Studio Killers

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Studio Killers
Members from left to right: Goldie Foxx, Chubby Cherry, Dyna Mink
Members from left to right: Goldie Foxx, Chubby Cherry, Dyna Mink
Background information
OriginUnited Kingdom
Finland
Denmark
GenresElectronic
Years active2011–present
Labels
Websitewww.studiokillers.com
MembersChubby Cherry
Goldie Foxx
Dyna Mink
Bipolar Bear

Studio Killers is a Finnish-Danish-British electropop virtual band made up of four animated characters: vocalist and designer Chubby Cherry (or simply Cherry), keyboardist Goldie Foxx, DJ Dyna Mink, and manager Bipolar Bear.

History[edit]

2011–2014: Formation and debut studio album[edit]

The voices of Goldie Foxx and Dyna Mink stated that they had originally written a song for a British girl band that was dropped from their label and were put in contact with Cherry's vocalist, who wrote the lyrics and performed the song with them.[1][2] The members claim that most of their correspondence is through email, although their song "Who Is in Your Heart Now?" was written when they first had a face to face meeting.[3] The identities of the band members are unknown, and all interaction with fans is conducted via their fictional counterparts; however, it has been speculated by fans that the Finnish musician Teemu Brunila provides the voice of Cherry.[4]

They premiered in 2011 with the single "Ode to the Bouncer", about the lead singer character Cherry's difficulties in getting into a club,[5] and gained popularity through their music video on YouTube. The single was successful in the Netherlands, Finland, and Denmark. After releasing other singles "Eros and Apollo", "All Men Are Pigs", and "Jenny" through 2012 and 2013, they released their self-titled debut album in 2013, and followed up in 2014 with the new single "Grande Finale". Studio Killers also announced that they were going to start having live shows, starting with the 2014 Ruisrock festival in Finland,[6] followed by Ilosaarirock.[7][8] To prepare for this performance and a world tour, they began a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for GB£50,000 and successfully gathered GB£55,176.[9]

In 2014 the band performed live at Ruisrock and Ilosaarirock festivals. The real-life counterparts of the characters Goldie Foxx and Dyna Mink appeared on stage wearing masks, and the character Cherry was present in the form of screen projection.[10]

2015–2019: Hiatus and comeback[edit]

In 2015, after a year-long absence, Studio Killers made a brief comeback and released the music video for "Jenny" on 24 December, as a Christmas gift to their fans.[11] The band went on a two year long hiatus, up until 15 February 2018, a YouTube video titled "Fresh Start: Studio Killers Are Back!" was posted onto their official YouTube channel, in which an animated Cherry promises new music coming soon.[12]

Later on in 2018, they released two singles; "Party Like It's Your Birthday" on 8 June and "Dirty Car" on 30 November, with music videos accompanying each song respectively.[13][14]

On 31 August 2019 the group announced their intent to create an animated series and plan to launch a kickstarter to create a pitch pilot called Studio Killers 404.[15] The kickstarter reached its $115,000 goal in three days.[16][17]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
FIN
[18]
US Indie
[19]
US Heat
[19]
Studio Killers 10 39 9

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Year Title Peak chart positions Certification Album
DEN
[20]
FIN
[18]
UK
[21]
UK
Club

[21]
BEL
(Fl)

[22]
BEL
(Wa)
Dance

[23]
NLD
40

[24]
NLD
100

[25]
US
Sales

[26]
US
Dance
Digital

[27]
2011 "Ode to the Bouncer" 15 13 26 9 24 65 1 1 9 Studio Killers
2012 "Eros and Apollo" Tip: 4
2013 "All Men Are Pigs"[29]
"Jenny" 2 3
"Who Is in Your Heart Now?"[30]
2014 "Grande Finale" 6 Non-album single
2018 "Party Like it's Your Birthday" 17 TBA
"Dirty Car"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matt Meuse (14 June 2013). "Studio Killers are animated, anonymous and unapologetic". CBC Music. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  2. ^ "KKS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Studio Killers". Kick Kick Snare. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Studio Killers Interview". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Menestysbändin salattu laulaja tuleekin Suomesta – tunnistatko? – Hymy". Otavamedia Oy. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  5. ^ "– Studio Killers: 'Ode To The Bouncer'". Scandipop.co.uk. 8 April 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  6. ^ "STUDIO KILLERS WILL PLAY THEIR FIRST EVER GIG AT RUISROCK". Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Ilosaarirock Festival 2014 | Line-Up - Studio Killers (UK)". Ilosaarirock.fi. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Ilosaarirock Festival 2014 | Studio Killers brought Tähti Tent to capacity". Ilosaarirock.fi. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Studio Killers Kickstarter". Kickstarter. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  10. ^ "The Studio KiIlers Live Experience" – via www.youtube.com.
  11. ^ "Jenny Music Video". Tumblr. Tumblr. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Fresh Start: Studio Killers Are Back!" – via YouTube.
  13. ^ "Studio Killers – Party Like It's Your Birthday (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Studio Killers – Dirty Car (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Studio Killers Facts & Special Announcement". YouTube. Studio Killers. 31 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Studio Killers 404". Kickstarter.
  17. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (28 October 2019). "Queer-positive Shojo Parody 'Studio Killers 404' Hits Crowdfund Goal".
  18. ^ a b "Studio Killers Robin Stjernberg". finnishcharts.com.
  19. ^ a b Studio Killers – Studio Killers Awards. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  20. ^ "Studio Killers". danishcharts.dk.
  21. ^ a b Commercial Pop Top 30. Music Week. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  22. ^ "Studio Killers" (in Dutch). ultratop.be/nl.
  23. ^ DANCE BUBBLING UNDER: 21/01/2012 (in French). ultratop.be. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  24. ^ "Studio Killers search results" (in Dutch). top40.nl. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  25. ^ "Studio Killers" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl.
  26. ^ "Hot Singles Sales: Jun 14, 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  27. ^ Murray, Gordan (21 June 2018). "Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Lucas & Steve x Brandy, Studio Killers & Chicane". Billboard. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  28. ^ Studio Killer (1 February 2012). Ode To The #Bouncer has gone Gold in the Netherlands. Facebook. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  29. ^ Music – All Men Are Pigs – Single by Studio Killers. iTunes. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  30. ^ Who Is in Your Heart Now? (Media notes). Studio Killers. Warner Music Finland. 2013. 5053105986125.CS1 maint: others (link)

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