In Scene Report, CMJ’s latest column, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week Artturi Taira of Rubik gives the scoop on Helsinki, Finland.

The music scene in Helsinki has gotten pretty lively nowadays. As the capital of Finland and therefore the melting pot of many different sights and sounds, it has always held a sort of barrier against the country’s more heavy-metal-dominated musical landscape and provided a safe haven for more varied subcultures. Indie rock and electro are, of course, a big deal, like in every other European city, but there is a lot going on under the grass as well. The latest buzz seems to be around Finnish reggae (reggae sung in Finnish), which just happens to be one of the most popular genres throughout the country right now, as odd as the idea may sound. But also, when talking about the indie or art scene, Helsinki is doing incredibly well—lots of young and older people generating lots and lots of noise.

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