Maria Minerva aka Maria Juur, hailing from Tallinn and now based in London, is one of the best known contemporary Estonian underground musicians.
Since a couple of years, she is releasing her music on the prominent and prolific Los Angeles independent label Not Not Fun and its dance-oriented sub-label 100% Silk, both run/co-run by Amanda Brown of Pocahaunted and LA Vampires.
Maria Minerva’s trademarks are her eclectic and dreamy musical style and her lo-fi esthetics. She cites artists as diverse as Brian Eno, Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and Moodymann as her influences.
Maria Minerva | California Scheming
Channeling raw yet hazy disco energy with conceptual post-punk leanings, she joined the choice ranks of celebrated and critically acclaimed underground female electronic artists during the latter part of the 2000s.
Born in Tallinn in 1988, Minerva described her music as “21st century folk music” but her distinctive sound drew similarities to the reverb-laden hypnagogic pop created by Laurel Halo, LA Vampires, and Julia Holter.
Maria Minerva | The Sound
After studying Art History at the Estonian Academy of Arts and ditching her day job as a music and art critic, Minerva moved to London in 2009, where she attended Goldsmiths to complete an M.A. in Aural and Visual Cultures, as well as pursuing the goal of becoming a recording artist.
It was around this time that she was an intern at the music magazine The Wire. After assimilating her art background into her lo-fi electronic sound, she found a spiritual home on Amanda Brown’s Not Not Fun.
Maria Minerva | Ruff Trade
In 2011, she released Cabaret Cixous (named after the famed French writer and thinker Helene Cixous), the cassette-only Tallinn at Dawn, and two 12”s — the Noble Savage EP and Sacred & Profane Love — on the NNF off-shoot label 100% Silk.
This event is highly recommended by Digital in Berlin! We are giving away 2 x 2 tickets. Just send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Maria Minerva” as the subject.
Maria Minerva LIVE
presented by Kometenmelodien & Digital in Berlin
Djs: Bearcat & Joey Hansom
Friday, 08 February 2013 | 21:00 CET
Kantine am Berghain | Am Wriezener Bahnhof | 10243 Berlin/Friedrichshain