Jesse Markin is without a doubt one of the most intriguing and engaging artists in Finland at the moment. Markin’s music could be described as a unique mix of indie pop, rap, soul, r&b, prog rock and African folk. Markin approaches serious topics like love, xenophobia and loneliness with honest interpretations.
After releasing his debut album FOLK in 2019 Markin skyrocketed to the limelight in his home country Finland. Markin was awarded with numerous awards including Newcomer of the Year and Critics choice awards in the annual Emma Gaala (Finnish Grammys) and Album of the Year in Indie Awards. Markin’s sophomore album NOIR was released in 2021 and it continued from where FOLK left off: the album received praising reviews and was awarded the Rock of the Year nomination at Emma Gaala.
Jesse Markin has also received a lot of international attention: American Songwriter, Fault Magazine, Afropunk and CQ Japan are among those that have written about Markin. The artist has toured live across Europe, playing shows at clubs and festivals including the Eurosonic, Iceland Airwaves, Ja Ja Ja London and Europavox.
Currently Markin and producer Totte Rautiainen are actively recording and working on material for Markin’s upcoming third album.