us one thing that people don’t know about you?

My right ear is deaf. Has been since birth.

What does the rest of the year look like for Jesse Markin?

More shows, more music, more life.

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