The fifth song of this year’s Uuden musiikin kilpailu (UMK) is now out. You can listen to the song Thank God I’m an Atheist by Olivera here:
Olivera (real name Katriina Ullakko) is a Finnish indie- and electro pop artist, who started making music already at the age of 11. Although Olivera is still relatively unknown to the wider public, she has millions of Spotify streams and impressive international releases. Olivera has published 4 EP’s of her own, and her biggest own song is No more with over 10 million Spotify streams. She writes music for other artists as well, most famous of them is probably DJ-producer Tiësto, whose song Affliction was written by Olivera, who also did the vocals of the song.
According to Yle, Olivera calls herself a thinker, who loves telling stories and playing with different kinds of scenarios. These themes are also in the center of her UMK entry. Olivera has a personal relationship to her UMK-song, and the theme of the song has been on her mind subconsciously since childhood. The song wonders death and the possibility of eternal life, so the topics of the song aren’t exactly the lightest of topics. This is what Olivera tells about the theme of her song to Yle:
Nobody knows what happens after we die. What if all the world’s biggest religions are actually right and life never ends? I can’t think of anything that causes more anxiety than the idea of eternal life.
After the first, raw version of the song was ready, Olivera introduced the song to her producer and spouse Lenno Linjama (also known as DJ Lenno) and in the end also to musician-producer Alpo Nummelin, whose contribution gave the song the edge it desired. Thank God I’m an Atheist is so important to Olivera, that she considers it to be the most important song of her career so far.
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