Aug. 23, 2022

E114 A Conversation with Niko & Joel of Blind Channel

E114 A Conversation with Niko & Joel of Blind Channel
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This week, we're scratching The Itch to head north! We've got the most streamed rock band in Finland with us to kick off a new recurring interview series: Itch International! Blind Channel made waves in 2021 after appearing on Eurovision, leading to their song "Dark Side" receiving over 700,000 Spotify streams and over 12 million YouTube views. Earlier this year, they embarked on their first ever US tour alongside From Ashes to New and Fire From the Gods, and now they have their sights set on the rest of Europe. Listen to hear vocalists Niko Moilanen and Joel Hokka explain their reaction to one of their idols hearing "Dark Side", the best ways for a traveler to experience Finland, and the part of US touring that haunts their dreams to this day. Enjoy!

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Niko Moilanen and Joel Hokka are the co-vocalists of Blind Channel, a Finnish rock band with a penchant for doing well in song contests and a desire not to talk about it. They unfortunately confirmed that their homeland does not, in fact, have polar bears.