Niila - Lean On Me

Im November haben wir den sympathischen Finnen Niila mit der Single „Lean On Me“ ins Rennen geschickt, den Sommerhit 2022 vorweg genommen. Denn nicht nur das Video macht Lust auf Sonne und Zufriedenheit, der Song selbst steht dem in Nichts nach. Heute liefern wir einen geschmeidigen Edit an, der unserer Meinung nach, diese Idee bezüglich Frühling, wunderbar verdeutlicht.

Der Song lag nun in den Händen von Deepend, seines Zeichens erfolgreicher DJ und Producer mit über 3 Millionen monatlichen Hörern und Remix Collabs mit Robin Schulz, Sam Feldt, James Blunt, Disciples, Lucas & Steve, Gnash, Ava Max und vielen mehr und bringt mit seinen warmen elektronischen Klängen für „Lean On Me“ nochmals den Extra-Vibe!

Finnish singer/songwriter Niila is joining forces with Deepend to get us ready for the summer!
End of last year, after taking the time to work on his second album, the Finnish singer/songwriter
Niila came back with his self-produced single Lean On Me. After several hit singles with Universal
Music, stadium tours with Sunrise Avenue and sold out headliner shows throughout Germany and
Finland he’s excited for turning the next page in his career: own record label with his younger
brother and their best friend and lots of new music ready to be released.
Lean On Me is the follow-up to his 2021 platinum single “Sukupolvien unelma” (Finland’s official
UEFA Euro song). Now he’s joining forces with Dutch DJ and producer Deepend on this viby
remix, that sets the mood perfectly for the summer to arrive.
Deepend has built an infallible reputation as one of the industry’s fastest-rising stars. As a multi
platinum DJ / producer, he has a massed an impressive world wide following through his unique
signature sound, which blends house with groovy melodic pop elements. His promessin production
has led to collaborations with many of the industry’s finest stars including Robin Schulz, Sam Feldt,
James Blunt, Disciples, Lucas & Steve, Gnash, Ava Max and many more.
BIOGRAPHY
Smell of coffee and music in the living room. That’s the happy memory of a typical morning wake
up at my childhood home in Nummela, Finland. My dad made sure there was always music playing
around the house and was the master of creating a vibe for any occasion from his majestical
record collection; Sting, Stevie Wonder, Toto..Amazing music from the golden days of songwriting.
My dad is also a drummer and a songwriter so there were always instruments around the house
and by having his drum set in my room I obviously felt like the coolest snot nose in town.
Growing up, football, skateboarding and snowboarding were like a religion. Besides playing the
piano and banging the drums to impress the neighbourhood kids it wasn’t until high school that I
found my love for songwriting and creating music. I asked for an acoustic guitar for Christmas and
downloaded a music production software on my piece of garbage PC. I was absolutely
mesmerised by the process of creating a song from scratch and I would lock inside my bedroom
for days just zoned in the world of making music. My parents would roll in their bed next door as
through out the night, again and again, I tried to nail that perfect chorus take. Not once did they
come and pull the plug though and that same eternal support from my family has been the fuel that
keeps me going to this day.
Fast forward ten years after writing endless amounts of songs and playing small clubs looking for a
door to step into the music business. That tall door of a man turned out to be Samu Haber, the lead
singer of the Finnish band Sunrise Avenue. Samu had heard my music and was excited to help me
moving forward on my career. With the great help of him and his management company, a dream
that had been the first and the last thought of everyday since those teenage days recording in my
bedroom came true; I signed an international record deal with a major record label in Germany.
The following years were an absolute dream. Suddenly after playing small clubs in Finland I found
myself performing on German live television or nervously staring at an audience of 30 000 people
as an opening act on Sunrise Avenue’s Summer-tour. The first album was released and I got to do
six successful headliner-tours around Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Quick rewind back to the very early days. With my very first demo in the backpack, we had taken a
cruise ship to Stockholm, Sweden after the encouragement from my year younger brother. Our
plan was to knock on record label doors, literally, trying to get someone to let us in and listen to the
cd I had burned three home recordings on. In our minds the masterplan was to go and convince
the label heads, in reality we ended up trying to convince the confused receptionists. No luck, but
that trip was a great example of the encouraging push and support my brother has always given
me through out my career to embrace that almost delusional faith you need to keep pushing
forward. From that trip we didn’t come home with a record deal but with a dream of one day trying
our wings together in this business.
I’m writing this bio on the verge of my first international EP-release through our own record label,
Wellos Records. After the fast years at a major label I found myself creatively in a dark hole and
musically slowly drifting away from the most authentic me. The timing for something new felt right.
With an eternal gratefulness in my heart for the people I had worked with, we made the decision
with my brother and our close friend to take the leap of faith and set up our own label.
Very quickly that decision turned out to be a direct path to the absolute best place I have been
creatively. Suddenly everything felt right. Back to where it all started from – Acoustic guitar, a
(slightly upgraded) home studio and the excitement and love for creating songs. And as it turns
out, the new songs were just pouring out. With the absolute freedom of being able to create the
artwork, script videos and produce all the music myself, I’ve never felt more inspired and
connected to my work before. Organic instruments, stripped down productions and lyrics that have
depth and real meaning to me and hopefully others is where my home is. This is exactly where I
want to be.
Our record label’s first release in Finland was an anthem for the Finnish national football team. My
brother got to be a player on the historical team making it to the euro-cup for the first time in the
country’s history. The song went platinum in Finland.
With an EP and an album on the way, taking on all the new exciting challenges on our own terms
with the people closest to me, I feel so grateful and excited to be entering the new chapter on my
career!
Niila

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