Artists are always looking for ways to get closer to their fans. And now Latvian singer, TV host and all-around star Markus Riva is taking that relationship to a new level with Fanvestory.
Using the fan engagement platform, he’s sharing exclusive content, merchandise and some of his future royalties with his biggest fans, who in turn are helping empower the singer through their investments. The platform has worked with a number of popular artists you’ll know, including Tommy Cash, Justs and Tanel Padar.
“I have been attracted to music since the age of three,” he says in a statement sent to wiwibloggs. “I am mostly inspired by my friends and the surrounding environment, but of course also by some heartbreaks and rough times I have gone through.”
“I am lucky to be pursuing my dream in playing, performing and creating songs. There is nothing else I’d rather do and I would not be able to do it without my fanbase. I have decided to work with Fanvestory to show gratitude to my coolest fans and share part of my future earnings with them.”
Birgit Karus, the CEO of Fanvestory, is enthused about Markus — and also for the major potential she sees.
“We decided to work with Markus Riva because there is no doubt he is a natural talent with a big international fanbase and growth potential, as he has fans from Russia, the Baltic States, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus and other countries.”
“His creations include many radio singles that have been #1 songs on the charts of iTunes and radio stations.”
“Please Don’t Give Up” — Markus Riva
And now he’s got another song poised to take his country by storm.
Written in London, “Please Don’t Give Up” was recorded in Riga with producer Kaspars Ansons. You’ll remember him as the genius behind Markus’ Supernova 2018 song “This Time”.
“The idea of the song came into my mind when I was in London last year,” Markus says. “I woke up in the morning in the Shoreditch district, took a shower, and I had this melody in my mind that I fixed with the guitar that was in the hotel room. I love these kinds of moments when you give birth to a song in those unexpected moments.”
There are plenty more moments like this in the pipeline, as Markus will drop his new album “I CAN” on September 20.
“With this album I want to inspire people. The title song I wrote for my mother when she was struggling with cancer. Unfortunately I lost her last year and it was a a hard time, but good to create and find myself again in music.”
You can help support the production and promotion of Markus’ forthcoming album by visiting his Fanvestory page.