Mikelis Putnins, who was born in a family of musicians, is a singer, guitarist and composer. Although Mikelis holds a BSc degree in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, about a year ago he decided to devote his time completely to follow his passion – music.
His main musical project is Ezeri – an independent music group which has caught the attention of critics, musicians and listeners alike. EZERI is an ever-evolving project based in Riga. The music does not follow any particular formula – each track is different in form and harmony, influenced by a variety of genres. Last year, EZERI went on a solo tour around Italy, where it stripped its songs to the very core and kept just the guitar and voice. Since then has grown into a trio, which includes drummer Krisjanis Bremss and bassist Kristians Priekulis. Ezeri focusses on creating works that explore the wild side of pop music, giving the listener a sonic space to inhabit and explore. Their recent debut album OGLE was very well received and gained a lot of attention and praise from local critics. It was nominated for the Best Debut at the Annual Latvian Recorded Music Awards.