SunStroke Project

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SunStroke Project
Origin Chişinău, Moldova
Genres Electro house
Years active 2007-Present
Labels Sens Music
Members Sergei Yalovitsky (vocals)
Anton Ragoza (violinist, composer)
Sergey Stepanov (saxophonist)
Past members Pasha Parfeny (vocals)
Aleksei Myslicky (producer)

The SunStroke Project is a Moldovan musical trio composed of Sergei Yalovitsky (vocals), Anton Ragoza (violinist and composer) and Sergey Stepanov (saxophonist). They are famous for representing Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010. The name of the group was chosen by Anton Ragoza whilst working in the army with Sergey Stepanov, where out on the field he got sunstroke.[1]

In November 2010 the producer, Aleksei Myslicky and some other members (including song authors) left SunStroke Project and created a new band in Moscow called Offbeat Orchestra who have performed and released versions of some of the songs by SunStroke Project.[2][3]


Anton Ragoza is the violinist and primary musical composer for the band. Previously he has conducted the orchestra of Chişinău and won a series of prestigious awards in the field of classical music. Anton has a wide experience in performing in bands which play in the modern electronic genre. He identified Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson as musical inspirations.[4]

Sergey Stepanov is the saxophonist. In an interview at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 he identified Russian saxophonist Igor Butman as musical inspiration.[5]

Sergei Yalovitskiy is the vocalist of the band. He previously worked as a singer on cruise lines. He has won various awards for singing in Moldova and Romania.

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Sunstroke Project & Olia Tira


They sang for the 2009 Eurovision pre-selection for Moldova, where they took the 3rd place with the hit No Crime. Nelly Ciobanu was elected to represent Moldova at the contest that year.


SunStroke Project together with Olia Tira represented Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song "Run Away". The final of the O melodie pentru Europa 2010 pre-selection took place in Chişinău on 6 March 2010, with the song gaining the maximum 12 points from both the jury and SMS-voting.[6] The song reached twenty-second place in the contest which had thirty-nine entries.


An entry was made for SunStroke Project and Olia Tira to represent Moldova in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with the single Superman but did not make the next stage of selection.


  • Run Away (Featuring Olia Tira)
  • Believe
  • Spit
  • In Your Eyes
  • Sax U Up
  • Summer
  • No Crime
  • Memory of Her
  • Epic Sax
  • Walking In The Rain
  • Listen
  • Scream
  • Play With Me
  • Set My Soul On
  • Sunshine Day
  • Desire (Michael Canitrot cover)
  • Bad Girls (Featuring Olia Tira)
  • Superman (Featuring Olia Tira)
  • Party
  • Go On (Featuring Olia Tira)
  • Look at me (featuring Olia Tira)

Internet Phenomena[edit]

Sergey Stepanov's saxophone solo in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest became famous across the Internet in a meme known as "Epic Sax Guy" or "Saxroll". The remixes of his saxophone solo have millions of hits on YouTube.

In December 2010 SunStroke Project appeared on Moldovan TV programme Sare şi piper and sang a song titled "Epic Sax", named after the meme.[7]

The phrase "Epic Sax Guys" forms part of the lyrics of the SunStroke Project's single Superman, when they unsuccessfully attempted to represent Moldova in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.


  1. ^ (Russian)"Спецпроект". Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  2. ^ (Russian)"SunStroke Project". Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  3. ^ (Russian)"Alex Myslitsky creates a new music project in Moscow". Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  4. ^ (English)"Interview with SunStroke Project & Olia Tira (Moldova)". Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  5. ^ (English)"Interview with SunStroke Project & Olia Tira (Moldova)". Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  6. ^ (Romanian)"Sun Stroke Project & Olia Tira vor reprezenta Moldova la Eurovision Song Contest 2010!". Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  7. ^ (Romanian)"Sunstroke Project la Sare şi piper". Retrieved 2011-05-07. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nelly Ciobanu
with Hora Din Moldova
Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Olia Tira)
Succeeded by
Zdob şi Zdub
with So Lucky