Meelik: "Our manager told us to dance"

After a thrilling semi final in the Estonian pre-selection Eesti Laul last night, we now look ahead to the second semi final which will be held in the Viimsi Artium tomorrow night, January 14th where 10 more artists will appear.

One of those artists is the band Meelik and their song “Tuju” (“Mood”). We got a chance to chat with Martin Petermann from the group to find out more about their participation.

Martin, welcome to Eesti Laul 2023! Of course, you have appeared in the past, under the band name “Tenfold Rabbit” (“Oblivion” in 2012 finished 3rd, “Balance of Water and Stone” in 2013, 4th in SF2) what has prompted this return?

We were invited to play at the school reunion party, which was a clear sign of our potential to become rich and famous. Multiple reliable sources (MRS) show that Eurovision is the most streamlined way have the highest return on investment (ROI). And as you know – third time’s a charm!

Let’s talk about your entry “Tuju” – I’ve read the lyrics and they are certainly a “mood”! How did the song come about?

We started digging our past and tried to remember the songs we had. It was about 10 songs but some of them were really bad and we just had to write something new. So we jammed a little bit and realised that we are quite talented. Since we are slow, the song „Tuju“ was conveniently finished for the time of the application for Eesti Laul. Like all famous artists in the world, we also ran the SWOT analysis, and we objectively discovered that we only have strengths and opportunities, so it was only logical to apply for Eesti Laul. The results were checked and confirmed with an International Institution of Universal Truth (IIUT)

The video looks like it was loads of fun to make, with the black and white parts echoing the almost Beatles sound that you’ve created. Is this an indication of how you are going to present the song in your semi-final on January 14th?

First of all, thank you for the question. We tried really hard to play our song correctly, so having fun was not our main focus. We planned try to have fun in the semi-finals, but our manager told us to dance instead. That was bit of a mood breaker.

Eesti Laul is a much-loved contest amongst Eurovision fans for its song quality and diversity. How important is Eesti Laul for Estonian musicians?

It is one of the most viewed TV show for music in Estonia and it’s a great stepping stone for artists. We are grateful we are participating there and it may very well be our window to play another school reunion.

The winner will obviously represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool. Is Eurovision something that you follow?

Yes we do! It is one of the most viewed TV show for music in Europe and it’s a great stepping stone for artists. We will be very grateful we are participating there and it may very well be our window to play an international school reunion.

Follow us on Instagram @ansambelmeelik .

I’m not sure we are much the wiser after this, but the song is amazing – listen here and vote in our poll below!


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