Eeverest - a music students' success story

Eeverest started as a trio formed by two music production students Niko Mansikka-aho and Marcus Tikkanen in 2014 and it got introduced for a bigger audience by participating on UMK15-song contest. However, journey ended at 2nd semifinal and gradually after that the group made changes for Eeverest line-up and started building up a new brand. Nowadays, Niko Mansikka-aho is presented as the main guy in Eeverest. Marcus Tikkanen is also involved in the project, but is hitting from the back and co-writing songs with Niko.

On summer 2016 goals and deadlines were set for Eeverest and they started to create a portfolio of songs to be presented. The school has been also a major help pushing this project forward by organizing annual songwriting camps in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Of course you need to really show dedication and skills, but also have a bit of luck to gain success from there. Niko and Marcus both got some of their contacts through the songwriting camp and it really gave hope and opened new doors. For example Marcus got signed to a publisher based in Netherlands called 'Roseville Publishing'.

On March 2017 Niko and Marcus organized a trip to Dancefair Musicfair that was held in Utrecht, Netherlands. Dancefair is a mainly concentrating in electronic music and offers for example panel conversations, master classes and meetings with the industry people. For Niko and Marcus, the trip included some meetings and getting to know the industry.

All these events led in to Niko signing his debut single 'Feel Good' with FRNT-music, which is a sublabel of Mixmash Records established by DJ/Producer pioneer Laidback Luke. The response to Feel Good has been great so far, since only in two weeks, it has been added on three official Spotify-playlists, two Topsify-playlists and entered in the Finnish top 50 viral list on Spotify at #5. Feel Good has been also noticed at Netherlands by the media and has gained some airplay from minor stations there and national stations, by Yle in Finland.

Eeverest is a good example of how hard work and dedication can lead to results.


Janne Tauriainen M.A.
Senior Lecturer / Head of Music Production Path
Degree Program in Media and Arts
?Tampere University of Applied Sciences  (TAMK)
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33270 Tampere
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