Little Big were due to represent Russia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam with their song “Uno”.
Russian broadcaster Channel One chose the band through an internal selection, a format that traditionally works out well for the country. Their competing song received its live debut not long after.
And now, without any further chit-chat, here are 10 facts we’ve compiled about Little Big. Let’s do this!
Russia at Eurovision 2020: Facts about Little Big
1. They hail from Saint Petersburg… and beyond
While Little Big was formed in the former Russian capital of Saint Petersburg back in 2013, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the entire group consists of Petersburgers. For example, frontman Iliya Prusikin was born in the Siberian village of Ust’-Borzya, near the Chinese border.
2. They used to be a five-piece
Little Big originally started out as a quintet. However, they became four in 2018, when vocalist Olympia Ivleva parted ways with the band. She left due to “burnout after five years of doing the same job”. Thus, the group now consists of Iliya “Ilich” Prusikin, Sonya Tayurskaya, Anton “Boo” Lissov, and Sergey “Gokk” Makarov.
3. They’re not meant to be taken seriously
Humour and satire are key elements in Little Big’s act. For example, they have a 2016 single called “Big Dick”, while their first album is titled With Russia From Love — a play on the well-known catchphrase “from Russia with love”. While they usually parody various Russian stereotypes, they’ve also looked abroad for inspiration. You don’t believe us? Check their 2017 hit “LollyBomb”!
4. Their fun approach is award-winning
Their creative and unconventional music videos have received much praise from the critics, which is reflected by the numerous awards they’ve won throughout the years, including the Global Film Festival Award for the best music video, for their viral hit “Skibidi”.
5. Their biggest hit is “SKIBIDI”
Speaking of which “SKIBIDI” is an infectious song that went viral in 2018. If the world didn’t notice them before, the track’s view count (which currently stands at over 380 million on YouTube) is proof that now it did. It spawned the “SKIBIDI challenge” — an online dance craze in which fans uploaded videos of themselves attempting the music video’s signature dance. Moves included cross punching arms and stepping with your toes turned out while lifting your knees towards your body.
6. They have many other projects
All four members have projects outside of Little Big. Anton Lisov and Sergey Makarov are both founding members of the popular alternative rock band Jane Air, Lisov being the vocalist while Makarov handles the bass. Meanwhile, Iliya Prusikin (besides being formerly involved in several nu-metal acts) was the creative director and the face of electronic store chain Svyaznoy for a brief period between August and December 2019.
7. They’ve got a wide range of influences
The members of Little Big have cited various musical influences – ranging from bands like Cannibal Corpse, Rammstein and The Prodigy, to composers like Mozart and Vivaldi.
8. They don’t lack self-irony either
In August 2019, popular Ukrainian comedy project Chotky Patsa made a parody of Little Big’s hit “I’m OK”, and surprise! Iliya Prusikin himself made an appearance in the music video, playing a homeless man. These folks know how to joke, y’all!
9. They have their own record label
They founded their own record label called Little Big Family. Besides being home to the group themselves, it has also signed acts like folk-punk-hardcore group The Hatters, trap singer Tatarka (who is also Prusikin’s wife) and rapper LIZER, among others.
10. There wouldn’t have been Little Big without Die Antwoord
As frontman Iliya Prusikin recalls in an interview to tabloid Afisha, “There are many coincidences in Little Big’s history. We were just shooting a video for April’s fools. It got uploaded and everyone began asking “Maybe you’ll start a band?”. But it still might not have happened if it wasn’t for them being called to warm up for Die Antwoord. We were like “Wow, we don’t even have songs!”. “But you have a month”, they said. So we wrote six songs, shot music videos and they have spread out. Nobody thought that we would make money out of it. It just happened”. The rest, as you might already know, is history.
Eurovision 2021 update
As of 1 April, it has yet to be confirmed whether Little Big will represent Russia at Eurovision 2021..
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